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Year 8 Curriculum Information - Design & Technology
Subject outline.

During this year pupils will complete four different projects, again using the carousel system. They will have an opportunity to complete projects in the following areas: Food, Textiles, ICT and Product Design. Each project is set for 8-10 weeks depending upon the terms. Each project has a classroom booklet to work in together with home-learning tailored to reinforce the classroom learning.

Topics Covered.

Food: This project looks at the development of products with the focus upon use of cereals. Pupils will develop several basic recipes and alter them to produce their own unique recipe. They will produce a cheese and pasta bake, savoury vegetarian rice, flapjacks and time permitting pizza or calzone.

Product Design: Pupils will continue to build upon their Year 7 skills and design and make a vacuum formed buzzer game. Each game will require a circuit board to be produced and soldering to be completed.

Textiles: Pupils will be developing and designing patterns to make a polyester fleece hat inspired by winter sports hats and fashion trends in animal inspired head wear.

Business: Students learn about banking and its services, buying a car and then learn how to spend/or make money via eBay.

Assessment.

All students will complete four projects throughout the year.  Each is marked with two focus areas that are pertinent to the project and reflect an area of assessment in the deign process together with an outcome mark.  The student receives individual marks for these and an averaged mark for their project.  These marks feed into a data base that will produce an average mark at the end of the year for each student allowing for suitable targets to be set to enable progression.

Throughout the design process students are encouraged to learn new vocabulary.  They are asked to research into and explore other designers and will produce short reports on a regular basis.  As designing requires an ability to understand scale and measurement all students will use their mathematical skills during their projects, e.g. working out the quantities of materials required for a design or weighing and measuring ingredients in food.

Special Requirements/Equipment

Students should always arrive with a pen, pencil, ruler, rubber and a selection of coloured pencils. Students will always be informed of special requirements as and when necessary. During the food project they will be required to provide ingredients for the practical sessions and will be given ingredient lists a week prior to the lesson.

Home Learning

Home learning is set and marked in line with the whole school policy. In most instances home learning work sheets are provided with extension tasks. Home learning is also set on the SMHW website.

Reading List

Each area has a selection of text books used to support classroom delivery.

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