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KS2: DT: 2 - Working with Tools Equipment Materials and Components to make Quality Products

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Working with tools, equipment, materials and components to make quality products

2. Pupils should be taught to:

  1. select appropriate tools and techniques for making their product
  2. suggest alternative ways of making their product, if first attempts fail
  3. explore the sensory qualities of materials and how to use materials and processes
  4. measure, mark out, cut and shape a range of materials, and assemble, join and combine components and materials accurately
  5. use finishing techniques to strengthen and improve the appearance of their product, using a range of equipment including ICT [for example, 'drawing' software or computer-aided design (CAD) software and a printer]
  6. follow safe procedures for food safety and hygiene.

Note for 2c

Cross reference to art and design

Investigating and making art, craft and design

2. Pupils should be taught to:

a. investigate and combine visual and tactile qualities of materials and processes and to match these qualities to the purpose of the work

Cross reference to science

Sc3 Materials and their properties: Grouping and classifying materials

1. Pupils should be taught:

a. to compare everyday materials and objects on the basis of their material properties, including hardness, strength, flexibility and magnetic behaviour, and to relate these properties to everyday uses of the materials


Note for 2d

Cross reference to mathematics

Ma3 Shape, space and measures: Understanding measures

4. Pupils should be taught to:

a. recognise the need for standard units of length, mass and capacity, choose which ones are suitable for a task, and use them to make sensible estimates in everyday situations; convert one metric unit to another [for example, convert 3.17kg to 3170g]; know the rough metric equivalents of imperial units still in daily use
b. recognise that measurement is approximate; choose and use suitable measuring instruments for a task; interpret numbers and read scales with increasing accuracy; record measurements using decimal notation
c. recognise angles as greater or less than a right angle or half-turn, estimate their size and order them; measure and draw acute, obtuse and right angles to the nearest degree


Try using Wikis Wikis to co-construct knowledge on tools, equipment, materials and components. The use of video clips could support pupils in making appropriate decisions about materials or components and about safety when using tools. 

 Pupils could make their own videos similar to those available on the BBC Class clips.




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