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The Weston Road Academy offers an exciting variety of courses within Design and Technology. They include Product Design, Food Technology, Graphic Products, Electronics & Resistant Materials.
"CREATIVITY IS INTELLIGENCE HAVING FUN"
- Albert Einstein
Subjects within Technology are popular option choices and students studying Food and Nutrition and Product Design which encompasses Resistant Materials, Electronics, Graphics and Textiles. Students achieve good results that are getting increasingly better year on year. Students particularly enjoy the active style of learning, practical work and working in specialist, purpose built rooms and workshops. Access to ICT and new technologies engage students in active learning.
Design Technology subjects at Weston Road inspire students to be independent learners, combining practical and technological skills to make innovative and creative products.
KS3 Design & Technology
During KS3 students experience a wide range of tools and materials, including Food, Textiles, Graphics, Product Design, and Resistant Materials; with all students having the opportunity to enter external competitions and recognised awards. Students design, make and evaluate in each area, providing them with the experience of working with a wide range of tools/equipment and materials. There is also a focus on literacy within the subject, students use subject specific vocabulary to evaluate and develop their work to a high level.
KS4 Design & Technology
At Key Stage 4, students have the opportunity of opting for one or more of the following GCSE Design Technology courses:-
- Design and Technology: Product Design (AQA)
- Design and Technology: Food and Nutrition (AQA)
GCSE Design and Technology: Product Design enables students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Packaging, labelling and instructions are encouraged as part of the complete design proposal and advertising, points of sale can be used to supplement the making experience and help create products which can be evaluated for their commercial viability.
Unit 1 – Written Paper
Students will sit an examination at the end of the course, this will cover areas within the discipline including: Materials and components, design and market influences, evolution of product design, communication and representation of ideas, design methodcology, design in practice, packaging, human factors, ethical and environmental issues, safety, manufacture and production.
Unit 2 – Design and Making Practice
Students will respond to a brief set internally and will be assessed on their ability to investigate the design context, develop design proposals, make a product, test and evaluate and communicate their ideas.
Food and Nutrition
Paper 1 – Food Preparation and Nutrition
Students will sit an examination which assesses their theoretical knowledge of food preparation and nutrition.
Non Exam Assessment
Task 1 – Food investigation. Assessing the Students' understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients.
Task 2 – Food preparation assessment. Assessing the Students' knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking, presentation of food and application of nutrition related to the chosen task. Students will prepare, cook and present a final menu of three dishes within a single period of no more than 3 hours, planning in advance how this will be achieved.
These courses are very popular and allow students to specialise in their preferred material area.
Each of these courses provides students with the opportunity of designing, prototyping and making, developing creativity and independent working skills.
The teaching and support staff are currently:
Mr D McGurrin – Subject Leader in Art and Design & Technology
Mrs T Lambert – Teacher of Technology
Mr P Fowler – Teacher of Technology
Mrs V Merriot - Teacher of Technology
Miss H Lloyd – Teacher of Art and Technology
Mrs C Clough – TA and Teacher of Food (KS3)
Mr M Renshaw – Teacher of Geography and Technology (KS3)