Technology Mandatory - Stage 4, Years 7 and 8


Agriculture provides students the opportunity to gain experience tending to a herb and vegetable garden and laying chicken enterprise. During the program of study students will undertake aspects of gardening such as the sowing of seeds, raising and transplantation of seedlings, garden care and maintenance, and harvesting of plants at their maturity. Agriculture also has a computer element that develops students’ computer skills in areas such as digital media and simulated garden design as well as knowledge in areas such as the requirements of healthy vegetables and companion planting.

Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) and 3D Printing

This unit seeks to provide students with an introduction to freehand sketching, pictorial drawing as well as orthographic projection. Students will then develop skills in designing a product and using the Auto CAD program to produce an advertising presentation. As part of the design process students will research the materials that are used in the making of their product and the environmental impact of these materials.  

Food Technology

Mandatory Food Technology in Year 7 and 8  is a basic introduction to nutrition and kitchen safety.  Students learn about hygiene and safe food practices in the selection, handling and storage of food. Students participate in following the steps to make food items, by measuring and combining ingredients to make healthy food choices. Students demonstrate responsible and safe use of a range of kitchen equip learn about kitchen safety and use appliances and equipment.

Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

Students utilise the design process and computer technology to design images, graphics and animations. Students learn fundamental graphic design skills and use software related to these tasks, including Adobe Photoshop. Assessment is task based and assesses the student’s ability to apply the design process, utilise computer software and apply graphic design skills.


This course introduces students to a variety of metals, hand tools, machines and practical processes. It allows students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills through the application of the design process to the projects undertaken.

Classroom discussion and completion of worksheets will help generate solutions for the projects undertaken. Particular emphasis of the discussion will be evaluation of current design solutions. Students will design (using scaffold worksheets) and make,  projects relevant to their personal needs.

Textiles Technology

Students in this unit are involved in learning to use a range of technologies appropriate for clothing manufacture.

The course involves experimentation with surface decoration techniques and the production of a uniquely designed piece of fabric. The fabric is then used to produce a pair of sleep shorts. Throughout the construction of the shorts students learn a range of assembly and finishing techniques.

Students learn how to document the “design, produce and evaluate” process. Skills in drawing of individual designs are developed and the literacy of subject specific vocabulary is encouraged through the use of self- evaluation written tasks. ICT is used to explore a range of textile materials and their applications.

At the end of the unit students take home a quality project which they often wear for years to come!

Web page Design

In this unit of work students will design, construct and evaluate their  own personal website. They will research and identify the factors that affect the design and commercial effectiveness of a website. Students will develop their site to include a range of media including photos, video, music, work samples and web links.  Each web page will represent the student’s digital presence at San Clemente High School.


This course introduces students to a variety of timbers, timber products, hand tools, machines and practical processes. It allows students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills through the application of the design process to the projects undertaken.

Students will work under teacher guidance through the steps involved in designing and manufacturing a project in timber.

Classroom discussion is encouraged on considerations which need to be taken into account during the design process.