Resistant Materials

Students are completing  the AQA Design & Technology: Resistant Materials GCSE qualification.  Year 11 of the course is set aside for students to complete the 40hr CA task. Throughout Year 10 students build their knowledge and understanding of working with the different resistant materials (wood, metals and plastics) and the wide range of manufacturing techniques used with each.  Focussed practical tasks are used to develop their practical skills and build up their self confidence when working with the different materials.  Students have 3hrs per week.  1hr per week is used as a theory lesson to cover the syllabus which is assessed through the written exam paper at the end of Year 11.  During these lessons the content focus is linked to the work being undertaken in the current focussed practical task whenever possible.   The theory lessons cover the syllabus content that is assessed on the written paper at the end of Year11.  2hrs per week is allocated to completing a practical activity to further develop their practical skills and in year 11 the double lesson is used to complete the 40hr CA task.  The first year of the two year course deals with the students acquiring the underpinning skills that are essential to their success in both the written paper and the controlled assessment. The course has been carefully planned to ensure that they are taught the underpinning skills that are the foundation of the Resistant Materials course.
The underpinning skills are:
• Practical skills
• Theoretical knowledge
• Drawing skills
• Designing skills
• Modelling skills
• ICT & CAD/CAM skills

Term 1
Key Learning Objectives BIG PICTURE – Wood based project dealing with: Marking out, Sawing, Joining, Finishing.

CAD/CAM – Intro to 2D Design & Autodesk Inventor (ABS Headphone wrap and Acrylic phone stand)

Practice the following drawing techniques: Sketching, Rendering.

Key Activities / Homework Key Activities

Timber working properties and characteristics, joining techniques, permanent and temporary. Wood joints practical trials. Measuring and marking out accurately.

(Mitre joint, lap joint) Deck chair FPT – Temporary fixings, QC and use of jigs for batch production.

Homework – past paper exam questions and theory worksheets linked to practical activities being undertaken in the double lesson.

Theory work/ homework: Notes, worksheets, and Internet investigation into: Natural timber, Manmade boards, Sustainability of wood, Woodworking tools, Joining wood, KD fittings, Finishing wood, Composite materials, Smart materials and Nanomaterials.

Assessments Verbal and written feedback in accordance to whole school policy, as well as peer assessment as appropriate. Portfolio and practical work assessed using Exam Board guidelines and grading criteria so students are familiar with requirements in preparation for starting the Controlled Assessment task later in the year.
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Lonsdale AQA Resistant Materials Revision Guide and Student Workbook

Focus on RM 2

Focus on wood joints

Focus on Plastics

Laser cutter

 

Term 2
Key Learning Objectives Metal based FPT dealing with:

Marking out, Sawing, Filing, Drilling, Joining, Finishing and Pewter Casting.

Theory work: Notes, worksheets, and Internet investigation into: Workshop safety, Property of materials, Metals (ferrous), Metals (nonferrous), Sustainability of metals, Metalworking tools, Joining metals, Finishing metal.

Design influences: Form v function, Market pull v technology push, Social, moral and cultural issues.

Key Activities / Homework Focused practical tasks. Learners will follow set tasks that will teach them the underpinning skills required for their CA task and for the written paper. Soft Jaws and designer influenced pewter cast key fob.   Develop ideas through modelling – Paper modelling and card modelling.     Practice the following drawing techniques: 3D representation; oblique, isometric, perspective.
Assessments Verbal and written feedback in accordance to whole school policy, as well as peer assessment as appropriate. Portfolio and practical work assessed using Exam Board guidelines and grading criteria so students are familiar with requirements in preparation for starting the Controlled Assessment task later in the year.
Suggest reading & support materials BBC Bitesize

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Lonsdale AQA Resistant Materials Revision Guide and Student Workbook

Focus on RM2

Focus on metals

Laser cutter

3D router

 

Term 3
Key Learning Objectives Plastic based project dealing with: Marking out, Sawing, Shaping, Joining, Bending, Finishing.

Vacuum forming. Investigate the work of the client, the designer and the manufacturer. The 6Rs. Designing for maintenance.

Investigate the context and analyse the controlled assessment task set by the exam board (60% of final GCSE grade).

Key Activities / Homework Notes, worksheets and Internet investigation into:

Thermoplastics, Thermosetting plastics, Sustainability of

plastic, Plastic working tools, Finishing plastic, Adhesives. Practice the following drawing techniques: Orthographic

projection.

Product analysis activities to investigate design for maintenance and 6R’s.

Blister Packaging FPT.

Investigating the design context possible activities:

Analysis of the design context; Product evaluation and market research; Target market research: questionnaires, interviews, anthropometric data, letters, e mails, mood boards.

Design specification.

Assessments CA Assessment Task – Unit 2 – Criterion 1 & 2

Assessment grading criteria issued by AQA exam board.

Criterion 1 = 8 marks

Criterion 2 = 32 marks

Current set project brief – Design and manufacture a gadget tidy or small storage unit inspired by famous designer.

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