Resistant Materials

Resistant Materials

Year 10

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.  Focused 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 focused practical task whenever possible.   The theory lessons cover the syllabus content that is assessed on the written paper at the end of Year11.

1hr per week is allocated to completing a practical activity to further develop their practical skills in preparation for year 11 CA practical task.  This will happen in terms 1 and 2, in term 3 this time will be used for the CA task.

1hr per week is allocated to the teaching of and working on the CA task. The first year of the two year course deals with the students acquiring the underpinning skills that are essential to their success and then applying this to the research and design elements of the CA task.

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, and Finishing.

Materials theory looking at woods, metals, plastics and the sustainability issues around using these materials

 

CA task-Research, looking at how to analyse a brief and how to develop research into a given product

Key Activities / Homework Key Activities

Timber working properties and characteristics, joining techniques, permanent and temporary. Wood joints practical trials. Measuring and marking out accurately. Deck chair FPT – Temporary fixings, QC and use of jigs for batch production.

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, Woods, Manufactured boards, Metals (ferrous), Metals (nonferrous), Sustainability of materials, tools, Joining materials, Finishing materials.

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

CA Task completing research into the design context set by AQA with emphasis on:

Analysing the given context

Investigating the design context

Analysing existing solutions

End user research

 

Homework – past paper exam questions and theory worksheets linked to practical and written activities being undertaken in the theory 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.
Suggest reading & support materials BBC Bitesize

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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 Plastics based project dealing with CAD/CAM heat treatment Marking out, Sawing, Shaping, Joining, Bending, and Finishing, and batch production techniques

Design theory looking at drawing techniques and presentation of designs. CAD using AutoCAD and Techsoft 2D Design

 

CA task-Analysis and specification leading to the development of design ideas

Key Activities / Homework Key Activities

Drawing methods and styles including the use of CAM to develop design solutions

Plastic based FPT dealing with: CAD/CAM heat treatment Marking out, Sawing, Shaping, Joining, Bending, and Finishing, and batch production techniques

CA Task completing research into the design context set by AQA with emphasis on:

Analysis of research undertaken

Design criteria/specification

Development of design ideas to answer the design brief

 

Homework – past paper exam questions and theory worksheets linked to practical and written activities being undertaken in the theory lesson. Theory work/ homework: Notes, worksheets, and Internet investigation into: plastics and drawing techniques. 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.  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.
Suggest reading & support materials BBC Bitesize

www.technologystudent.com

Lonsdale AQA Resistant Materials Revision Guide and Student Workbook

Focus on RM2

Laser cutter

3D router

 

Term 3
Key Learning Objectives Design theory looking at the role of the designer, production scales, product analysis, anthropometrics and ergonomics

 

CA task-Development of design ideas and modelling leading to a proposed design solution

Key Activities / Homework Key Activities

Drawing methods and styles including the use of CAM to develop design solutions

CA Task completing design work that answers the design context set by AQA with emphasis on:

Development of ideas

Modelling

Orthographic projection

 

Homework – past paper exam questions and theory worksheets linked to practical and written activities being undertaken in the theory lesson. Theory work/ homework: Notes, worksheets, and Internet investigation into: the role of the designer, production scales, product analysis, anthropometrics and ergonomics Practice the following drawing techniques: 3D representation; oblique, isometric, perspective, orthographic

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.