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Technology - Year 8

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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.

Subject Key Concepts

                                                             #1 Creativity             #2 Planning          #3 Materials

                                                                     #4 Analysis        #5 Sustainable Futures

Please click here for Subject Key Concepts.

Curriculum Overview for the year

Year 8


Cup cake and cases


Key Ring / Autodesk wooden vehicle

Textiles - Monster Desk Tidy

Specific knowledge and skills

This project involves designing and making a light sensitive lightbox with a custom designed graphic front panel.


The following will be the focus:


·         Types of woods

·         Sources of wood

·         How to join woods: using tools such as a tenon saw, jigs, and sanding machines

·         Adding a suitable finish to woods


·         How to solder

·         Knowledge of components (e.g. resistor, LED..)

·         Using 2D Design and a plotter/cutter

·         Assembling parts to construct a product

CAD Graphics

·         Using 2D Design

·         Cutting vinyl sheet with a plotter cutter

·         Applying vinyl to a flat surface accurately

Other knowledge

·         Use of fonts

·         3D Graphics skills

·         Analysing existing lighting products

·         2D Orthographic drawing

·         Evaluation skills





Students will be building on food health and safety including using safe use of an oven and working to hygiene standards.

Students will also be introduced to graphic skills, they will create a box and cupcake based around their chosen theme.


The following will be the focus:

·         Health and safety in the food classroom

·         An understanding of food allergies and intolerances

·         Designing a net

·         Exploring colour association

·         Developing 3D graphic skills

·         Using 2D Design

·         Evaluation skills



Students will be building on health and safety. They will build on time management skills from year 7 by making more complex products such as scones and Julienne salad.


The following will be the focus:


·         Knife skills such as julienne

·         Time management

·         Chemical raising agent

·         Use of the oven

·         Rubbing in method

·         Glazing

·         Gluten formation

·         Evaluation skills



Students will be introduced to health and safety while creating products in CAD/CAM.

The following will be the focus:

·         Creating a design specification.

·         Time management of a task

·         Working with AutoDesk

·         Developing 2D/3D graphic skills

·         Assembly of component parts





Students will be creating a desk tidy based on monsters.

The following will be the focus:

·         The interaction of the object with its intended purpose – use and planning of pockets

·         Development of sewing machine skills – use of curved seams instead of straight seams

·         Turning the 2D material (hessian) into a 3D object – use of mitred corners to create a base

·         Development of hand sewing skills – use of back stitch

·          Design decisions - use of bold aesthetics

·         Understanding the different material structures – woven, non-woven, knitted


Key terms

Hardwoods and softwoods, mitre joints, jigs, vinyl, HIPS, PCB, soldering, plotter/cutters, CAD/CAM, oblique, isometric, perspective.

Food hygiene, food allergies, food intolerance, CAD/CAM, colour wheel, nets, rendering, oblique, isometric.

Julienne, rubbing in method, chemical raising agent, gluten formation, evaluation.

CAD/CAM, 2Design software, circle, radius, parallel lines, contour bitmap, vectorise image, line thickness, line colours, text, text size and font style, copy, paste, PVA glue, sizing images, Autodesk 3D design, assemble components.


Pockets, curved seam, hessian, woven, non-woven, knitted, mitred corners, backstitch, appliqué, aesthetics, hand sewing, sewing machines.

Key concepts




Sustainable Futures








Sustainable futures









Working with Materials

Knowledge and Planning

Testing & Evaluating


Generating and developing ideas

Testing and Evaluation

Working with materials

Testing & Evaluating

Generating and developing ideas

Knowledge and Planning


Working with Materials

Knowledge and Planning

Useful documents:

Please click here for a PDF of curriculum overview.

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.

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
  • Apron
  • The Faculty will support students with equipment if there is an economic need

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?

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

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

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

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