Art and design

artist's palettePainting, drawing...

and much more...

In art and design lots of different materials are used, including textiles, wood and metal. It covers a range of art, such as sculpture, video, graphics, collage and much more.

Developing your own opinions about art and design will be important. To do this, you will be helped to understand how art is created, sometimes called the creative process.

You'll learn:

  • about famous works of art, craft and design
  • the artists and designers who created the work and what influenced them
  • about the role of art and design in our history, culture and the world of work.


calculatorIt's very important in every day life

AND most jobs need you to be able to use basic maths...

...such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and divisions (+ - x ÷).

Other maths topics are important in many jobs, for example formulas, equations and graphs may be used in construction, engineering and nursing.

Maths is useful when solving problems and other school subjects use maths, for example science, geography and computing.

You will be able to use calculators some of the time but you will also need to improve your mental arithmatic (doing sums in your head).

You'll learn:

  • more about Algebra, such as using formulas (a type of maths rules), equations and graphs
  • how to use maths to find out about shapes
  • about using numbers to measure and compare things and events – percentages (the amount of something), estimating (making a good guess) and managing your money (finances).


microscopeStudied as three separate subects...

...biology, chemistry and physics

Biology is the study of living things and how they work.

Chemistry covers the elements, for example iron, sodium and carbon, which make up our world and what happens when you mix some of them together.

Physics is the study of energy, movement and how things like atoms, behave towards one another.

Some of the work will be in classrooms but you'll spend a lot of time in labs doing experiments to help you discover new ideas, ask questions and find answers, so you understand what's going on in the world around you.

You learn:

  • how these subjects overlap and affect one another, for example the body uses chemicals called enzymes to break down food
  • lots of interesting scientific words and apply some of the maths you've learnt to, for example work out how things move or what's happening inside organisms, in a chemical reaction.


handsPersonal, social and health education... offered in some schools

Your school may decide to cover PSHE topics in other ways, for example as part of another subject such as biology or design (as part of food technology). They may run special events on some of the topics, like careers or health, inviting in speakers or taking you out on visits to employers or government offices.

PSHE may also include Citizenship topics, such as democracy and justice, citizens and parliament, law and order, the democratic process, citizenship in the UK, global citizenship, rights and responsibilities, conflicting and competing rights, equality, individuals and communities, supporting and protecting rights.

PSHE will include some or all of the following:

  • healthy lifestyles, drugs and alcohol
  • making healthy choices and avoiding health risks, physical, mental and emotional health
  • puberty and sexual health
  • personal identity, roles and responsibilities, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • similarities and differences between people, understanding identity
  • religious education (your parents have the right to withdraw you from RE), sex and relationship education (SRE)
  • business and enterprise (self employment), including the economy
  • careers, your options, making sure your employable, further education
  • money and managing your personal finance
  • understanding and managing risk, staying safe, including esafety
  • relationships, feelings and emotions, friends and family, how relationships affect our lives, managing relationships, negative relationships, bullying, sexual relationships, stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination
  • sustainable development and the environment.



UK flagHelps you understand your responsibilities... a citizen of the UK

Finding out about your role as a future responsible adult will be a big part of what you talk about in citizenship. This may include discussing things like volunteering and other ways of supporting your local community, as well as your growing responsibility towards your family and friends.

You'll discuss what being a UK citizen means and what responsibilities you have as a citizen, including how you could influence changing UK society.

You'll learn:

  • how the United Kingdom is governed (ruled)
  • how its political system works
  • what your democratic rights involve (your freedom to choose who governs the UK), including how to think and question political ideas
  • about the role of the law and justice system, including how laws are shaped and enforced
  • how to manage your money day to day and how to think about and plan your future financial (money) needs.

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