Christian Head, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4HA

017683 71693

Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

A Co-operative Academy

Year 8 Design & Technology 

The subject of design and technology enables pupils to develop a wide range of skills.  These skills include problem solving, creativity, independent learning, innovation, presentation, ICT and manufacturing skills.  All these skills are an excellent preparation for the world of work and further study.

The experiences, which the subject gives to students, are unique and allow the students to apply their knowledge qualities and skills in problem solving and evaluation.  Students are encouraged to use Knowledge gained throughout the schools’ curriculum.

In Year 8 pupils further develop the skills and knowledge which they have gained during Year 7.  We build upon previous knowledge with projects, which allow pupils to again experience with polymers and metals but also introduce some electronic manufacturing. 

Year 8 D&T Curriculum

Curriculum areas covered during this year are:

  • Application of the Design Process to a polymer project.
  • Design and manufacture using CAD & CAM processes
  • Metal engineering workshop skills.
  • Electronic manufacturing.

D&T Assessment

All students are assessed through a variety of assessment procedures and given a key stage grade using the National Curriculum levels. Full assessments are made after each project is completed.

Assessment procedures are:

  • Work completed in booklets through Design,  Making and Evaluating.
  • Practical Outcomes are graded to the new GCSE grades of 1 to 9.
  • Effort grades are also given.

For more information please go the DATA (Design & Technology Association) website at or contact Mr Kevin Gough.