Hellesdon High School

& Sixth Form Centre

Year 9 D&T

Core Technology Curriculum

Below are the projects students will participate in during Year 8:

Marble Clip Project

Project Description: This project is designed to teach pupils basic wood working skills – cutting joints, shaping, glueing and finishing.

The design uses a marble in a sloping pocket to grip pieces of paper.

Pupils are also taught how to use a vinyl cutter to add writing and decoration

Balance Toy Project

Brief: You are working at a small promotional design company. Design and make the prototype of a balance to to advertise a specific sport or country.

Project Description: This project is designed to teach pupils making skills in wood, metal and plastics as well as introducing concepts of multiculturalism in the research.

Mug and Holder Project

Brief: You are working for a design company specialising in designing packaging and have been approached by a company who make mugs as souvenirs.

Design and make the prototype of a mug and packaging to act as a memento for tourists visiting a particular country.

Project Description: This projects acts as an introduction to Graphic Products and teaches a range of graphic skills.


Food Technology

A series of assignments that are designed to increase pupils food preparation skills as well as learning about different world food cultures​​. At the end pupils are entered for the Active Kids Get Cooking three star award.

During this year the students will make:

  • Coleslaw (food processor)
  • Cheesecake
  • Pasta and Tomato Sauce
  • Quiche
  • Muffins
  • Stir Fry
  • Swiss Roll
  • Scones


Teenage Project

Brief: You are a young designer working for an innovative textiles company.
Design and make the prototype of a product that is suitable for teenagers and is influenced by modern culture. The product could be a T-shirt, bag, shorts, sarong or banana.

Description of Project: This project gives Y9 the freedom to design and make an article of their own choice, using the skills that they have learnt in previous years


All specialist areas mark in the same way. Day to day marking is done on a four point scale: Outstanding, Good, Acceptable, Requires Improvement. These are given the appropriate level equivalences. 

Sections of work are marked according to our interpretation of the national curriculum. These are marked in National Curriculum Levels.