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Year 1

Knowledge Overview

Skills Covered

Technical knowledge

  • build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable
  • explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles] in their products





Understand that sewing is a way of joining fabrics and what objects can be sewn.


Food/ hygiene

Understand the need for hygiene when handling food including hand washing, hair tied back and protective equipment. Understand how different ingredients can make a certain dish.



Understand that certain materials can be used to build stable structures including card, paper and kits e.g lego/ bricks.


Clay/ Playdough

Look at how clay and or playdough can create malleable 3d objects.


  • design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria
  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology


  • select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing]
  • select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics


  • explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria