Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy

Resistant Materials (KS3 Carousel)

The world in which we all live is full of products made from Resistant Materials.  From the moment we wake to the time we go to bed we use and interact with a huge range of products designed to make life easier, faster, safer and more convenient. Nearly all of these products are made from resistant materials; the toothbrush you use when you get up in the morning, the spoon or knife you use for breakfast have all been designed by someone for our convenience.

In KS3 Resistant Materials we investigate, design and make 3 different projects using these materials.

Year 7

The Year 7 project is a mechanical children’s toy made using wood and plywood.

Students research material properties, existing products, tools and construction techniques and use this research to help them design and make a hand operated gymnastic figure or “Twirling Shirley”.

Key areas

  • Problem Analysis
  • Drawing skills
  • CAD, (Computer Aided Design)
  • Measuring
  • Cutting and drilling wood
  • Assembling components accurately
  • Product finishing
  • Evaluation.

Year 8

The Year 8 project is a themed Automaton model.

It is designed and made for a client to sell in their gift shop or on a web site. The client is chosen by the student and could be a Theme Park, Museum, zoo or Visitor centre, the emphasis of the project is designing for others and the outcome of the project is assessed against the students’ client choice. 

The product is designed and made using wood, plywood and can incorporate some plastic and metal components.

Key areas

  • Designing for a client
  • Drawing and sketching skills
  • Measuring and marking out accurately
  • Mechanical methods of cutting, shaping and drilling wood.
  • Wood joints
  • Mechanisms
  • Forces
  • CAD

Year 9

The Year 9 project is a Plastic clock.

Students research the material properties of different polymers in this shortened year 9 module.  They will investigate the way in which plastics are produced and how they are used to make the products we take for granted all around us.  Additionally, they will also consider the roles of recycling and its effect on sustainability in the products we design.

The design and make task is to produce a plastic clock for a given situation or demographic.  Creativity and imagination are encouraged and solutions could range from a bedside clock for a teenager to a “Tardis Clock” for a Doctor Who fan, the skies the limit.

Different techniques for forming, shaping and finishing plastics can be employed to realise students’ design ideas including Line-bending, Vacuum-forming and mechanical polishing.

Key areas

  • 3D design
  • Product analysis
  • Mould-making
  • Plastic forming and shaping
  • NET development
  • Product design.