We are proud of the varied and exciting syllabus we teach in Resistant Materials Technology and the extensive facilities we have. All pupils can expect to work with and learn about a broad range of materials such as woods, manufactured boards, plastics, styrofoam and metals as well as using a number of ready-made components. Pupils will also gain experience of industrial techniques such as vacuum forming and CAD/CAM. Projects have been specifically designed to cover many areas so pupils gain maximum benefit from the subject. As well as Resistant Materials projects, we also cover basic electronics, systems and control where pupils learn how to solder.
Pupils are supported to participate in every stage of the design process. This can include activities such as; researching, analysing products, designing, developing ideas, modelling, planning, constructing, testing and evaluating. The subject really does offer something to cater for every pupil’s interests; whether it’s drawing, making or planning we build on their skills (regardless of ability) and develop their confidence and independence in the workshop.
- giving pupils as broad and creative experience as possible.
- providing a safe learning environment where pupils can develop their practical skills.
- increasing pupils’ understanding of the technological and industrial world.
- improving confidence, independence, decision making and problem solving.
- supporting the growth of key skills (communication, social skills, motor skills concentration, coordination, sequencing) and providing application for literacy, numeracy and ICT.
In Key Stage 4 pupils are expected to be more independent in their project work. They also have to consider in more depth issues such as environmental and cultural impact of products, ergonomics and industrial manufacture. In Year 10, pupils undertake a mechanical, electronic and a design biased project. At the end of year 10 pupils are introduced to the accreditation coursework whereby they choose their own design brief. This then continues into year 11. Pupils entered for GCSE take an external exam at the end of the course.
Assessment is both formative and summative. Formative during the lesson by verbal feedback and summative at the end of a project through self-assessment. Pupils are levelled against National Curriculum criteria. A picture is taken at the end of every project to show progression. Final accredited marks are applied by Examination Board criteria.