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Resistant Materials

"The science of today is the technology of tomorrow"
- Edward Teller


“Success is 99 percent failure”

- Soichiro Honda

Overview

•    Develops practical ability in a variety of different materials through metals, timbers and plastic polymers
•    Allows for creativity and flair and originality
•    Improves logical thought processes
•    Develops your ability to plan and organise time
•    Introduces the use of CAD CAM – Computer aided design and Manufacturing using a variety of software and machinery
•    Develops their ‘moral’ understanding and impact Design Technology has on the wider world covering Sustainability, economics and social issues.

Staff

Daniel Knaresborough
Resistant Materials specialist and Faculty Leader

Craig Beckett
Resistant Materials teacher at KS4

 

KS3

KS3 Course Outline

Resistant materials is taught on a carousel with Textiles, Graphics and Food technology. Resistant Materials is delivered in a dynamic, innovative and exciting curriculum where students have the opportunity to explore, create and make various quality projects.

The projects we complete are related the development of expertise in handling wooden, metal and plastic products while developing their understanding of real world manufacturing and CAD CAM.

KS3 Assessment Details

Assessment of students takes place through various methods that will measure the knowledge and skills our students have learnt. We use formative and summative assessment through questioning and end of module testing. Practical products are marked according to current levels of progress descriptors. Books are assessed regularly and are scrutinized by all members of the department to provide consistency.

How Will Students Learn

The environment that we teach our students in technology combines essential, but inspiring theory with enthusiastic hands on approach to manufacturing their design ideas in our fully equipped workshop.

Other Skills They Will Develop:

  • Generate, develop, model and communicate ideas in a range of ways.
  • Respond creatively to briefs, developing their own proposals and producing specifications for products.
  • Apply their knowledge and understanding of a range of materials and technologies including electronics to design and make their products.
  • Use their understanding of others’ designing to inform their own.
  • Plan and organise activities and then shape, form, mix, assemble and finish materials and components.
  • Evaluate which hand and machine tools, equipment and computer-aided design/manufacture (CAD/CAM) facilities are the most appropriate to use.
  • Solve technical problems
  • Reflect critically when evaluating and modifying their ideas and proposals to improve products throughout their development and manufacture

KS3 Equipment Needed

The essential equipment need is pen, pencil, ruler and rubber. (other equipment such as colouring pencils, sharpener are desirable).

KS3 Homework

Homework is planned individually by each teacher; you should expect homework to be given once every two/three weeks.

Extra Opportunities

Students are welcome to attend at lunch time or afterschool to finish off any outstanding work, In addition there will be opportunities for students to attend lunchtime clubs aimed towards specific groups.

KS3 Useful Publications/Websites

KS3 How can you support your son/daughter’s progress?

  • Ensure your student has the correct equipment for every lesson.
  • Ensure your student comes prepared to design, listen and manufacture creative products.
  • Check planners for homework
  • Encouraging the students to give it a go and attend clubs and activities
  • Allow time for afterschool activities throughout the year

Possible Option Routes

GCSE Resistant Materials, Graphic products, Catering and Textiles

 

KS4

Design and Technology: Resistant Materials

KS4 Examination Board and Syllabus No: AQA Design and Technology: Resistant Materials (4560)

KS4 Course Outline

GCSE Design and Technology: Resistant Materials helps students develop the ability to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques.

This specification requires students to develop their knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials. Other materials may also be used and the use of new technologies is also encouraged.

Specification code - 4560
Certificate code - 4562

KS4 Assessment Details

Year 10 - Students are introduced to the course with a focus on developing and underpinning the core skills :

  • Theoretical knowledge
  • Making and modelling skills
  • Designing skills
  • Technical drawing and presentation skills both 2D and 3D
  • CAD/CAM skills

The above will be taught through a series of  Design and Make Assignments (DMA’s) and Focussed Practical Tasks (FPT’s).

A series of mock exams will take place to measure progress and prepare students for exam success later in year 11 (These mocks do not count towards final grade but are used for measuring progress).

Year 11 – Students are thoroughly engaged with doing coursework in the majority of their lessons at this stage. Coursework deadline is February in year 11 and therefore all work must be complete and submitted by this deadline. From this point on until summer exams, students will be taught revision and exam techniques which will enable students to enter the exam confident and well prepared.

How Will Students Learn?

The environment that we teach our students in technology combines essential, but inspiring theory with enthusiastic hands on approach to manufacturing their design ideas in our fully equipped workshop complete with ICT facilities and CAM machinery. To achieve this we use a variety of ICT media and combine with practical workshop experiences and computer aided design and manufacturing.

Other Skills They Will Develop:

  • Generate, develop, model and communicate ideas in a range of ways.
  • Respond creatively to briefs, developing their own proposals and producing specifications for products.
  • Apply their knowledge and understanding of a range of materials, ingredients and technologies to design and make their products.
  • Use their understanding of others’ designing to inform their own.
  • Plan and organise activities and then shape, form, mix, assemble and finish materials and components.
  • Evaluate which hand and machine tools, equipment and computer-aided design/manufacture (CAD/CAM) facilities are the most appropriate to use.
  • Solve technical problems
  • Reflect critically when evaluating and modifying their ideas and proposals to improve products throughout their development and manufacture

KS4 Homework

Homework will be given according to the teachers discretion but generally one a week or fortnight however once coursework has started additional work during lunchtimes and after school will important

Extra Opportunities

  • After school clubs run weekly for coursework.
  • Trips are planned for the up and coming academic year to Henry hoover factory to see a real world production line in action

Specific Gifted and Talented Programmes

Students are targeted to stretch themselves are as far as possible. Involvement in STEM whole school projects

KS4 Useful Publications/Websites

  • AQA Design and Technology – Resistant Materials by Nelson Thornes – ISBN 978-1-4085-0273-0
  • Collins revision guide – GCSE Resistant Materials ESSENTIALS – ISBN 978-1-906415-43-3

Websites:

Career Opportunities:

Apprenticeship, college courses and pure A levels in Engineering, Product Design, Furniture manufacturing, Plumbing, Electrical engineering, Carpentry and joinery, CAD CAM engineering which all lead forwards to degrees in a variety of disciplines in Engineering, Product Design and Architecture.

KS4 How can you support your son/daughter’s progress?

  • Ensure your student has the correct equipment for every lesson.
  • Ensure your student comes prepared to design, listen and manufacture creative products.
  • Check planners for homework
  • Encourage attendance for after school sessions

This course is 60% coursework and 40% end of course exam, therefore it is imperative that students achieve as higher mark as possible in their coursework. Students will be given approximately 12 months to complete coursework, due to this time allowance we feel that students have every opportunity to achieve a high level of coursework. We hope you enjoy our courses we have to offer.

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