3D Design overview

Three Dimensional Design

The aim of the Three Dimensional Design Department at Kilgarth School is to teach pupils how to be confident, creative, independent designers and makers who are willing to explore and invent solutions to given and self-identified design problems.

To achieve this, pupils will explore new materials, techniques and technologies in order to improve their knowledge and understanding of design and practical skills. It is also the intention that pupils, by producing a range of individual outcomes that they are excited about, will become confident independent learners.

Over the course of study, pupils will:

  • Have access to a varied 3D curriculum allowing them to achieve their personal potential through designing and practical lessons.
  • Develop 3D understanding through modelling and prototyping ideas alongside testing and evaluating.
  • Explore materials and making techniques and develop the use of a technical vocabulary.
  • Apply mathematical knowledge to understand 3D Design. Pupils will develop marking out skills and work to understand scale and size.
  • Develop problem solving skills through project work and targeted tasks.
  • Develop planning and time management skills through the organisation of their project work.
  • Develop skills for independent learning.
  • Understand how to work safely and follow Health and Safety expectations and guidance.


These curriculum intentions will be implemented by:

  • Lessons being creative, challenging and differentiated for each pupil.
  • Pupils working in a supportive and inclusive environment.
  • Pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 safely accessing a variety of practical techniques.
  • Pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 developing their knowledge and understanding through designing and making 3D outcomes.
  • Assessment objectives in KS3 linking directly to those studied in KS4, enabling a smooth progression towards GCSE.
  • Pupils at Key Stage 4 following the AQA GCSE 3D Design specification – a two year course which is examined by a coursework portfolio and an externally set (practical) examination.


The impact of the Three Dimensional Design curriculum will be that:

  • Pupils are motivated, creative and independent learners.
  • Pupils are able to apply their acquired knowledge and understanding in order to develop high quality prototypes and products.
  • Pupils are able to develop technical and practical skills needed to perform everyday tasks confidently.
  • Pupils become more adept at problem solving.
  • Pupils become confident learners.
  • Pupils enjoy designing and making.


















“Where do new ideas come from?  The answer is simple: Differences.”

Nicholas Negroponte