Resistant Materials

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autumn term


GCSE controlled assessment (objective 1 & 2)

  • Research contemporary designers’ work; this will necessitate students selecting a designer relevant to their project area
  • Produce sketches of initial ideas and annotate them; ongoing evaluation of ideas; produce a summary page comparing designs
  • Use card & CAD (Sketchup) modelling and produce a page on each exploring / developing one of their ideas
  • Produce minimum 2 pages of development drawings; redrawing over and over again; explaining what changes have been made each time; evaluating changes made and gradually refining the design to a 'final design'
  • Producing final ideas drawings / pages using isometric, orthographic, exploded or CAD drawings
  • Producing a cutting list (page) before the end of term in order for a prompt start to practical work after the Christmas break
  • Producing separate pages on Sustainability, Materials Testing (wood) and a Manufacturing Specification
  • Produce a GANTT chart planning out the manufacture stage of the project

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural and British Values Links

    • Group and pair work.
    • Self and peer evaluation skills.
    • Sustainability; the 6 ‘R’s, specification should incorporate spiritual, moral and cultural factors
    • Product analysis work should analyse aesthetic (spiritual) and environmental (moral) aspects


Careers, Advice, Information & Guidance Links

Careers in RM – visit from engineer (last year), looking at designers working now


Home Learning this Term

At least 1 hour of homework will be set every week. Students should also work independently to develop their design work and practical work.

Example homework-

    • Add research to development pages; small text boxes about hinges, screws, varnish or whatever else that particular ideas drawing features
    • Complete annotation of sketches on 'Ideas' pages
    • Spend an hour on Sketchup adding items from the Warehouse to increase realism for final ideas
    • Complete rendering & outlining on Orthographic Drawing
    • Type up and add pictures to cutting list page
    • Revise for mock exam just after Christmas break



spring term


Exam Topic

Mock exam (past paper) – papers will be gone through with class afterwards to explain how to gain full marks, revisit poorly answered questions and to provide model answers for longer questions

Practical work (objective 3)

  • Students will require full access to a wide range of materials, tools and machines. Technician support will be vital for this term.
  • Students will need to take photos at every step of the process in order to complete their photo diaries later on. Design work can be improved on in this time period.
  • This stage of coursework will involve a lot of independent work and students working with their own piece of work at their own speed.

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural and British Values Links

    • Peer and self-assessment.
    • RM from different countries and cultures.
    • Moral issues in RM.


Careers, Advice, Information & Guidance Links

Careers in RM – visit from engineer (last year), looking at designers working now 


Home Learning this Term

At least 1 hour of independent work is required every week during student’s exam preparation and whilst completing practical work. Typical tasks will / could include:

    • Come after school to put in an hour of practical work time
    • Spend an hour making improvements to piece of design work as discussed
    • Spend an hour compiling photo diary
    • Spend an hour researching an improvement / refinement to the final design during manufacture process



summer term


After final assessment some students will be given allocated time to improve their coursework projects.

  • Improve development of an idea based on the AQA marking criteria.
  • Improve personal outcomes.

Complete design work (folder based)

  • 3 pages to complete; testing (including 'real life' photos), improvements and testing the outcome against the original specification.
  • Complete photo diary

Exam preparation

Going through past papers, preparing for exam using AQA pre-release materials, revision using AQA ‘Exam Practice Workbook’ and AQA ’The Revision Guide’.

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural and British Values Links

    • Self and peer assessment. Group evaluations.
    • End user evaluation; recording of responses
    • Exam content contains environmental issues, SMSC issues have to be considered whilst designing


Careers, Advice, Information & Guidance Links

Students will be considering pathways to careers via apprenticeships, higher education and direct employment. Teachers will make the connection between RM, the skills inherent in RM and the careers most applicable to someone with proficiency in RM.


Home Learning this Term

    • Improving work based on teacher assessment.
    • Complete evaluation / photo diary work.
    • Work from AQA marking criteria to improve outcomes.
    • Revision / exam preparation 



Year 11 Resistant Materials Summary

Students will build on the skills which they learnt in year 10 to produce a pencil case using traditional wood working techniques and a lamp using metal and wood-turning skills.  They will study the work of at least one appropriate and inspiring designer. They will complete their GCSE coursework and prepare for their 90 minute AQA examination.

Student’s coursework projects, (occasional tables, storage units or a sports / music related project) make up 60% of their final grade in RM.

Once completed around Easter, the rest of the year is purely for revision / exam preparation.

The exam grade makes up 40% of the student’s final grade.







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