Resistant Materials

Technology-stamp

Department Information

Year 7

Students will select Resistant Materials as part of the Design Technology option which would also include Textiles and Graphic Design.
The study of Resistant Materials enables students to mix technological knowledge and practical skills with creativity to design products for human needs.  They should develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally and to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills, both on their own and in groups.  Students will learn about current technologies whilst also thinking about the impact that future developments will have on our lives.  Resistant Materials allows all learners to work in an exciting environment and on a range of design projects.

Year 8

Students will select Resistant Materials as part of the Design Technology option which would also include Textiles and Graphic Design.
The study of Resistant Materials enables students to mix technological knowledge and practical skills with creativity to design products for human needs.  They should develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally and to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills, both on their own and in groups.  Students will learn about current technologies whilst also thinking about the impact that future developments will have on our lives.  Resistant Materials allows all learners to work in an exciting environment and on a range of design projects.

Year 9

Students will select Resistant Materials as part of the Design Technology option which would also include Textiles and Graphic Design.
In year 9, pupils have the opportunity to select Resistant Materials as a pre GCSE option. They will be developing practical and theoretical skills and knowledge that will prepare them for the requirements of the GCSE.

They will be progressing to higher level making skills and developing knowledge of materials and manufacturing processes. They will need to understand the properties of materials in order to select and manufacture high quality products that are commercially viable. The curriculum is delivered through a mix of theory with practical sessions to embed the content covered. All projects develop skills for studying this subject at GCSE level.  Pupils are given the opportunity to work with industrial standard equipment including CAD / CAM to develop independent practical skills.

Year 10 or 11 GCSE (One Year Course):

At Key stage 4 students have an opportunity to study Resistant Materials at GCSE following the AQA Exam Specification.  Coursework requires student to research a design context and explore a wide range of design proposals.  After development of a chosen solution the planning and manufacture of a prototype product takes place.  The design process is then completed by evaluating its effectiveness against the original context.  This controlled assessed coursework contributes 60% of the total mark with the final 40% taken up with design based external examination.

Departmental Staff

Mr H Scott – Head of Subject
Mrs E Smith
Mrs R Hansbro
Mrs N Denham

Clubs

There is a Design Technology homework club open to all key stages. Students have access to computers and support from technology teachers. It runs in ICT 7 from 2.30 -4.30.

Support Your Child – Useful links and advice

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-resistant-materials-4560

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