Subject Leader: Mrs Emma Warwood-Smith 

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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 build on their skills and knowledge developed during Years 7 & 8. Both projects enable them to work with more freedom and creativity, developing their independent learning, organisation and problem solving skills.  At all times, safe working is paramount and the production of a high quality product is the main aim.

Students will design and make a working clock suitable for a specific target market and a range of mixed media jewellery. The materials and skills used dependent on the development of their design ideas.

These projects are approximately 10 weeks in duration.

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 up to £10 depending on the materials used and the quantities used.

How are we assessed?

Students will be given Assessment Criteria based on the National Curriculum level descriptors for each project. Used in conjunction with their end of Year 9 target level they will be able to monitor their own progress across the 6 areas of Design Technology and be able to identify where they need to improve. For each completed 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 usually 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?

There will usually be one homework task set per week, which should take around 40 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.
  • Encourage your child to discuss what they have learnt each week.
  • Test them on their subject specific spellings.
  • 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.