Resistant Materials


In resistant materials students explore a range of material areas, including woods, plastics, metals and electronics. We strive for creativity allowing the students to design and manufacture a selection of products.

Key Staff

Mr Hickie
Teacher of Resistant Materials

Mr Vardy
Teacher of Resistant Materials

Mr Allen
DT Technician


Resistant Materials is taught in three well equipped design and workshop rooms. The department has the latest Computer Aided Design, Computer Aided Manufacturing and Computer Numerical Control equipment, including Apple Mac computers, a laser cutter, three dimensional router, 3D Printer and a well-equipped workshop, which allows students to investigate designing and production at a high level. Students are taught a range of two-dimensional and three-dimensional design skills and are given the opportunity to develop those skills by using a range of materials. Students are encouraged to use their imagination and creativity, to solve design problems.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Students in Key Stage 3 have one lesson of resistant materials per week as part of a rotation with other design and technology areas.

In Year 7 students are be introduced to working with wood, whilst carrying out the 'Wacky Races' car design task; developing skills in joint making as well as using the sophisticated 'Computer Aided Design' and 'Computer Aided Manufacturing' equipment.

Year 8 students are encouraged to look at the development of MP3/mobile phone speakers. This project introduces students to the use of developing products out of plastic and incorporates the use of electronics to create the circuit board.

Year 9 students develop their skills in using metal as a material. They are given free reign over the design process as long as their product makes full use of all metal craft tools and techniques.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

At GCSE level; students develop a more sophisticated set of skills, following the 'WJEC' specification, students develop higher level producing skills, using all of the materials that were introduced to them at Key Stage 3. GCSE students carryout a project from research and design to development, production and evaluation of their product.

Year 10 students follow the design process to develop their coursework and their practical skills in both hand crafted joints and the use of laser cutters.

In Year 11 students are given three design briefs set by the exam board. Students decide which brief suits them and produce a folder and practical work to answer their chosen brief. At the end of the course, students take an exam based on theory of materials and designing. This is a rigorous but enjoyable GCSE, that requires an enquiring mind and attention to detail.

Resistant Materials
Resistant Materials
Resistant Materials