Mr M Salmon, BA (Hons)
Teacher of Resistant Materials
Lazy Lizard: an introduction to working with wood and developing skills in how to measure, mark and cut a material accurately. Pupils also develop skills in the shaping, forming finishing and assembly of a finished product using a variety of hand tools to improve eye-hand coordination. These skills will be transferable to all Pupils will gain a basic introduction to material knowledge and properties.
Key Fob: a project that requires pupils to make a product to a given pattern. This project will use a single material, (aluminium), and will continue and extend the development of eye-hand coordination skills, so necessary in design-based subjects. Pupils will gain a basic introduction to material knowledge and properties. As with all projects, pupils will use a variety of tools specific to metal work to shape and prepare surfaces for finishing together with techniques for polishing and engraving the finished surface.
Mechanical Toy: this project allows pupils to obtain a basic knowledge of mechanisms, at the same time as increasing their skills with hand tools. Students will work to a design brief and create a scene which they then construct ensuring that it contains at least one form of motion using a cam to add interest to the product.
Nightlight: in this project students are encouraged to work creatively in response to a manufacturing brief and design limitations using MDF and fluorescent acrylic sheet. They are introduced to Printed Circuit Boards and a range of electronic components, including a light sensitive sensor and will develop skills in soldering and testing an electronic circuit
Carriage clock. This is an opportunity for the pupils to learn complex wood joints such as Through Dovetail and Mortise and Tenon. Students will also learn how to apply an external thread to steel rod.
Pendant. Students will be at their most creative during this project as they are asked to deign jewellery. Pupils will create a mould for them to cast their Pendant, which they will then file and polish to look as good as those in the shops.