Resistant Materials is the part of D & T where pupils learn how to design and make products using wood, metal and plastics.
Resistant Materials in Key Stage 3
Year 7 is for most pupils their first opportunity to study Design Technology whilst having access to a fully equipped workshop. So as an introduction to working in Resistant Materials yr. 7 involves completing a series of skills based activities introducing Health & Safety, hand tools and general workshop equipment when working with woods, metals and plastics.
Year 8 the focus moves from inward looking design to outward looking design. Instead of designing for ourselves we start to think about how products are made and how they work. We look at building structures, creating mechanisms and problem solving.
Key Stage 4 - BTEC First in CONSTRUCTION
Year 9 during yr. 9 we look towards learning the skills needed to enable pupils to access the full BTEC. Introducing carpentry, communicating ideas using sketching and drawing skills, introducing construction technology and the maths and physics of construction materials and processes.
The BTEC course which starts in yr. 10 involves studying four different aspects of the Construction Industry
1. Construction Technology – this unit covers the different types of construction that can be used in low rise offices, retail units and homes (externally assessed)
2. Construction & Design – in this unit students are introduced to the diversity of the work and project types that are undertaken by the industry and how the needs of the client influence design and construction techniques.
3. Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction – this is a theory unit that develops mathematical and physics based understanding of materials and construction methods.
4. Exploring Carpentry and Joinery principles and techniques – where learners will develop their knowledge of carpentry and joinery and develop the ability to work independently.
For pupils who wish to continue this subject into their post 16 studies, we now teach;
BTEC Level 3 in Construction and the Built Environment.
This course takes 2 years of 6th form and has an equivalent value of an A level. Over the 2 years we study 6 units of work covering