KS3, 4 & 5 Resistant Materials

Key Stage 3 RM

Year 7

In the first project in Year 7 pupils create the Crocodile Pencil Holder. Pupils are introduced to the workshop and the use of a variety of tools. Pupils learn how to make a wooden pencil holder with the shape of a crocodile. They learn to work appropriately within the workshop setting and the importance of Health and Safety. They learn how to use a variety of tools such as coping saws, bench hooks and pillar drill.  Skills also developed and explored are areas of maths, science and new vocabulary.

In the second project pupils design and make a Board Game. Pupils learn how to make a wooden board with wooden edges. After finishing the construction of the board, it will become a game board using all the skills learnt in the first project. The game board covers cultural, social, and moral development.  In addition to this, they will develop a variety of skills where creativity, practical and artistic skills will be applied across the whole unit.

Year 8

In the first project Year 8 RM pupils will be introduced to carpentry and joinery skills in order to make a small wooden jewellery box. In order to do this pupils will use a variety of tools including the use of saws, chisels, glass paper and a laser cutter. They will learn about health and safety in the workshop whilst also learn the skill of finger joints, wood waxing and other professional finishing techniques.

In the second project pupils gain knowledge and awareness of sustainability issues across the planet. They study and analyse some of the environmental problems around us and find creative solutions for issues such as pollution, recycling and a sustainable forest. They also develop a further awareness of literacy and numeracy skills.

Year 9

In Year 9 RM pupils will be working on producing a passive acoustic speaker. They will be learning about the travel of sound and then use this to make a miniature speaker for mobile phones. During this project pupils will explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). This year they will continue to develop and improve their practical skills and use of a variety of tools within the workshop. This project will run over 12 sessions and include both theory and practical elements.


Course title: AQA Art and Design – 3D Design

Year 10: Coursework Portfolio

Pupils develop a practical portfolio that explores a range of 3D skills and techniques within the workshop. The portfolio is worth 60% of the final GCSE grade.

Topics covered:

  • Electronic Memphis inspired lamp
  • Copper and Brass Tea Light
  • Hardwood inlay Box

Year 11: Coursework and Exam

Pupils complete a mock exam which is used as part of their portfolio before starting the real exam set by AQA in the January of Year 11. The final exam is worth 40% of the final GCSE grade.