including Art, Music and Drama
Art & Design
Mrs C Sargent
Miss A B Shepard
In Art we offer a range of opportunities for students to explore and stimulate their imagination; to expand their creative skills by experimenting with a range of media and techniques in 2D & 3D formats. Through drawing, painting and sculpture pupils are challenged to invent and create their own pieces works, reflecting and refining their skills through discussion and evaluation. They learn about the visual language and explore artworks from different cultures and periods of time to inform their own work. In turn enabling every student the opportunity to be successful and confident learners.
At King Edward VI High School, our Music curriculum aims to embed challenge, to inspire and engage all students, building resilient and independent learners. We do this by providing quality first teaching to each and every student, providing all with musical context and knowledge as well as practical skills in performance and composition. We are proud of our fully-inclusive and relevant curriculum which is reviewed regularly to ensure it is personalized, meeting the needs of all students. Lessons are driven by practical activities to ensure students have a thorough understanding of each style, however built into each lesson are opportunities to acquire knowledge and apply this knowledge appropriately.
What do we teach?
Key Stage 3
The Art curriculum has several aims:
Overall, we want our students to be able to develop and plan their ideas imaginatively and creativity; to express themselves and explore their individuality; to think in a visual manner and develop an aesthetic awareness; to build upon their observational skills and in turn improve co-ordination and their motor skills in a range of media; to be able to solve problems and explore critical thinking and analytical skills when learning of stories, events, myths, beliefs, and the world through Art; to have autonomy.
Our curriculum covers the different key areas of composition, performance and appraisal and we are focussed on embedding challenge, knowledge, memory techniques and literacy into our departmental curriculum.
All students are taught to:
Our aims are that students are able to perform, with accuracy, fluency, developing coordination, and to compose creatively, creating music that not only ‘makes sense’ but communicates emotion, intention, feelings and meaning. This is in addition to providing students with the knowledge and understanding of each musical context so they can fully appreciate each area of study and are able to form and justify their own musical opinions.
Art and Design
The Art department follows the AQA Art & Design (Fine Art) syllabus. The GCSE course is broken down into two set areas: coursework (60% of final mark) and an end of course examination (40% of final mark). This GCSE is intended for those candidates who are interested and highly committed to developing and exploring a range of skills from: Art Analysis, drawing, painting, digital photography and sculpture. The course will involve working to a brief, developing ideas through mind mapping, analytical essays describing famous artworks, experimenting with different techniques and media, recording from first hand experiences to produce a range of outcomes and evaluating what has been learnt.
GCSE Music follows the OCR syllabus which includes the topics: Conventions of Pop Music, Film Music, Concerto through Time and Rhythms of the World. Discover more on the Music page of Revision Central.