SAS

The Skills Action Service curriculum is part of our core provision for years 7, 8 and 9 within the Academy.  We dedicate two hours every Wednesday afternoon to a variety of courses which are designed to ensure that students develop a range of skills which they will use to serve a local, national or even international community.

This part of our curriculum achieves a wide variety of objectives: students develop essential skills and attributes such as project management skills, self-confidence and enterprise.  The time we dedicate to this option allows talented students to immerse themselves in an area of expertise and everyone develops a keener awareness of the needs of communities and the benefits of supporting and working with others. With students having the opportunity to participate in three choices over the academic year, their exposure to a variety of opportunities will contribute to their own personal development.

The Academy has developed its own accreditation systems for the work done in this curriculum area, enabling students, parents and staff to see the progress being made over the year in each of the three chosen options.  The main focus lies in linking students’ achievements to the Tudor Values of Tolerance, Unity, Democracy, Opportunity and Respect to really enhance and develop their character.

This year the focus will be on reinforcing links with our local primary schools and charities based in the city, with students demonstrating and teaching the skills they have learnt to younger children and supporting other members of our community. Alongside this, students will also be working hard to support key Academy events such as the Winter Fayre and the Spring Showcase, utilising their skills to raise money for the charities selected by the students.

Mr D Butler – Principal

How does the Skills Action Service Curriculum work?

  • Each term students select three options from the different option blocks available.
  • They are allowed to select up to two choices from one option block.
  • If students are interested in Active Cooks, Carpentry or Animal Care they should only choose one of these three options and not all of them.
  • On their choices form students will be asked to give their reasons for their choices.

How is progress tracked in each SAS choice?

  • Students have the opportunity to achieve four outcomes over the course of their option.
  • Gold, silver and bronze awards are awarded to students demonstrating the Tudor Values.
  • Students in year 9 are given the opportunity to become SAS Champions, working with years 7 and 8 and supporting members of staff.
  • Students, having demonstrated the Tudor Values and achieving their outcomes in their chosen options over the year, can achieve a bronze award in year 7, build up to a silver award in year 8, culminating in a gold award in year 9 for which they will receive a lapel badge in recognition of their achievements.

Option Blocks 2019/20 – Autumn Term

Action and Adventure Language in Action
Adventurers – Young Duke of Edinburgh (D of E)

Dance

 

Golf

Hockey (Year 7)

Racket Sports (Years 7-9)

Girls Swimming (Years 7-9)

Girls Rugby (Years 8 and 9)

Boys Rugby (Year 7)

Authors

Musical Theatre (Arts Award)

Ancient History

Arts and Crafts STEM Individual and Society
Community Crafts

Community Arts

Gryme Time

Gardening 

Carpentry

STEM

Mind Games

Animal Care

Active Cooks

STEPS Year 9

Singers

Hair

NB Please note that some options are only available to certain year groups. This will be clear from the option form and the information about each choice.

Active Cooks

Active Cooks will give you the chance to appreciate new dishes and flavours.  You will learn to experiment with new combinations of ingredients, plan dishes for different occasions and use new and familiar ingredients in exciting ways.

Visitors to the Winter Fayre can buy and sample your unique Christmas cakes, you will support Academy events and perfect your presentation skills.

What are the outcomes I need to achieve?

  • Demonstrate your knowledge of different peoples’ dietary needs
  • Use a range of preparation and cooking skills safely and confidently
  • Demonstrate the ability to work safely with heat and other items of equipment
  • Plan and cook a meal based on specific criteria

Please note that students will be required to bring in their own ingredients each week.

Ancient History

Do you have an interest in all things Greek, Roman and Egyptian and want to explore the history of their cultures and influence on the world?  How did these societies affect culture and tradition in Britain, or indeed, Worcester itself?  Recreate some of the weaponry and tools used by these ancient civilisations, investigate the lives of famous people from these ancient times and immerse yourself in their daily lives.

What are the outcomes I need to achieve?

  • Investigate a famous ancient person and present your findings to the group
  • Recreate an ancient artefact and explain its uses
  • Participate in a workshop to pass what you have learnt onto others

Animal Care

Students opting for this SAS choice will develop an increased awareness of their immediate environment, discover how to care for animals and learn gardening skills whilst helping to run the Academy mini farm ‘Tudor Range’ at White Ladies Aston.

What are the outcomes I need to achieve?

  • Explain how to keep animals free from thirst, discomfort, pain, injury, disease, fear and distress
  • Demonstrate knowledge of health and safety needed when working on a farm
  • Work as part of a team to maintain animals’ welfare
  • Demonstrate an ability to work safely around animals on the farm

Authors

If your brain is bursting with characters, plots, poems and more, then Authors. is the perfect option to help you polish your writing talents.  Learn how to chart your chapters, smooth out your scripts as you use your imagination to craft and create your own children’s books ready to be presented at local primary schools.  Imagine, invent, create and inspire!

What are the outcomes I need to achieve?

  • Review your favourite author or book to help promote reading within the Academy
  • Create a short story, scene or poem to present to pupils at a local primary school
  • Develop writing workshops to inspire and encourage a love of reading and writing
  • Produce a portfolio of your own writing to express your own creativity

Carpentry

The SAS Carpentry option will equip you with basic woodwork skills needed to create designs out of wood and give you the know how to develop your own carpentry products. Patience, self-confidence and a sense of achievement will all be developed through this option. Working with and supporting other SAS groups, you will complete different carpentry projects as well as designing wooden items for presents and to raise money for charity.

What are the outcomes I need to achieve?

  • Demonstrate the ability to use woodworking machines and hand tools safely
  • Complete a finger joint to a good standard
  • Manufacture an item that you would take home and use
  • Manufacture and finish a product to a good standard which can be sold

Community Arts

Students will be given opportunities to engage with a variety of community events and competitions using a variety of arts media.  Experiences could include local events such as   ‘Voices and Visions’, the Book Bench competition, set and prop design for academy productions, the Academy Christmas card and support for the Winter Fayre.  This year students will be taking part in an exciting Rivers project with our partner school in Nairobi and revamping and upcycling the seating in areas of the Academy.

What are the outcomes I need to achieve?

  • Produce an independent design for entry into a community event or competition
  • Showcase a piece of work at a community event
  • Work as part of a group to develop teamwork skills

Community Crafts

In this SAS option you will have the opportunity to develop your creative and practical skills through a variety of craft projects.  Valuable skills which will be developed include problem solving, attention to detail, patience, creativity and self-confidence.  You will also acquire knowledge of basic techniques which you will then go on to develop to suit your own creative style, working with a wide variety of materials.  Through selling items which you have made at the Winter Fayre and other Academy events you will also help support local, national and international communities by raising money for the Academy’s chosen charities.

What are the outcomes I need to achieve?

  • Create a design for a piece of jewellery
  • Present your design to the group
  • Design a product linked to a theme which could be sold
  • Create a finished product which can be sold

Dance

In SAS Dance students will have the opportunity to learn a number of different dance styles, learn dance terminology and benefit from flexibility training.  Learning to work effectively in a group and on their own will help students to gain in confidence.  SAS Dance sessions will be split into two sections: warm up and choreography.  Students will learn how to stretch their bodies in order to become more flexible which will improve their ability to dance.  Choreography will be taught in small, easy to follow sections, and then rehearsed until everyone feels comfortable with the piece as a whole.

Students from SAS Dance always perform at the Winter Fayre and this year we will be running workshops with pupils from our local primary schools.

What are the outcomes I need to achieve?

  • Perform an initial technical dance choreographed by the teacher
  • Devise and present a self-choreographed piece of dance to a small group
  • Use space, movement and pace to create a technical piece of dance
  • Take part in a whole group performance, choreographed by the teacher

Tudor SAS Sport

Do you have a passion for sport and want to improve your skills? Are you ready to represent the Academy and win more competitions and trophies for our display cabinets?  In these sessions you will have the chance to improve your teamwork, communication and organisation skills, whilst also having the opportunity to focus on a specific sport.

What are the outcomes I need to achieve?

  • Improve teamwork, communication and organisation skills
  • Improve your understanding of rules and techniques used in different sports
  • Improve your resilience in order to overcome the challenges posed when competing against other schools or in other competitions
  • Improve own physical fitness and tune your fine motor skills

Gardening

Tudor Grange Academy’s Allotment and Grounds need you!  Are you an Alan Titchmarsh in the making?  Do you want to support wildlife by creating animal and insect friendly spaces around the Academy? Are you interested in planting and growing vegetables and fruit?  SAS Gardening will provide you with opportunities to make a difference to your surroundings and support the Malvern Spring Gardening Show by growing plants to RHS standards whilst giving you a true sense of achievement and satisfaction.

What are the outcomes I need to achieve?

  • Work as a team to complete tasks which are assigned to you
  • Demonstrate the ability to use all tools safely
  • Contribute ideas for the design of areas of the allotment and academy areas.
  • Grow and care for the plants and vegetables grown on site

Golf

Visit Ravenmeadow Golf Course, our local golf club and learn how to perfect your putting, experience the driving range and look to representing the Academy at local golfing tournaments.  Beginners and those who already know their way around a set of clubs are all welcome.

What are the outcomes I need to achieve?

  • Demonstrate resilience when trying to hit the ball with accuracy
  • Select the correct club needed for a particular shot
  • Develop strategic thinking when considering where to aim your golf ball
  • Achieve on or below par for each hole of the course

Gryme Time

Words are art and art utilises words in many shapes and forms.  In this option you will explore the language, the lyrics and poetry of contemporary voices in literature and music. You will look at different forms of lettering used to create artistic words and which give a voice to peoples’ emotions and thoughts about the world they live in.  Banksy, Eminem, Benjamin Zephaniah, Bob Dylan and many more artistic voices will all have a place in this exciting and vibrant option.

What are the outcomes I need to achieve?

  • Create a piece of art using lettering styles such as graffiti
  • Improve printing and stencilling skills
  • Create an installation which gives young people a voice
  • Develop your ability to articulate and express your opinions through art

Hair

The SAS Hair option provides students with the opportunity to develop their communication and teamwork skills, to improve their self-confidence and ability to assess and improve their performance.

What are the outcomes I need to achieve?

  • Meet and greet customers at the salon using the correct language and approach
  • Demonstrate the ability to use products and salon equipment safely
  • Create a hairstyle using tongs
  • Wash, dry and style a family member or friend’s hair and evaluate your performance

Hockey

Learn how to be a part of a team by taking part in SAS Hockey. Improve your personal fitness and hand eye coordination whilst also developing your teamwork and communication skills. You will understand what it takes to be a part of a team and how to work together to be successful. Specifically, you will have the opportunity to improve your stick-handling skills along with dribbling techniques and effective scoring styles.

What are the outcomes I need to achieve?

  • Understand the rules of the game and the roles within a team.
  • Improve teamwork in order to communicate successfully during a game.
  • Learn effective stick-handling skills to achieve successful passing and scoring.

Mind Games

How does the mind work?  What makes us tick? Why do people have phobias or respond in certain ways to different situations?  Is there such a thing as mind control? Explore the answers to these questions whilst conducting a series of experiments on your fellow students.

What are the outcomes I need to achieve?

  • Develop experiments to test theories
  • Work together to present results and explanations
  • Examine well known ideas and their effect on society
  • Research a famous psychologist and their ideas

Musical Theatre Bronze Arts Award

This SAS option will provide students with the ability to develop both their singing and acting skills.  Teamwork, building self-confidence and learning to improvise are all some of the skills provided by this option.  Students will be able to explore characters within pieces of musical theatre and devise their own solo and group performances.  There will be opportunities to record and film performances throughout the twelve weeks of the option and gain the bronze arts award.

What are the outcomes I need to achieve?

  • Perform a monologue from a piece of musical theatre
  • Take part in a small group vocal performance
  • Complete an analysis of a character from the piece of musical theatre you are working with
  • Take part in a full group chorus performance
  • Visit a performance and evaluate its main features

SAS Singers

Performance is at the heart of SAS Singers.  This year,students will be coming together with other children and adults in thecommunity to work on and perform pieces of music from a variety of differentstyles and genres, which will be heard at events such as the Winter Fayre, andthe Music for Spring Concert.

What are the outcomes I need to achieve?

  • Take part in a whole group performance of a piece of music selected by the teacher
  • Work with pupils in a local primary school or adults from the community
  • Use teamwork and show resilience to achieve the best outcomes each week

Swimming

Come and improve your swimming skills at Perdiswell Leisure Centre on a Wednesday afternoon. Take advantage of this opportunity to work onyour strokes and, going forward, to representing the Academy at swimming galas.

What are the outcomes I need to achieve?

  • Improve your swimming technique
  • Build more confidence and stamina in the pool
  • Learn a new stroke or mastery of one already known

STEM

Tudor Grange needs you! Working together with other SAS Options, you will be responsible for designing, planning and finally building the Academy’s entry for the Malvern Spring Gardening Show Schools Garden Competition.  The theme for 2019 is ‘Wonders of the World’, and is linked to the various lists of wonders be they natural or man-made.  From investigating this theme and developing links with STEM subjects to designing the garden and building the structures on site, you will experience great satisfaction in seeing the final show garden entry at the Three Counties Showground.

What are the outcomes I need to achieve?

  • Investigate the origins and the science behind ‘Wonders of the World’
  • Discuss and present ideas in a group to other students and vote to decide on a final design
  • Contribute ideas for the design of specific elements of the garden
  • Investigate sponsorship possibilities

Adventurers – Young Duke of Edinburgh (D of E)

Adventurers is your introduction to the Duke of Edinburgh Award, which is available from year 9 onwards at the Academy. Throughout the twelve weeks of the choice, you will become better equipped to deal with everyday emergencies, learn about nutrition and how to preserve the environment, as well taking part in practical sessions such as cooking, orienteering and first aid. There will also be opportunities to put your skills into practice on a day’s hiking or geocaching in the local area using your orienteering skills.

What are the outcomes I need to achieve?

  • Cook a hot meal using the appropriate camping equipment
  • Navigate your way around the local area using orienteering skills
  • Be aware of levels of fitness needed before attempting long distance activities
  • Demonstrate the ability to carry out basic first aid

Please note this is a compulsory option, which must be taken in either year 7 or year 8.

 

Year 9

 Year 9 Skills Action Service Curriculum SAS Champions Tudor Values Gold Rose Award

Character – the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.

Tolerance Unity Democracy Opportunity Respect
informed supportive informed participant aware
articulate contributor aware contributor informed
responsible articulate active

Fulfilling all the requirements of a SAS Champion to a gold standard during this year will enable you to achieve a SAS Tudor Values Gold Rose.In year 9, the SAS curriculum will aim to support you further in developing the character traits above in line with the Academy’s Tudor Values by inviting you to apply for the position of SAS Champion.  If successful, you will stay in the same SAS option for one or two terms or the whole year, working with years 7 and 8, developing character traits whilst supporting the students and staff in your selected option.

An application form can be obtained from Student Services or from the student shared area.

SAS STEPS

In year 9, one term will be devoted to STEPS, a bespoke carousel of three topics which aim to support and develop students in this year group.  This option is compulsory and students will be informed which term they will be having STEPS and will not be required to submit an option form for SAS.

The three topics are:

Healthy Relationships: sexual health and relationships, healthy and unhealthy relationships with friends and adults.

Adulthood 101: preparation for life – finances, Unifrog, life and career choices.

The Mind and Mindfulness: mental health, mindfulness, dealing with stress and anxiety.

For more information on content, please look at the STEPS / PSHE area of the Academy website.