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Years 2/3

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



Applique and sewing

Understand the term applique and what and how it is created.



Understand what materials can be used to form structures and how they can be made even stronger. Look at structures in the environment.



Use clay to make 3d sculptures. Investigate the uses of clay in products and how clay can be shaped in different ways.


Food/ Hygiene

Investigate different food sources. Find out about how meals are designed and created in terms of nutrition and advertising for a market.

Look at how food should be handled and why hygiene is so important when preparing and making food. Look at safety in the home when preparing food and hazards.



  • design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria
  • use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, prototypes and pattern pieces 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 with more accuracy.
  • select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics and aesthetic qualities


  • explore, investigate and evaluate a range of existing products
  • evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria and consider the views of others to improve. understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world