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Year Six


  • to relate the way things work to their intended purpose  

  • how to seek information from a wide range of sources on different structures and how they support things  

  • how materials and components have been used  

  • to record their evaluations using drawings with labels  

  • how structures can fail when loaded, and techniques for reinforcing and strengthening them  

  • to join and combine materials and components accurately in temporary and permanent ways  

  • to explore, develop and communicate aspects of their design proposals by modelling their ideas in a variety of ways  

  • to develop a clear idea of what has to be done, planning how to use materials, equipment and processes, and suggesting alternative methods of making if first attempts fail  

  • to evaluate their products, identifying strengths and areas for development, and carrying out appropriate tests  


Structures (combined with textiles)

  • that products are designed for a particular purpose and are suitable for different users  

  • that a designer needs to consider appearance, function, cost and safety when designing products  

  • that many different materials can be used on a product eg a slipper, some to stiffen, some to provide a hard-wearing surface and some for appearance

  • that pattern/templates can be used many times and this ensures consistency in size  

  • how to pin, sew and stitch materials together to create a product  

  • that ideas for products can be developed by modelling with paper or scrap metal  

  • to use a simple sewing machine (if available)  

  • to develop a design specification  

  • to communicate their ideas through drawings and modelling  

  • how to plan the order of their work, choosing appropriate materials, tools and techniques  

  • to construct products using permanent joining techniques  

  • how to achieve a quality product  

  • to evaluate products identifying strengths and areas for development and carrying out appropriate tests  


Electrical / Control

  • how a vehicle moves using wheels and axles  

  • to investigate and disassemble products in order to learn how they work and how they are made  

  • to communicate through labelled drawings  

  • that there are different sorts of switches

  • to assemble components to make working models  

  • how to control the speed and direction of movement using pulleys and/or gears  

  • how electrical circuits with switches can be used to achieve functional results  

  • to use tools safely and accurately  

  • to generate and model ideas through discussion and drawing  

  • to design and make as part of a team  

  • to select appropriate tools, materials, components and techniques  

  • to plan the main stages of making  

  • to evaluate their work according to their design criteria and to suggest improvements 


Cooking and Nutrition