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Free Design & Technology KS2 Teaching Resources for Primary Teachers

What Children learn in KS2 Design & Technology

Throughout Key Stage 2, children engage in a range of designing and making projects. They may work individually or as part of a team . They think about what products are used for, the needs of the consumer and how it meets them.

Children at KS2 develop knowledge, skills and understanding in planning and communicating ideas. They decide on what their design needs to achieve, considering the needs of people who will use it. Children communicate their design ideas in different ways.

The appropriate tools and techniques will be selected for making their product. They are encouraged to think of alternative ways of making their product if their first try is not successful. At Key Stage 2, children measure, cut, shape and assemble materials and components accurately. Evaluating their work and that of others is an important area that children engage with.

Breadth of Study

The breadth of study includes electrical and mechanical components, food, malleable materials and textiles. They have opportunities to investigate products then develop skills and techniques through focused tasks that contribute to producing a finished item.

Each area of Design & Technology provides a insight and develops pupils skills. Pupils will find that they enjoy or are better at one specific area then the rest. Pupils must be supported thoroughly and the sites listed on this page can help with that.

Materials and Resources

The materials in this section provide ideas for designing and building projects that can be used to inspire a unit of work. There are several resources related to food that can be drawn on in providing children access to this aspect of the National Curriculum for Design Technology at Key Stage 2.

Young Engineers have some fantastic challenges, projects and activities for the engineering part of D&T. These activites help engage students in problem-solving, creation and instruction following. They also encourage students to work in a group which will teach them communication skills.


15 Key Free Teaching Resources

Learn With Dogs

Learn With Dogs

Free downloadable resources that include information on responsible dog ownership and safety around dogs to help educate the dog owners of tomorrow.

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BP Educational Service

BP Educational Service

Providing free teaching resources for primary Science at Key Stages 1 and 2.

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BSI British Standards

This is a Design & Technology site that can be used with KS1, 2 & 3 students in helping them understand British Standards.

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BNSC British National Space Centre

BNSC has teachers resources and video clips that educates students about Space.

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Nuffield Foundation

For KS1 and KS2 Design & Technology students, this site offers multiple resources for them to use in classes.

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British Potato Council

British Potato Council has 12 lessons based on potatoes for Primary School learning in Design & Technology classes.

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Warburtons provides a good interactive site that talks about every aspect of their world.

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Schools Tube

Schools Tube is a great way for teachers and their students to submit audiovisual content for it to be shared and used by others.

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Patent Office

Patant Office offers different packs that can be used in Enterprise, Business Studies and Design & Technology for all ages.

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Create word clouds in a number of subjects by using Wordle.

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Golden Tapestry

This site explains the Golden Tapestry project which is aimed at Primary Schools and encourages them to work on their Art & Design.

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Selection of Free Drawing Lessons covering a range of topics from ABC.

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Morrison’s have lesson plans, tips, guides and more that Primary and Secondary School teachers can access about schools growing their own food.

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Active Kids Get Cooking

A cooking site that targets KS2 Design & Technology that encourages healthy eating and cooking within schools.

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Young Engineers

Young Engineers offers activity ideas, images and competitions for Children in KS2.

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