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KS3 Technology - Resistant Materials

Technology lessons in KS3 are a rotation of three subjects – Resistant Materials (DT), Food Technology (DT) and Textiles (Art). 

In DT Resistant Materials our intention is to equip pupils with the knowledge, understanding and skills to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical skills.
Our curriculum focuses on three threads:
  • Knowledge - building knowledge about materials, processes and production methods.
  • Developing - designing and communicating ideas.
  • Making - using materials to make products.
As students move though the curriculum they will become increasingly confident in knowledge, developing and making.
Year 7 Year 8 Year 9

Project 1: CAD / CAM Polymers

This project enables our students to understand form and function. We will introduce them to different polymers and the principles of computer design.

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Project 2: Phone holder

This project works with wood and develops plan and side view design to ultimately make a phone holder.

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Project 1: Electronic control

This project builds on Year 7 to investigate electrical systems. Students will investigate schematic designs and orthographic projections.

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Project 2: Mechanical display

This project builds on our woodwork skills from Year 7 to explore cams, levers and pulleys.

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Project 1: Nursery seating

In this project we will learn about designing for a specific audience. In this case seating for nursery. Students will use a variety of products to produce a scale model.

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Project 2: Boxed game

We will build on our CAD and CAM skills in this project and use increasingly sophisticated techniques such as the router to produce and explore different joints.

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