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20/09/17

Thank you to our Y11 Parents and Carers who attended tonight's information evening. Your support is much appreciated.

15/09/17

Retweeted From Jon Chaloner

Great to have visited & have 1st Strategy meeting for !

14/09/17

Lovely to welcome so many prospective parents and students to our Open Evening. We hope you enjoyed your visit! https://t.co/UmObZpDvhQ

14/09/17

The hall is all set for Open Evening 2017! https://t.co/SKa3peIVUA

14/09/17

Looking forward to our Open Evening today. Presentations at 5:45pm and 6:45pm. https://t.co/kr54HJS68A

13/09/17

We are looking forward to hosting prospective parents/carers at our Open Evening tomorrow night. HT presentations at 5:45pm and 6:45pm.

12/09/17

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Great effort from the boys U15 rugby team, who narrowly lost 43-33 in a thriller against 🏉 https://t.co/j60DxrAF7M

08/09/17

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Extra-Curricular Clubs start on Monday ! Improve your skills, make new friends & have fun! 💪🏻 https://t.co/4LatIrYK7O

08/09/17

Fantastic input from students helping to assess the quality of our catering bids. https://t.co/Dpffv6IHNP

06/09/17

Thank you to our Y9 parents/carers for attending tonight's information evening. As ever, your support is much valued and appreciated.

25/08/17

...and after. The less than welcoming blue fence has gone! https://t.co/G4OZV7uHHR

25/08/17

Before.... https://t.co/GkEyWH36Mp

24/08/17

Thank you to staff, parents/careers and governors for their support in ensuring y11 students achieved so well this year.

24/08/17

Congratulations to our Head Boy and Head Girl on achieving a fantastic set of GCSE results https://t.co/ogHOTK3s7L

24/08/17

Congratulations to our Y11 students who achieved so well in their GCSE exams. Excellent grades but more importantly fantastic young people!

21/07/17

Wishing all members of the school community a safe, happy and restful summer break. See you in September!

19/07/17

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

We've just achieved a Silver ! Thank you to staff, students & coaches for supporting School Games https://t.co/G4TRBERBzS

19/07/17

Lovely to welcome so many parents/carers to our Y9 celebration assembly this morning. Thank you for your support.

18/07/17

Great work from the Student Review Team today who shared their ideas on school improvement with Mr Garner. https://t.co/GTz9vEI8O7

18/07/17

Great feedback given to Mr Garner by the Student Review Team today. https://t.co/Y5MDWyflQz

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 Textiles Technology for 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 9 students have twice the teaching time spread over two projects and three terms, again rotating after 10 weeks with Food, Resistant Materials and Ceramics. Project one is completed prior to the option evening, enabling all students to experience the variety of materials thus resulting in a more informed option choice for the Design and Technology subjects should they choose to take one for GCSE.

The skills and knowledge taught in Resistant Materials Technology follow the National Curriculum requirements whilst also providing skills for life. The projects taught are designed to build up skills and knowledge each year. 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.

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.

In Year 9

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.

In Year 9 the second project is t he design and make of an individual jewellery inspired project. Student will continue to develop CAD / CAM skills using more advanced software which links to the auto cad router, this CAM machine will cut out their individual mould. This mould will be used to cast molten pewter into the mould and produce a quality jewellery product. Students develop practical skills based on how to achieve a quality finish using various tools and techniques. The second project is designed to raise awareness of SMSC and how cultural influences can be developed as part of their jewellery designing stage.

KS4 Resistant Materials Technology

Year 10

Resistant Material theory is taught alongside various design and make projects. Initially students develop their practical skills by constructing a selection of wood joints. These wood joints are then put into practice to make a wooden picture frame stand. A small wooden box for storing small items with a personalised lid design, this will involve CAD/CAD design.

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.

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

A small design and make storage project which consists of a resistant materials, combining wood and plastic, some element of metal work as well.

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 10 studentswill work through a wide range of projects that will enable themto successfully pass the GCSE course whilst also providing skills for life and career opportunities for the future.

KS4 student’scomplete projects working in woods, metals and plastics to build on the knowledge developed between Years 7 -9 essential to this is also the theory and paperwork completed alongside these projects. Current year projects include MP3 speakers, storage box, picture frame stand, mini G-Clamp and an individual clocksproject.

GCSE Controlled Assessment

At the start of the summer term, Year 10 students will begin the research for their GCSE controlled assessment (coursework project of student’s choice selected from a range of topics provided by the AQA exam board) this will continue alongside exam preparation throughout the remainder of Year 10 and the whole of Year 11.

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 finalgrade:

Controlled Assessment (Coursework):60% of final grade (40% making/20% designing).

Exam: 40% offinal grade (Section A = designing Section B = subject knowledge).

The final exam consists of one paper which is worth 40% of the final grade.

SectionA provides opportunity to evidence design skills and Section B provides opportunity to evidence learnt subject knowledge.

At the start of the summer term studentswill begin the research for theirGCSE controlled assessment (coursework project of student’schoice selected from a range of topics provided by the AQA exam board) this will continue alongside exam preparation throughout the remainder of Year 10 and the whole of Year 11.

Progression Opportunities

Thiscourse will lead studentsinto 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.