Key Stage 1

Under each skill area heading we have listed the skills we'll be teaching to your children in Key Stage 1.


Year 1

Stating what they make, what it is for.

Communicate ideas by talking and drawing.

Use simple design criteria to develop ideas.

Year 2

Using knowledge of existing products.

Modelling ideas and exploring materials and components.

Say how their products will work and how they will make them suitable for users.


Year 1

Plan by suggesting what to do next.

Select tools and explain choices.

Be safe and hygienic.

Measure, mark out, cut and combine.

Year 2

Select from a range of tools and materials and explain choices.

Finish using art techniques.


Year 1

Talk about design ideas and what they are making.

Make simple judgements about their product.

Explore: what products are, what they are for.

Year 2

Suggest how their products can be improved.

Make simple judgements about their product using design criteria.

Explore: who products are for, what materials they are made from, how they work, where they might be used.

Technical Knowledge- Cooking and nutrition

Year 1

To learn how to use the Eatwell Guide and know that foods can be sorted into five groups.

To follow simple recipe instructions, either in simple sentences or using pictures/modelling.

To take part in simple clearing up tasks.

To use the claw grip to cut soft foods using a serrated vegetable knife.

To use the bridge hold to cut harder foods using a serrated vegetable knife.

To peel soft vegetables using a ‘Y’ peeler.

Year 2

To understand how to measure food using measuring jugs.

To understand what seasons certain food grow in and where in the world.

To learn some simple recipes using seasonal fruit and vegetables.

To cut food into evenly sized pieces.

To become more confident when using a knife and peeler independently.

Technical Knowledge- Textiles

Year 1

Match and group materials based on their colour or texture.

With support, thread a large-eyed safety needle using thicker thread e.g. wool.

Learn and begin to use simple stitches e.g. running stitch, with support.

With support, join two pieces of fabric together using glue.

Year 2

Begin to identify different forms of textiles e.g. felt, cotton, hessian, binca.

With increasing independence, thread a large-eyed safety needle using thicker thread e.g. wool.

Learn and begin to use simple stitches e.g. running stitch, overstitch and back stitch, with support.

Begin to free stitch onto some fabrics e.g. felt.

Technical Knowledge-Construction 

Year 1

Begin to measure and join materials, with some support such as felt, paper and cardboard.

Suggest ways to make material/product stronger.

Year 2

To know how to carry out research before designing and constructing.

To use a range of materials and tools for cutting, shaping and joining.

To select construction materials based on their characteristics e.g. strength or appearance.