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Within D&T there are two staff, Mr. Bradley and Miss Bocking. Miss. Bocking’s specialism is Food Technology (Click here for Food technology webpage) and Mr. Bradley delivers the resistant materials element of the course. Pupils engage in a variety of design and making tasks as well as focused practical tasks. The latter are designed to help pupils develop specific skills such as measuring and marking out, product analysis etc.

Pupils are rotated between the subjects over the year so that they spend equal time in both subject areas.

Mr. Bradley’s specialism is Resistant Materials. There are three specialist rooms.

CURRICULUM - Pupils rotate through each subject area, termly (see delivery plan) 

KS3 ResistanMaterials - Focus practical task


  • Key fob task
  • Mask design
  • Photo frame project
  • Graphic Design
  • Designers and Their Products
  • Levers and Mechanisms


  • Headphone stand
  • Mobile Phone Stand
  • Pop up Card
  • Memphis inspired Clock
  • Graphic Design
  • Electronics



KS4 ResistanMaterials.
Year 9

Plastics project. Pupils are required to work to a given brief. A company has asked them to design and make a toothbrush holder for an average family. They have to produce a moodboard and research the theme. Five different design ideas are to be sketched and annotated. A card model needs to be made to aid testing and act as a template for the strip heater.

Casting in Pewter. Theory and practical work. Pupils are to cast a letter in pewter into MDF. Theory page to be copied from text book into pupil exercise book.

Bird box project. Pupils are to design and make a bird box using a basic design. Their work will include a booklet showing design ideas and working drawings

Bookendfocupractical task dovetail joints.

MP3 Player. This project will include vac forming and graphics cut on the CNC machine. The pupils will also engage in electronics.

Trinket box. This is to be made from Ash and pupils will learn itproperties. Designs for the lid will have to be produced. Pupils do theoretical work in exercise books to record the practical.

Year 10 - 11 Pupils complete coursework units for BTEC Art and Design. They develop a variety of designing, drawing and making skills. The prep work for their exam starts in February and is taken from a list of different briefs.


Pupils studying resistant materials enter a range of competitions and evens related to this area of design. Recently they won the Rotary Club Technology Challenge where they had to practically problem solve against teams from many other local secondary schools.

Pupils engage in small projects after school to help them with the skills component of the Duke of Edinburgh award.

Pupils were involved in making products for a Business Studied project where pupils were given a high street shop for the day. This was a great success and the pupils really enjoyed this experience. Pupils in Year 10 are offered the opportunity to complete a BTEC qualification in food tec. They do the after school and this year saw twelve pupils attain the Jamie Oliver Award.

Pupils from all year groups help with costume design and making for the school play. Year 10 visited the Christmas markets in Manchester to look at a variety of street food vendors for their course.

Pupils are involved in the school play set design and building.

Mr. Bradley co-ordinates the team of stage hands and this counts towards their voluntary time allocation for their Duke of Edinburgh award.

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