Design and Technology
“The best way to predict the future is to create it” –Abraham Lincoln
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates
Design and Technology at The Westwood Academy focuses on creativity and independent learning across Key Stage 3 and 4. Our aim is to stimulate pupils’ interest, enjoyment and curiosity through practical and theoretical tasks. Work undertaken develops confidence, decision making skills and a good level of manipulative skills whilst developing desirable personal qualities such as co-operation, perseverance, initiative and independence.
Design & Technology is taught in 4 specialist room; each allows for teaching and learning to be diverse and across the technology spectrum. There are 3 specialist practical areas one for woodwork and one for metal working which includes hot metals area and the kitchen. The D&T area also has a designated computer room where pupils can use ICT including Photoshop and 2D Design this multipurpose room has access to the laser cutter, a heat press and access to CAD/CAM. These facilities allow the pupils to produce a range of 2D and 3D work. The food kitchen is spacious and well-resourced, pupils experience a professional environment using specialist equipment enabling experimentation and furthering knowledge and confidence.
Pupils also have the opportunity to take part in various afterschool clubs including a ‘Bake it up’ cooking club run by Warwick Pupils and a Robotics club.
The Design and Technology Department comprises of two subject specialist teaching staff and one food technician. All staff contribute to the development of courses and we use our enthusiasm to motivate pupils.
Year 6 pupils have the opportunity to attend taster sessions after school, which focus on small design projects and making tasks alongside transition opportunities
Key Stage 3
Pupils in Year 7 have 6 one hour lessons, Year 8 and 9 have eight one hour lessons over a 2 week timetable. KS3 is divided into 6 month rotations between Food technology and Product design, this enables pupils to experience different materials and utilise specialist staff expertise and resources.
Key Stage 4
In Key Stage 4 pupils can choose the Design and Technology subject of their choice. They are able to choose from Engineering or Hospitality and Catering. The BTEC Tech Award in Engineering has been designed to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required in the engineering sector and to focus on providing opportunities for future engineering employees to achieve a nationally recognised level 2 vocationally specific qualification. Catering focuses on the development of practical cooking skills, where pupils make a range of dishes based on a theme. This is supported by an exam that is based on the Hospitality and catering industry. The qualification is a platform for further study or to work within the Hospitality job sector.