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Art & Drama

Students develop their skills in both traditional and digital media across both Key Stages. They learn to improve their drawing abilities and gain experience in a range of techniques and processes alongside expressing their own ideas.

Curriculum at KS3

Art is studied in Years 7-9 for one hour a week. The following paragraphs outline the topics students’ study.

Resources for homework can be found on the Art Homework Site.

Year 7: Students will start the term with an Introduction to Art where they begin to build up basic skills in drawing and the use of colour and tone. They then explore perspective and how to create depth in two-dimensional images and finish the year working on on Portraiture; drawing themselves in relation to artists that they have researched.

Year 8: Students work on a graphic design project in which they research, plan, develop and refine their ideas for a CD cover, moving on to developing their skills in Photoshop and re-interpret their designs in a digital format. Pupils finish the year by looking at mark-making skills and observational drawing.

Year 9: Students start the year looking at the work of M.C. Escher and learn how to manipulate tessellating shapes and develop their own design for an interlocking tile. They then move on to studying the figure through the medium of a comic book project that ties together previous units of work ranging from portraiture to perspective landscape drawing. Students finish the year developing their Photoshop skills in preparation for GCSE work in Fine Art, Expressive Arts or iMedia.

Curriculum at KS4

GCSE Art is assessed as two units of work; the personal portfolio and the ESA (externally set assignment). The GCSE covers a range of activities and in-depth assignments. Students have the opportunity to experiment with different media in order to explore their strengths and preferences. There are a wide range of approaches within the Fine Art syllabus on which to focus, or students may choose to work in several areas. Whatever students choose, the main aim of the course is to develop their visual language skills and to build a comprehensive portfolio of work to progress to further courses or employment.

GCSE Art and Design (Fine Art)
Unit 1: Portfolio of Work 60%
Unit 2: Externally Set Task 40%

Examination body  - AQA GCSE Art and Design (Fine Art)

Useful resources

Below are some links where you can find further information about Art:

BBC Bitesize 
AQA GCSE Art and Design Specification 


Curriculum at KS3

Drama is studied in Years 7-9 for one hour a week. The following paragraphs outline the topics students’ study. 

Year 7: Students are introduced to basic performance skills such as narrative, characterisation and structure. They learn techniques such as physical theatre and mime. They study drama from different periods in history and different cultures for example ancient Greek theatre and Commedia Dell Arte. They are introduced to script and some basic rehearsal techniques.

Year 8: Students build on the work explored in year 7. They explore issues through the medium of drama and are introduced to a range of new explorative strategies. They study movement, masks and melodrama. They are introduced to Elizabethan theatre and Shakespeare through the play Romeo and Juliet. They also study and dramatise the poem Beowulf.

Year 9: Students look at a range of contemporary plays such as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time and Our Day Out. They begin to study a wide range of theatrical styles and mediums such as Theatre of the Absurd, Realism and Epic theatre. They study a range of practitioners from different cultures and periods in history such as Harold Pinter, Samuel Beckett, Constantin Stanislavski and Bertolt Brecht. 

Curriculum at KS4 

GCSE Drama consists of two coursework components and one externally examined paper. 

Component 1: Devising - Coursework 40% of the qualification.

Students create and develop a devised piece from stimulus. They perform the devised piece and analyse and evaluate the devising process and performance.

There are two parts to the assessment:

1) A portfolio covering the creating and developing process and analysis and evaluation of this process. The portfolio is handwritten/typed evidence between 1500–2000 

2) A devised performance 

Component 2: Performance from Text Coursework 20% of the qualification

Students will perform two key extracts from a performance text.  A visiting examiner assesses this. 

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 40% of the qualification

This is a practical exploration and study of one complete performance text. The exam consists of one question broken into five parts (short and extended responses) based on an unseen extract from the chosen performance text.

Live theatre evaluation –This section consists of two questions requiring students to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen. Students are allowed to bring in theatre evaluation notes of up to a maximum of 500 words.