Through the use and manipulation of wood, metal and plastics, Resistant Materials teaches students how to use resources effectively to produce functional, high quality products. Consisting of a series of ‘design and make' tasks to solve particular design problems, students gain knowledge through practical experience in the workshop, supplemented by theory and planning sessions and evaluation of existing products.
During Year 7, 8 and 9, Resistant Materials teaches students to make decisions about the use of materials, tools and equipment for a planned piece of work, involving shaping, joining, finishing and evaluating their final product. In doing so, students will study the characteristics of working properties of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, softwood and hardwood timbers and thermoplastics and thermoset plastics, while studying industrial processes such as injection moulding, casting, welding and brazing and the reasons why one process is more suited to a product than another.
At GCSE, the two year programme of study in Resistant Materials aims to develop our students' skills and knowledge further, culminating in a major project conducted in Year 11 which contributes 60% of the marks towards the final grade. Common projects involve the planning and making of toys or games that have marketing potential, such as an early learning toy suitable for pre-school children or mechanical ‘executive' toys suitable for desktop use.