Design and Technology: Resistant Materials Curriculum

Resistant Materials runs for GCSE students only (Years 10 and 11). Please see Design and Technology for details of the course taught in Year 9.

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Year 10

Half Term 1 (June-July)
Wood joint box practical task
The students will be involved in a focused practical task to learn about and practice various wood joining techniques. They will also gain knowledge of different timbers/manufactured boards and discover their properties and applications. Students will enhance their practical work using a range of wood finishing processes.
There will also be an introductory element into sheet metal working processes as well as using some basic CAD/CAM.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Timbers and their applications and properties. Practical work assessed. Wood joints drawing task.
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 2 (September - October)
Students will be taught a range of practical skills through small projects to gain and understanding of materials and their properties, workshop processes and tools and equipment.

Acrylic egg-cup practical task
Students will learn about plastics, their properties and applications by manufacturing an acrylic egg cup in the workshop.
This involves learning the various methods of shaping plastics materials as well as using thermoforming techniques to manipulate plastic materials into different forms.

Mild steel coat hook practical task
Also this term, the students will develop their skills and knowledge of metal working processes. We will look at a range of different metals; discuss their categorisation and relevant properties and uses. There will be a focus on marking out and shaping metal materials in the workshop, we will learn about the various tools and pieces of equipment we can use as well as looking at finishing techniques used on this group of materials.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Practical work assessed. September assessment.
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 3 (November - December)
Batch produced balancing toy
This term we will look at different levels of production with a practical task focused on batch production. Student work in team to form manufacturing “Cells” and are responsible for planning and distributing the various tasks needed to make the balancing toy. During this task there are opportunities to develop and put into practice our knowledge of different techniques used to shape join and finish a wide range of differing materials including plastics, woods, manufactured boards and metals. The outcome for this will be a batch produced balancing toy.

We will also develop our knowledge of plastics by studying the processing of plastics in industry, covering such techniques as injection moulding, vacuum forming and extrusion to name a few.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: A range of in class tests will be used to check the students understanding of the topics covered. Practical work is assessed
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 4 (January - February)
The student’s knowledge of materials will be expanded by looking at a range of modern and smart materials. This will include looking at composite materials and smart materials to learn about their properties and applications.

The students will develop their practical skills by learning how to operate some of the more advanced workshop techniques. This will include a focus on wood and metal turning using the wood lathe and centre lathe. Students will produce a wooden light pull on the wood lathe and a plumb bob on the centre lathe. There will also be a focus on tapping and threading metals and the tools and equipment used.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: Yes
Internal Common Assessment: Assessment on the wood and centre lathes. Practical work assessed.
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 5 (March - April)
This term will focus on further development of metal working techniques to include metal joining techniques such as MIG and spot welding, soldering and brazing. Students will learn how and why certain metals are heat treated in different situations. There will also be an in-depth look at the process of casting.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: Yes
Internal Common Assessment: Casting assessment.
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half term 6 (April - May)
In the final term before progressing to Year 11 the students will study the social and moral aspects of design and manufacture. This includes topics such as sustainability, sources of energy, climate change and use of developing technology.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: Yes
Internal Common Assessment: Coursework elements will be assessed.
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Writing the design specification.
Field Trips/Visits: No

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Year 11

The majority of Year 11 will be focused on the controlled assessment unit. This is a design and make activity where the students will demonstrate their skills, knowledge and understanding of resistant materials by designing and making a high quality product.

Half Term 1 (June-July)
Students will be introduced to their coursework unit and start to research and design a product based on a given design brief.
Students carry out an analysis of their chosen design brief. Detailed research and analysis’s undertaken in order to help the students to gather information to help them to design and write a design specification.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: Yes
Internal Common Assessment: See below
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Analysis of the design brief. Research of existing products, materials and other relevant areas
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 2 (September - October)
The students will use the information gather in their research and design a range of possible solutions to their chosen design problem. The students present their work in an A3 format using a range of different design and presentation techniques. At the end of the design ideas section the students evaluate each idea to identify the best design to develop into a final design solution.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment:
Internal Common Assessment: See below
Coursework Deadline this H/T: 4 initials will be produced. These ideas will be reviewed.
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 3 (November - December)
Students develop their chosen design into a final realised solution. Testing, modelling and experimentation are encouraged in order to achieve a final design. Presentation drawings of the final design are produced detailing materials, processes and sizes. Every detail of the final design must be thoroughly considered and tested. A detailed production plan is produced alongside a cutting list of materials needed for the manufacturing process.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment:
Internal Common Assessment:
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Design Development, final design drawing and production plan. Cutting list of materials.
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 4 (January - February)
This whole term is dedicated to the manufacture of the designed and planned product. Students have approximately 16 hours to produce their final piece of practical work. During this time students are expected to produce a “Diary of manufacture” to evidence the making of their product.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: Yes
Internal Common Assessment: No
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Practical work completed by February half term. Diary of manufacture completed over the half term.
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 5 (March - April)
Final testing and evaluation of the finished products carried out. Work is presented in the final folder for submission for final assessment

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: Yes
Internal Common Assessment: No
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Testing and Evaluation. FINAL COURSEWORK DEADLINE.
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half term 6 (April - May)
Structured time for revision and past exam paper exercises.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: No
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

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