Creative Arts Course Outline
KS3 course description
In Art, students work with a range of traditional and new media, developing their imagination and creativity. They explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to visually communicate ideas and meanings.
They also learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made.
Students are encouraged to reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of art, craft and design, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives
Music is a unique means of expression and communication. Central to this, is the ability to develop and heighten listening skills. By making and evaluating music from different times, places, cultures and styles, students develop an awareness which will broaden their understanding of historical perspectives and the multi-cultural society in which we live.
A broad music curriculum provides opportunities for all students to share and value their achievements in the classroom, at school events, in extra-curricular settings. Work is practical and encourages students to develop their performing, composing and listening skills through the study of a range of topics including world music, historical music, sound effects, music technology and experimental music. This all contributes to the huge cultural diversity of music around us in everyday life.
A range of instrumental music provision is also available from a team of visiting teachers who are currently teaching brass instruments, guitars, and drums. Students can continue their study of an instrument from primary school and also have the opportunity to take up a new instrument from year 7 onwards.
Key Stage 4 Options
This qualification is a modular program and is specifically designed to accommodate the interests, skills, and needs of the class, and of individuals. Units 1-3 are mandatory and will be completed in the form of a portfolio of art work. Students then choose an additional unit from a wide choice of options.
- Unit 1: Contextual References in Art and Design
- Unit 2: 2D Visual Communication
- Unit 3: 3D Visual Communication
BTEC Performing Arts
BTEC students work towards producing a large scale public production, as well as some smaller events. The students are taking on a variety of roles, including stage management, acting, light and sound engineering.
Students must complete one of the following mandatory units:
- Unit 1— Understanding music
- Unit 1— Understanding drama
Students will then complete 2 more modules from the BTEC level 2 specification which can be found on the edexcel website.
Within units 2 and 3, students work together to create pieces of work that can develop and focus on different skills according to their strengths and interests.