Key Stage 3 Information
In Year 7, students complete two projects during the course of Year 7. The first project will introduce them to basic skills that are essential for designing and working with resistant materials. The second project will further increase the confidence and level of skill through a design and create a small wooden storage unit with a sliding lid and plastic formed tray insert.
In Year 8, students will complete one design and make a project based body adornment (Bling) which will introduce them to the process of casting, shaping and finishing metals. This project uses pewter and the study of this and other materials helps students to begin to understand the varying properties of different materials and how to select materials for products based on their properties.
Students in Year 9 will design and make a clock inspired by a designer of their choice. The clock is made from either plastic, wood or metal and introduces students to a variety of skills and machinery in particular the students will gain experience with creating curved shapes.
Key Stage 4 Information
Years 10 and 11:
In Year 10, students complete the controlled assessment that accounts for 60 % of the GCSE. They design and make a side table using a range of materials. These tables encompass a range of skills with wood and metal, and produce a very high quality product. The accompanying design portfolio completed by each students leads the reader through the design process and construction of the table.
There is a written exam at the end of Year 11, in which students are able to show their detailed knowledge of resistant materials. A significant proportion of the exam content is taught in a very practical manner allowing students to experience the content rather than learn about materials and techniques from a book.