Design Technology

At QE the subject of Resistant Materials provides the opportunity for students to learn and develop practical and technological skills.

Through our teaching we aim to develop creative thinkers who can respond to challenges and develop ideas and products that relate to the real world and show an understanding of technical, social, economic, environmental issues and industrial practices.

We are fortunate to have two rooms which enable us to deliver a broad range of techniques and experiences.  There is a classroom with computer facilities where pupils can research and plan their ideas and a well equipped workshop to develop practical work.

We are committed to:

  • Giving pupils as broad and creative an experience as possible
  • Providing a safe learning environment where pupils can develop their practical skills
  • Increasing pupil’s understanding of the technological and industrial world
  • Improve confidence, independence, decision making and problem solving

We teach students to:

  • Develop, plan and communicate ideas
  • Work with tools, equipment, materials and components to produce quality products
  • Evaluate processes and products
  • Design Technology is a ‘hands on’ subject and our students really enjoy the practical involvement and craftsmanship of handling materials to make individual, well designed finished products


Key Stage 3 Projects have been designed to encourage students to be able to design and make 3D products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Pupils will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible. A working knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials will be required, but other materials may be used in addition. Students will develop a range of practical skills and knowledge using a wide variety of Resistant Materials.

Year 7 Pupils complete a course designed to cover the basic skills in Resistant Materials.  They will begin with a guide to the workshop which will cover health and safety aspects of the equipment used.  With their initial Maze project they will be introduced to basic skills such as planning/designing, measuring and cutting materials.  A simple storage box project introduces pupils to the use of plastic as an attractive and versatile material while a further wood based project making toy vehicles helps consolidate skills in marking out and working with wood.

Year 8 The aim of Year 8 work is to build on and develop skills learnt in Year 7.  Pupils will complete three projects during this year.  In the workshop they start the year making and modifying the design of a simple garden tool then move on to produce a pendant design using pewter casting techniques. Pupils can add to the wide range of materials used with a simple vacuum forming project. Graphics skills including CAD and CAM are embedded in all projects where appropriate.

Year 9 Work in this year will look more at developing skills in preparation for year 10 and 11 work.  Pupils will be able to develop more independent projects and ideas.  There will be two major projects during the year.  Project 1 will involve students designing a wall clock based on a design era from the last 100 years. The second project is to design and make a passive amplifier for ‘docking’ a phone or MP3 player. Each project will expose pupils to higher level skills and expectations of precision. Pupils will be expected to document their work in the same way they would at exam level.

 Key Stage 4 Current year 11 pupils are working toward a GCSE (AQA Examination board) course which aims to further extend pupils knowledge and understanding of the material world through the design and manufacture of quality products.   The two year programme of study aims to take students through a range of design and practical skills through a series of exploratory tasks.  This work culminates in a major practical project conducted at the end of Year 10 through to Year 11 which contributes 60% of the marks towards the final grade (controlled assessment). The remaining 40 % of the marks comes from a written exam sat at the end of Year 11.

Year 10 pupils are beginning a brand new course (NCFE Level 2 Certificate in creative studies: Craft). The course comprises 4 units, one of which is an externally set task to be carried out under exam conditions over a period of 15 hours in school.  The remaining 3 units require students to develop craft skills with a particular emphasis on the potential for marketing their skills and the products they create. Students are expected to be able to document all aspects of their work with a portfolio of evidence covering topics such as their selection of tools or materials and their awareness of health & safety procedures while working. This is a Level 2 qualification and therefore the equivalent of a GCSE. Points earned by completion of this course will count toward sixth form or college entry.

 Extra Curricular Opportunities in RM There are no specific extra curricula activities at the moment though the workshop is available by arrangement when pupils need extra time to complete practical work. Teaching staff are available most days after school to help with project work when needed.





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