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22/04/18

Retweeted From Mrs Singleton

and are being represented in the London Marathon today! Best of luck Miss Flynn and Miss Greenland 🏃🏽‍♀️👟

17/04/18

Congratulations go to de Stafford student Max Callender on his winning entry in the Caterham Rotary Clubs annual essay writing competition, 'Prix de la Paix'. Thanks to Mr Geraint Jenkins of Caterham Rotary Club who presented Max with his certificate (pictured) https://t.co/9lhP0Rjkov

15/04/18

Looking forward to welcoming students back to school tomorrow! Don’t forget we return to a Week 1 timetable.

29/03/18

To discover some of what we've been up to this half term, you can view our latest newsletter online now:- https://t.co/vcwKUGxlLG We'd like to wish all our followers a very Happy Easter! https://t.co/mOnCWXhIR0

28/03/18

We are looking forward to seeing our Year 10 parents and carers from 4:30pm today! https://t.co/R5qhjimH7d

27/03/18

Congratulations to SAM group 8KBa who earned the most achievement points this term. You too have been rewarded with a mufti-day tomorrow (Weds). https://t.co/Iao2i0OzCy

27/03/18

Retweeted From de Stafford Jenkins Centre

Please join us on Wednesday 4-5.30pm for coffee and hot cross buns in aid of Autism Awareness week. This community event is for parents and families of children with ASD. This will be an opportunity to meet other families, share stories and look at study skills for students.

26/03/18

SAM Group 7RLR will have a Mufti Day on Wednesday (28th) for earning the most achievement points. Well done 7RLR! https://t.co/chZFN4pRTf

23/03/18

Retweeted From Jack Pepper

Great to lead a workshop with some fantastic students at today! We discussed and Franz Liszt, and went from monophony to polyphony via melody and accompaniment.... Thank you for having me!

22/03/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Thanks to for hosting the year 9B ⚽️ tournament. Well done to who finished 2nd!! Special mention to Zach Jennings for an absolute screamer against and well done to POMs Reece Weekes and Jack Perkins. A great team effort! https://t.co/gWuKqwLEOQ

22/03/18

The Year 11 Easter revision timetable is now available to view and download on our website:- https://t.co/v9c4TPe4az

22/03/18

A reminder that Year 9s only are invited to participate in a Mufti Day tomorrow(Friday) in exchange for a £1 donation to St Catherine's Hospice. The theme is 'Orange'.

21/03/18

We look forward to seeing our Year 7 parents/carers from 4:30pm today https://t.co/TFEgMGEdHV

20/03/18

It's the International Day of Happiness, a day to focus on the importance of relationships, kindness and helping each other.#InternationalDayofHappiness2018 https://t.co/GRw2nxc6ey

19/03/18

We are able to open as normal today. However, the car park and loop road have not been treated so please avoid driving on to the school site, if possible. Students should attend in normal school uniform but they may wear footwear appropriate for the icy conditions.

18/03/18

Clubs will hopefully continue as normal but we will assess conditions during the day and make a decision by lunchtime.

18/03/18

Light snow is forecast to fall for the rest of the evening in Caterham. We plan to open as normal in the morning but will update the website by 7am if a late start is necessary.

15/03/18

Retweeted From de Stafford School

Staff vs Students Dodgeball! Another fantastic fundraising effort from our Business Studies students for St Catherine's Hospice Five-O Project https://t.co/Ik78PKKDy8

15/03/18

Staff vs Students Dodgeball! Another fantastic fundraising effort from our Business Studies students for St Catherine's Hospice Five-O Project https://t.co/Ik78PKKDy8

15/03/18

Sadly, due to waterlogged pitches at The Beacon School the Year 8 football tournament has been cancelled today

Resistant Materials

Head of Department: Mr D Watson
email: darren.watson@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 aluminum 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.

 

Yr 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.

Projects for Yr 9

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.

Jewelry 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.