Curriculum Overview


Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4 Sixth Form

On rotation: Design Brighton

This project develops student’s creative and modelling skills. Students are required to design and model their own modern style building. Students will design the outside and inside of the building, the floor plan and landscape.

Students will be assessed on how effectively they develop their one and two point perspective in their exercise books. Student will go on to develop design ideas in their exercise books along with a final Architectural model, which will combine to generate a final grade.

Geometrical solids
Geometrical solids have 3-dimensions - length, width and depth.

Wire-frame drawings
Geometrical shapes and solids can be used to make wire-frame drawings. Simple shapes are built up to show a more complex object. This is also known as crating.

Surface developments
A surface development or net is a shape cut from sheet material to make a 3D form. Developments can be used for any 3D shape.

Enhancement techniques
Enhancement techniques make a drawing look more like the real object. The technique used will depend on the type of drawing.

Textures can be drawn to show different materials such as the grain on pieces of wood or reflected light on glass or plastics. Textures can be represented in shades of grey or colour. They give an impression of the material rather than representing it exa

Complimentary colours
Complementary colours are opposite on the colour wheel, for example, blue and orange. Complimentary colours contrast strongly with each other and make elements stand out.

Harmonious colours
Harmonious colours are next to each other on the colour wheel, for example, green, yellow and orange. They make a unified colour scheme.

Sequence diagrams
Sequence diagrams show the process of making something in words and pictures. They are useful if you need to tell someone else how to do a job or how to use something.

Perspective drawing
Perspective drawings make objects appear more realistic, as they appear to recede as they get further away. If the receding lines are extended they will meet at points that are called vanishing points.

Section drawings
Section or cross section drawings show a product as if it has been sliced in half. The imaginary cut is called a section plane which is sometimes represented by a line consisting of long and short dashes.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

Develop the individual:
Cultural: Understanding how products evolve according to users’ and designers’ needs. Especially with regard to how public buildings are designed to meet the needs of all of it users.

Create a supportive community:

On rotation: Textiles: Up Cycle

Designing and Making Innovation Challenge, is an exciting assessment, focusing on learners’ imagination, innovation and flair for designing and making. It requires learners to make quick decisions, take risks, be adventurous and use input from others, through controlled and structured peer evaluation. This consists of two 3-hour sessions and a further half-hour reflection session in which students can evaluate their designs.

Students will be assessed on their ability to write a specification for their tote bag. Students will also be assessed on their product plan and understanding of the manufacturing process. Finally, students will be assessed on the quality of their final product as well as their practical and design, and how well they have met their specification.

Closed cell cross-linked polyethylene foam.

A new ​idea or ​method.

Design problem
A designer will construct a design problem in response to a specific situation which requires a solution.

Polypropylene corrugated board.

Foamex is a PVC board which is rigid and durable whilst still being lightweight and flexible.

Rendering is the process of adding shading, colour and lamination to a 2-D or 3-D wireframe in order to create life-like images on a screen or paper.

Mill board
A thick gauge card which is suitable for use in a variety of applications such as 3D design, back drops or mounting.

Safety ruler
A ruler that has steeply bevelled edges on both sides and a deep central channel to provide protection for your fingers when cutting material with a craft knife.

A ​type of ​plastic used for many ​purposes, such as ​food​packaging, making ​ropes, and making ​artificial ​fabrics.

Foam Board
A ​type of very ​light ​board made of a ​plastic ​substance ​full of ​small ​bubbles, often used to ​attach ​documents to in ​order to ​display them.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

Develop the individual:

Create a supportive community:

On Rotation: Food & Nutrition

Students will follow the Year 8 Scheme of work for Food & Nutrition as they covered the year 7 unit in year 8.

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.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

Develop the individual:
Students learn about Sustainability as well as Fairtrade and the impact food miles have on the environment.

Create a supportive community:
Supporting local businesses and farms for fresh produce.