The Arts – The Creative Hub of the School
We share ideas and support learning
Strand Leader: Mrs A Tems
The Arts Strand is the creative hub of the school; We have a fantastic team who strive for excellence with specialisms in Art, Drama and Music.
In our modern society, jobs for students with creative abilities are vast and in high demand. The Arts gives us the skills to think outside the box and find creative solutions to problems. In addition studying an arts subject has been found to raise performance in other subjects.
Our dynamic open plan studio space and the highly equipped functioning Theatre allow students to collaborate and work together on innovating projects. We share ideas and support learning, through peer assessment, tutorials and critiques.
The department is a well-resourced area with facilities for Fine Art, Sculpture, Musical instruments, Theatre technologies and Digital Media. The Arts are popular options with students at GCSE due to the facilities and enriching opportunities.
In the Arts there are a wide range of opportunities for students to take part in activities beyond normal lesson time with experiences including New York, London and The Arts Festival.
We strive to create a safe learning environment for students to thrive and progress to their fullest potential.
OCR’s GCSE (9–1) in Drama provides a fantastic curriculum to ignite and engage learners’ creativity, passion and interests. The main purpose of this qualification is to allow learners to study drama in an academic setting, interrogating this art form and applying their knowledge and understanding to the process of creating and developing drama and to their own performance work.
Learners will research and explore a stimulus, work collaboratively and create their own devised drama. They will develop and apply theatrical skills in acting or design by presenting a showcase of two extracts from a performance text. Following on from this, they will explore practically a performance text to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of drama and live performance.
Through looking at pop and film music, develop an understanding of the foundations of music such as chords, basic notation and world music (such as blues music, incorporating 12 bar blues and walking bass line). Discover how to use apps to create, record and perform music. Work as a team to compose your own pieces and appraise each others. Explore the skills needed to learn a selection of musical instruments such as keyboard and guitar.
This specification provides students with a
wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests in art and design in ways that are personally relevant and truly developmental in nature. The requirements of the specification allow for the study of art and design in both breadth and depth. It provides progression from Key Stage 3, a strong and appropriate foundation for further progression to career pathways.