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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.

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?

Food - You will learn about 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 Nature cushion.  You will learn about Health and Safety in the work room, design development and realisation, machine sewing skills, hand sewing skills, tie-dyeing and applique.

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.

Electronics - Electronic dice.  You will learn about Health and Safety in the electronics room, how to identify different electronic components, solder, program a PIC micro control chip and vacuum form.

Wood - Wooden toy.  You will learn about Health and Safety in the workshop, create a scale drawing, measure and mark out accurately, use basic hand tools.  You will also use a pillar drill, sanding machines and using 2D Design and vinyl cutter create a sticker.

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
  • 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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