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Members of Staff and Roles/Responsibilities

Miss E Stanton Curriculum Team Leader Design and Technology

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Subject Overview

Resistant Materials is about designing and making using a range of materials including Wood, Metal and Plastics. It offers many opportunities to be creative and innovative and requires students to develop a range of skills to develop and manufacture high quality products which are both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Students will gain skills, knowledge and understanding about materials, processes, tools, machinery and specialist CAD CAM equipment such as the laser cutter and the 3D printer, giving careful consideration at every stage to industrial production and environmental issues.

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KS3 Structure

Resistant Materials is about designing and making using a range of materials including Wood, Metal and Plastics. It offers many opportunities to be creative and innovative and requires students to develop a range of skills to develop and manufacture high quality products which are both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Students will gain skills, knowledge and understanding about materials, processes, tools, machinery and specialist CAD CAM equipment such as the laser cutter and the 3D printer, giving careful consideration at every stage to industrial production and environmental issues.

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KS3 Content

YEAR 7
TOPICS COVERED

Bead earrings:
-Using pre-manufactured components and a range of hand tools.
Acrylic laminated and twisted key fobs:
-using different methods including cutting, Filing and Joining.
Picture frames:
-Using a range of decoration and finishing techniques.

YEAR 8
TOPICS COVERED

Mini storage unit:
-Learning 3D sketching techniques such as isometric and oblique.
Modelling:
-Using card design and model nets to develop innovative, functional and appealing trinket boxes.
Rendered 3D sketch of the box:
- Planning and making of the final design.

YEAR 9
TOPICS COVERED

Cast pewter jewellery, necklaces, charm bracelets and brooches:
-Using ICT software to research and generate a range of innovative and coherent design ideas.
CAD/CAM:
-Making a mould to cast the molten pewter using 2D CAD software and the laser cutter.
Specialist equipment:
including the use of the hearth to melt pewter and cast the pendants.


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KS4 Option

YEAR 10 and 11
TOPICS COVERED

Design influences
Processes used by craftspeople and industry
Design process
Theory of materials
Using workshop tools and machinery

KS4 Option This subject offers an exciting and unique working environment offering creative and innovative projects to challenge all students.  The workshop has a wide range of resources, tools, equipment and machinery including CAD CAM technology such as the laser cutter and 3D printer. Students will be designing and making functional, high quality products, working with a range of materials such as wood and plastic with a strong emphasis on making products from metal such as silver, pewter, aluminium, copper and brass.

Who is it for?

This course will suit those who enjoy working independently and being creative.  Students will develop a range of construction and decorative techniques by making quality products such as semi-precious stone set sterling silver rings, cast pewter pendants and hand raised pierced decorative bowls, enamelled jewellery and 3D products such as jewellery boxes using a range of wood, metal and plastic. All products are made using a rich combination of highly specialised technological equipment and traditional craft skills using hand tools and making techniques that have remained unchanged for hundreds of years.

What will I study?

Design and Technology – Resistant Materials, GCSE: AQA Exam Board: 4562
You will learn:

  • About design influences, its impact on our lives and the environment - contemporary, historical and cultural influences.
  • The processes that craftspeople and industry use.
  • The design process, from a design brief, through research and development, to planning, making and evaluating.
  • Theory about a range of materials, their properties and their uses (including modern SMART materials).
  • How materials are shaped, manipulated, joined, decorated and finished.
  • How to use a range of hand tools, processes, power tools and high tech machinery safely and accurately.
  • Developing a high quality product through experimenting with a range of decorative techniques using a full range of materials and techniques.
  • Testing and evaluating their own and other designers work in order to make informed decisions about design decisions and modifications.

How will I study?

During their GCSE course, students will have many opportunities to design and make products, working with wood, metal and plastics with a strong emphasis on silversmithing and jewellery, practising skills and developing techniques.
The exam board’s specifications show potential for the designing and making of a broad range of products within the contexts available, it is expected that more than one product will be made, especially if it is a jewellery range.
There is an increasing emphasis on designing for a sustainable future and environmental issues.

What exams are there?

Coursework is 60% of the total GCSE, leaving 40% for a final (2-hour) written examination paper.
Coursework involves producing a design portfolio and one or more 3D quality products.

Career Information

The course would be particularly useful to those interested in working in the retail, design and marketing industries as well as those interested in doing a design degree such as Design Crafts, Footwear Design, Fashion Accessories Design, Product Design and many more available at DMU and other universities. It is an ideal gateway to an enormous range of careers that require confidence and competence with tools, machinery and equipment; from furniture design to surgery; construction industry to stage and film set production; veterinary work to technician work in many fields. The design folio will be excellent evidence of commitment and creative thinking for future course leaders and employers.

For further information see:    
Ms Elise Eldredge- Deputy Team Leader Design and Technology- Teacher responsible for Resistant Materials.


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