Year 1 Content

Design Technology


Most children should

  • be able to generate ideas and communicate them through talking, sketching or "mock-ups", drawing on their own and others’ experiences


Most children should

  • understand the importance of using tools safely
  • be able to select appropriate tools and materials to undertake a task
  • be able to join materials to make a 3D container (for example a paper cube) or create a 3D model from a flat plan
  • be able to assemble, join and combine components (including food products)


Most children should

  • explore a range of existing products
  • be able to evaluate their own and others’ work and identify areas which might be altered or improved

Technical Knowledge

Most children should

  • understand how cutting and folding techniques can be used to make paper components (for example a paper “spring”)
  • be aware of a variety of ways in which materials can be joined (for example glue, tape, split pins, treasury tags, stitching)