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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Technology for Year 8 students, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.

While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Mrs Ellis if you have any questions.

Please click on the questions below to find out more.

How are groups organised?

Classes are mixed ability. Lessons are based on approximately 6 week rotations so that students have the opportunity to experience different areas of Design and Technology during their academic year. The students have four one-hour lessons per fortnight.

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

The most successful students in this subject will enjoy working practically, will be passionate about creating useful products, will enjoy problem solving and working out how things are made.

What are the key concepts students will study at this level?

  • Generating and Developing ideas
  • Planning and knowledge
  • Working with materials
  • Testing and evaluating

What will students learn at this level?

Whilst we are unable to access our workshops safely we have created some exciting design projects for students to complete. Year 8 students are designing a healthy sandwich suitable for a student of their age. They will research the importance of a healthy diet and look at food allergies as well as what makes a tasty sandwich. They will also study graphic products as they design and create the packaging for their sandwich, looking at colour, logos and three dimensional nets.

Food- You will revisit Health and Safety, hygiene, the government guidelines to healthy eating and practical skills. Skills gained include knife skills, pastry making and savoury alternative and use of the oven and hob.

Textiles- Culture theme pencil case/drawstring bag. You will revisit health and safety in the textile classroom. The project explores different cultures and the differences in their patterns and design. We look into the ancient art of block printing and create a culture inspired block, which is used to print fabric and make a product. You can also include decorative techniques and embellishment.

CAD/CAM- Keyring and introduction to Autodesk inventor. Using 2D design you will design a keyring then use a laser cutter to make it. You will also learn how to create constructional drawings using Autodesk inventor.

Metal work- Metal animal. You will learn about Health and Safety in the metal workshop. The project will help you to learn how to identify different types of metals. You will also braze, forge and plastic dip coat your animal.

Resistant materials/electronics- Lamp. You will use a variety of different materials to create a light sensitive lamp. During this project you will learn how to produce a scale drawing and build on your electronics and CAD knowledge and skills.

What skills will students develop at this level?

  • Practical skills
  • Analytical and evaluative skills
  • Communication skills
  • Health and safety
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving

How will students learn at this level?

  • Watching practical demonstrations
  • Practising different skills
  • Using the internet to support your learning
  • Trial and error when experimenting with different materials
  • Observing your peers
  • Develop analysing and evaluative skills

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

You will be assessed in two different areas during each rotation. You will use assessment sheets which will help to understand how you can progress in each area. Your teacher will also give you both verbal and written feedback during lessons.

When do key assessments take place?

Work is assessed at the end of each rotation. Each rotation is approximately six weeks.

How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

Encourage you to discuss your projects at home, perhaps research topics/recipes independently. Answer surveys and questionnaires, encourage you to watch design and manufacturing programme on the TV and visit exhibitions.

What equipment do students need for this subject?

Essential school equipment


How does this subject link to other subjects?

  • Science and computing– investigations and programming
  • Maths – weighing & measuring
  • English – reading, writing, communication
  • Art – presentation and drawing skills
  • Geography – Food provenance
  • PSHE – Food choices

What websites or resources may be helpful to support students’ learning?



What extra-curricular or enrichment opportunities are available for students in this subject at this level?

  • We open our workshops to students at lunch and after school to work on your projects.
  • There is a textiles club you can join.
  • You can also help with other school events such as the school production!

What sort of careers can this subject lead to?

Too many to list here but they include:

Product Designer

All branches of engineering, Architect

Materials scientist, Aerospace, Car design, Mechanic, Carpenter, Food Styling, Chef, Food Journalism/PR, Nutritionist/Dietician, Buyer, Catering, Education, Environmental health, Hospitality, Sports science, Photography, Food science

What does student work look like in this subject at this level?


How does this subject support a broad and balanced curriculum, meeting the needs of all students, and developing traditional core skills?


How does this subject promote creativity, critical thinking, practice, perseverance and resilience, and making links?


How does this subject encourage enrichment and the development of cultural capital, deep learning, and inclusivity?