Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3: Years 7 to 9 (11-14 years old)

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils should be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They should work in a range of domestic and local contexts for example, the home, health, leisure and culture], and industrial contexts for example, engineering, manufacturing, construction, food, energy, agriculture (including horticulture) and fashion.

When designing and making, pupils should be taught to:


  • use research and exploration, such as the study of different cultures, to identify and understand user needs.
  • identify and solve their own design problems and understand how to reformulate problems given to them.
  • develop specifications to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that respond to needs in a variety of situations.
  • use a variety of approaches [for example, biomimicry and user-centred design], to generate creative ideas and avoid stereotypical responses.
  • develop and communicate design ideas using annotated sketches, detailed plans, 3-D and mathematical modelling, oral and digital presentations and computer-based tools.


  • select from and use specialist tools, techniques, processes, equipment and machinery precisely, including computer-aided manufacture.
  • select from and use a wider, more complex range of materials, components and ingredients, taking into account their properties.


  • analyse the work of past and present professionals and others to develop and broaden their understanding.
  • investigate new and emerging technologies.
  • test, evaluate and refine their ideas and products against a specification, taking into account the views of intended users and other interested groups.
  • understand developments in design and technology, its impact on individuals, society and the environment, and the responsibilities of designers, engineers and technologists.



Vacuum Forming


3D Printing


Tech Accessories

AVID Headphones/Headsets

Andrea Headphones/Headsets

MW iPad/MacBook Covers

Adesso Webcams

Andrea Microphones

Cygnett Mobile Phone Leads

Cygnett Power Banks

Classroom Tech

Skoog Learn Music

Padcaster Video/Media Kits



Makey Makey

Site Safety

Disposable Wipes

Hand Sanitiser

Hand Sanitiser Stations

Mobile Washing Stations

 Assistive Technology