Art & Creative Technologies
Art & Design
Art and Design provision at Sir John Hunt aims to develop our learners' confidence, enjoyment and appreciation of a wide range of art forms.
Students are encouraged to develop their potential through broad areas such as drawing, painting, critical and contextual studies, graphics, 3 dimensional design, sculpture and print making, building a foundation for the GCSE course beginning in Year 9.
We have two superb and well equipped light and airy art rooms which provide students with excellent learning environments. Students can take full advantage of the space and have the chance to engage fully with large scale work.
Here you see students working during our Activities Week creating animals and insects inspired by life in the tropical rainforest (left).
In Years 7 and 8 we aim to give learners a wide range of experiences to enable them to develop a broad range of technical and practical skills. Students are then confidently able to start working towards a GCSE in Art and Design in Year 9.
In Years 10 and 11 students' work starts to take on a more individualistic approach. Students make their own informed choices about the way in which their work will progress and develop, as they improve their practical skills and develop their own ideas, feelings and opinions through their artwork.
Students are able to use a variety of media to produce their artwork including: various types of paint, ink, textiles, clay and other modelling materials.
Clubs & Activities
Students are given opportunities to get involved with a wide range of Clubs and Activities such as:
- After school Art Clubs
- Whole Campus Arts Day
- Community Arts Activities
- Arts Activity week
- Art & Design Lead learners
- Exhibitions and displays
- Art competitions
Design & Technology
As part of the National Curriculum your son/daughter will take a subject called "Design and Technology".
Students will be taught the skills and knowledge necessary to research a theme or problem, produce a design proposal, plan how to make it, manufacture the product, and finally test and evaluate it.
Design and Technology combines the design process with the knowledge and skills of the traditional practical subjects of textiles, wood and metal work.
It also supports and consolidates the students' knowledge of literacy, numeracy and ICT, through Design and Technology projects.
Resistant Materials & Construction
At KS4 students have the option to take one of two workshop based subjects:
- GCSE Resistant Materials
- BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Construction
GCSE Resistant Materials is a design based subject that covers the following areas:
- Unit A561 – Introduction to Designing and Making
- Unit A563 – Making Quality Products
- Unit A565 – Sustainability and Technical Aspects of Designing and Making
Units A561 & A563 are controlled assignments that the students will complete during their lessons, in which they have the opportunity to design and make a product using the tools and equipment in the College's workshops, out of a combination of wood, metal and plastic. Unit A565 is an examination that the students will take at the end of Year 11.
BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Construction is a practically based subject that covers a number of areas of the construction industry. Some of the units currently being covered are:
- Unit 1 – Producing a Timber Product
- Unit 12 – Developing Construction Drawing Skills
- Unit 14 – Developing Carpentry Skills
- Unit 15 – Developing Joinery Skills
Each unit is assessed through the production of a portfolio of evidence, including products, observations, presentations and posters, that is internally verified.
At Key Stage 3 all students study the following areas of Design and technology:
- Product Design
- Resistant Materials
- Systems and Control
- Textiles technology
At Key Stage 4 the students have the option of achieving qualifications in the following subjects:
- Resistant materials
Design and Technology lessons provide students with the opportunity to solve real design problems from a variety of contexts, including: home, business, recreation and community.
They will acquire a wide range of skills and work in a variety of media, both 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional.
They will learn to work to deadlines and within constraints.
They will develop products capable of batch-production and they will learn to work both individually and as a member of a team.
Music is essentially a practical subject and it is hoped that all students gain understanding and enjoyment through a variety of activities.
Students are given a broad range of experiences, developing their appreciation of music, and their understanding of how music works. Students develop their knowledge of melody, harmony and rhythm through engaging practical lessons, which make use of old and new technologies.
These include use of iPads, Taiko drums, guitars and keyboards, as well as the most important instrument of all, the students' own voice.
Students can opt to study a GCSE in Music during Key Stage 4. The Edexcel GCSE qualification is centered around composition, performance and a listening exam. Use of cutting edge music technology is a big part of this course, especially for students who are not yet fully confident with a musical instrument.
There are opportunities for students to continue to study Music at Key Stage 5. The current course on offer is the Rockschool Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma. This course is centered around a more intensive study of Performance and Music Technology.
Students are given the opportunity to participate in a wide range of musical activities to enhance the formal Music curriculum including:
- Lunchtime concerts, to show case students' talents to their peers
- Music Technology Club, using our Apple iMacs to make new music
- Glee Club – College singing group, which meets after school
- Whole Year-Group singing assemblies
- Lunchtime Drum Club
- Friday Rock Club, which meets after school