Curriculum Overview


Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4 Sixth Form

On rotation: Graphics: Perspective Drawing

Students will learn perspective drawing techniques.

Students will learn how to draw using one point perspective.

Students will be able to recognise pictures taken in one point perspective.

Students will learn to add detail to their work using perspective.

Pupils will learn the difference between one and 2 point perspective, and will be introduced to two point perspective.

Students designs from their books will be assesses along with their 2d Design technical drawings. Students ability to take into account the specification when designing using 2d Design and the Laser cutter (CAD/CAM).

Acrylic polymer, a group of polymers (plastics) noted for transparency and elasticity

Memphis group
The Memphis Group was an Italian design and architecture group founded in Milan by Ettore Sottsass in 1981 that designed Postmodern furniture, fabrics, ceramics, glass and metal objects from 1981 to 1987.

Line bending
Line bending is a thermoforming process, i.e. it is a method of forming a thermoplastic after it has been heated until it has become soft and pliable.Line bending involves heating a thermoplastic sheet material over a strip heater until it becomes soft an

A scribe is a tool for marking wood, plastic or metal by scratching the surface visibly.

Engraving is the practice of incising a design onto a hard, usually flat surface, by cutting grooves into it.

A polymer is a large molecule, or macromolecule, composed of many repeated subunits. Because of their broad range of properties, both synthetic and natural polymers play an essential and ubiquitous role in everyday life.

A thermo softening plastic, is a plastic material, polymer, that becomes pliable or mouldable above a specific temperature and solidifies upon cooling.

A thermosetting polymer (or plastic), also known as a thermoset, is a prepolymer material that cures irreversibly. The cure may be induced by heat, generally above 200 °C (392 °F), through a chemical reaction, or suitable irradiation.

Plastic is a material consisting of any of a wide range of synthetic or semi-synthetic organics that are malleable and can be moulded into solid objects of diverse shapes.

The ​natural ​purpose (of something) or the ​duty (of a ​person).

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

Develop the individual:
Moral issues: They will demonstrate economic use of materials and resourceful use of equipment. Students will learn why it is important to use materials and equipment efficiently in order to minimise the impact on the environment. Cultural: Understanding how products evolve according to users’ and designers’ needs.

Create a supportive community:

On rotation: Textiles

Students will learn about bonded materials - felt. Students will learn how to use sewing machines and hand sew. Students will use felt and ribbon to create a bookmark.

Students learn about Natural and Synthetic fabrics as well as how they are made.

Making task: Students will be assessed on the quality of their machine stitch, hand stitch and ability to set up and use the sewing machine. A single lesson assessment will take place to assess their ability at completing a range of stitches.

Final outcome - felt bookmark.

Conductive Threads
Conductive thread is a thread that conducts electricity. Conductive threads are a cross between the world of electric wires and the world of textiles, with attributes of each.

A type of close weave fabric. Traditionally made of wool but modern versions can be manmade.

Light Emitting Diode (LED)
Electrical component that gives out light when current passes through it.

A spindle or cylinder used for the tidy output of thread from a sewing machine. This provides the stitching underneath a machined piece of fabric.

Bobbin Case
The metal casing for the bobbin housed in the bottom of a sewing machine.

Thread Pick Up
A method of threading a sewing machine needle using a spool, bobbin and needle. Manually turning the needle sew that it threads itself.

Balance Wheel
Manually works the sewing machine and adjusts the movement/motion of the sewing machine.

Foot Pedal
The electric or person powered control for the sewing machine. Speeds can be adjusted depending on how much pressure is put on the foot pedal.

Presser Foot
The metal attachment used to hold fabric flat when sewing using a sewing machine.

Feed Dog
Feed dogs are the critical component of a "drop feed" sewing machine. A set of feed dogs typically resembles two or three short, thin metal bars, crosscut with diagonal teeth, which move back and forth in slots in a sewing machine's needle plate.

Stitch Selector
The control on the sewing machine that allows the user/operator to select which kind of stitch to use.

Spool Pin
Where thread is housed on top of the sewing machine. This provides the top of the stitches in fabric.

Machine Needle
The sharp implement used to weave thread in and out of fabric.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

Develop the individual:
Students think about how they can use materials resourcefully in order to benefit their own lives and the lives of others. They consider how sustainable their own lives are.

Create a supportive community:
Students work together on some of the sewing machine tasks and are required to co-operate and communicate with one another.

On rotation: Electronics

Students will learn to solder and the function of different electronic components and their circuit diagrams.

The students will use these skills to make an LED torch. They will also test their product and make it suitable for their chosen target market.

Students will be assessed on their dice flow chart and how effective their electrical dice is including the quality of soldering.

Light Emitting Diode (LED)
Electrical component that gives out light when current passes through it.

Flow Chart
A flowchart is a type of diagram that represents an algorithm, workflow or process, showing the steps as boxes of various kinds, and their order by connecting them with arrows.

Printed Circuit Board
A printed circuit board (PCB) mechanically supports and electrically connects electronic components using conductive tracks, pads and other features etched from copper sheets laminated onto a non-conductive substrate.

Solder is a fusible metal alloy used to join together metal workpieces and having a melting point below that of the workpiece(s).

What activates a system to carry out a particular function e.g. push button, sensor.

A series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end. This is the decision part of a system which processes information e.g. the microcontroller on the Cyber Pet project or the processor on a computer.

What the systems does e.g. an alarm bell rings, a computer screen turns on.

A resistor is a passive two-terminal electrical component that implements electrical resistance as a circuit element. Resistors act to reduce current flow, and, at the same time, act to lower voltage levels within circuits.

Can be known as a computer on a chip or an ‘electronic brain’ that can be used to control a product, toy or machine.

Wire Strippers
A wire stripper is a small, hand-held device used to strip the electrical insulation from electric wires.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

Develop the individual:
Moral issues: How products improve lives. How materials are used so as to minimise waste.

Create a supportive community:

On rotation: Food & Nutrition

Students will learn about Food Safety and Hygiene and how to eat a healthy and balanced diet.

Students will complete practical tasks and learn about heat transfer. They will make a variety of different foods using the different parts of the oven safely and correctly. They will use the grill, hob and main oven as well as learning important knife skills. They will be assessed on key information about food safety and hygiene as well as their practical skills observed during food practical lessons. Students will also complete a scone modification task where they will modify an existing recipe.

SketchUp (formerly Google Sketchup) is a 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, civil and mechanical engineering, film, and video game design—and available in a freeware version

Follow Me Tool
Use the Follow Me tool to duplicate the profile of a face along a path. This tool is especially useful when trying to add details to a model, such as a crown molding, because you can draw the profile of the molding at one end of a path on the model and us

Push Pull Tool
Use the Push/Pull tool to push and pull Face entities to add volume to or subtract volume from your models. You can use push/pull to create volume out of any face type, including circular, rectangular, and abstract faces.

2D Design
The 2d design is the one that is composed of only two dimensions –the length and the width.

Delete Tool
The Erase menu item is used to delete the selected entity from your model.

A little arrow or icon used on the computer to point to something you wish to click on.

Curved Line Tool
Curved lines are created with points and curvature controls: Controls that, when moved, create a curve.

Zoom for detail
Increases the size of the item on your computer screen so that you are able to work on fine detail.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

Develop the individual:
Cultural: Understanding how products evolve according to users’ and designers’ needs.

Create a supportive community:
Students will develop a deeper understanding of food intolerances and allergies as well as the needs of different religions and what they are restricted from eating.

On rotation: Block Bot - Woodwork

Students will learn about different types of timber both natural and manufactured boards. Students will construct a block bot to meet their design.

Practical work will be assessed as well as their ability using tools an equipment correctly and safely.

A squashing or pushing force.

A pulling or stretching force.

A turning or twisting force.

Shearing forces are unaligned forces pushing one part of a body in one direction, and another part of the body in the opposite direction.

In engineering, abutment refers to the substructure at the ends of a bridge span or dam whereon the structure's superstructure rests or contacts.

Civil Engineer
A civil engineer is a person who practices civil engineering – the application of planning, designing, constructing, maintaining, and operating infrastructures while protecting the public and environmental health, as well as improving existing infrastruct

Cantilever Bridge
A cantilever bridge is a bridge built using cantilevers, structures that project horizontally into space, supported on only one end.

Truss Bridge
A truss bridge is a bridge whose load-bearing superstructure is composed of a truss, a structure of connected elements forming triangular units.

Arch Bridge
An arch bridge is a bridge with abutments at each end shaped as a curved arch.

Cable-stayed bridge
A cable-stayed bridge has one or more towers (or pylons), from which cables support the bridge deck.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

Develop the individual:
Social: How technology improves lives. Sustainability of different materials. Cultural: Understanding how products evolve according to users’ and designers’ needs.

Create a supportive community: