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Resistant Materials

In design and technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.

The study of making in resistant materials includes:

  • A broad range of techniques, including handcraft skills and CAD/CAM, and how to use them to ensure consistency and precision when making single and multiple products
  • Understanding the behaviour of structural elements in a variety of materials.
  • Students are encouraged to use materials, smart materials, technology and aesthetic qualities to design and make products of worth.
  • Students are taught how to prepare and assemble components to achieve functional results.

Additional areas of the subject offer students to transfer their knowledge and understanding of other subject areas and apply them in Design and Technology.  Subjects such as, Science and Mathematics allow students to incorporate structural elements in to their work: This includes understanding loads and other forces, resistance to loads without deforming, and the connection and transfer of forces within a structure.

Students also develop an understanding of materials, smart materials, technology and aesthetic qualities: This includes recognising that new materials are being developed all the time and understanding the tension between cost, the demands of the product and sustainability issues, such as minimising waste and reusing materials.  These all help students to understand the world around them and the impact on it, as a result of the lifestyle and demands put on manufacturers to cope with modern societies needs.

Year 11