There are a number of different creative subjects that fall into our remit within the school and these include:
- Art & Design (1)
- Food & Nutrition (2)
- Health & Social Care
- Product Design / Resistant Materials (3)
- Textiles (4)
Within the Key Stage 3 curriculum, students operate within a carousel of rotations covering the four subjects numbered above. Students undertake a range of both theory and practical tasks which lead to completed products which individuals and parents/carers are very proud of. Students enjoy all aspects of the curriculum but it is clear to see their excitement during practical sessions and how they develop different skill sets, become problem solvers and manipulators of materials and ingredients.
To ensure hygiene and health & safety regulations are adhered to, I ask that all students provide their own named apron which would be used throughout Years 7-9. It will also be required for KS4 if your child makes the decision to opt for one of the Art & Design or Health & Social care subjects for GCSE qualifications. These can be bought from the school supplier or alternatively a navy-blue apron from any other provider is acceptable.
The department building is an inviting block of the school, with high-quality displays of student work and signage greeting you as you enter. We have a range of highly specialised rooms and facilities to cater for the different subjects offered which range include:
- Two new food room kitchen instillations with gas and electric services. These high-specification classrooms came into operation in October 2019 and have only improved the teaching & learning environments for both students and staff.
- A double workshop which boasts woodworking tools and machinery. There are also a range of computer aided manufacturing machines including a laser cutter, 3D printer, 3D modeler and a CNC router machine.
- Two computer suites are available in the building to assist with the computer aided design and manufacture students undertake.
- A range of motivating Art & Design studios complete the department setup.
Year 12 virtual university and apprenticeship fair
All Year 12 and invited Year 13 students took part in a virtual university and apprenticeship fair on Wednesday 14 October. The fair featured a wide range of universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers, with students able to chat to representatives, view information and videos, download prospectuses and take part in live webinars.
The first Curriculum Day of this academic year is taking place on Tuesday 20 October. This is a day when all students come off their usual timetable, with each year group having a different theme for the day. The themes vary for each Curriculum Day, but always link to our core curriculum strands of Work, World and Wellness.
The themes for this term's Curriculum Day are as follows:
- Year 7 - Understanding wellness
- Year 8 - Using creativity to understand wellness
- Year 9 - Prison, Me? No Way!
- Year 10 - Values and faiths
- Year 11 - Revision techniques and skills
- Years 12 and 13 - Journey to work
This promises to be an exciting day which will give students an opportunity to learn outside of their normal subjects.
STEM club logo competition
Ahead of the launch of our STEM club, we are running a competition for Year 7 students to design a logo that incorporates what a STEM club involves. Students should send their designs to House@manor.school by 31 October, remembering to include their name and House.
The Year 7 STEM club will begin on 9 November and will run every Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm in M7, with additional virtual activities to try at home. To sign up, students should email firstname.lastname@example.org
A reminder that the closing date for subscriptions to the Mary Glasgow magazines recommended by our languages department is 23 October.
For a £10 annual subscription, students will receive 5 magazines offering a range of articles, activities and quizzes designed for teenagers. It also offers unlimited access to media and online activities, including audio tracks, video and resources linked to each magazine issue.
If you wish to place an order, please visit the following link where you’ll be able to browse magazines and pay online for your subscriptions.