Hellesdon High School

Resistant Materials


Year 7 Push along toy.
Students learn the basic hand tool skills required to manufacture a cam operated toy made from wood.
Year 8 Balance toy.
Students get the chance to use 2d design software, lathes and other machines in the workshop to produce a balance toy made from wood, metals and plastics. 
Year 9 Jewellery box project.
Students produce a wooden box using softwood that will hold the pewter jewellery piece that they have designed and cast.


The GCSE in Design and Technology enables students to understand and apply iterative design processes through which they explore, create and evaluate a range of outcomes. The qualification enables students to use creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes (together with evidence of modelling to develop and prove product concept and function) that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. 

Students will acquire subject knowledge in design and technology that builds on Key Stage 3, incorporating knowledge and understanding of different materials and manufacturing processes in order to design and make, with confidence, prototypes in response to issues, needs, problems and opportunities. 

Assessment comes in the form of an hour and 45 minute exam at the end of Year 11 and a Non-Examined Assessment which will see students pick from a range of design questions. They will research, design, model and make a final product which answers the chosen design question.

Both exam and NEA are weighted equally, giving students the opportunity to excel in both practical and written skills