Key Stage 3 Design Technology (Resistant Materials)

Year 7

In Year 7 students have the opportunity to experience the role of the designer, maker and user of all the products they make.  Through this process they are introduced to drawing techniques, choosing appropriate materials for a product and then using tools and machinery to make it.  They can then evaluate their product and see if it meets the needs of the original design criteria.  The main emphasis is remaining safe in the workshop so that students try and make use of many of the basic tools in it.  Projects include a flashing Christmas toy, a pull along toy and then a team challenge event at the end of the summer term.

Year 8

The Year 8 programme builds upon the skills and knowledge learnt in Year 7.  It starts with an electronics project based on the steady hand game.  This introduces students to electronics, circuit building and testing.  It is all housed in a vacuum formed case, a typical industrial process.  They then have a free flow design and make a storage project which, with guidance, is of their own design.  This helps students understand the design process and the consequences of their decision making when they have to make their chosen design.

Year 9

In Year 9 students develop and consolidate the work carried out in Year 8.  In the design process they will be expected to produce relevant research, ideas and working final designs for their project.  Practical work will help students select materials as well as ensure that they can use hand and machine tools safely and appropriately.  This project is effectively a mini GCSE project which leads naturally into the full GCSE curriculum

All assessments use the new Level system running from 0 - 9 for theory and practical tasks.  The emphasis though is on a student’s progression through the levels.


Homework at Key Stage 3 is mainly research work given to enable informed decisions to be made at the design stages of project work.  The frequency of the homework is variable depending on the size and length of time the project takes.


After school sessions on Wednesdays are available for students who wish to continue or catch up with their project work or even to take on a small project of their own under supervision.

Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development

Students are encouraged to consider woods that are sourced locally and are from sustainable forests.  Alternatives to traditional “Rain Forest” woods are encouraged.  Cost is a major factor in considering which wood is suitable for a project.  Students look at the relative costs of hard and soft woods and man-made boards so as to make informed decisions.  Particular consideration is given to whether materials are recyclable or reusable. 

Additional Information

For Years 7 & 8 we request a one off voluntary payment of (currently) £12.50 for Resistant Materials to help cover the cost of materials, which covers all basic materials for completion of the courses.

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