Expressive Arts

Overview

Expressive Arts encompasses three disciplines: Dance, Drama and Music.

KS3

In Cohort 7 and 8 learning is designed to develop and support individual as well as group exploration across Dance, Drama and Music. Learners are encouraged to enjoy, explore experience, develop and enhance their understanding of the Arts. Designs place emphasis on the importance of self-discovery and learning through personal interest.

Across their two year journey learners can expect to be intrigued and to experiment as they approach their learning. They work individually, in pairs and in groups and are given responsibility to direct their own learning. Learners are provided with support and guidance of the specialist teaching staff.  All designs for learning focus on developing at least one of the learning attributes that underpin our whole school pedagogy.

GCSE Dance

The GCSE Dance course is structured so that the emphasis is on practical work. Youngsters develop the skills of performing, as well as being a critic to a variety of dance styles. Learners study different aspects of the world of dance looking at topics from choreography to whole performance cultural influences. Each practical session, youngsters develop their dance skills, and their ability to analyse whilst broadening their individual knowledge of the subject.  Theory includes research on practitioners, a range of different works and the development of each learner’s own choreography.

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GCSE Music

Learners develop a variety of musical skills such as performance, composition, theory and how to develop their general musical awareness. They also have the opportunity to develop a variety of teamwork, leadership, social and organisational skills. The course offers learners the opportunity both to expand on the knowledge they already have, as well as learning and developing knowledge of new areas of music from the present and past and around the world.

Learners learn through a combination of practical and theoretical work, guided by specialist teaching. They are able to develop the skills learnt through KS3 music, and shape their learning in the musical direction they wish. There is an opportunity to take part in workshops and trips that will extend and support the knowledge given in the classroom.

GCSE Drama

Youngsters learn a variety of dramatic skills such as performance, directing, and the elements of drama. They also have the opportunity to develop a variety of teamwork, leadership, social and organisational skills. Learners work with scripts, and experience live performances as part of their drama development. The course offers learners the opportunity to expand on the knowledge they already have, as well as developing their interpretation, improvisation and acting skills to a higher level.

Learners learn through a combination of practical and theoretical work, guided by specialist teaching. They are able to develop the skills learnt through KS3 drama, and shape their learning in the direction they wish. There is an opportunity to take part in workshops and trips that extend and support the knowledge given in the classroom.