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Creative Rotation (KS3)

At Key Stage 3 students have an opportunity to learn a Design Technology and Creative Arts transferrable skill set by following a termly rotation class.

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Subject Vision

INTENT

How the KS3 Creative Rotation curriculum fits into our Whole School Vision:

Broad:

As a creative collective of subjects we are able to offer a broad range of experiences, personal developments in abilities and confidences.

Stimulating

The Creative Rotation engages students in a wide range of disciplines stimulating their love of design, being creative and performing in a way that stretches and challenges their knowledge, ability and understanding.

Our curriculum promotes student’s interest and natural inquisitiveness towards the range of specialist subjects encouraging and guiding them to make their own discoveries and outcomes.

Enjoyable

Students will find lessons are fun yet informative, and relatable to real life scenarios allowing them to recall on their developed skills again in the future. They have the opportunity to explore and experiment with their ideas and abilities through a range of practical outcomes, performances and techniques that relate to real life scenarios and problems.

Engaging

Students are encouraged to develop an understanding and awareness of how real life situations affect their outcomes. They learn about the creative subject specific industries and create an array of exciting and engaging product outcomes.

Motivating

The Creative rotation allows students to make links between the different topics in these specialist areas and the potential careers that can stem from an interest in these topics and gain insight in to subject specific industries.

Students learn about future pathways after KS3 and KS4 Specialist subjects and the wide range of careers that a qualification in in these areas can offer.

Challenging

The Creative rotation providing a curriculum that challenges each individual to push themselves and their abilities. This helps to stretch and build their confidence allowing them to feel at home with a number of subjects.

IMPLEMENTATION

The KS3 Creative Rotation consists of Music, Food, Computing, Resistant Materials, CAD CAM and Textiles. During Years 7, 8 and 9, each student will spend a minimum of 6 weeks in each subject area each year.

Students rotate to a new subject area each term, in this time they will study and learn with a specialist teacher you will create a range of products and take part in practical lessons that will teach you an array of practical, designing and problem solving skills and ways to express yourself.

Teacher’s present subject content clearly, promoting appropriate discussion, checking learning, identify misconceptions accurately and provide clear, direct feedback. As a result teachers respond and adapt their teaching as necessary. The lessons are fun yet informative.

Students are assessed on their Diary of Progress that sees the students tracking and planning their progress made during the practical lessons of their rotation and also on their practical outcome.

IMPACT

Students will make good progress against their outcomes, which will mean high attainment; a strong grounding for life in the real world, equipping them with skills such as identifying issues, problem solving, expressing ideas creatively and clearly, developing ideas and communicating these to others. Progress will be monitored against target grades, gap analysis is undertaken after formal assessments to enable staff to identify individual student’s areas of weakness and strengths.

 

Homework

The following homework’s are issued within each subject area during each term.

 

Task

Time

Homework 1:

(Week 1)

Front cover for Creative Rotation that the student is currently studying.

25-45 mins

Homework 2:

(Week 3)

Spellings and definitions.

25-45 mins

Homework 3:

(Week 5)

Career research – The students are to research a role within the pathway they are studying creating an information page.

25-45 mins

 

 




Check the Curriculum Year information for the homework timetable.

Year 7 Click Here
Year 8 Click Here
Year 9 Click Here
Year 10 Click Here
Year 11 Click Here
Sixth Form Click Here

 

Textiles

Textiles is part of the technology rotation in KS3. Students will have two hour lessons per week. Students gain a compact introduction to Textiles and learn the fundamentals of Textiles; What Textiles is and the design process.

The projects throughout KS3 help students build a foundation of theoretical and practical knowledge and skills that can be used if students choose the subject at the end of Year 9. Textile techniques that are taught include; Applique, hand stitching, machine stitching, beadwork, printing, tie-dye and weaving.

In Year 7 the theme is `The Circus` and students will produce a body of work including; A mood board, artist research board, drawings, textile experiments and a final outcome. The final outcome is an Applique square based upon the Circus theme (see above right image). This is a collaborative final outcome and all Year 7 students add a piece to our Circus wall hanging. 

Our Year 8 project theme is `Big Breakfast` and in Year 9 the theme is `Graffiti`.  In both Year 8 and Year 9 students build upon the skills learnt in previous years, projects follow the same process as year 7.

What do we offer beyond the classroom?

We offer a Fashion club afterschool for our budding textile and fashion designers! Here you will be able to use our textile resources and practice using different textile techniques as well as gaining one on one time and support from our textile specialist teachers.

We have recently visited a local printing company with key stage 3 students and also had a trip to the University of Creative Arts in Canterbury so that students who have chosen Textiles as an option have an understanding of where this interest could potentially lead them in the future.

Food

During your KS3 time at St George’s you will spend a 6 week rotation of Food Technology in years 7, 8 and 9. In this time, you will cover a wide variety of practical sessions which cover a healthy balanced diet and family meals. You will also cover a broad range of theory relating to health and safety, healthy eating and the needs of others. You will learn lots of skills throughout your time in the kitchen, lessons are fun, engaging and cover everybody’s needs.

During year 7 we look at the basic skills of the kitchen. We will cover kitchen safety, food safety, knife skills and a balanced diet. You will look at a range of practical skills throughout your practical sessions

During year 8 we look at a multicultural society making links to cultural foods during theory. We will cover kitchen safety, food safety, knife skills, oven skills and the needs of others through practical.

During year 9 we will cover skill based practical sessions with links to the hospitality and catering industry. We will showcase practical skills though bread and pastry making, knife skills and dietary needs.

What do we offer beyond the classroom?

  • Cooking club
  • Entering of local cooking competitions
  • The opportunity to showcase learnt knowledge in the home.
  • Students will learn the importance of personal safety, kitchen safety and food safety throughout the time spent in Food Technology.

The following gives examples of outcomes made in the rotation:

Year 7- Back to basics

  • Fruit Salad
  • Apple Crumble
  • Pasta Salad
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Vegetable stir fry

Year 8 - Multicultural/ Needs of others

  • Meatballs and a tomato sauce
  • Pizza
  • Jam Tarts
  • Cheesecake
  • Shortbread

Year 9- Advanced skills

  • Spring Rolls
  • Macaroni Cheese
  • Foccacia
  • Swiss Roll
  • Savoury Quiche

Resistant Materials

During your KS3 time at St George’s you will spend a 6 week rotation of Resistant Materials in years 7, 8 and 9. In this time you will create an array of products that will teach you a range of practical skills, designing skills and problem solving skills. The lessons are fun yet informative, and relatable to real life scenarios allowing you to recall on these skills again in the future.

In year 7 we create a coat hook from steel. This project allows you to become familiar with the workshop, its tools and machinery. After learning how to mark out, shape, drill, bend the metal and then add a finish to protect it, you soon become confident in using the workshop and in your practical and problem solving skills.

In year 8 we have a choice of two projects one is a paired project to recreate a table top Trebuchet. The other is a small individual project that results in you creating a cork topped Automata. The Automata sees you come up with a solution to a problem. The Automata moves using energy that you create and the outcomes have been amazing so far (please see above!) The Trebuchet teaches you about angles of projection and problem solving.

Year 9 would see you put all your skills to use to create a pendant/ keyring from a low melt metal called pewter. During this project you create a 3 part MDF mould that you produce using the laser cutter, these are stuck together sometimes with an acrylic decoration that gets embedded within the pewter, these are then filed and polished to a high standard and the outcomes are very impressive.

What do we offer beyond the classroom?

  • We run STEM competitions with local Engineering Companies.
  • The students can attend CAD (Computer Aided Design) Workshops.
  • We give the opportunity to experience hands on assembly and disassembly of products.
  • We run Christmas and Easter craft and enterprise workshops.

Music

Music is a creative subject and taught in rotation with other creative subjects. In Key stage 3 music you will be taught a range of practical skills, composition and learn to play an instrument to facilitate this. Lessons are fun and informative and offer many opportunities for you to pursue and develop your musical talent now and as a future career. 

When you start in music you will have an opportunity to discuss and share your previous experience of music, instrumental lessons and if you would like to learn to play an instrument / voice and join one of the extra-curricular activities which are all free. There are instruments available for you to borrow / hire if you need to. In year 7 you will learn about the musical elements which combine to create a piece of music, how to play an instrument and how to develop and practise to successfully develop your musical knowledge and understanding implementing the elements.

In year 8, your learning will build and develop the work that you completed in year 7; you will investigate more sophisticated musical techniques and research how they affect the audience, how techniques are used in films and television, play drums and compose your own music using the skills that you have been developing in year 7 and 8.

Year 9 involves tracking popular music from its roots in The Blues through the 20th century and how popular has developed and moved forward with the use of instruments, vocals and technology. You will investigate and research artists and ultimately write your own blues music using everything that you have learnt through KS3 to support your composition journey.

 

What do we offer beyond the classroom?

There are a range of opportunities for pupils in music, including:-

Instrumental lessons with peripatetic teachers – voice, clarinet, flute, saxophone, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, violin, ‘cello, French Horn, drums, piano, keyboard, percussion…other instrument lessons may be possible if there is something not included in this list.

 

Also, there are a variety of ensembles to join – school band, rock band, guitar group, Dragons Ensemble (singing group), Performance Club (for all types of performances), theory of music and composition club.

St. George’s music department regularly visits the local community and enjoys entertaining people at local residential homes, churches for example.

We hold regular events which celebrate pupil’s achievements and progress, family and friends are encouraged to attend and enjoy our amazing pupils and their wonderful skill and talent.

Pupils are encouraged to participate in events to showcase their ability and to offer an opportunity to develop their confidence and experiences performing to an audience.

CAD CAM

In Key Stage 3 pupils will learn about Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing.  They will gain an understanding of the benefits of using CAD in real world applications.  Pupils will be introduced to some of the CAM machines and gain knowledge of how they work, differences between them and their use.

In year 7 pupils will study 2D Design and will design a keyring holder.  They will learn how to create outlines for cutting, controlling line size and colour.  They will learn how to import graphics and convert them into a specific format, edit them and prepare them for laser cutter engraving.  Pupils will also learn how to manipulate change and edit imported graphics and text. 

In year 8 pupils will learn how to work in a 3D CAD package and create a 3D village design.  They will learn how to create all sorts of 3 dimensional shapes and how to modify them into more complicated shapes.  Pupils will learn how to add layers to 3D models to create more detail, how to apply texture packs and add 3D text.

In year 9 pupils will return to 2D Design and work towards manufacturing a light box.  They will learn how to create shapes that will fit together after cutting with millimetre precision.  They will work to create intricate cut out designs where light can shine through creating a visual effect.

Computing

During your KS3 time at St George’s you will spend a week rotation of Computing in years 7, 8 and 9. In this time you will create a range of products that will teach you a range of practical, designing =, problem solving and coding skills.

In year 7 you will create your very own computer game. Scratch is the tool we use in school, and the best feature of this is that you can also complete your projects from home too! Scratch is fun, interactive and challenging, allowing you to build and develop your coding skills to become a confident user.

During year 8 you will explore the world of computer graphics. You will use a range of software tools within the MS Office suite alongside free online apps such as Pixilart. This topic allows you to explore the history of gaming and the development of interfaces from GUI to text base and write code using Python.

Year 9 gives you a taster of what BTEC Digital Information Technology is all about! You will study a range of digital devices, cloud technologies and investigate threats to hardware and software. The skills that you have acquired during years 7 and 8 will be combined in a digital project that will showcase your fantastic computing skills and knowledge.

What do we offer beyond the classroom?

Homework tasks are set regularly throughout the rotation to support and enhance learning outside of the classroom.

Opportunities for students to take part in creating digital promotional materials to showcase what St George’s school has to offer.