Art Design and Technology
At KS3 Students have the opportunity to explore a broad range of materials and processes including painting, mixed media and ceramics. Every project focusses on improving observational drawing skills and encourages students to develop ideas by studying the work of established Artists.
Students are assessed regularly and are given the change to ‘upgrade’ work in progress. The curriculum is designed to help students develop the skills they will need for GCSE’s. This includes practical skills, critical analysis, developing and refining ideas and evaluative skills.
Design & Technology
For KS3, the students work in three main subject specialisms/material areas for Design & Technology - Food Technology, Textiles and Resistant Materials; elements of Graphic Design are also in integrated into each scheme of learning.
The schemes of learning involve a variety of creative and practical activities and are set in a range of contexts to give students a realistic perspective of Design & Technology in industry and society.
All projects involve the use of the same design process, to prepare them for further study:
Students carry out research to inform design criteria and aid the generation of design ideas, plan and manufacture practical outcomes in each material area and then test, evaluate and refine their ideas against the original design criteria.
Schemes of learning also allow students to analyse the work of past and present designers, engineers and technologists and environmental impact of products.
For further information about what is taught in KS3 please read the KS3 course descriptors.