As in year 7, pupils are encouraged to self assess their own, as well as each others work (work will also be assessed by staff). Where as in year 7, pupils have mini page-by-page assessment tick boxes, in year 8 they will follow a master check sheet. This will help to ensure that pupils know exactly what is required in each task (especially out of school when a teacher isn’t around). And also ensure that each element of a task is present.
When completing any task, pupils must carefully read the task instructions as well as the assessment criteria. This assessment method permits pupils to “go back” and alter or add to work at any stage before final marking. Periodic homeworks will also be set that will encourage pupils to back-track and get them into the habit of improving work that has been graded. The main reason for this is to put them in the best possible situation to become independent learners. Equally importantly, this is a step closer to the method of marking used by staff and exam boards at GCSE and A-level, and so should empower pupils to maximise their own potential.
By the end of year 8, pupils should aim be two whole levels (or six split levels) higher than the level obtained at the start of year 7.
Design & Make Projects
The first project in year 8 involves appropriate research and analysis work, before designing their own product and making a working prototype for the purpose of testing and evaluation. This project gives pupils a deeper understanding of elements of the design process. They also gain experience with ICT for communication and presentation, as is relevant in the world of design & manufacturing, and gain experience with a greater range of wood-working skills, tools & equipment for: marking out, cutting & shaping, joining and finishing timber based products.
The use of plastics is also introduced here (which builds on the knowledge of plastics as a material obtained in year 7). Individual projects must incorporate either HIPS or Acrylic into their product. Though all pupils will gain the knowledge of how to manipulate both materials, their choice of material will determine which skills are actually practised.
This is an introduction to working with metal. There is less emphasis on designing (which has already been covered), and more emphasis on practical skills. It builds upon the knowledge of metals (properties & uses) gained in year 7. Pupils are taught how to safely and correctly use the full range of metal working tools & equipment, i.e: marking out, cutting & shaping and finishing. To design and produce a small range of pendants to be hung from a necklace.
Types of wood joints http://www.ripsdiy.co.za/woodjoins.shtml
Rebate/Shoulder/half Lap-joint http://www.technologystudent.com/joints/lapt1.htm
Using a Tenon saw http://www.technologystudent.com/equip1/bksaw1.htm
Sustainable forestry http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-sustainable-forestry.htm
Metals Information http://www.technologystudent.com/designpro/metals1.htm