SAS (Skills Action Service)

Skills Action Service Curriculum Narrative

Years 7/8/9

Qualifications are essential to success but so are skills, experience and character. SAS is a chance to focus on these aspects of development within the Academy day. SAS provides year 7, 8 and 9 students with the opportunity to try new activities, support their community, and work in teams with people from inside and outside of the school. Just as importantly, we know that students very much enjoy their SAS options.

The SAS programme changes and develops every year. Each student has the chance to pick four options and each rotation will start with a PSHE lesson. Year 7 complete the building resilience option as a compulsory course in one term. Year 9 complete financial responsibility and Philosophy and ethics as compulsory options. Year 8 complete 4 of their own chosen options through the year. Previous activities have included archery, language and culture, dance, creative cooks, musical theatre, sport, judo, film and cinema, and arts and crafts. The groups completing each option will be a mixture of year 7, 8 and 9 students.

SAS can and will lead absolutely anywhere: there is no part of the adult world where the project management skills, resilience, confidence, and enterprising attributes that SAS develops will not be incredibly useful. More than that, SAS provides students with opportunities to try new activities and the chance to develop an interest that may turn into a lifelong passion or a career.
SAS assessment tracks how students have used the Tudor values in their option. Each student will receive merits based on their use of the Tudor values and how they have provided a service to others.

Subject Intent Service
Art and Design In this ten-week programme, students will expand their cultural capital through art by exploring art from different countries and cultures. Each week students will study a different piece and respond in their own way using a range of media and techniques. Students will choose their best pieces of work to display in the SAS marketplace. They will be able to explain what they have learnt to visitors to their exhibition.
Building resilience Throughout this ten-week rotation the students will be exposed to a range of skills for life. The first 4 weeks they will study Navigation using a map, followed by 2 weeks of basic First Aid. Finally learning how to use a camping stove to cook an omelette and make a hot drink. Developing their skills to culminate in showcase. Students will demonstrate cpr, using the jetboils and contours using clay in the SAS showcase.
Judo Judo will be promoted as being an inclusive sport. For example, it features in the Paralympics and is undertaken in numerous countries around the world. It is practiced by men, women, children, people of different ethnicity, cultures and religions. Examples will be shown in the lessons using the internet and YouTube where possible. Students will play and end of rotation tournament for students to spectate
Sports leaders Students will work as a team and show their Tudor values in a range of sports. They will develop their leadership opportunities Students will create a range of activities that visitors to the SAS showcase can join.
Creative cooks Through the 10-week rotation students will develop their practical cooking skills by exploring a range of sweet and savoury foods around the world. These activities will explore creativity and develop independent and resilient learners Students will produce a range of canapes suitable for an event within the academy ( TBC) where they will demonstrate their creativity and cater for a target audience
Creative enterprise Participants are challenged to set up mini businesses with their £5 are to create products or services they can then sell or deliver at a profit and engage with their local community.

It introduces young people to the world of enterprise and helps build important employ-ability skills, such as risk taking, team working, problem solving, communication and financial literacy, which they can continue to develop in later life.

Students will be developing products to sell, and will therefore be arranging a number of ways to do this. Each company will be selling their products to make a profit.

They will also be involved in the marketplace.

They will be able to explain what they have learnt to visitors at the exhibition.

Financial responsibility In this compulsory option for year 9, students will be completing the London Institute of banking and finance LiFE award. This will enable them to understand budgeting and money management when they enter adult life. Students will also be involved in the marketplace and will be able to explain what they have learnt to visitors at the exhibition.
Philosophy and ethics This compulsory option for Year 9 gives students an introduction to philosophy and ethics and helps them to become critical thinkers dealing with issues that cause debate in the wider world around them. It has strong links to Religious Studies, PSHE, Citizenship and Politics disciplines, together with Social Sciences. Students will cover learning journeys that include topics: ‘Is All Life Equal?’ ‘Government and Politics’; and ‘Forms of Expression and Ways of Life; (RE GCSE curriculum). They will learn through discussion, making speeches and debating with their peers. They will write critically about each topic.
Hair and beauty Students will understand the importance of hygiene, hair and beauty. This course aims to build confidence within the students and help them to understand the requirements of a business once leaving school. This exposes the pupils to new experiences and a wide range of skills and shows them the effort, resilience and tolerance they require to carry out different tasks. On a weekly basis student will be given a topic to research and carry out independently or as part of a group. There is a weekly plan which aims to build skills in different areas of hair and beauty. Pupils will be given individual assignments to create specific looks or carry our research into beauty brands/cosmetics and look at advantages and disadvantages. This work will then be showcased.
STEM Students will be introduced to science, technology., engineering and mechanics through a range of practical activities. Students will create examples to showcase at the end of the rotation.
Language and culture eTwinning is the digital community for schools in Europe where our students can participate collaboratively in projects across Europe. Some projects are host at Tudor Grange Students doing the times of website administrators.

As part of these partnerships, the schools will use online tools to develop a joint project. The focus of the projects being language and culture.

eTwinning is the digital community for schools involving over 500 000 teachers in 43 countries across Europe and beyond, funded by the European Commission as part of the Erasmus+ programme and managed in the UK by the British Council. In the UK over 12,000 schools have been involved in eTwinning. We currently hold 5 certificates and a Quality Label at Tudor Grange. We have also achieved the International Recognition Award.

eTwinning aims to develop knowledge and understanding of different European cultures and languages and help young people gain skills for their future lives and careers. Through the eTwinning portal, schools and colleges can search for partners in Europe and access online tools to take part in joint projects free of charge.

Ruth Sinclair-Jones, UK National Agency Director for Erasmus+ and eTwinning, British Council, said: “We have a responsibility to prepare young people for life and work in our global society.

“Participation in eTwinning has enabled young people to connect with others across Europe, share ideas across borders and develop as global citizens.”

 

Students will create a stall to display countries across Europe that they have worked with.
Theatre performance Students will develop performance and dance skills in a group production. Students will develop their confidence and work well with others to support each other in achieving their best. The 10 week programme will end with a live performance where pupils will showcase  their newly gained skills.
Theatre production Students will gain knowledge and practical skills of what it takes to be in a theatre production company. They will be given roles within the company and will work to deadlines alongside the theatre performance group. The production team will be developing skills in the following areas: costumes and props, stage make up, advertising and marketing, lighting, percussion music and staging.

The 10 week programme will end with a live performance of the Lion King.

The 10 week programme will end with a live performance where pupils will showcase  their newly gained skills.
The voice Students will learn various styles and songs to work as a group in a choir. The voice promotes the love of singing across the academy. The choir will join to gather with theatre production and performance in the SAS showcase on the final week.

Where does SAS lead?

SAS can and will lead absolutely anywhere: there is no part of the adult world where the project management skills, resilience, confidence, and enterprising attributes that SAS develops will not be incredibly useful. More than that, SAS provides you with opportunities to try new activities and the chance to develop an interest that may turn into a lifelong passion, or even a career.

How will I be assessed?

There is no strict assessment with SAS but each student has a SAS passport where they record their experiences and receive merits. A completed passport enables students to enter the Academy’s SAS league of bronze, silver or gold.

Curriculum Narrative 

SAS Curriculum Narrative