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3D Design


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At KS3 our curriculum has been devised to sequentially teach students the skills necessary to become independent thinkers in this field. We aim to equip them with lifelong skills and a love for designing and creating three-dimensional products. All projects within the Creative Faculty have a basis in drawing from observation, we then build upon this essential skill by introducing a wide range of techniques to both stimulate the students and prepare them for KS4 and beyond. As part of the 3D Design curriculum students will learn a range of techniques and skills, in ceramics, cardboard construction, wire sculpture and armatures.

Our curriculum is linked to IAG and SMSC is incorporated into our schemes wherever it is relevant.







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Year 7

Theme: Events.

Pupils are introduced to the idea of working to a theme as this will be expected of them at KS4 and beyond. Year 7 will undertake two main projects during the year which are subdivided into smaller projects, each of which are skills and technique based. Both projects in Year 7 are based upon the event of mealtimes.

The first project is inspired by Tapa patterns and introduces students to decorative design and the properties of clay. Students explore the technique of sgraffito using different drawing materials to develop their personal designs in response to Tapa patterns. Pupils are then taught the process slumping to create a plate. They will then explore the techniques of glazing, under-glazing and sgraffito to decorate the product prior to firing.

The second project linked to the Event of mealtimes incorporates more complex clay techniques, building upon prior knowledge. Students work towards designing condiment dispensers based upon animal designs working with cardboard construction and collage before moving on to further explore the properties of clay.

Students will learn the slab and pinch pot method to create a three dimensional ceramic animal designed to be used as a salt or pepper dispenser.


Year 8                                  

Theme: Layers

Year 8 will undertake two main projects during the year which are subdivided into smaller projects, each of which are skills and technique based.

The first project is based upon natural forms and takes inspiration from the layered designs typical of the Art Nouveau period. The project builds upon prior knowledge of clay work whilst introducing new techniques. Pupils begin with observational drawings of natural forms and by experimenting with pressing natural forms into clay to produce surface decoration. Pupils will incorporate their design ideas onto a decorative clay tile learning how to use slip to join clay, create line impressed designs with a variety of tools and use carving to refine their work.

For their second project Students will take inspiration from the symbolically layered designs of the Aborigines, Pupils will experiment with string drawings onto card to explore their Aboriginal inspired designs. They will then work with rolled clay to create ‘tree bark designs’ and explore the technique of drawing in clay. Students will further develop their understanding of ceramics incorporating the coiling and balling methods to create a decorative jar inspired by Aboriginal design. They will explore the clay surface using mark making tools and glazes.


Year 9

Theme:  Fragments

Year 9 will undertake one main project during the year which is subdivided into smaller projects, each of which are skills and technique based. Students will revisit skills learnt in Year 7 and 8 to develop their final product.

The project is a celebration of the fragmented, organic and decorative architectural forms of Antonio Gaudi. The students begin with observational drawing studies of organic forms such as seed pods and animal bones. These drawings are then developed into linocuts. Pupils will then study the work of Gaudi, focusing upon his chimney designs in particular, which they will use as inspiration for a paper and cardboard collage. Pupils will impress their lino cuts into clay and use this to form three dimensional sconces/tea light holders.

 Assessment is ongoing and based upon the work produced at each stage of the project as is the model for KS4 assessment.


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Exam board


Course code


Examined by

Two folders are created throughout the course, a coursework folder and an examination folder. The coursework folder is developed throughout year 10 and one term of year 11 and constitutes 60% of the overall grade. The examination folder is started in the Spring term of year 11 and follows a theme given by the examination board; the folder constitutes 40% of the final grade and culminates in a practical examination held over a period of ten hours. Both folders contain investigation of the artwork by established artists and artwork produced by the student. Students must also produce written work exploring the theme, analysing artwork and explaining their personal response to the project.

Key topics taught

  • Drawing from first hand and second hand sources using a range of mark making techniques
  • Experimentation with a wide range of 3D materials and techniques, including clay, cardboard, Modroc and glass
  • Development of planning and construction skills with an emphasis upon use of materials and an understanding of structure
  • The study of key themes in Art, for example, portraiture and architecture exploring these themes within the contexts of culture, history and contemporary practice

The course consists of 60% coursework and 40% externally set assignment. Each component of the examination consists of four assessment objectives.

Assessment Objective 1 is concerned with developing student's awareness of Critical and Contextual studies. A range of established Artists and contemporary artists are studied throughout the two-year course. Work is produced visually with supporting text.

Assessment Objective 2 is concerned with developing student's understanding about ideas and the uses of different materials. They are encouraged to use a wide variety of materials with confidence.

Assessment Objective 3 is concerned with developing students recording skills. We encourage all students to record from a range of experiences.

Assessment Objective 4 is concerned with final outcome.

The 3D Design curriculum is taught in a recently refurbished room that has been custom designed in order to make all types of 3D Design possible. If you choose to study this option you will be given the opportunity to study a range of materials and techniques which include cardboard construction, ceramics, slip casting, glass, wire, aluminium, modroc sculpture and plaster casting.





KS4 support lessons take place throughout the week

Extra sessions for Year 10 students take place after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Extra sessions for Year 11 students take place after school on Mondays and Fridays