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12/04/19

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Well done to ⁦⁩ students at the DofE training day today, lots achieved learning campcraft in preparation for the expeditions! 👨🏼‍🍳⛺️ https://t.co/jaCyTYLTob

09/04/19

Retweeted From de Stafford DofE

Following the success of the practice day walk at Newlands Corner we are looking forward to seeing ⁦⁩ students develop their campcraft skills at the training day this Friday 12th April (9:00-12:00)! Please check SMHW for details ⛺️ 👨🏼‍🍳 https://t.co/QyHGsWEwDz

07/04/19

The Naples trip has just landed, however we will need to collect our baggage as it was put in hold! ✈️🧳

07/04/19

Boarding and all on time at this point! A fantastic few days in Naples, Sorrento and Capri and the students have been absolutely amazing throughout! ✈️ https://t.co/PHwyhFhcoq

07/04/19

Taking in the views on our last morning in Sorrento! ☀️🌋 📸 https://t.co/1vhaB5BX90

06/04/19

A lovely afternoon learning what you can do with a lemon! Thank you I Giardini di Cataldo for allowing us to taste some amazing drinks, cakes and jams 😋 https://t.co/fnPBiSRyzH

06/04/19

Team photo before exploring Capri! https://t.co/BNnttW2M8c

06/04/19

Setting off on a boat trip around Capri to see the coastal geography! 🛥☀️ https://t.co/AHpQm0IYqZ

05/04/19

Mr Starke doing his thing at the top of Vesuvius 🌋 https://t.co/1GfgEF6qi9

05/04/19

A reminder to parents/carers that the school will close at 1:40pm today and students return on Tuesday 23 April (week 2 timetable). Read all about this half term in our latest newsletter here: https://t.co/dfq5fAfUdO. We would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter! https://t.co/SD03Ftnppy

05/04/19

The sun is out as we start the climb up Vesuvius 🌋 https://t.co/q6tBbOcAaV

04/04/19

A fantastic first day on the Naples trip, an underground tour and an insight into Roman life in Herculaneum where the eruption preserved the town 🌋 https://t.co/8pQK3kVhsd

04/04/19

The sun is starting to come out as the students take a tour of Herculaneum where just 1/5 of the city has been excavated https://t.co/APVGlk8E2a

04/04/19

Congratulations to Odin Jeffrey-Dyer, Lucy Vella and Katie Conway, our award winners in the Prix de la Paix essay writing competition. They can be seen here receiving their prizes from Rotary Club members Geraint Jenkins and Dr. David Beckitt. https://t.co/llPLCkOrzV

04/04/19

We are on our way! ✈️ A slight delay but all in good spirits and ready to go! https://t.co/BkKcZG2Gm2

03/04/19

Retweeted From Dayspace

Another fab assembly school. Thanks to yr 9/10 for listening & helping us to create a more inclusive community. Remember "It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognise, accept and celebrate those differences" https://t.co/oBFIEaeTke

03/04/19

Year 11: Don't forget to book your ticket to the Prom! Payment can be made online or via the Finance Office https://t.co/V8EXzXEuxX https://t.co/724SUllsGa

02/04/19

Well done to the Year 7 students who attended the Science Fair yesterday. You were excellent ambassadors for and presented some brilliant projects. https://t.co/YmfL3vFRa2

Resistant Materials

Head of Department: Stephen O'Brien
email: stephen.o'brien@destafford.org.uk

KS3 Resistant Materials Technology

All students in Years 7 and 8 study one hour of curriculum time per week on a 10 week rotation cycle with Food, Resistant Materials and Ceramics. Over the 10 week period students complete a design and make project.

In Year 7

The aluminium creative door hanger introduces students to metals and their individual properties. Student learn and develop skills; covering the cutting, shaping, drilling, preparation for a quality finish and the folding and bending of sheet material. The project is designed to raise awareness of SMSC and includes student understanding of recycling and sustainability.

In Year 8

The mood light lantern introduces students to various types of wood and their properties. Students learn and develop more practical skills by marking out, cutting, smoothing down wood to make the required wood joint fit correctly. CAD / CAM skills are introduced to the project and students design and create their own individual light panels. In addition to this students develop electrical engineering skills through the development of a circuit which they construct.

Year 9 D&T GCSE

In Year 9 students have five lessons per week spread over two weeks. The projects taught are designed to build up skills and knowledge in all areas of the new GCSE Design & Technology course.

Each project is designed to enable robust progress whilst also assessing the students experience and understanding of the design process and working with a variety of materials, components, tools and equipment to make quality individual projects. The projects at KS3 form preparatory steps and skills towards the GCSE syllabus.

Year 9 project examples

Storage Box

Students design and make a small storage box made mainly from softwood and manufactured board. This storage box will have a creative CAD/CAM lid design. The internal part to the storage box will have compartments and either a vacuum formed tray or a small wooden tray with compartments.

Bottle Opener

An individual bottle opener is made by combining mild steel and hardwood. The introduction of heat treatment and tempering of carbon steel forms the introduction to the project. Students are given opportunity to develop their product through ergonomic design; to make a product which will ergonomically fit into their own hand with comfort. Practical skills are developed by marking out, drilling, cutting, filing, smoothing and combining steel and hardwood together. Awareness of SMSC, this is discussed regarding the use of steel and hardwoods and how the production of these two can adversely affect our planet.

Jewellery Project

Students design and make an individual jewelry inspired project. Student will continue to develop CAD / CAM skills to manufacture the mould for casting, this part will be used to cast molten pewter into the mould and produce a quality jewelry product.

Plastic Phone Holder Project

Students design and make an acrylic phone holder stand. This part will be modelled on solid works and the use of CAM such as the laser cutter to manufacture the part. The acrylic stand will then need to be bent into shape and mounted onto a small wooden structure or storage box.

Small Mini Clamp

For metalwork, students design and make a small mini G-clamp, this is manufactured using manual engineering skills and the use of the lathe.

Students will follow a design brief to manufacture a mini clamp. This component will be modelled through CAD initially to develop skills in technical drawing and 3D modelling. The mini clam will be made from metal in the workshop.

In addition to the above, student will develop skills in drawing and modelling. The new GCSE D&T theory aspect of the course will also be delivered alongside the projects detailed above.

 

KS4 GCSE D&T  

Year 10

The ne GCSE D&T theory is taught alongside various design and make projects. The projects delivered in yr 10 build upon the skills and knowledge taught in yr9.

Picture Frame Stand

This project will introduce students to more complex wood joints to form a picture frame stand.

Creative Clock Project

For the plastics part of the syllabus an individual design and make clock project, this will mainly be designed using CAD/CAM to manufacture the clock face and other engraving detail. The clock stand will be made by laminating wood together, contrasting hard and softwood.

Small Occasional Table

Students design and make a small table, this will be formed using complex structural wood joints. The table top will combine resistant materials to create a quality table top part.

Electronic MP3 Speaker System

An MP3 player music box, students design and make a small speaker system from resistant materials and combine this to an electronic circuit board. 


From the start of Year 9 students will work through a wide range of projects that will enable them to successfully pass the GCSE course whilst also providing skills for life and career opportunities for the future

GCSE Controlled Assessment

From the 1st June in yr10 students will begin their Non Examined Assessment (NEA), this will involve students researching, designing, modelling and planning for the realisation of their product. The examine board will set a list of design briefs for students to choose.

This course will lead students into a vast range of college based courses such as Product Design, Interior Design, Engineering, Theatre and Set Design, Trade and Business opportunities.

College courses will lead to university and/or careers paths within both business and the arts. The course will also empower independence and provide skills for life.

Year 11

The course is split into two parts resulting in one final grade:

Non Examined Assessment (Coursework): 50%

Exam: 50% of final grade (Subject knowledge).

The final exam consists of one paper which is worth 50% of the final grade.

The (NEA) will consist of a portfolio of work, typically 40 pages of A4. The practical prototype will be developed and manufactured from the portfolio.

Progression Opportunities

This course will lead students into a vast range of college based courses such as Product Design, Interior Design, Engineering, Theatre and Set Design, Trade and Business opportunities. 


College courses will lead to university and/or careers paths within both business and the arts. The course will also empower independence and provide skills for life.