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Students will complete a twenty week course in Resistant Materials Technology comprising one double lesson a week. During this time students will complete two skills based projects which introduce them to a new range of practical skills and materials than they are familiar with from Year 7. Students will be expected to work more independently, making material and construction choices themselves and by identifying solutions to problems as they arise during construction. At all times, safe working is paramount and the production of a high quality product is the main aim.
Students will learn a range of new skills, over the course of two ten week projects, including brazing, pop riveting and vacuum forming.. They will also have the opportunity to use the department’s 3D printer to construct part of their second project.
All materials for these projects are provided by the school, but students are expected to pay a contribution towards the cost of materials if they want to take their assessed product home. The cost currently varies from £3.00 to £4.00.
Students will be given Assessment Criteria for each project based on the National Curriculum level descriptors. For each design and make project students will be given a national curriculum level, which enables their progress to be monitored and feedback on how they can improve. Homework will be assessed throughout the course.
Students are in mixed ability groups for Resistant Materials Technology and are timetabled for one double lesson a week in this subject area. The maximum class size is 23.
There will be one homework task set per week, which should take around 30 minutes to complete. Occasionally longer tasks will be set over a number of weeks. This will include research activities, work sheets, design and development work.
Students are encouraged to read around the subject area to support their understanding and development of the specific vocabulary required for this subject.
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