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, using them 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 utilising our skills to benefit 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 is currently developing its own internal series of accreditation for 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 focus lies in linking students’ achievements to the Tudor Values of Tolerance, Unity, Democracy, Respect and Opportunity 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.

Just as importantly, we know that students very much enjoy their SAS options and it is a delight to be around the Academy on Wednesday afternoons.

Mrs S Roach –Principal

How does the Skills Action Service Curriculum work?

  • Each term students selects 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 and8 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 9, culminating in a gold award in year 9 for which they will receive a lapel badge in recognition of their achievements

Option Blocks 2018-19 – Spring Term

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

Dance

Tudor Expeditions

 

Hockey Year 8

Golf

Swimming Boys Spring Term

Years 7 Boys’ Excellence in Sport

Years 7 Girls’ Excellence in Sport

Theatrical Makeup

CLIL French

CLIL Spanish

Musical Theatre Bronze Arts Award

Scoprite L’Italia – Discover Italy!

Arts and Crafts STEM Individual and Society
Community Crafts

Community Arts

Photography

Textiles

Carpentry

Young Enterprise

STEM / Plan and Build the Academy Malvern Show Garden

Tudor Radio

Young Architects

Animal Care

Singers

Active Cooks

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.

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

SAS CLIL

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go to school in a foreign country? Are you somebody who absolutely loves learning a foreign language? Then perhaps CLIL is for you…

In SAS CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), you will experience exactly what lessons are like in the country of the language you are learning here at school. Would you like to be able to name all of the countries in the world in Spanish? Would you like to be able to talk about the solar system in French? Through CLIL you not only reinforce your knowledge of the world around you, looking at science, geography, history, literature and mathematics, but you also greatly improve your knowledge, understanding and command of the language that you are learning, as all of the sessions and the resources are delivered entirely in French or Spanish.

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

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, 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

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

Excellence in Sport

Do you have a passion for sport and want to improve your skills? Are you ready to represent the Academy and win more competition 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
  • Excel in a sporting discipline
  • Improve resilience in order to overcome the challenges posed when competing against other schools
  • Improve own physical fitness and tune your fine motor skills

Golf

Visit Ravensmeadow 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

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.

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

Photography

SAS Photography is a combination of learning about how a camera works, setting up photo shoots, composing good photographs and then manipulating them on Photoshop. During photoshoots, you will prepare the models, apply make-up, select clothing and decide on lighting. Approximately two thirds of the time will be spent on the computers manipulating photographs or completing research.

This year’s successes include the popular Valentine’s post, the personalised Christmas card and support for the Academy productions of ‘Bugsy Malone’. We will also be entering photographs for the under 18’s class in the Worcester Show.

What are the outcomes I need to achieve?

  • Produce a research page on a relevant artist or photographer
  • Take a range of successful photographs considering important factors
  • Manipulate your own photographs effectively
  • Create a Photoshop manipulated image which could be sold

Tudor Radio

This SAS option enables students to learn the skills to plan, produce and run their own radio show. It will also give them the opportunity to develop their teamwork, organisation and communication skills as well as building their confidence in public speaking. Students will take on various roles within the radio station and experience working in the production, technical and broadcasting teams.

What are the outcomes I need to achieve?

  • Show creativity when developing ideas as part of a radio team
  • Develop skills in editing audio sequences using appropriate software
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of radio studio equipment
  • Plan, record and edit segments for a radio show

Scoprite L’Italia – Discover Italy!

Discover Italy, the romance, the passion, the culture and history. Turn your hand to recreating your own Di Vinci masterpiece in a style of your choosing. Enjoy Italian film and finally, visit a local Italian restaurant where you can turn your hand to making your pizza. This is a great opportunity to learn about another country.

What are the outcomes I need to achieve?

  • Appreciate the diversity of Italian culture
  • Understand some basic Italian phrases
  • Create and deliver presentations on a given Italian theme
  • Demonstrate your knowledge to an audience

SAS Singers

Performance is at the heart of SAS Singers. This year, students will be coming together with other children and adults in the community to work on and perform pieces of music from a variety of different styles and genres, which will be heard at events such as the Winter Fayre, and the 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 on your 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 / Plan and Build the Academy Malvern Show Garden

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 ‘A Moment in Time’, and is linked the 180th anniversary of the introduction of the silver-halide process, which lead to modern day photography. From investigating this theme and developing links with STEM subjects to growing the plants and building the structures in the garden, 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 photography
  • Plan and build structures and for the Malvern Spring Show Academy Garden
  • Contribute ideas for the design of the Academy allotment
  • Grow and care for the plants and vegetables grown on site

Textiles

This SAS option gives you the opportunity to perfect your sewing skills, be creative and develop, evaluate and demonstrate your ideas. Students will create items for different age groups. Using colour and different fabrics to create a desired effect will help students to appreciate tone and texture.

What are the outcomes I need to achieve?

  • Produce a research page and mood board based on the work of a designer
  • Successfully make a child’s soft toy by following a pattern
  • Design, make and evaluate a simple garment or item which could be sold
  • Present your ideas for a series of items to the group

Theatrical Make up

In this option you will learn how to apply theatrical make up for a variety of purposes. Students taking this option will have the opportunity to support other SAS options such as photography and students taking part in academy productions. They will also pass on their skills to younger children and use their skills at the Winter Fayre. Scare your fellow students with your professional looking Halloween makeup!

  • Create a portfolio of designs
  • Learn how apply make-up safely and correctly
  • Use their skills to support other students in the academy
  • Create designs for different scenario

Young Architects

Have you ever dreamt of having the know-how to create your own Grand Design, wondered if your Lego designs could win awards and wanted to know how to produce a design to scale. If so, then Young Architects is for you. Throughout the term you will find out about this precise skill; learning to appreciate the imagination and flair of some of the world’s great architects, creating your own scale models and drawings and then bringing them to life in a grand exhibition to be judged by a local architect.

What are the outcomes I need to achieve?

  • Plan a presentation about a famous architect
  • Plan a model or drawing to scale based on the designs of a famous architect
  • Create a design of your own making

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

Tudor Expeditions

Not your average SAS adventure, this is a course for instructing students in essential outdoor survival skills and activities. You will learn to select your equipment, pack it, care for it and look after yourself in the field for long periods of time. We cover a variety of activities from water collection and purification to camp-craft and wild camping.

What are the outcomes I need to achieve?

  • Demonstrate understanding of how to select, pack and care for kit
  • Select a route and write a route card
  • Practice emergency procedures for treating climatic illness and other injuries
  • Produce a meal guide, prepare food and use self-heating ration packs
  • Construct a functional camp and follow good camp craft
  • Construct a crude shelter, start a fire and purify water

Young Enterprise

In this option, students will be provided with many of the key enterprise skills needed in today’s society. These include skills such as leadership, teamwork, planning, and design, working to deadlines, risk taking, ICT and communication skills. Students work in small groups to develop ideas, design, calculate costing and create products. They will then be responsible for marketing and selling their products and then taking and fulfilling orders for customers. This could be internally to staff and students or at other Academy events such as the Winter Fayre or Academy productions.

What are the outcomes I need to achieve?

  • Work as part of a team to develop ideas and design a product
  • Calculate the cost of your product and create it
  • Take an active role in marketing and selling your product
  • Create a portfolio of evidence charting your work on the product

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

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

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.

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