Resistant Materials

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band-sawWhen you say ‘design,’ everybody thinks of magazine pages. So it’s an emotive word. Everybody thinks it’s how something looks, whereas for me, design is pretty much everything.” – James Dyson

This is the perfect subject to cover both purely creative and academic styles of study. Students will have opportunity to perfect practical skills, learn about design theory, hone their styles of presentation and enjoy freedom to produce unique and functional products. This is an all-encompassing subject that requires the use of a wide variety of skills therefore keeping interest for every individual.

The variety of skills and learning opportunities make this an ideal subject for equipping students with skills for life. Students will engage with a client and have to take into account their views and manipulate their designs to fit for particular needs. Design will enable students to think openly, consider wisely and adapt their reasoning.

Design and Technology at Lowton Church of England High School is cutting edge. We have state of the art technology facilities and resources which allow students to achieve the best possible design ideas. This subject encompasses a huge range of skills and encourages students to work independently from the start.

Subject Key Aims

To expand creative thought and functional reasoning.

To encourage students to interact with the world around them and understand how products affect us all in different ways.

To enable students to think about materials from different perspectives and know how to manipulate them in real-life contexts.

To encourage students to think about marketing techniques as well as the needs of individual users.

To encourage the use of a variety of skills and autonomous learning.

Curriculum Overview

Year 7

Students are on a carousel system for Design and Technology in year 7 and spend half of the year in Resistant Materials and half of the year in Food Technology.

Night Light – covering all major key areas of Design and Technology study

Presentation techniques

Design theory

Materials theory

CAD/CAM

Year 8

Salvador Dali Inspired Clock – covering all major key areas of Design and Technology study

Presentation techniques

Design theory

Materials theory

CAD/CAM

Year 9

CAD/CAM

Woodworking skills

Design Theory

Materials Theory

Basic Electronics

GCSE style preparation and theory

Presentation techniques

Year 10 – AQA GCSE Resistant Materials

GCSE theory and skills

Materials theory

Presentation techniques

Marketing theory

CAD/CAM

Series of Mini Projects throughout the year leading to GCSE Controlled Assessment

Year 11 – AQA GCSE Resistant Materials

Individual Controlled Assessment projects

Exam Preparation

Materials theory

Presentation techniques

Marketing theory

CAD/CAM

Series of Mini Projects throughout the year leading to GCSE Controlled Assessment

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