GCSE Key Resources: Understanding and choosing materials

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D&T GCSE Key Resources
Understanding and choosing materials
Enabling you to teach your students to design across material areas

Ages 14-16
First published 2016

This resource is aimed at supporting teachers to develop their subject knowledge in understanding and choosing materials, in readiness for delivering the GCSE in Design and Technology. It forms part of a set of CPD resources aimed at modernising your design and technology curriculum at a time when there is a clear need for modernisation in the subject to develop students’ skills and knowledge and to help furnish the needs of industry.

The resource consists of:
PowerPoint (96 slides) covering:

  • GCSE subject content
  • Product analysis of Chairs
  • Understanding and choosing Paper and Boards
  • Understanding and choosing Natural and Manufactured Timber
  • Understanding and choosing Ferrous and Non-ferrous metals
  • Understanding and choosing Plastics
  • Understanding and choosing Textiles
  • Choosing materials revisited

Teachers’ notes and glossary

GCSE D&T subject content – the DfE requirements

  • Content in the written exam
  • Non Examined Assessment
  • Building on Key Stage 3

This resource is one of a number supporting the new GCSE in Design and Technology including:

  • Teacher guide: Preparing a Scheme of Work
  • Understanding and choosing materials
  • Systems and control
  • Teaching for the contextual challenge
  • New and emerging technologies
  • Generating design ideas
  • Iterative Design in Action
  • Developing Design Ideas

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