Year 7 into Year 8 Options

Year 8 Arts Options 2019 – 2020

Pupil Guide

 

Dear Pupil,

When you joined us in Year 7 you made choices about which subjects you studied.  You will now make more choices for Year 8.  You can choose to carry on in the same subject, selecting ‘Year 2’ options on the preference form.  Alternatively, you can choose to do new subjects, selecting ‘Year 1’ options on the online options site.

 

We hope that you will enjoy making your choices but remember what an important process this is.  The choices you make now should help you choose GCSE courses which could affect what courses, training and jobs will be available to you later in life.  Choosing your arts options carefully will help to model the process for the coming years when you will make the right choice of subjects at GCSE.

 

This page gives you details of all the arts option subjects that are available for you to study in Year 8.  You need to choose:

  • Two options from the list
  • A reserve option

 

Year 2 Options

(carry on in the same subject)

Year 1 Options

(start something new)

Art Art
Computer Science Computer Science
Dance Dance
Design Design
Drama Drama
Film and Media Film and Media
Food preparation and nutrition Food preparation and nutrition
Music Music

 

If you need help choosing your options please speak with Miss Needham, Head of Year 7.  Final entry for these choices is Friday 15th March 2019. These options will be taken on the online SIMS system.

 

Ian Aindow

Assistant Head Teacher Curriculum

 

Year 2 Options

(Choose from these if you want to carry on in the same subject)

 

Year 2 Art

In Year 2 Art you can develop your skills from year 1, using a wide range of media and working with a range of artists and designers.  In term one you will continue to build your drawing skills including observational drawing.  In term two you will develop your painting skills further using a range of mixed media.  In term three you will do a ‘making’ project which allows you to develop your three dimensional art skills.

 

Year 2 Computer Science

In year two you will build on the skills you developed in Year 1 and acquire more advanced skills. The topics taught in year 2 are: 

  • 3D printing & modelling: Learn how to create computer generated 3D models and see them come to life on the 3d printer. 
  • Computer Systems: Learn how to build a computer and make it work.
  • Scratch programming: You will use scratch to create programs. 
  • Python Programming: Moving on from scratch, you will use a programming language called Python to create programs and see them instantly on screen.
  • Representation of data: You will learn how everything is saved on a computer as binary, this includes pictures, videos, sounds and more.

 

Year 2 Dance

The introductory unit of work is designed to develop your physical and expressive skills by allowing you to explore a number of different dances from around the world such as, Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, African and Bhangra. Furthermore, you will develop your understanding of dance appreciation and reflection.

In the second unit you will explore the movement material, themes and constituent features West Side Story. You will have the opportunity to learn motifs from this work and develop these using your own ideas.

The final unit allows you to focus in more detail on a specific genre. This will enable you to develop stylistic qualities and gain an understanding of the different skills required to perform the style successfully.

 

Year 2 Design

You will work in all subject areas, developing practical skills and building specific subject knowledge.

  • Graphics – you will increase your skills using CAD packages including Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator in the Mac suite. You will independently research the work of other graphic designers, illustrators and artists to inspire and inform your own products.
  • Resistant Materials – you will build upon your knowledge and skills to develop products using wood, plastic and metal. A greater emphasis on innovative designing and increasing levels of complexity and accuracy will be our focus.
  • Textiles – you will further explore your creative side in textiles by learning to appreciate the visual world and respond both personally and creatively.  You will use a range of different media, and more complex techniques and processes. 

 

Year 2 Drama

Drama in year 2 will involve the understanding of acting skills such as body language, facial expression, gesture and tone of voice. You will also learn how to use drama skills and techniques such as, freeze frame, thought tracking, angels and devils, cross conversations, narrator and dramatic irony. You will explore a number of scripts and understand how to create a piece of drama from a stimulus item.

 

Year 2 Film and Media

As in year 1 you will demonstrate how media studies has relevance to the world and everyday life.  You will further develop your understanding of the subject by a continuous study of the three platforms: print, broadcast and e media. In addition, you are introduced to desk top publishing through Adobe Photoshop; here you are encouraged to edit and manipulate found or unfound images.  Through your understanding of the codes and conventions of various forms and genres students focus on:

  • Print – research, analysis and creation of DVD covers and magazine front covers.
  • Broadcast – research, analysis and creation of television advertisements.
  • E media – research, analysis and creation of basic blogs.

 

Year 2 Food preparation and nutrition. 

This option is suitable for cooks/chefs of all abilities. If you have completed Food Preparation and Nutrition in year 7 then in year 8 you will extend your skills and knowledge so that you can prepare more advanced dishes. The course is split into three areas: cooking, nutrition and ingredients.  

You will learn where food comes from, how to cook a range of dishes safely and hygienically and to apply your knowledge of healthy eating. 

Aims of the course: 

  • To develop knowledge and understanding of ingredients and healthy eating; 
  • To develop skills and confidence in food preparation and cooking techniques;  
  • To develop your knowledge of consumer food and drink choice; 
  • To evaluate and test your ideas and products and the work of others.

 

Year 2 Music

In year two Music you will develop your knowledge of a wide variety of music through the key skills of listening, appraising, performing and composing.

 

You will learn about such areas as:

  • Remixing and Arranging
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll
  • Blues and Jazz

When performing and composing, pupils use a range of classroom instruments such as keyboards and percussion. However, all pupils are encouraged to work with one of our peripatetic teachers to help them develop their instrumental skills, these skills are then developed within the classroom.

 

 

Year 1 Options

(Choose from these if you want to start a new subject)

 

Art

In the first term you will learn to draw mainly with a pencil. You will then spend term two learning how to paint with various media including watercolour paint, brush ink, ready-mix paint and acrylic paint. In term three you will learn to ‘make’ using clay, wire, cardboard and recycled materials. Alongside learning to draw, paint and ‘make’ you will get inspiration from different artists. You will learn to express yourself and learn all the skills needed to produce excellent art work.

 

Computer Science

In Computing you will study

  • 3D printing & modelling: Learn how to create computer generated 3D models and see them come to life on the 3d printer. 
  • Computer Systems: Learn how to build a computer and make it work.
  • Scratch programming: You will use scratch to create programs. 
  • Python Programming: Moving on from scratch, you will use a programming language called Python to create programs and see them instantly on screen.
  • Representation of data: You will learn how everything is saved on a computer as binary, this includes pictures, videos, sounds and more.

 

Dance

The initial unit of work is designed to introduce pupils to dance by learning body awareness and the fundamental skills required to perform. You will learn set technical exercises that develop posture, alignment, balance, strength and flexibility.

In the second unit of work you will apply these technical skills and reproduce teacher taught movement material and short phrases. You will have the opportunity to explore different styles of dance and develop your creative skills by choreography phrases using your own ideas.

Finally, you will work towards two short performances using a range of stimuli. You will understand how to apply simple choreographic devices, structures and expressive skills in performance. You will also be required to reflect on your own work and the work of others.

 

Design (Graphics, Resistant Materials and Textiles)

You will work in all subject areas, developing practical skills and building specific subject knowledge.

  • Graphics – you will focus on the development of good graphic and communication skills, together with the organisational and planning skills used in the ‘design and make’ situation.
  • Resistant Materials – you will study the design and making of products using a range of materials such as wood, metals and plastics.
  • Textiles – You will study a range of different media, techniques and processes, allowing you to work meaningfully with textile materials.

 

Drama

Drama in year 1 will involve you learning and exploring acting and teamwork skills. You will:

  • Take part in drama games and physical theatre.
  • Learn how to create and perform a character.
  • Create drama each week in teams
  • Explore your own ideas.

 

Food preparation and nutrition

This option is suitable both for beginners and those who have cooked before. The course is split into three areas: cooking, nutrition and ingredients.  You will learn where food comes from, how to cook a range of dishes safely and hygienically and to apply your knowledge of healthy eating.

Aims of the course: 

  • To develop knowledge and understanding of ingredients and healthy eating; 
  • To develop skills and confidence in food preparation and cooking techniques;  
  • To develop your knowledge of consumer food and drink choice; 
  • To evaluate and test your ideas and products and the work of others.

 

Film and Media

In Year 7, we introduce pupils to media studies and its relevance to the world and everyday life.  As part of this introduction, you will learn about the media and its three platforms: print, broadcast and e-media. In these studies, the main focus is on the codes and conventions of media forms and the way meaning is encoded to audiences. An introduction to the following areas are covered:

  • Print – advertisements, film posters and magazines
  • Broadcast – film trailers and audio/visual advertising
  • E-media – websites and social networking

 

Music

In Music you will develop a variety of musical skills.

  • You will explore the basic elements of music.
  • use instrumental and vocal skills and learn to perform as a member of an ensemble.
  • You will also develop your composing skills.

When performing and composing, you will use a range of classroom instruments and begin to learn to read and write musical notation. You may also have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument with one of our peripatetic teachers in Piano, Guitar, Drums, Vocals, Brass, Woodwind or Strings.

 

 

Applied Resilience Options

 

Art, Craft & Design Is Art your thing? Do you want to practise skills? You can spend time perfecting your skills to make final masterpieces using paint, pencils, modelling and many more media.
Band workshop Work with others to make amazing music. This will improve your musical skills and give you the confidence to perform to others.
Bikes, Boards and Scooters @ LS: Ten – £6 During your year you will improve indoor ramp skills. The professional coaches will guide you around the course focusing on all details to improve your jumps and falls!
Boxing You will be exposed to a myth busting culture about boxing – macho behaviour is a taboo and the focus is etiquette and respect. Moreover, you complete a Media unit in which they understand the difference between ‘Hollywood boxing’ and boxing as a sport. Your general fitness, balance and coordination will improve through skills such as skipping, circuit training, and team games/challenges.
Community Project Do you like helping out on community projects? Have you got ideas of where you could be of help in the community? If so this project is for you. You will work with the group to improve the life of others in the community by designing, running and taking part in projects around the local area.
Couch to 5k and healthy living This is designed for people who want to get fit and healthy but don’t know where or how to start. 
The programme helps you build your fitness and stamina gradually. It was designed by a runner for his 50 year old mum and has been used by thousands of people who have gone on to run 5k, 10 k and more.
We will also be learning about healthy eating for teenagers and cooking nutritious food for runners!
Dance You will be able to take part in a variety of competitions such throughout the year. You will also be able to build skills throughout the sessions and gain a better understanding of what is required to be a performer in the dance industry. You will be taught technique lessons and develop physical and expressive skills required for the stage. You will also  enjoy a range of styles and work with a variety of people/choreographers in order to improve your dance ability.
Enterprise group How good is your business acumen? Do you have plans to start your own business? This group will explore making and running small enterprises to learn how to make useful products and services.
Fashion Illustration Over the course you will build up a portfolio of work that covers many areas of fashion illustration. Every week you will research the theme create a mood board of images then this is used to inform and inspire your clothing designs.
Film Appreciation club Do you like to watch and analyse films, then this if for you? You will watch a variety of films and critique certain parts of them, for example; lighting, heroes & villains, music, sound effects, narrative structure. Over the course you will watch films from the following genres: classic Hollywood, science-fiction, 80s teen, musical, documentary film, animation, fantasy.
Great British Bake off This is a 1 year course and will repeat tasks from last year. Each fortnight there will be a technical challenge when a new skill is introduced.  You have to be resilient to make your technical challenge product from the recipe given. Then the week after you use your resilient reflections to improve or develop the recipe for showcase week which is judged by a member of staff. You have to work in teams to clean and to give feedback but also independently to follow their own recipes.
 
History in Film You will analyse a variety of films and explore how History has been represented within it.  Are the films inspired by actual events or based on real life events? How have historical events been depicted over time? How are historical events depicted in film in different countries?
Horse Riding – £15 Horse riding enriches you by providing you with many opportunities to learn new skills, many unique to equestrianism. Attributes such as adaptability, teamwork, resilience and dedication are transferable to many professions and horse riding challenges and strengthens these things constantly.
Illustration Over the course you will build up a portfolio of work that covers many areas of illustration. Every week you will research the theme create a mood board of images then this is used to inform and inspire your designs.
Junior Sports Leader Course This course will help you improve your leadership skills and make you stand out during all sports. It will help you improve communication skills, Leadership of others, organisation of time and equipment, knowledge of sports and how to develop a person’s ability.
Kick Boxing Some of the skills needed in kick boxing can be difficult to achieve. Only through being resilient and through sheer determination will a you be successful in developing such skills. Kick boxing involves resilience of the mind as well as resilience of the body. If you fancy a new challenge that work all aspects of your body that this is it.
Mountain Biking @ Leeds urban bike park – £6 During your year you will improve your off-road biking skills on all terrains in all weathers. The professional coaches will guide you around the course focusing on all details needed by a world class mountain biker
Netball – By selection Some pupils will be selected for the Academy. These pupils get the opportunity to represent the school in the Academy and strive to be the best. Along with training and playing, there are also team building trips and national tours.
Photography During this course you will develop your skills to take great photos and make them into masterpieces. You will develop your skills on Photoshop and make many unique pieces.
Rugby – By selection Some pupils will be selected for the Academy. These pupils get the opportunity to represent the school in the Academy and strive to be the best. Along with training and playing, there are also team building trips and national tours.
Science Experiment Club You will develop your experimental skills and practical techniques to a high standard and take part in experiments you may not have the time to do in class. You will focus practical aspects from all 3 sciences. Some of the experiments you will be doing are not approached until separate science at GCSE or A-Level. You will also have a say in what you experiment on, if you have a thought or an idea it could be the next weeks experiment.
Skiing – £13 Improve your skiing at all levels on real snow. No matter if you are a novice or an expert, you can improve on this course. Qualified instructors will take you from the beginner slopes to the half pipe in the year.
Songwriting Make songs from all genres, find riffs that go with lyrics. If you can hum it, you can write it.
Swimming – £3 Get a great workout and improve your skills in the pool too. There will also be opportunities to learn essential lifesaving skills too.
Textiles You will be taught a number of textiles and art based skills which aren’t currently taught in KS3.  You will explore a wide range of materials from melting plastics and using a sewing machine to add detail and texture, to using equipment such as the embellisher machine to produce felted fabrics and the sublimation printer to print fabrics you have designed themselves.  You will also further develop their creativity by researching textiles artist that they might not otherwise know about.
Video Game Design Are you creatively minded when it comes to computers? Do you think you could make the next Sonic or Fortnight? If so you need to do Video Game Design. You will start from the basics of design and over the year progress to more advanced tools and platforms to make your own games.
World music instrument making  Making musical instruments from other cultures will give you an opportunity to learn about these cultures and how their history has developed the design of the instruments. You will be encouraged to work collaboratively and individually to explore and how different countries use, make and record music, how music has been used to communicate messages historically and how music from other cultures has been introduced into the western world.
Youth Parliament From Brexit to Westminster. If you’re interested in what goes on in the country and would like to learn how to have your say, or even have aspirations to be an MP then pick this. The topics will range from the hot topics of the day to how parliament has made changes to society.
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