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Garston Manor School Specialist School for Autism, Learning Difficulties

and Speech and Language

Resistant Materials

‘Tell me and I forget – show me and I may remember – let me do it, and I learn.’ Learning through making works! (Prue Leith, Leith’s School of Food and Wine)

‘Design and Technology is about making things that people want and work well. Creating these things is hugely exciting: it is an inventive, fun activity.’ James Dyson

Resistant Materials pupils follow a course in Design & Technology in line with the National Curriculum. Initially pupils’ strengths and weaknesses with particular reference to their practical skills are assessed and they learn about the necessary health and safety skills to work in the workshop. They develop the ability to think about problems and solutions as well as the safe use of the hands tools and some machines.  

The a variety of modules offer opportunities to develop theoretical understanding as well as developing hand eye co-ordination, measuring skills, accuracy and safe working practices whilst producing finished articles using a range of materials from wood, plastics and electronics.

In years 10 and 11 pupils work on several skills based projects and complete work for unit OCR awards.