Creative Faculty introduce Creative Days into the KS3 Curriculum
In order to celebrate the new faculty structure at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, the Creative Faculty introduced Creative Days into the KS3 curriculum.
At Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School Art, Music and Design Technology are all compulsory subjects from years 3-9 and optional subjects at both GCSE and A-level. The creative subjects are a highly valued area of our whole school curriculum and we aim to deliver an education that is a broad and exciting experience for every pupil. We are focused on nurturing and stretching the creative experience of every individual pupil. We believe that the creative subjects are a crucial element of the school’s mission and ethos.
From September 2017 we have introduced a Creative Faculty, which allows us to build upon and share the strengths of each area and enhance the creative experience of every pupil. This has included restructuring the curriculum at KS3 to allow for creative days, where Year 8 and 9 pupils will have the opportunity to work in a specific area of the Faculty for the day, (one subject per pupil per term on a rotation basis).
Friday 6th October was the first of the newly introduced Creative Days, aimed at Year 8 pupils, and it was a huge success. The year group was split into three groups of 45 pupils across the three subjects. In Art, pupils explored the work of artists, and developed their own clay sculptures based on organic forms, sea life and their contextual studies. In Design and Technology, pupils learnt to follow a design brief and understand the design process through to manufacturing. The Music Department took a third of the year group to Blackburn Cathedral to experience being a Chorister for the day and worked with Samuel Hudson (Director of Music) and Shaun Turnbull (Assistant Director of Music).