Our Curriculum

Communication

Because English is so much more than words on a page…

Our vision in the Communications Faculty is for all students to enjoy and achieve; we aim to inspire young people, create imaginative minds and produce independent learners with lifelong learning skills.

The skills students acquire in Communications (reading, writing, speaking and listening) are transferable to every other subject and we endeavour to help raise standards across the curriculum.

In order to accomplish this, we enrich our students through the study of a wide range of texts, including: a range of novels; poetry; Shakespeare, media and non-fiction.  Through the study of texts, students learn about the world in which they live and are given the opportunity to sample others’ lives – allowing them to empathize and to explore other cultures and traditions.

In Years 7, 8 and 9, learners follow a unit based learning program, in line with the National Curriculum, with the ultimate aim of creating learning experiences that engage and challenge our students to achieve their potential.

The curriculum in Key Stage 3 is varied and covers a range of topics including: Poetry; Shakespeare; the novel, travel writing study and a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts all under our skills based approach.

In the Communications Faculty, we pride ourselves on developing students’ ability to evaluate the writing of others and to develop reading skills. They are also given opportunities to write in a range of styles and for a range of purposes.

In Key Stage 3, students complete tasks, which are designed to assess Reading, Writing or Speaking and Listening skills. These assessments are used, alongside class work, to help inform the level students are awarded each term, and allow teachers and students alike to review their progress and set targets accordingly.

In years 10 and 11 our students will follow two GCSE courses: GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.

This is assessed with four terminal exams at the end of Year 11.

  • English Language Paper 1 Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (1h 45 mins) 50%
  • English Language Paper 2 Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives (1h 45 mins) 50%
  • English Literature Paper 1 Shakespeare and the 19th Century novel (1h 45 mins) 40%
  • English Literature Paper 2 Modern Texts and Poetry (2h 15 mins) 60%

Topics delivered in Key Stage 4 are varied and include: Shakespeare; 19th Century novel, modern texts, Spoken Language; Power and Conflict Poetry from the Anthology; Creative Writing and various fiction texts and non-fiction as this features heavily in the language and literature exam.

The analytical and critical thinking skills acquired during Key Stage four prepare young people for Further Education and Employment.

Creative Writing Club Creative Writing Club is a fun, exciting and competitive group with over 30 members from years 7-9.  The aim of the group is to enrich, enthuse and excite our students whilst also develop their creativity and writing skills.

Many of the students have succeeded in getting their work published in a plethora of poetry and short story books which are all to be found in the Learning Hub.  This club is open to everyone and runs at lunchtimes in the Learning Hub.

Reading Group Reading group meets monthly to discuss a hot new text which students are given a period of time to read.

Quiz Club Quiz Club runs weekly in the Learning Hub with the aim of developing the general knowledge of our students, whilst pitting their wits against other groups… and the teachers, too!

CMP Programme – his offers enrichment opportunities to our most able and gifted students.

Introduction

Because English is so much more than words on a page…

Our vision in the Communications Faculty is for all students to enjoy and achieve; we aim to inspire young people, create imaginative minds and produce independent learners with lifelong learning skills.

The skills students acquire in Communications (reading, writing, speaking and listening) are transferable to every other subject and we endeavour to help raise standards across the curriculum.

In order to accomplish this, we enrich our students through the study of a wide range of texts, including: a range of novels; poetry; Shakespeare, media and non-fiction.  Through the study of texts, students learn about the world in which they live and are given the opportunity to sample others’ lives – allowing them to empathize and to explore other cultures and traditions.

Key Stage 3

In Years 7, 8 and 9, learners follow a unit based learning program, in line with the National Curriculum, with the ultimate aim of creating learning experiences that engage and challenge our students to achieve their potential.

The curriculum in Key Stage 3 is varied and covers a range of topics including: Poetry; Shakespeare; the novel, travel writing study and a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts all under our skills based approach.

In the Communications Faculty, we pride ourselves on developing students’ ability to evaluate the writing of others and to develop reading skills. They are also given opportunities to write in a range of styles and for a range of purposes.

In Key Stage 3, students complete tasks, which are designed to assess Reading, Writing or Speaking and Listening skills. These assessments are used, alongside class work, to help inform the level students are awarded each term, and allow teachers and students alike to review their progress and set targets accordingly.

Key Stage 4

In years 10 and 11 our students will follow two GCSE courses: GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.

This is assessed with four terminal exams at the end of Year 11.

  • English Language Paper 1 Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (1h 45 mins) 50%
  • English Language Paper 2 Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives (1h 45 mins) 50%
  • English Literature Paper 1 Shakespeare and the 19th Century novel (1h 45 mins) 40%
  • English Literature Paper 2 Modern Texts and Poetry (2h 15 mins) 60%

Topics delivered in Key Stage 4 are varied and include: Shakespeare; 19th Century novel, modern texts, Spoken Language; Power and Conflict Poetry from the Anthology; Creative Writing and various fiction texts and non-fiction as this features heavily in the language and literature exam.

The analytical and critical thinking skills acquired during Key Stage four prepare young people for Further Education and Employment.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Creative Writing Club Creative Writing Club is a fun, exciting and competitive group with over 30 members from years 7-9.  The aim of the group is to enrich, enthuse and excite our students whilst also develop their creativity and writing skills.

Many of the students have succeeded in getting their work published in a plethora of poetry and short story books which are all to be found in the Learning Hub.  This club is open to everyone and runs at lunchtimes in the Learning Hub.

Reading Group Reading group meets monthly to discuss a hot new text which students are given a period of time to read.

Quiz Club Quiz Club runs weekly in the Learning Hub with the aim of developing the general knowledge of our students, whilst pitting their wits against other groups… and the teachers, too!

CMP Programme – his offers enrichment opportunities to our most able and gifted students.

Creativity

“Creative people can overcome setbacks and adversities because creativity promotes intuition, risk taking and reflexive action” (Stables, 1998)

Employers in all areas of work need people who are able to produce creative and innovative ideas; by studying Art, Music and Drama at Key Stage 3, students will have the opportunities to develop the skills important to employers such as problem solving, creative intervention, critical thinking, evaluating, innovating, manipulating and refining ideas.

The subjects studied within the Creativity Faculty also contribute to the development of personal and social skills such as self awareness and understanding, confidence building, team skills and cultural awareness.

Additionally there is much research which suggests that studying The Arts contributes to student achievement and success in other subjects.

Students of ALL abilities will benefit in many ways from studying subjects within the Creativity Faculty and the programmes of study are written to ensure that students are provided opportunities to really enjoy their learning; themes of work allow students to investigate topics relevant to them, their personal interests and allow them to express and develop their own thoughts and ideas into quality final pieces of art work in a range of different forms. The Programmes of Study prepare students for KS4; the 5 year curriculum is designed to engage students, provide them with opportunities for self expression and develop the specific skills required for success at GCSE.

The faculty also provides many extra curricular activities which enrich students’ time at the College and provide memorable experiences for those who become involved.

Faculty Team

Mrs Sharon Pinchen, Faculty Leader and Teacher of Art
Miss Ellie Hopwood, Second in Faculty/Teacher of Drama/Acting SENDCo
Mr Tom Astley, Teacher of Music
Mr Graeme Heathcote, Teacher of Music
Mrs Nicola Pickford, Teacher of Creativity – ICT Across the Curriculum
Miss Hannah Rutter, Inclusion Assistant
Miss Gemma Smith, Teacher of Drama and Assistant Head of Curie House
Mr Peter Stoddart, Inclusion Assistant/Teacher of Photography

Introduction

“Creative people can overcome setbacks and adversities because creativity promotes intuition, risk taking and reflexive action” (Stables, 1998)

Employers in all areas of work need people who are able to produce creative and innovative ideas; by studying Art, Music and Drama at Key Stage 3, students will have the opportunities to develop the skills important to employers such as problem solving, creative intervention, critical thinking, evaluating, innovating, manipulating and refining ideas.

The subjects studied within the Creativity Faculty also contribute to the development of personal and social skills such as self awareness and understanding, confidence building, team skills and cultural awareness.

Additionally there is much research which suggests that studying The Arts contributes to student achievement and success in other subjects.

Students of ALL abilities will benefit in many ways from studying subjects within the Creativity Faculty and the programmes of study are written to ensure that students are provided opportunities to really enjoy their learning; themes of work allow students to investigate topics relevant to them, their personal interests and allow them to express and develop their own thoughts and ideas into quality final pieces of art work in a range of different forms. The Programmes of Study prepare students for KS4; the 5 year curriculum is designed to engage students, provide them with opportunities for self expression and develop the specific skills required for success at GCSE.

The faculty also provides many extra curricular activities which enrich students’ time at the College and provide memorable experiences for those who become involved.

Key Stage 3

Art

Across Key Stage 3 students at High Tunstall will have the opportunity to work with a vast range of 2D and 3D materials such as pencil, mixed media work, collage, paint, clay, papier mache, (amongst others).

Through a range of varied themed projects from Still Life, African Textiles, Aboriginal Art, Chinese Art and Portraits, students will develop skills in the following areas:

  • Observational drawing
  • Recording, generating and developing ideas
  • Evaluating their own and other’s work
  • Painting (including digital)
  • Mixed media work
  • Design development
  • Abstract development
  • 3D making skills
  • Communicating ideas

 Drama

Varying skills are developed throughout the Key Stage 3 Drama programme of study here at High Tunstall.

Students will develop social and cooperative skills through group work.  The programme of study is also designed to be cross-curricular drawing on Greek Theatre, aspects of both World  War I and World War II as well as citizenship issues such as knife crime amongst young people.

Modules are designed to develop devising skills looking at varying stimulus.  Students also work with scripts to develop more traditional drama skills.

More specific skills include;

  • Thought Tracks
  • Freeze Frames
  • Hot Seating
  • Cross Cutting
  • Characterisation
  • Marking the moment
  • Non-naturalistic theatre
  • Scripted Drama
  • Melodrama

Music

Schemes are devised to allow for creative responses to themes.  Students develop skills in performing, composing and listening in preparation for Key Stage 4.  Students will develop keyboard skills and will also be encouraged to develop skills with percussion and singing. Students will investigate rhythm, the elements of music and work on individual and group pieces. They will look at African music, Popular Music, Chinese Music and learn about the instruments of the Orchestra.

There are many opportunities to become involved in extra-curricular activities linked to music (more details below).

GCSE General Art and Design

Students will research a theme (for example “Me and My World”) , develop and generate ideas based on this theme, critically evaluate the work of other artist’s, experiment with a range of processes and techniques and develop a final piece of art work (in a range of materials).  This “journey” of their ideas from starting point to final piece is all assessed and begins as soon as their GCSE starts. As part of their Unit 1 work students will produce an extended project of work plus supporting work. This requirement will be covered by carrying out a second project as a Forecast Exam. This work will then form part of their Unit 1.

GCSE Photography

(Details for the course content are the same as for General Art and Design but all outcomes will be photography based)

The skills developed throughout all of the above Key Stage 4 visual arts courses include:

  • Observational skills
  • Ability to record, generate and develop ideas
  • Ability to evaluating their own and other’s work
  • Design development skills
  • Making skills
  • Ability to communicating ideas

GCSE Music

Through coursework, students will develop their:

  • Performance skills
  • Listening and appraising skills
  • Composing skills

Students will be required to Compose 2 of their own pieces of music. They will record 2 performances on their chosen instrument (including voice) and  study set works in preparation for a listening paper.


GCSE Drama

Through coursework units students will learn how to:

  • Develop their acting skills
  • Analyse and perform scripted plays
  • Devise their own drama pieces for performance
  • Create a personal response to a theme and develop ideas into  a drama piece
  • Communicate ideas through drama
  • Develop their interpersonal skills and group work skills
  • Develop their confidence and ability to perform in front of an audience

The Creativity Faculty offers a wide variety of extra-curricular activities to allow students the opportunity to develop what they learn within the classroom further and showcase their talent.

Our extra activities include:

  • Choir
  • Vocal Group
  • Annual Production (including non-performance based roles such as backstage/scenery and props making/lighting etc.)
  • Christmas Concert
  • Rock Night
  • KS3 lunchtime keyboard club
  • Photography Club
  • Other performance events (e.g. Young Americans)
  • Key Stage 4 – Music, Art and Drama coursework sessions
  • TVM music lessons on site with a range of instruments

After college we also provide opportunities for year 10 and 11 students to gain extra time and support with their coursework.

For further information on the curriculum we offer in Creativity please contact Mrs Sharon Pinchen.

Introduction

“Creative people can overcome setbacks and adversities because creativity promotes intuition, risk taking and reflexive action” (Stables, 1998)

Employers in all areas of work need people who are able to produce creative and innovative ideas; by studying Art, Music and Drama at Key Stage 3, students will have the opportunities to develop the skills important to employers such as problem solving, creative intervention, critical thinking, evaluating, innovating, manipulating and refining ideas.

The subjects studied within the Creativity Faculty also contribute to the development of personal and social skills such as self awareness and understanding, confidence building, team skills and cultural awareness.

Additionally there is much research which suggests that studying The Arts contributes to student achievement and success in other subjects.

Students of ALL abilities will benefit in many ways from studying subjects within the Creativity Faculty and the programmes of study are written to ensure that students are provided opportunities to really enjoy their learning; themes of work allow students to investigate topics relevant to them, their personal interests and allow them to express and develop their own thoughts and ideas into quality final pieces of art work in a range of different forms. The Programmes of Study prepare students for KS4; the 5 year curriculum is designed to engage students, provide them with opportunities for self expression and develop the specific skills required for success at GCSE.

The faculty also provides many extra curricular activities which enrich students’ time at the College and provide memorable experiences for those who become involved.

Key Stage 3

Faculty Team

Mrs Sharon Pinchen, Faculty Leader and Teacher of Art
Miss Ellie Hopwood, Second in Faculty/Teacher of Drama/Acting SENDCo
Mr Tom Astley, Teacher of Music
Mr Graeme Heathcote, Teacher of Music
Mrs Nicola Pickford, Teacher of Creativity – ICT Across the Curriculum
Miss Hannah Rutter, Inclusion Assistant
Miss Gemma Smith, Teacher of Drama and Assistant Head of Curie House
Mr Peter Stoddart, Inclusion Assistant/Teacher of Photography

Introduction

“Creative people can overcome setbacks and adversities because creativity promotes intuition, risk taking and reflexive action” (Stables, 1998)

Employers in all areas of work need people who are able to produce creative and innovative ideas; by studying Art, Music and Drama at Key Stage 3, students will have the opportunities to develop the skills important to employers such as problem solving, creative intervention, critical thinking, evaluating, innovating, manipulating and refining ideas.

The subjects studied within the Creativity Faculty also contribute to the development of personal and social skills such as self awareness and understanding, confidence building, team skills and cultural awareness.

Additionally there is much research which suggests that studying The Arts contributes to student achievement and success in other subjects.

Students of ALL abilities will benefit in many ways from studying subjects within the Creativity Faculty and the programmes of study are written to ensure that students are provided opportunities to really enjoy their learning; themes of work allow students to investigate topics relevant to them, their personal interests and allow them to express and develop their own thoughts and ideas into quality final pieces of art work in a range of different forms. The Programmes of Study prepare students for KS4; the 5 year curriculum is designed to engage students, provide them with opportunities for self expression and develop the specific skills required for success at GCSE.

The faculty also provides many extra curricular activities which enrich students’ time at the College and provide memorable experiences for those who become involved.

Key Stage 3

Art

Across Key Stage 3 students at High Tunstall will have the opportunity to work with a vast range of 2D and 3D materials such as pencil, mixed media work, collage, paint, clay, papier mache, (amongst others).

Through a range of varied themed projects from Still Life, African Textiles, Aboriginal Art, Chinese Art and Portraits, students will develop skills in the following areas:

  • Observational drawing
  • Recording, generating and developing ideas
  • Evaluating their own and other’s work
  • Painting (including digital)
  • Mixed media work
  • Design development
  • Abstract development
  • 3D making skills
  • Communicating ideas

 Drama

Varying skills are developed throughout the Key Stage 3 Drama programme of study here at High Tunstall.

Students will develop social and cooperative skills through group work.  The programme of study is also designed to be cross-curricular drawing on Greek Theatre, aspects of both World  War I and World War II as well as citizenship issues such as knife crime amongst young people.

Modules are designed to develop devising skills looking at varying stimulus.  Students also work with scripts to develop more traditional drama skills.

More specific skills include;

  • Thought Tracks
  • Freeze Frames
  • Hot Seating
  • Cross Cutting
  • Characterisation
  • Marking the moment
  • Non-naturalistic theatre
  • Scripted Drama
  • Melodrama

Music

Schemes are devised to allow for creative responses to themes.  Students develop skills in performing, composing and listening in preparation for Key Stage 4.  Students will develop keyboard skills and will also be encouraged to develop skills with percussion and singing. Students will investigate rhythm, the elements of music and work on individual and group pieces. They will look at African music, Popular Music, Chinese Music and learn about the instruments of the Orchestra.

There are many opportunities to become involved in extra-curricular activities linked to music (more details below).

Key Stage 4

GCSE General Art and Design

Students will research a theme (for example “Me and My World”) , develop and generate ideas based on this theme, critically evaluate the work of other artist’s, experiment with a range of processes and techniques and develop a final piece of art work (in a range of materials).  This “journey” of their ideas from starting point to final piece is all assessed and begins as soon as their GCSE starts. As part of their Unit 1 work students will produce an extended project of work plus supporting work. This requirement will be covered by carrying out a second project as a Forecast Exam. This work will then form part of their Unit 1.

GCSE Photography

(Details for the course content are the same as for General Art and Design but all outcomes will be photography based)

The skills developed throughout all of the above Key Stage 4 visual arts courses include:

  • Observational skills
  • Ability to record, generate and develop ideas
  • Ability to evaluating their own and other’s work
  • Design development skills
  • Making skills
  • Ability to communicating ideas

GCSE Music

Through coursework, students will develop their:

  • Performance skills
  • Listening and appraising skills
  • Composing skills

Students will be required to Compose 2 of their own pieces of music. They will record 2 performances on their chosen instrument (including voice) and  study set works in preparation for a listening paper.


GCSE Drama

Through coursework units students will learn how to:

  • Develop their acting skills
  • Analyse and perform scripted plays
  • Devise their own drama pieces for performance
  • Create a personal response to a theme and develop ideas into  a drama piece
  • Communicate ideas through drama
  • Develop their interpersonal skills and group work skills
  • Develop their confidence and ability to perform in front of an audience
Extra-Curricular Opportunities

The Creativity Faculty offers a wide variety of extra-curricular activities to allow students the opportunity to develop what they learn within the classroom further and showcase their talent.

Our extra activities include:

  • Choir
  • Vocal Group
  • Annual Production (including non-performance based roles such as backstage/scenery and props making/lighting etc.)
  • Christmas Concert
  • Rock Night
  • KS3 lunchtime keyboard club
  • Photography Club
  • Other performance events (e.g. Young Americans)
  • Key Stage 4 – Music, Art and Drama coursework sessions
  • TVM music lessons on site with a range of instruments

After college we also provide opportunities for year 10 and 11 students to gain extra time and support with their coursework.

For further information on the curriculum we offer in Creativity please contact Mrs Sharon Pinchen.