Food is taught on rotation in years 7 and 8. Students experience 12 weeks of learning how to cook both sweet and savoury dishes. They learn about food safety, nutrition, healthy eating and the environment throughout the project. In year 9, students opt for food and experience a taster of catering and hospitality. Students plan, prepare and cook a variety of sweet and savoury dishes during a series of mini projects. Projects include international food, events and British rituals. Over the year students learn, develop and apply food safety, personal hygiene, diet requirements, nutrition, environmental issues and menu planning ready for KS4.
In Year 7 music students learn practical music making and performance skills on the keyboard, guitar, drum kit and ukulele. Students use their listening skills to evaluate their own and each other’s work and performances. Students learn how to compose, arrange and produce their own music using Logic and they also learn about the music industry through different topics.
Each year students have the opportunity to perform in school and public events such as the Arts Shows, the Local Offer, events hosted by the Leicester-Shire Music Service, Winter Wonderland Show, and festivals hosted by other schools and colleges. Students have also enjoyed visiting local music providers, studios and going to see musicians such as Bugsy Malone, Akala, as well as live local bands, DJs and grime artists.
In year 7 Art students are introduced to a broad range of new techniques, materials, artists and themes. These experiences will set the foundations for developing ourselves as effective artists and creative thinkers. In Art and Textiles students challenge and equip themselves with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of Art. We explore the fundamentals of Art by building upon a wide range of media. Students develop ideas by experimenting, gaining an understanding of practical skills including sculpture and learning the basic functions of a sewing machine, to create personal final outcomes. Informed by the work of other artists, they follow design briefs, and through realising our intentions we create 2D and 3D outcomes including aprons influenced by our personal identity and Modroc masks inspired by the Day of the Dead festival.
In Design Technology the curriculum covers a range of different materials and processes over the key stage. These are explored through practical projects such as pencil cases, LED lights, pewter casting and sweet machines. Students learn to use tools and machines safely and confidently to nurture their creativity. Each half term, a different practical project is explored whilst developing student’s knowledge of theory in order to prepare them for KS4.