Arts

Art Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Autumn Introduction to Basic Skills- Composition Textiles – Origami and Paper Wigs Textiles – Aerial Views
  Felt Tip Wash and Colour Blending    
Spring Illustration – On The Edge Of A Never World Ceramics – Architectural Towers Ceramics – Tea-pots
  On The Edge Of A Never World
Summer Drawing Art History and Workshops Art History and Workshops
Mark-Making  

   

Music Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Autumn  Singing – Year 7 Concert Drones – ‘Pavane for Jack Point’ Variations – Compostion/performance
  Theory of Music 1 – Christmas Songs Theory of Music 2 – Christmas Songs Frère Jaqcues
Spring Ternary Form – ‘Love Me Tender’ Elvis Chromatics – Beethoven – ‘Fur Elise’ Ground Bass – ‘Pachelbel Canon’
 
Summer African Music Musicals Popular Songs
  Four Chord Song Composition Freestyle Work

 

Key Stage 4

Year 10 AQA GCSE Year 11 AQA GCSE
Introduction to a range of techniques and developing ideas inspired by an artist Mock project
   
Developing skills through Personal projects  Exam project
   
Refining skills through Personal projects  Refining coursework and presenting portfolio
   

Art and Design (unendorsed) and Art Textiles (endorsed)

 We offer two courses, both are project based and build upon the skills that have been developed in Key Stage 3.  You begin with a theme of your choice and are expected to develop your own ideas taking inspiration from artists, cultures and your environment. You produce a final piece in any technique and in any media – the choice is yours! In these GCSE’s the written element can be minimal.

Art and Design (unendorsed) – painting and ceramics are already well established within the department. At GCSE pupils have the opportunity to explore print, sculpture and a variety of other areas and media.

Art Textiles (endorsed) gives pupils the opportunity to explore art through fabrics, fibres and associated techniques. Final pieces range from costume, accessories to sculpture and images.

If you are considering taking either course it is essential to be motivated, to be able to work independently and willing to experiment. As studio hours are limited, working at home is an integral part of the course.

Coursework consists of two projects and is worth 60% of your final GCSE.

Controlled assessment (exam) consists of one project and is worth 40% of the final GCSE. The preparation work is done over a number of weeks and the finished outcome is completed in a controlled exam of 10 hours.

 

Music

Music Year 10 Year 11
Autumn Western Classical Music Coursework – compostion and performance
 
Spring Music in 20th Century
  Popular Music in Context
Summer Revision
  World Music

In GCSE Music you will study different musical genres, such as Jazz Music, Blues, Rock, Vocal music by Queen and from Wicked, Music or stage and screen (Star Wars) Fusions such as Afro Celtic and Samba Music, and instrumental Classical Music

There is a large practical element to this course, necessitating the need for students to be able to reach a performance standard equating to approximately Grade 4 to 5 standard Associated Board level if they are to be really successful. This can be on an instrument or singing. Many singers have been hugely successful in the past achieving some of the highest grades. The final written examination is a 1 hour 45 mins listening test bringing together all that has been learned during the course based on the set works.

It is essential for pupils taking this option to be able to play an instrument or sing. It is not essential for pupils to be able to read music, however this is a big advantage.

GCSE Music is made up of three parts:

Composition 30% – 2 compositions (3 mins total minimum)

Creating your own pieces of music

Performance 30% -2 performances (4 mins total minimum)

1 Solo performance and 1 ensemble performance.

Listening Test 40%

 

The course content falls into four Areas of Study:

Instrumental Music – 1700 to 1820

J.S. Bach : 3rd Movement from Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in D Major

  1. van Beethoven: 1st Movement from Piano Sonata no. 8 in C minor ‘Pathetique’

Vocal Music

  1. Purcell: Music for a While

Queen: Killer Queen

Music for Stage and Screen

S. Schwartz: Defying Gravity from Wicked

J. Williams: Main title/rebel blockade runner from Star Wars IV

Fusions

Afro Celt Sound System: Release (from the album Volume 2: Release)

Esperanza Spalding: Samba Em Preludio (from the album ‘Esperanza’)

 

This is a course that, though demanding in its requirements, is very stimulating and offers much scope for personal development and expression through performance and composition. Opportunities will be provided during the course for pupils to perform individually and as an ensemble. If pupils are of a certain standard then they will be expected to attend either the Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra, Junior Jazz Orchestra or Senior choir or Male Voice Choir as part of the course. Most of all, the course is intended to be very rewarding, lots of fun and can open many opportunities for you in later life. If you decide to take this option you will also receive of all, ask the pupils who are doing the course!!!!