Digital, Visual & Communications Technology

Year 7

Year 7 students will learn about 3D design by using computer aided design (CAD) software to create an object to be 3D printed. They will also explore coding and computational thinking by creating a game.

Year 8

Year 8 students will extend their knowledge and skills in 3D design and coding. They will use computer aided design (CAD) software to create a more complex object to be 3D printed, as well as being introduced to other forms and uses of 3D design. They will also continue to learn about coding and computational thinking through gaming.


The learning intentions related to the subject of Digital, Visual and Communications Technology at Somerville Intermediate are listed below. The intentions are for students to cover a broad base of problem solving activities that require them to communicate ideas through computer aided design software and coding. Both year 7 and year 8 are taught 3D printing and coding by creating original. Digital, Visual and Communications Technology is one of the four subjects taught at Somerville linked to the New Zealand Technology curriculum, as well as the emerging Digital Technologies curriculum.

Learning intentions for Digital, Visual and Communications Technology

  • To develop a sound working knowledge of 3D printing and computer aided design (CAD) software.
  • To apply appropriate mathematical and technological knowledge to solving 3D design problems.
  • To develop a basic understanding of the purpose and types of coding.
  • To use coding and computational thinking to develop a game.
  • To understand and apply the basic processes and elements of design.
  • To gain a knowledge of materials, processes, and components and of their application to develop a product, system, or design.
  • To learn to evaluate how well solutions meet a given brief or instruction.
  • To describe what the internet is, how it works and how we can keep it safe for the future.