STEAM

Key Stage 3 – Year 7

In Year 7 pupils rotate between five or six projects depending on the side of the timetable they are on. Each project provides an introduction to an area of skill. Students will be tested in factual knowledge at the end of each unit and dates will vary depending on the rotation they are following.

During Year 7 pupils will learn how to:

  • Use of a wide range of tools and equipment safely, independently and with developing skill levels;
  • Use their research to focus their design;
  • Present and develop designs to suit a brief;
  • Use Computer-aided design and manufacturing technology;
  • Design to meet a range of needs and preferences of different types of clients and customers;
  • Use a range of graphic techniques;
  • Prepare food with an understanding of basic nutrition.

Key Stage 3 – Year 8

In Year 8 pupils rotate between five or six projects depending on the side of the timetable they are on. Each project is designed to deepen and develop skill. Students will be tested in factual knowledge at the end of each unit and dates will vary depending on the rotation they are following.

During Year 8 pupils will learn how to:

  • Programme a simple circuit, identify a range of electron components, and build a complex circuit using soldering techniques;
  • Use CAD/CAM to produce moulds for casting in pewter, safe casting of metals;
  • Draw on a range of skills to design creatively;
  • Plan and prepare family meals taking account of a range of nutritional needs;
  • Use a vacuum former to make blister packaging and containers;
  • Understand the difference between thermoplastics and thermosets;
  • Plan and produce a prototype;
  • Produce a range of decorative techniques on fabrics with a graffiti inspiration;
  • Understand and use simple mechanisms.

Key Stage 3 – Year 9

In Year 9 pupils rotate between five projects. Each project is designed to deepen and develop skill. Students will be tested in factual knowledge at the end of each unit and dates will vary depending on the rotation they are following.

During Year 9 they will learn how to:

  • Design a green car using complex graphics techniques and software – modelling and racing the design as part of a team;
  • Trial a range of wood joints for making storage;
  • Plan and prepare a range of multicultural dishes and investigate the provenance of food; 
  • Design creatively and prototype a product with its packaging;
  • Use a vacuum former to make a mould;
  • Understand the difference between thermoplastics and thermosets;
  • Use smart materials for fabric design.