Year 8 Design & Technology 

Topic  British Values Cushion Project 
No of lessons  12
When is it happening  Year 8
What will students learn Students will develop their understanding of surface pattern design such as natural dyeing techniques, stencilling and dye sublimation and how pattern is influenced by different artist, cultures and events. Students will develop their skills of decorative design and expand their knowledge of man made fabrics, natural fabrics, smart materials and composition when designing to a product specification. 
Key Knowledge that students should know at the end of 'Topic' This is the knowledge that students will meet for the first time in this topic  The social and historical context of traditional dyeing techniques for example tie dye versus more modern techniques e.g. CAD (to make stencils and repeat patterns). Use of certain equipment, embellishments, designing to a specification using ACCESS FM, how fabric is constructed (woven/bonded/knitted). Students will recall knowledge about how to design and make a product for a specific purpose and user. 
This is knowledge that students may have met before but will need to deepen their understanding 

Students will have knowledge of some textile equipment.  Students will have knowledge of working to fulfil a design brief..  Students will have some knowledge of natural materials and keywords (template, repeat pattern, applique, bonded,  annotation etc). Students will have knowledge of how to plan and complete a range of design ideas in order to come up with a solution to a problem.  Knowledge to carry out quality control checks and implement them throughout the making of their product. 

Key Skills that students should be able to demonstrate at the end of 'Topic' This is the skills  that students will meet for the first time in this topic

Research skills .

Design skills inspired by an artist or a culture.  Acquire skills in surface pattern techniques e.g. block printing, stencilling , tie dye, hand embellishments, applique. Modern techniques for surface pattern embellishment including CAD CAM.  Dye sublimation, repeat pattern, stencils cut out by the laser cutter. 

Construction skills when making a product.  

This is skills that students may have met before but will need to develop 

Design and make a product that will meet a specification and a design brief.  Design ideas that include detailed annotation.  Understand the difference between textile techniques and be able to be selective choosing the right technique that is suitable for their own design and material type.

Key vocabulary that students should know and understand Laser cutting, surface embellishment, printing, tie dye, template, stencil, fabric paint, resist dye, pattern. 
The Big Question  How will I design and make a product inspired by a designer or culture? 


 Key questions that students should be able to answer at the end of the 'Topic'



What does surface pattern mean? 
How is fabric made? 
How do I use an iron? 
Where does fabric come from? 
What is embellishment? 
What is a stencil and how do I create one ?
What is British culture and how do I use this to create a  range of design ideas?
What does inspire mean? 
What is and why does my product need a seam allowance? 
What are smart materials? 
How do I thread a needle ?
What is applique ?  
How do I use other designers work as inspiration ?