Arts

Arts

Curriculum Overviews

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Subjects: Art, Music, Drama

Faculty Leader: Miss V Catcheside

Deputy Faculty Leader: Mrs T Taylor

 

School Mission

'As a Catholic school, our mission is to show love through our respect for others.  We value our God-given gifts, talents and abilities. Our aim is to bring out the best in everyone, within a safe and happy environment.  Everyone should know that we are followers of God by what we do, not just by what we say .'

Faculty Vision

"The aim of the Arts faculty is to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of the Arts and to encourage creativity through the exploration of the various art forms. As a faculty we endeavour to stimulate a lasting enjoyment and interest in the Arts. We offer extensive extra-curricular activities which give pupils the opportunity to further their artistic skills and talents and to develop their self-confidence." 

Inspirational Quote

"I want every single young person to have the opportunity to discover how the arts can enrich their lives. Access to cultural education is a matter of social justice".

Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, former Secretary of State for Education

Curriculum Intent

The rationale for the current arts curriculum at The Barlow Roman Catholic High School is:

  • To provide a broad, stimulating and challenging curriculum which engages and inspires pupils.
  • To promote a lasting enjoyment and interest in the Arts through our enthusiasm and passion for our subjects   
  • To enable pupils to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding and to encourage creativity through the exploration of the Arts.
  • To explore Art forms from different cultures and traditions to widen pupils' experience and promote mutual respect.
  •  To create a safe and inclusive environment for each pupil to grow and develop as an individual, promoting a sense of belonging as well as building self-confidence.
  • To enhance the mental and spiritual wellbeing of pupils by enabling self-expression through Art, Music and Drama.
  • To nurture and develop the God-given gifts and talents of pupils in order to reach their full potential in line with our school Mission Statement.
  •   To promote practical skill-based courses enabling pupils of all abilities and social backgrounds to achieve.
  • To provide pupils with invaluable life/employability skills;communication, creativity, collaboration, cognitive skills, motor skills, self-discipline, analysis, evaluation.
  • To provide extensive extra-curricular activities giving all pupils the opportunity to further their creative skills and talents and to develop as an individual.

 

KS4 Course Rationale

All Arts courses at KS4 allow for progression from Key Stage 3 whilst providing a strong foundation for further study. Courses are practical courses allowing pupils of all abilities to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in the Arts. Courses offered in Music and Drama will vary depending upon the cohort of pupils opting for each subject. 

AQA GCSE Art and Design- Art, Craft and Design and Graphic Communication

The GCSE Art and Design qualification features a range of titles including Art, Craft and Design and Graphic communication. The flexibility of its design means the course can be tailored to pupils' of different abilities. The course aims to further develop knowledge, skills and understanding in Art and Design using a range of media and techniques. Each assignment requires the exploration of ideas from direct observation, research of artists, designers or from a particular culture. The course promotes the development of individual work; students are encouraged to create their own personal response to a given theme.

This practical skills based course has two components (60% coursework, 40% Exam);

Component 1- Portfolio of work (60%)

Component 2-Externally Set Assignment (40%). 

AQA GCSE Music

The GCSE qualification offers the chance to study a wide range of musical genres, with more opportunities for practical learning. This course allows pupils to develop and apply their musical knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, evaluation and analysis and to develop their performance skills and creativity through musical composition.

The course is made up of three components (60% coursework and 30% exam);

Component 1- Understanding Music- Listening/Written exam- Section A- Listening, Section B- Study pieces (40%).

Component 2- Performing Music- 2x performances- 1 Solo and 1 ensemble (30%)

Component 3- Composing Music - 2x Compositions- 1 from Set brief, 1 free choice (30%)

Edexcel BTEC Music

This is a vocational course designed to provide pupils with the skills, knowledge and understanding of the music industry and roles within the creative arts.

This practical course allows pupils of different abilities to develop their performance and compositional skills and gives them the opportunity to plan and deliver a musical product.

The course is made up of 2 Core units and 2 optional units (75% coursework and 25% exam);

Unit 1 (Core)- The Music Industry (25%) Written exam.

Unit 2 (Core)- Managing a Music Product (25%)

Unit 4- Introducing Music Composition (25%)

Unit 5- Introducing Music Performance (25%)

Eduqas GCSE Drama

The WJEC Eduqas GCSE Drama specification is designed to give pupils a broad and balanced experience of drama. This is a practical course designed to enable pupils to apply knowledge, skills and understanding when making, performing and responding to drama.

The course is made up of three components (60% coursework and 40% exam);

Component 1- Devising Theatre- Devised performance from a stimulus and studies of a practitioner, portfolio of supporting evidence (40%)

Component 2 Performing from a Text- 2x extracts from 1 play (20%).

Component 3 Interpreting Theatre- Written Exam- Section A- Set Text, Section B- Live Theatre Review (40%).

The NCFE Level 1 and Level 2 Technical Award in Performance skills

This is a vocational course designed to provide pupils with the skills, knowledge and understanding of the performing arts industry.

The course is made up of two units (60% coursework and 40% exam);

Unit 01- Working in the Performance Industry (40%) Written examination (March and November one opportunity to re-sit)

Unit 02- Planning and Performing (60%) Synoptic Project- (December- submission March and one opportunity to re-submit in May).

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