Year 8 Design Technology


  • You compare images of products/food and label them.
  • Explain what you like and don’t like about each image.
  • Interpret and use information.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of users views and take users views into account about aesthetic and technical issues as you respond creatively to the design brief.


  • You recognise that your design/dish has to meet a range of needs.
  • You clarify ideas using words, labelled sketches and models to communicate design details.
  • You observe and take inspiration from others’ designs/dishes and this is reflected in your ideas.
  • You communicate your design ideas which meet the brief and client needs and summarise which ideas/dishes will work best.
  • Your work demonstrated an understanding of materials, ingredients, processes and function.

Technical Knowledge

  • You explain the order of your work choosing appropriate materials/ingredients, processes, equipment and machinery including computer aided manufacture.
  • You demonstrate your understanding of and use the properties of materials/ingredients and the performance of structural elements to achieve functioning solutions.
  • You reflect on your designing as you go along.


  • You demonstrate using tools with some accuracy to cut, shape and assemble materials, ingredients and components.
  • You demonstrate using a variety of tools, equipment, processes, (inc CAD/CAM) materials or ingredients to realise your idea.
  • You explain why the finish/presentation of a product/dish is important.


  • You identify and summarise what has been a success and failure.
  • You suggest improvements for you design.
  • You explain the impact designers have had on society.
  • You explain what has worked well and what could be improved to overcome the problems experienced.
  • You test your work for to ensure it is fit for purpose.

Food, Cooking & Nutrition

  • Explain the difference between a healthy diet and an unhealthy diet.
  • Identify the different food groups required for a healthy diet and categorise these foods.