Art, Music and Computing

The Art, Music and Computing curriculum at Eden forms a backbone to our ethos statement, ‘to inspire self belief within our pupils and to develop their abilities in a variety of ways’. By focusing upon the development of creativity and mastery of technological skills throughout KS2 and KS3  it allows pupils to have more opportunities to access creative BTEC and vocational courses at KS4 level and beyond.

We recognise the vital role of Art and Design in allowing curiosity, creativity and self –expression to develop, alongside resilience, confidence and critical thinking skills. In creating a wide range of products and artwork, these skills can then transfer to other areas of the curriculum. Visual arts and Design technology enhance every subject area and bring learning to life. Those less confident in academic subjects, or with speech and language  barriers, can express themselves fully in these practical subjects.

Music at Eden allows for independent and collaborative learning opportunities throughout the whole curriculum whilst developing their musician skills. Accessibility is key and our approaches to teaching instrumental music are catered to the specific needs of the individual, using a wide selection of instruments to suit a student’s interest and ability. Developing the confidence of our pupils is a vital part of our curriculum and pupils are frequently challenged to present their ideas to each other whilst being encouraged to evaluate the success of these performances. We build the cultural capital of our pupils by teaching themes in context by exposing them to influences and traditions from many different cultural and historical contexts.

The Teach Computing curriculum at Eden teaches pupils to become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology. The primary focus is to develop computational thinking and to encourage independence, creativity and awareness of the digital media sector.  Due to the vulnerable nature of our pupils, the promotion of online safety and responsible online behaviour is an imperative focus for us. This is not only embedded into computing lessons but also encouraged  across the wider school curriculum.

Art

At KS2 and KS3  level, the national curriculum Art content pathes the way for further study at KS4 with Btec Art and Design. Practical skills sit at the heart of our curriculum, where core component knowledge  in the mediums of drawing, painting, 3D form, printing and textiles is sequentially built upon. When pupils progress onto KS4 they will be confident using a range of tools and applying their practical skills, motivating them to continue their journey as young artists.

All pupils in the previous year 9 cohort have completed their BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Art and Design and the current KS4 cohort  are working towards a new, developed BTEC Introductory Certificate in Art and Design which is  part of the new suite of BTEC Introductory qualifications offered by Pearson. This will maximise opportunities for pupils  to progress into other vocational subjects at post 16 by focusing on the development of transferable and sector-related skills. The core units provide pupils with opportunities to work effectively together, develop their time management and organization, research effectively and take part in entrepreneurial projects. There are also optional Art and Design units such as, creating an artifact with clay, creating a 3D artwork and printmaking. This content will equate to a level 1 certificate  qualification by the end of the year, assuming all units are passed. If pupils continue onto the second year of study this will become a BTEC level 1 Diploma qualification. This portfolio of evidence can then be built upon or ‘topped up’  in KS4 to achieve a level 2 qualification.  As Btec Level 2 qualifications at a pass are  a recognised equivalent to 2 GCSE grades A* – C, this is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to have an additional ‘boost’ to access further study after Eden.

Music

At KS2 pupils are introduced to the fundamentals of Music and focus on developing their aural perception, listening and appraising skills.   We encourage all  pupils to appraise a wide range of musical styles through regular exposure and through experimenting with a  variety of technological platforms whilst composing. We encourage singing and dancing within all lessons to allow pupils to have an more immersive experience.  At KS3 level there is a focus on developing ensemble and instrumental skills through a range of styles such as, Samba, Reggae, Pop, Blues, Rap, Classical and Music for Film. We introduce a range of instruments including, percussion, keyboard, guitar and bass guitar and also incorporate world instrumentation in our samba unit.

In year 8 and 9 we  approach these practical subjects from a musical futures perspective which allows pupils to explore and play together as a band using non  traditional notation. Once their confidence grows we then begin to introduce more formal notation and focus on creating their own cover songs using theme and variations.   We encourage pupils to develop their knowledge of Music technology and  focus upon video recording  and editing. We also develop their skills and understanding of audio recording, sequencing and editing using digital audio workstations as part of their Film music unit.  Further rationale behind our curriculum design includes ensuring that our pupils have the necessary instrumental skills and industry knowledge to be able to access the optional BTEC Music curriculum at KS4. This also allows non-instrumental pupils the same opportunities to access the same  practical courses at KS4 and beyond as a DJ or vocalist.

Computing

Throughout the key stages we aim to provide pupils  with essential knowledge, transferable skills and tools to improve their learning and contribute  to their personal development and future economic well-being. Computational thinking is promoted across the school within all subjects and key stages. pupils are encouraged to create models and simulations to enhance their learning processes in a range of subjects  and teachers use decomposition regularly in order to embed learning in more manageable ‘chunks’. We draw and extend understanding from a range of other subjects outside of IT and Computing and embed clear and high quality literacy and numeracy skills through software development, problem solving and evaluation skills.

We  aim for all pupils to be confident, competent  and responsible users of technology. In a society which is becoming increasingly dependent on technology and where technologies are rapidly evolving we aim for our pupils to have a sound understanding of online safety and to collaborate and communicate respectfully online both at home and in school.  pupils are also introduced to the dangers of hacking and cybercrime. The SRE curriculum covers a wide range of topics across KS3 and KS4  in relation to this content :

  • Yr 7 – Managing feelings, friendships, relationships and dealing with  peer pressure.
  • Yr 8 – Sex and relationships, consequences of sexual acvtivty, trolling, grooming, sexting.
  • Yr 9 – Appropriate and inappropriate content, recognising and managing risks.
  • Yr 10/11- Body image, being responsible online , Share aware.

With the ever changing landscape of employability, we believe it is paramount that we provide our pupils with the essential skills which will enable them to obtain and sustain successful jobs in the future. This curriculum also paves the way for them to progress onto the GCSE option at KS4, as part of our five year plan for the new 2021 cohort. This curriculum  offers our pupils a more accessible pathway into the further study of  Computing and Creative iMedia whilst  still being underpinned by the national curriculum aims for computing.

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“Eden is a life-transforming school where we provide the best education for young people who have complex social, emotional and mental health needs.”

Jen Ashworth, Headteacher