Curriculum Overview


Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4 Sixth Form

On rotation: Chocolate Mould

This project will encompass the full design process, from Brief through to Evaluation. Students will design and make a former that can be used to create a mould suitable for making chocolates. They will be required to consider their market, and make sure that your designs, shapes, and sizes are suitable for both the customer and the process.

Students will be assessed on their use of 3d sketching skills and how effective they have been in creating design ideas that meet the specification. 3d sketching activities will be in their exercise books. A judgment will be made of the skill students have shown in shaping their final former and then creating the final chocolate mould.

Vacuum Former
Vacuum forming is a simplified version of thermoforming, whereby a sheet of plastic is heated to a forming temperature, stretched onto a single-surface mould, and forced against the mould by a vacuum (suction of air).

High Impact Polystyrene (HIP)
A plastic with good toughness, moderately high heat resistance, and good resistance to stress cracking.

A kind of expanded polystyrene used especially for making food containers e.g."styrofoam burger boxes"

A surform tool (also surface-forming tool[1]) features perforated sheet metal and resembles a food grater. A surform tool consists of a steel strip with holes punched out and the rim of each hole sharpened to form a cutting edge. The strip is mounted in a

A detailed description of the design and materials used to make something.

A hollow container used to give shape to molten or hot liquid material when it cools and hardens.

Masking Tape
Masking tape, also known as sticky tape, is a type of pressure-sensitive tape made of a thin and easy-to-tear paper, and an easily released pressure-sensitive adhesive. It is available in a variety of widths. It is used mainly in painting, to mask off are

An annotation is metadata (e.g. a comment, explanation, presentational markup) attached to text, image, or other data. Often, annotations refer to a specific part of the original data.

Cause to be or become; make. "The rains rendered his escape impossible"

Able to be hammered or pressed into shape without breaking or cracking.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

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

Create a supportive community:

On rotation: Textiles

Continuing on from the learning students have gained in yr7 into natural materials. This project will look at the material finishes and their decorative uses. Students will learn about batik and its different applications before designing and making a cushion cover using the hot wax resist technique.

Designing and Making task. Students design ideas in their exercise books will be assessed, with a focus on how their designs meet the needs of their target market. Sewing machine use along with the realisation of their cushion cover will be considered in their final grade.

A flexible material that can take various forms.

Able to be hammered or pressed into shape without breaking or cracking.

Undergoing a reversible change of colour when heated or cooled.

Hydrochromic inks are those that change colour when they make contact with water.

A textile that feels like a cross between paper and fabric.

Seam Allowance
Seam allowance (sometimes called inlays) is the area between the edge and the stitching line on two (or more) pieces of material being stitched together. Seam allowances can range from 1/4 inch wide (6.35 mm) to as much as several inches.

Fabric Scissors
Long bladed scissors that are sharper than normal so that fabric can be cut without rips, tears or pulls.

Pattern Paper
Shapes drawn on thin paper that when cut out and pinned onto fabric create a template for pieces of a garment etc.

A textile or cloth is a flexible woven material consisting of a network of natural or artificial fibres (yarn or thread). Yarn is produced by spinning raw fibres of wool, flax, cotton, or other material to produce long strands. Textiles are formed by weav

Using a needle to thread yarn or thread through two or more pieces of fabric to create a join.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

Develop the individual:
Students will learn that we should use the resources (natural and synthetic materials) of the Earth carefully because our actions have consequences for life on Earth, now and in the future.

Create a supportive community:

On rotation: Food & Nutrition

Students cover the topics of food around the world as well as an understanding of seasonality and sustainability, including an understanding of food miles. Students will learn about food from other countries and cultures and will follow a range of recipes to develop skills in the kitchen. In addition, students learn about avoiding cross contamination when cooking with meat and other key ingredients.

Year 8 Unit covers: Sustainability, Food Miles, Seasonality and Fairtrade of food as well as covering practical skills including Chilli Con Carne, Cooking Chicken Correctly and baking muffins. Students are assessed on their theory knowledge in class as well as their practical ability during practical lessons.

Computer Aided design.

One part of a design which can be assembled to make a full item e.g. one piece of Lego.

Engineering drawing
A type of technical drawing, is used to fully and clearly define requirements for engineered items.

Putting together all parts to make an item.

The centre of a drawing.

Direction of view on a CAD program.

A drawing in a CAD package before it has been extruded.

Smart dimensions
A tool which measures sketches or extrusions.

Co-ordinates of drawing sketches and extrusions.

To draw a 3d shape out of a sketch.

Computer Aided Manufacture.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

Develop the individual:

Create a supportive community: