RESISTANT MATERIALS

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

Resistant Materials requires students to develop their knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials in order to develop successful products.

KEY STAGE 3

Students develop skills, knowledge and understanding of safe working practice in the workshop. Each student is given the opportunity to take part in STEM, where students utilise Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to develop a solar powered product. STEM gives students the opportunity to engage in a cross curricular activity that develops understanding of the design and making process. Each student is then given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding to develop and make a product of their own.

KEY STAGE 4

Students develop skills, knowledge and understanding of safe working practice in the workshop. Each student is given the opportunity to take part in STEM, where students utilise Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to develop a solar powered product. STEM gives students the opportunity to engage in a cross curricular activity that develops understanding of the design and making process. Each student is then given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding to develop and make a product of their own.

Exam Board 

Eduqas – Art and Design, Three Dimensional Design – Product Design
Component 1: Coursework portfolio worth 60% of the final Grade.  120 marks available.
Component 2: Externally set assignment, 40% of the overall Grade. 80 Marks available.  Exam portfolio and a ten hour practical for the production of a finished product.

Course Content

Over the duration of the course students will partake in practical and theory lessons designed to boost understanding and skill when working with timber, metal, plastics and composites, Students also spend a term developing their existing knowledge and understanding of safe working practice, tools, machinery and processes, students will also be expected to critically analyse the work of other designers, so that they may successfully complete a portfolio of work, worth 60% of their final grade. Within the portfolio pupils must carry out research, analysis, design and reflection activities in order to model, refine and make a successful product. Students will also use their understanding of portfolio construction to develop and refine research and idea developments in order to make a successful product within their ten hour practical exam.

Useful Subject & Revision Websites 

To help pupils succeed in their exam, it is advised pupils look at the following.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/gcse/  please go to Design Technology, Resistant Materials in this section you can revise and test your level of knowledge. We also have a full set of revision power points within the student shared area. 

Contribution to SMSC

As designers students are expected to consider the social, moral and environmental impact of their products.  Students are also expected to design products that are culturally aware, morally and ethically.

Contribution to Wider Curriculum 

STEM gives students the opportunity to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, allowing students to creatively problem solve and develop a variety of innovative products and designs.

Subject Club

Three Dimensional Design: Within the department clubs are structured to give pupils a variety of experiences in design and the development of practical skills.

This year students will have the opportunity to take part in:

Blacksmithing

Jewellery Making

Speaker Building

Carpentry Club