Christian Head, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4HA

017683 71693

Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

A Co-operative Academy

Year 8 Design & Technology and Food Preparation & Nutrition

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 making 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.

Year 8 Curriculum

Product Design

Curriculum areas covered during this year are:

  • Application of the Design Process to a polymer project
  • Designed and manufactured using CAD & CAM processes
  • Engineering workshop skills and a simple

Food Technology

During the food course students will learn and develop new skills and qualities through these curriculum areas:

  • Advanced knife skills of meat, fish & poultry.
  • Diet and Nutrition/different dietary needs.
  • Multicultural food.
  • Cake decorating techniques.
  • Sensory evaluation.
  • Food labeling and the traffic light system.
  • Food packaging and single use plastics.
  • Within each Key stage area students will extend their existing knowledge through challenging new projects.

D&T Assessment

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

Assessment procedures are:

  • Work completed in booklets through a Design. Make and Evaluating criteria
  • Practical Outcomes are also graded to the new GCSE grades of 1 to 9.

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