Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 curriculum consists of the units outlined below. These cover a wide range of skills, techniques and technical knowledge.  Pupils will develop their strengths in these areas.
Assessment: All assessments are completed in class in order to build up vital skills required for success at GCSE level. Pupils are made aware of what they are being assessed on and how they are assessed early on in the unit.  These assessments are based on 5 Assessment Objectives (AO’s) which have been devised from the GCSE specifications, a copy if which can be found at the front of your child’s sketchbook.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, the Resistant Materials GCSE course is examined and moderated by the AQA examining body. Across the key stage, the skills introduced to pupils throughout Key Stage 3 are extended.  Students will cover a range of practical skills as well as experiencing and practising a number of design methods.


60% - Coursework folders and final pieces.
40% - 2 hour written examination.

Overview of topics being studied

7 Make an acrylic photograph holder (skills exercise).
If the acrylic project is completed early, pupils will have the choice of making in metal a) a silver ring; b) a pendant/brooch (possible use of enamelling for decoration).
8 Skills task in cutting copper and enamelling in a variety of enamelling techniques.
Design and make a piece of jewellery for a client. This project offers a brief introduction to the GCSE process for designing and making.
9 Introduction to the GCSE course in Resistant Materials.  Experimentation and extension of practical skills developed in years 7 & 8.  Pupils will also practise designing skills based on research and development activities.
10 Formal commencement of the GCSE Controlled Assessment (coursework).  The coursework can be tailored to the interests of the pupils (i.e. wood, metal, or plastic; or a combination of all three).  Development of skills and knowledge required for the written examination paper.  Practise papers will be attempted and a formal homework timetable will be in place to support the ability to cope with examination questions and the development of theoretical knowledge.
11 Consolidation of Controlled Assessment.  Continuation of work to fine tune examination performance.  Exploration of revision skills and examination technique