Creative Arts

Creative Arts Teachers

Mrs Cunningham Head of Faculty Creative Arts
Mr Walker Head of Department Drama
Miss Lanney Head of Department Music
Miss Argent Teacher of Creative Arts
Miss Gill Teacher of Creative Arts/Head of Year
Miss Cowley Teacher of Creative Arts/Gifted, Able and Talented Coordinator

Subject: Art

Head of Subject: Mrs Cunningham

Art and design vision statement

As a department, the art team’s vision is to want to excite students to think, create, use their imagination and develop their individual skills. We want to inspire students to be creative and have confidence in their own ideas and artistic progress. We want students to believe in the imagination and where it can take us and that everyone has the potential to be creative. We expect students to participate to the best of their ability, but we understand that developing skills takes time and practice and that taking risks is challenging but we want students to be confident to take risks and experiment. The Art department strives to challenge all students individually and allow them to access a wider breadth of art history, cultures and genres than they would usually experience.

KS3

In key stage 3 pupils are taught Art, Drama and Music in mixed ability classes. Pupils receive 1 hour per week of each subject area. Assessments are completed every half term to track and monitor pupil progress. Feedback is provided to students in terms of the skills they are working towards or have mastered. Targets for further improvement are then shared with students.

Art homework is completed in a school sketchbook. There is one main task set each half term with an opportunity for an additional task to be worked on.

KS4

At Key Stage 4 Art is taught as a GCSE option. Students that opt to take Art in Key Stage 4 have 3 hours per week. Students are set in mixed ability classes.

Students follow the AQA art and design course 8201. For this qualification students will be awarded a grade 1-9 following their GCSE examination in the summer of Year 11. Assessments to track progress are set regularly throughout each half term. With feedback being related to GCSE criteria to highlight areas of strength and development throughout the course. Students are expected to spend at least one hour per week in their own time continuing with their assignments.

Throughout their time at Kirkby, students are taught the following key skills:

  • Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources
  • Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes
  • Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses
  • Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language

Overview of the Art Curriculum

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are outlined in the link below:

Curriculum Overview Art

Links to GCSE Exam Board Specifications

The specification code for GCSE Art is– 8202

GCSE Art Specification (2018 entries)

GCSE Art Specification (2017 entries)

Additional Information

Students are able to work in the art room in their own time. Equipment is available for students to complete work at home.

Subject: Drama

Head of Subject: Mr Walker

Vision of Subject

To create a safe and happy learning environment for students to develop confidence and skills – while providing top class extra-curricular opportunities.

KS3

Mixed ability classes receive 1 hour per week at KS3. Homework is issued twice per half term.

KS4

AQA 8261 GCSE drama

Mixed ability classes receive 3 hours of lessons per week. Homework is set 4 times per half term and may include extra-curricular rehearsal.

Key Skills and Knowledge

  • Making
  • Performing
  • Evaluating

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are outlined in the link below:

Curriculum Overview Drama

Links to GCSE Exam Board Specifications

The specification code for GCSE Drama Year 10 is 8261

Link to Spec  – http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/gcse/drama-8261

Additional Information

Include details of any extra-curricular activities including:

  • Interventions – Daily rehearsals lunch and after school.
  • Revision sessions – Targeted at key point in the year.
  • Trips – Theatre trips and visits.
  • Clubs – Annual School Production – Ks3 Drama Club – Musical Theatre Tuesdays.

Subject: Music

Head of Subject: Miss Lanney

Vision of Subject

As a department, the Music team’s vision is to provide every child with the skills to understand on some level how the music that they listen to has been created and be able to appreciate this even more.  During their time at school, students should develop skills in performing, composing and appraising music, and be able to justify their opinions with a thoughtful reason.  We aim to show our passion for Music, supporting students to embrace their individuality and build in confidence.  The Music department strives to challenge all students individually and allow them to access a wider breadth of music than they would usually experience.

KS3

In Year 7, 8 and 9 students are taught Music for one hour per week in mixed ability classes.  Two assessments, one written and one practical, are completed every half term to track and monitor the progress of students in each topic. Feedback is provided to students in terms of the skills they are working towards or have mastered. Targets for further improvement are then shared with students, and they will strive to improve upon this.

Students in KS3 are given two homework tasks per half term.  One of these will be spellings on key words related to the topic, and one will be a written task, linked to what has been studied in lessons.

KS4

At Key Stage 4, Music is a subject that is taught as a GCSE option for 3 hours a week. They follow the AQA Specification (8271). They will be awarded a grade 1-9 following their GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 11. Assessments to track progress are set regularly throughout each half term. Feedback has the GCSE criteria as focus for discussion, to highlight areas of strength and development throughout the course.  There is currently one GCSE class per year group, and therefore this is a mixed ability class.  In KS4, students are set homework every week, whether this be to rehearse for their instrumental lessons, complete a written task, etc.  Students use Focus on Sound as a revision tool and are regularly set tests on this.

Throughout their time at Kirkby, students are taught the following key skills:
  • Perform with technical control, expression and interpretation
  • Compose and develop musical ideas with technical control and coherence
  • Demonstrate and apply musical knowledge
  • Use appraising skills to make evaluative and critical judgments about music

Curriculum Overview

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are outlined in the link below:

Curriculum Overview Music

Additional Information

Include details of any extra-curricular activities including:

  • Interventions

GCSE Music Interventions work on an ‘open-door’ policy – pupils can come at any time on  Wednesdays and Thursdays to catch up on coursework, have 1-1 tuition on a topic or to record their performances.

  • Revision sessions

GCSE Music revision session occur during the Easter holidays and every night after school (after Coursework submissions), leading up to Unit 1 written exam.  Students will also have a weekly Friday revision session after-school and Tuesday lunch time session.

  • Homework support

Homework support is available for all pupils every lunch time or after school. Pupils will need a pass to see the teachers for help.

Links to GCSE Exam Board Specifications

The specification code for GCSE Music is 8271
Performance (One solo – 15%, one ensemble – 15%)
Composition (One free – 15%, one to a brief – 15%)
Exam (90 minutes – 40%)