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Raising Achievement in Design and Technology: Resistant Materials

Price: £25.00
Age Range: KS4

Raise your D grade GCSE students to a C or above with this pack which includes generic material for use with any design project. Seven areas cover the design process and ICT is used to enhance many of the activities.

Topics include: Research and analysis; Data presentation; Orthographics; Specifications; Drawing techniques; Trials; Planning and control.

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Size: 63 Pages
ISBN: 978 1 86025 247 1
Code: RARM
Popularity rank: 198
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Contents List


Generic Pages

  • 7 THE QUESTIONNAIRE Work on this page enables students to become more competent with questionnaire design.
  • 9 PRESENTING INFORMATION To enable students to present information and data from questionnaires, using appropriate graphs.
  • 11 ANNOTATING DIAGRAMS To help students understand the need for annotation in the design process.
  • 13 ORTHOGRAPHICS Allows students to practise the skill of orthographic drawing, which can be used to enhance their projects.
  • 15 PARTS EXPLOSION To enable students to understand how components make up a product and to draft out exploded views for final presentation.
  • 17 WORKING LOG Allows students to plan a log of working practice and progress, in order to review work for evaluation.
  • 19 CONTROLLING THE SYSTEM To enable students to evaluate the process involved in the making of their product, by comparing their production plans with their working logs, and thus producing a control system review.

Needs And Opportunities

  • 21 DESIGNER NEEDS Students analyse the design situation, in an attempt to recognise the needs of the designer.
  • 23 THE BRIEF To enable students to produce an opening design brief, having carried out appropriate research.
  • 25 THE PURPOSE Students learn how to evaluate and compare products with a similar purpose, using a 'Functions Against' table. They then apply this to their own coursework product.

Research To A Specification

  • 27 SPECIFIC RESEARCH Students practise using different research methods to gather information with which to write a product specification.
  • 29 REACHING CONCLUSIONS This page helps students to produce an analysis of research results, gathered by a variety of methods, in a written or graphical form - leading to a specification.
  • 31 BE SPECIFIC This page helps students to produce a detailed design specification that will meet examination coursework requirements.

Generating Design Solutions

  • 33 THE GENERATION GAME Introduces students to a way of generating ideas to produce a varied range of solutions.
  • 35 DETAILS To show how a range of appropriate drawing techniques can best be used to show details of a design.
  • 37 JUSTIFICATION To enable students to justify their design choices.

Development Of The Chosen Design

  • 39 ON TRIAL Enables students to clarify and plan trials for product development.
  • 41 MODEL FOR DISPLAY Students examine the issues linked to model-making, by planning and making a model.
  • 43 FINAL PRESENTATION Shows students how to draft a presentation drawing of their final design, using 3-D and annotation.

Planning And Making The Product

  • 45 MATERIALS AND METHODS Enables students to plan processes for the production of their prototype (or prototype part) based on an awareness of constraints due to materials used.
  • 47 QUANTITY PRODUCTION AND CONTROL Identifies the methods for quantity production and applies it to the students' design prototypes.
  • 49 BE SAFE! Using a 'spot the dangers' activity, students consider the safety issues essential in working with machinery.
  • 51 PLANNING PRODUCTION - FLOW CHARTS To introduce students to the correct way of using flow charts.
  • 53 PLANNING PRODUCTION - GANTT CHARTSTo introduce students to Gantt charts.
  • 55 PLANNING PRODUCTION - PROCESS SHEETS Enables students to plan the processes used in the production of their products.

Making And Evaluating The Product

  • 57 MAKE YOUR MARK Introduces students to marking out on selected materials, by producing an information sheet and applying it to their products.
  • 59 BE CRITICAL To enable students to realise that criticism is an essential part of improving a product.
  • 61 USER TRIALS Students plan a user test, to help evaluate and improve their product prototypes.


  • 62 APPENDIX 1 Pen Stand diagram to accompany page 11, ANNOTATING DIAGRAMS



Grant Luffman at Kings Langley School

A great resource
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Roman Gawel at DATA Journal

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Roman Gawel at DATA Journal

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