Resistant Materials and Product Design

Key Stage 3 – Product Design and Resistant Materials

KS3 pupils will spend one term each year studying Resistant Materials. At the end of KS3, pupils can choose if they would like to continue their studies at GCSE level.

In Key Stage 3 Resistant Materials, we aim for pupils to learn about:

  • The design that surrounds them every day
  • Implications of design on the environment and their responsibility as a designer
  • Knowledge of materials and their uses;
  • Manufacturing skills and systems
  • The tools to create innovative designs.

In Year 7, pupils draw on cultures around the world to inspire their designing, whilst learning the fundamental research skills, safety rules and planning, to create the building blocks for D&T. This results in a quality handmade acrylic final product, manufactured in the RM workshop.

Year 8 pupils learn how to use copper and traditional silversmithing skills to create a piece of contemporary jewellery. Inspiration is taken from illustration, creating links with literacy. These high level skills give pupils the opportunity to practice precision and accuracy within their practical work, whilst discovering how fashions and trends can influence designing.

DT-Resistant-materials-ks3-4In Year 9 pupils develop higher level thinking considering sustainability, designing to a client’s needs and creating 3D structures. Designing a piece of flat-pack lighting, pupils must apply their problem solving skills to create a high quality functioning product within material limitations while focusing on aesthetics. Reflecting aspects of GCSE Product Design, pupils have a deeper understanding of what the course will entail should they choose to continue their learning in this area.



Key Stage 4 – Product Design

Resistant-materialsFrom packaging to lighting, catwalk jewellery to innovative inventions, Product Design GCSE provides the opportunity for pupils to think creatively, design effectively, experiment with materials and manufacture to a quality standard. The course is exciting and relevant to everyday life, empowering pupils to make informed decisions as both a consumer and a designer. A range of social, moral, economic and environmental considerations are studied to create a broad understanding of how to design for society. The department has a workshop containing a range of specialist tools and machinery to enable pupils to learn about materials and processes through practice.

The course is split into the following sections and is taught over two years following the AQA specification:

  • Resistant-materials-2Designing Skills
  • Manufacturing skills
  • Materials and Components (including timber, plastics, metals, paper and card and ceramics)
  • Design and Market influences
  • Processes and Manufacture

Pupils are assessed through an end of KS4 GCSE examination (40%) and Design and Making Practice Controlled Assessment which is mainly completed in Year 11 (60%).



Extra Curricular Activities

Product Design-Jewellery Club (Year 9) Friday 12:30 – 13:00 F6 Mrs Lovelady
Product Design GCSE Catch up Friday 3:30 – 5:00 F6 Mrs Lovelady