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Resistant Materials

In Resistant materials students will learn how to develop practical solutions to design problems using a variety of materials and equipment in the workshop environment.

Students will look at established designers’ work to see how they have designed solutions to similar problems and will then use a variety of methods to develop interesting and original practical work of their own.

Higher Line

Grammar Term 1

Truffle Box

  • Extending knowledge and understanding of a range of wood joints including Butt, Mitre, Dowell and Dovetail.
  • Extending knowledge and understanding of joining techniques, PVA glue and panel pins.
  • Storage solution. Problem solving to house 8 truffles.
  • Mechanisms.

Grammar Term 2 

Desk Tidy

  • Working with Acrylic.
  • Moulding techniques using a line bender and vacuum Former.
  • Problem solving, housing for stationary, phone, speakers.
  • Adhesive joining using Liquid Solvent Cement.

Grammar Term 3 

Practice Controlled Assessment Task

  • Real GCSE mock practical.
  • Learning how the Controlled Assessment Task will be conducted including experience of time constraints and use of Controlled Assessment Task workbook
  • Understanding how to work independently and make considered choices.

Syntax Term 1 

Controlled Assessment Task

  • Complete a 30 hour controlled assessment task by designing a product then planning, making and evaluating it.
  • Pupils recall, select and communicate their knowledge and understanding in design and technology.

Syntax Term 2 

Controlled Assessment Task

  • Pupils apply knowledge, understanding and skills in a variety of contexts and in designing and making products.
  • Pupils analyse and evaluate products, including their design and making

Syntax Term 3 


  • Preparation for the Unit 1 written paper through revision tasks and PPE.
  • Targeted revision sessions related to particular topics.
Completion of practice tasks.