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Year 8 Design & Technology

Design and Technology is an exciting and valuable subject which covers a wide range of material specialism’s and students are exposed to a wealth of resources within Design and Technology. 

In Year 8, students can expect to learn about Textiles, Multi Materials, Electronics and Graphics. Students have full access to all the resources in the Faculty and are taught how to operate them safely. Design and Technology provides important opportunities for students to problem-solve, develop lateral and creative thinking skills, self-manage resources as well as being able to utilise their Maths and Science knowledge in a practical way.

How will my child be assessed and how will I know how well they are doing in D&T in Year 8?

  • Student’s work is assessed throughout the term with a formal assessment grade at the end of the project. 

What homework will my child be expected to do in Year 8 in D&T?

  • Homework is set every fortnight in Design and Technology.  The homework is a task uploaded onto Satchel One.

How can I support my child to do well in D&T during Year 8?

  • Students should be encouraged to use a wide range of sources including books, the internet and magazines when conducting research tasks.  These tasks may involve accessing the internet (this can be done in school or at the local library), conducting questionnaires, looking at books and magazines.  Students should be encouraged to study the products around them and examine them to discover how they have been made and develop an understanding of the materials that have been chosen.  Parents should encourage their child to discuss their design ideas for their work at home to help develop their design thinking.  Where students have access to digital cameras, desktop publishing software, or technical drawing and 3D modelling computer packages, parents should encourage their child to develop their skills and understanding of these pieces of software.
  • The Design Museum in London is worth a visit to explore design thinking and products and to widen their design experience and knowledge of product design. The Science Museum is a valuable place to learn about materials and new technology. The Victoria and Albert Museum often has exciting exhibitions about Fashion and Textiles and designers.
  • If you are able to access the internet the website www.technologystudent.com has a wealth of resources, information and Design and Technology based activities for students.  

What equipment may my child need in addition to the standard school equipment?

  • Aprons and goggles are provided for students in Design and Technology. 
  • Students must attend all lessons with pencil, ruler, rubber, sharpener and colouring pencils. 
  • Students with long hair will need to have their hair tied back during Design and Technology lessons. 
  • For Health and Safety reasons, it is essential that students wear black leather shoes for all Design and Technology lessons. We cannot allow students into the workshops in canvas shoes or trainers.

By the end of the year, what would an 'expert' be able to do in D&T?

  • Understand how CAD and CAM is utilised in the market place and have a basic understanding of how automation and robotics function within the workplace.
  • Students are able to develop design proposals taking into account many aspects relating to a variety of social, moral, environmental and sustainability issues. They have not only considered the issues in their design work but it is evident in the final prototype solution.
  • Students have an awareness of a wide range of modern and smart materials and technical textiles and suggest how their own prototypes could be developed further to include them should the resources be made available to them.
  • Students are able to identify both primary and secondary research required in order to be able to develop functioning and aesthetically pleasing prototypes. They are able to reflect on the research undertaken in order to develop a relevant design context.
  • Students are able to understand and follow an appropriate design strategy. They are able to generate a range of ideas which show some creativity; further development utilises the research undertaken.  The design solutions are influenced to a degree by external factors in relation to social, moral, environmental and sustainability issues. Modelling is used as a tool to develop their ideas and to help communicate the idea clearly.  The quality of communication means the idea is clearly understood.
  • Students are able to use the available tools and machinery with increased accuracy and independence to make a prototype which has a high level of demand taking into the account the quality of finish.
  • Students are able to plan how all of their simple prototype will be made sequentially and can plan to make suitable material choices.

My child is struggling during the course, what additional help is available to help them keep up?

  • If your child is struggling in D&T, please ask them to be pro-active during the lesson and speak to the teacher directly for support. We also run after school clubs that can benefit any student that wants additional help.

Updated September 2022