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Expressive Arts

In this section, the Expressive Arts department provides an overview of the KS3, KS4 and KS5 curriculum, teaching staff and Extra Curricular activities.

Department Contacts

Staff

Role

T. McCoy

Head of Department/Subject Leader of Music

S. Loosemore

Subject Leader of Art

L. Tarsitano

Subject Leader of Dance/Assistant Principle/Yr 11 Raising Standards Leader

N. Murphy

Art Teacher

J. Birch

Art Teacher

J. Wilcox

Subject Leader of Drama

Extra Curricular

Monday

ROCK POP CHOIR (All years and Staff welcome) - P113
Dance club (Year 7 & 8 only) – P013

Wednesday

ROCK BAND P113
DRAMA CLUB P114
GCSE Art intervention P205 SL / P202 NM
Inspire Dance Company rehearsal – invite only 5-6pm

Thursday

A NIGHT AT THE MUSICALS P113 (pupils and Staff welcome)
GCSE Art Intervention P201 JB / P205 SL

Friday

ORCHESTRA (If you have an orchestral instrument or you have played one in the past come along, Pupils and Staff welcome)

KS3 Curriculum

Year 7

Half Term 1

Basic Drawing Skills

Half Term 2

Aboriginal Art

Half Term 3

Aboriginal Art

Half Term 4

Insects

Half Term 5

Yr 7 Exam Preparation based on Insects completed in lessons

Half Term 6

Yr 7 Exam based on Insects completed in lessons

Year 8

Half Term 1

Pop Art

Half Term 2

Pop Art

Half Term 3

The Human Form

Half Term 4

The Human Form/Culture

Half Term 5

Yr 8 Exam Preparation based on Culture

Half Term 6

Yr 8 Exam based on Culture completed in lessons

Year 9

Half Term 1

 

Natural Forms Term I -4

Half Term 2

Half Term 3

Half Term 4

Half Term 5

Yr 9 Exam Preparation on Natural Forms

Half Term 6

Year 9 Exam based on Natural Forms completed in lessons

KS4 Curriculum

Key Stage Four, pupils will be expected to develop their creative, imaginative and practical skills within the area of Art and Design through their response to projects.

They will:

  • Experiment and explore a wide range of media
  • Develop their drawing skills
  • Be required to take an independent and enquring approach through research and development of art ideas
  • Be required to complete a sketch book, support work and complete a number of final outcomes which could be a painting/drawing , ceramics etc.
  • Be required to study the work of other artists and take inspiration from the world around them in order to fully develop their own original ideas.

The exam board for GCSE Art is Pearson Edexcel. This qualification enables students to develop a range of skills in painting, drawing, ceramics and mixed media.

The course is made up of two coursework units and an Externally Set Assignment in year 11, in which students have two months to prepare for a 10 hour practical Art exam. The two coursework units are worth 60% of the marks in the final GCSE assessment; the remaining 40% of the grade comes from the Year 11 exam unit.

Emphasis is made on drawing and annotation and students are encouraged to develop their experimentation using a range of different materials. These can include a wide range of both 2D and 3D materials and techniques.

KS3 Curriculum

 

Unit

Year 7

Half Term 1

Night and Day

Half Term 2

Rhythm and Pulse

Half Term 3

Form and Structure

Half Term 4

Folk music

Half Term 5

Instruments of the Orchestra

Half Term 6

Chinese Music

Year 8

Half Term 1

Variations

Half Term 2

Off Beat

Half Term 3

Jazz Impro

Half Term 4

Recycled Themes

Half Term 5

Music and Space

Half Term 6

Indian Music

Year 9

Half Term 1

Rock n Roll

Half Term 2

Soundtracks

Half Term 3

Musicals

Half Term 4

Fanfares

Half Term 5

Popular Music

Half Term 6

Samba

KS4 Curriculum

Year 10 and 11 students study EDEXCEL/PEARSON BTEC level 1/2 First Award in Music.

This qualification is equivalent in size to one GCSE. It is a Technical Award designed for pre-16 students working at level 2 who want to include a study of the music industry in their broader Key Stage 4 curriculum. Students will engage with music as an industry and will develop a range of relevant practical and technical skills.

This qualification provides students with the opportunity to explore music product development and events management, and to apply their knowledge in new and practical industry-related contexts.

What will the student study as part of this qualification?

The qualification consists of two mandatory units which provide the fundamental knowledge skills and understanding required for the music sector and two optional units which explore skills necessary for working in the Music industry.

Mandatory Units

  • Unit 1 ‘The Music Industry’ provides an overview of the music industry. It covers the fundamental knowledge and understanding of music industry organisations and the roles and responsibilities of those that work within them, and at the variety of musical activity.

This is an externally set and assessed exam.

  • Unit 2 ‘Managing a Music Product’ requires students to plan, develop and deliver a music product, by undertaking basic business planning activities, research and marketing as well as the promotion and running of an event or launch of a product.

Optional Units

  • Unit 3 ‘Introducing Live Sound’
  • Unit 5 ‘Introducing Music Performance’
  • Unit 2,3 and 5 are internally assessed and externally moderated by Pearson.

KS3 Curriculum

 

Unit

Year 7

Half Term 1

Haunted House

Half Term 2

Pantomime

Half Term 3

Greek Theatre

Half Term 4

Mask/Mime

Half Term 5

Script

Half Term 6

Script cont..

Year 8

Half Term 1

Advertising

Half Term 2

Script

Half Term 3

Script Cont..

Half Term 4

Shakespeare

Half Term 5

Macbeth

Half Term 6

Devising

Year 9

Half Term 1

Skills & Devising

Half Term 2

Script Study

Half Term 3

Script Study

Half Term 4

Devising from Stimulus

Half Term 5

Devising Continued

Half Term 6

Scripted performance

KS4 Curriculum

KS4 are working towards the Eduqas GCSE in Drama.

Component 1 involves creating a devised performance from a given stimulus, students are marked on their final performance as well as a portfolio outlining the development and an evaluation of the work. Component 2 is an externally assessed performance of an extract of a script and Component 3 is a written exam based on the study of a script from a given selection as well as a live theatre review.

KS5 Curriculum

KS5 students are working towards a Level 3 BTEC Performing Arts, year 13 will work towards the Diploma and year 12 the Extended Certificate. Students form a theatre company and work towards completing tasks in drama and music with a vocational scenario.

KS3 Curriculum

Year 9

Half Term 1

Safe working practices. Technical & Expressive Skills.

Half Term 2

‘Within Her Eyes’ James Cousins. Study of Professional Work.

Half Term 3

‘A Linha Curva’ Itzik Galili. Study of Professional Work.

Half Term 4

‘Emancipation of Expressionism’ Kenrick H20 Sandy. Study of Professional Work.

Half Term 5

Choreographic Toolkit

Half Term 6

Choreographic Toolkit

KS4 Curriculum

Students will be following the AQA GCSE Dance specification.

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.

Students must complete both assessment components.

Component 1: Performance and choreography

What's assessed?

Performance

Set phrases through a solo performance (approximately one minute in duration)

Duet/trio performance (three  minutes in a dance which is a maximum of five minutes in duration)

Choreography

Solo or group choreography – a solo (two to two and a half minutes) or a group dance for two to five dancers (three to three and a half minutes)

How it's assessed

  • Internally marked and externally moderated
  • Performance 30% of GCSE
  • 40 marks
  • Choreography
  • 30% of GCSE
  • 40 marks

Total component 60%

Non-exam assessment (NEA) marked by the centre and moderated by AQA.

Component 2: Dance appreciation

What's assessed?

  • Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills
  • Critical appreciation of own work
  • Critical appreciation of professional works

How it's assessed

  • 40% of GCSE
  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 80 marks

Questions

Based on students' own practice in performance and choreography and the GCSE Dance anthology.