Year 8 Design Technology


  • You compare images of products/foods and label them.
  • Explain what you like and don’t like about each image
  • Interpret and use information.
  • You 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 identify your own design problems and reformulate them.
  • You investigate users’ needs, correlate and analyse data. You respond creatively showing that you understand how culture and society are reflected in similar products/dishes.


  • 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 demonstrates an understanding of materials, ingredients, processes and function.
  • You explore various approaches to generate creative ideas/dishes and avoid stereotypical responses (biomimicry and user-centred approaches)
  • You identify specification points to inform the design of innovative, functional and appealing products/dishes that respond to needs.
  • You use various sources of information showing that you understand aesthetics and ergonomics, taste, texture and smell.

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 associate how more advanced mechanical systems used in their products enables changes in movement and force.
  • You test and analyse your design showing you understand where the product will be used.


  • 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 work accurately using the right tools and equipment. You check your work as it develops and respond to problems.
  • You explore into a range of processes/cooking techniques (inc CAD/CAM), equipment, materials and ingredients.


  • You identify and summarise what has been a success and failure. You suggest improvements for your design.
  • You explain designers impact on society.
  • You explain what has worked well and what could be improved to overcome the problems experienced. You test your work to ensure it is fit for purpose.
  • You test, evaluate and refine your product showing that you understand where the product will be used.
  • You ask your peers for suggestions for improvement.
  • You identify new and emerging technologies. You investigate designers past and present.

Food, Cooking & Nutrition

  • Explain the difference between a healthy and unhealthy diet.
  • Identify the different food groups required for a healthy diet and categorise these foods.
  • Compare a healthy and unhealthy diet.
  • Analyse different foods and the nutrients that are in them.