Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy

TAC Curriculum Area

Curriculum Leader: Mr. S. Jackson
Second in the Curriculum Area: Mr. C. Acosta
   
Teachers: Miss C. Abbott
  Mrs. J. Armitage
  Mrs. G. Loveday
  Mr. C. Rockley
  Miss K. Stonely
   
Technician: Mr. J. Watkins

Technology, Art and Computing Curriculum Intent:

The Technology, Art and Computing area’s vision is to inspire all young people to be confident innovators now and become creative leaders of the future. We wish to encourage all young people to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. 

In the Technology, Art and Computing area, we encourage all young people to use their creativity and imagination to solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We strive to link work with other disciplines such as mathematics and science. We achieve this by teaching our young people to use their acquired knowledge and skills with confidence and accuracy and by enhancing their education with an array of enrichment opportunities. 

Technology, Art and Computing Curriculum Implementation:

KS3 Technology, Art and Computing:

We deliver a 2-year Key Stage 3 programme of study, incorporating fully the National Curriculum. The individual subjects of Art and Computer Science are taught for 1 hour a week to all students in KS3 throughout the academic year. In addition to this, Engineering, Food Studies, Textiles, Graphics and Programming is taught on a carousel every 2 hours a week. Upon completion of KS3, all students will have a solid foundation of knowledge and skill for the respective subjects. 

The KS3 curriculum plans can be found below. 

The students' knowledge is accessed regularly throughout KS3 with the use of assessments after topics and regular homework. 

Programmes of Study: TAC Key Stage 3

KS4 Technology, Art and Computing:

The following KS4 subjects are available for the students to opt at GCSE options:

  • GCSE – AQA Art & Design (Art, Craft & Design)
  • GCSE – OCR Computer Science
  • Cambridge National Level 1/2 Creative iMedia
  • Cambridge National Level 1/2 Engineering Manufacture
  • GCSE – WJEC Food Prep & Nutrition 

For more information on each of these qualifications we offer, including specification identifying the knowledge and skill required and final assessment details, please use the links below:

We are very privileged to have a highly qualified team of teachers across all subject areas; therefore, we can offer all our young learners specialist teachers in each subject area. 

Programmes of Study: TAC Key Stage 4

Curriculum Impact:

All young learners at both key stages have regular assessment of their knowledge and skills as indicated in the curricular plans above. This information is used to inform planning and intervention where necessary. It is the Technology, Art and Computing curriculum area’s policy to provide written feedback to young learners on their knowledge assessment and practical skills. 

Young learners will be given a varied diet of subject-specific tasks dependent on their year group. Examples of homework may include questions to support classwork, past examination questions, spelling, revision, research or an extension piece of literacy/maths/creative work. 

Enrichment

In Technology, Art and Computing we give our young learners the opportunity to obtain knowledge and skills outside of the usual classroom environment. We believe that this is important and the perfect opportunity to enrich and enhance students understanding and participation in Technology, Art and Computing curriculum.

Clubs

  • STEM Green Car Club – Open to all years. Students explore engineering by designing and building the next generation battery-powered race car. Students also participate in local green-powered races. 
  • Programming Club – Open to all years. Students explore programming techniques and apply their understanding to design, make and interact with physical programmed solutions. 
  • Food Club – Open to all years. Students grow their own food produce in the school allotment and then use their fresh produce as part of their ingredients in a range of dishes. 
  • Art Club – Open to all years. Students learn new art skills and also have the opportunity to experiment with new techniques to create a range of art pieces. 

Berlin Trip – Computing, Engineering and Art:

Students visit Berlin to gain an industrial insight to the applications of Computer Science, Engineering and Art. This residential visit provides students with the opportunity to visit a number of subject-related venues such as the VW E-Vehicle Factory, Game Science Museum and Graffiti Street Art workshop. In addition, students are able to gain an understanding of global citizenship and cultural differences. 

Farm Visit – Food Studies:

Students visit a local farm to investigate how food is sourced and produced. This educational visit allows students to speak to farmers first-hand about how a working farm functions as well as the different aspects of food production. 

Art – Yorkshire Sculpture Park:

Students visit the open-air gallery to explore and learn from the work of British and international artists, including Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. 

Support

Technology, Art and Computing homework club.

  • Drop-in every lunchtime
  • 13:30 – 14:00 in the Hub
  • Run by subject-specific teachers
  • 1:1 support with homework

Revision Classes

•    GCSE revision classes start in January. Details will be given to students and published on the website. 
•    Available for all students. 
•    Students may be specifically requested to attend revision classes if the classroom teacher feels that extra intervention is needed.