Subject Leader: Mr Nick Heal

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What are we studying?

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.

How are we assessed?

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.

How are we grouped?

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. 

What homework are we expected to do?

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.

What can parents do to help?

  • Support students in ensuring that home work is completed punctually and to a good standard.
  • Discuss house hold products with your child with regards to the materials used, method of construction and reasons for material choice.
  • Ask your child to name the tools and equipment they have been using during the week and what they are used for.
  • Test your child on their subject specific spellings.
  • Encourage your child to discuss what they have learnt each week.
  • Look out for articles in newspapers or television and discuss them with your child.

Useful resources and equipment:

  • Ruler, colouring pencils
  • Computer is useful for presentation, but not essential.


More information on levels:

pdf iconSpecification

pdf iconAnalysis & Research

pdf iconDesign and develop

pdf iconPlan and make

pdf iconEvaluate