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    The Arts Faculty

    The Arts Faculty is formed of Art & Design, Drama, Music and Media subjects. Curriculum information for each is below.

    ART & DESIGN - KEY STAGE THREE

    Course Description

    Schemes of work are set to comply with National Curriculum requirements and subject content is planned to ensure a balanced and varied programme of study, which builds on previous experience as well as matching the needs and interests of the full range of learners.

    All Year 7, 8 and 9 students have one lesson of Art and Design each week.

    Course Outline

    A series of projects undertaken each year ensure the development of knowledge, skill and understanding at Key Stage 3. In Year 7, 8 and 9 students will complete a series of themed practical projects and activities with differing outcomes. During these projects students will develop understanding of how the visual elements (e.g. colour, line, tone, form, shape, pattern and texture), combine to create a successful piece of artwork. Emphasis is on the development of recording skills, creativity, critical appreciation and the ability to modify, refine, analyse and evaluate ideas.

    Typical projects may include work from direct observation; imaginative painting; relief printmaking; three-dimensional construction.  Students use sketchbooks to document their ideas and the processes they have learned. They are shown how to appreciate and use artistic styles from other cultures and from different periods in Art History. 

    Resource Information

    Every student is expected to have a sketchbook, preferably with cartridge paper.  This is important for the development of skills, collecting of research and to encourage independent working practices.

    Students should also bring a set of drawing pencils to every lesson. It would be useful for students to have access to a set of coloured pencils for homework tasks.

    The following websites are very useful for home learning assignments

    www.artchive.com

    www.nationalgallery.org.uk

    www.tate.org.uk

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/

    http://moodle.draytonmanor.ealing.sch.uk/

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    ART & DESIGN - GCSE

    What is Studied?

    The Personal Portfolio (Coursework) and the ESA (Exam)

    Students will produce work that considers the Elements of Art

    • Create work in response to two different themes which are set by the Art department and a third theme in year 11 which is set by the exam board
    • Undertake visual research using primary and secondary sources
    • Organise ideas and realise outcomes
    • Record observations
    • Know and understand a range of work from contemporary practice, past practice and different cultures
    • Understand and use appropriately and safely a range of materials, equipment, processes

    What Skills are Developed?

    • Increased understanding of art, craft and design
    • The ability to investigate, analyse and experiment
    • Practical skills to express ideas and use visual language
    • Communication skills, working with others, improving own learning performance, problem solving
    • The ability to observe, select and interpret
    • ICT skills
    •  An appreciation of the Elements of Art and how to develop an independent study from a starting point 
    • How to use a range of materials, tools and equipment

    How will the Course be Structured?

    60% Coursework and 40% Exam (ESA)

    • Coursework (Personal Portfolio) 60% - This comprises of two projects completed over the two years. All class work and homework form the basis of these units and involve the study of a variety of topics executed in a wide range of media. Work includes a body of research, supporting studies and development work leading to one or more outcomes or to a variety of resolutions.
    • ESA (Externally Set Assignment) 40% - Students have a preparatory period of 10 weeks to create work in response to a theme set by the exam board. The journal of work should cover the four assessment objectives and will support the development towards the creation of a final piece in a timed test of 10 hours.

    How are Students Assessed?

    • Coursework (Personal Portfolio) 60% - Assessment is on-going throughout all projects. Overall assessment is made at the final marking stage at the end of Year 11. All four assessment objectives must be covered. Selected tasks will count towards a set number of hours of Controlled Assessment.
    • ESA (Externally Set Assignment) 40% - Assessment is made after the final day of the 10 hour exam. All four assessment objectives must be covered. A sample of both coursework and exam work are selected by the exam board for external moderation.  The work is also displayed. Candidates involved in this process will have their work displayed and externally moderated. All other work is made available.
     

    DRAMA - KEY STAGE THREE

    Course level: National Key Stage Three

    Course Description

    Drama is taught in Year 7 and Year 9 for one hour a week.  Students are given the opportunity to develop a range of specialist practical skills, desirable personal qualities, and a lasting interest in The Arts as practitioners, critics or consumers.

    The courses offered also acknowledge some of the key aims of the newly proposed English National Curriculum and provide students with a number of opportunities to develop their skills in Reading, Speaking and Listening.

    Through generating ideas, planning and structuring, performing and analysing drama students will also learn to develop their teamwork and communication skills.  Above all students are encouraged to be confident in their own abilities to present their ideas and opinions to others.

    The schemes of work at Key Stage 3 offer a variety of challenges to our students including traditional forms of drama from other countries, movement skills, and current social issues.

    Course Outline

    Year 7 Topics

    Introduction to Drama, Pantomime, Naturalism, Physical Storytelling, Using the Stage Space, Creating Mood and Atmosphere.

    Year 8 Topics

    Students are encouraged to be involved with a number of enrichment activities such as the Shakespeare School Festival, Performing Arts Festival, School Production, and Primary School outreach work.                                        

    Year 9 Topics

    Spontaneous Improvisation and Status, Commedia dell’Arte, Stylised Movement and Choreography, Creating Mood and Atmosphere, Realising Shakespeare in Performance, Exploring Space and Dramatic Style.

    Resource Information

    No specific resources are required.

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    DRAMA - GCSE

    What is Studied?

    Students will explore a range of techniques:

    • Devising
    • Rehearsal
    • Performance
    • Design and Technical Elements
    • Textual Interpretation
    • Reviewing Live Theatre

    As part of this course students will be expected to

    • Attend theatre trips
    • rehearse practical work outside of lessons
    • perform in front of an audience

    This course provides a range of opportunities for students, and is both extremely challenging and fun.

    What Skills are Developed?

    Students will develop a whole range of subject specific and transferable skills such as

    • Creative and imaginative skills
    • Communication
    • Creative and imaginative skills
    • Communication
    • Presentation and performance
    • Confidence
    • Characterisation
    • Theatre design
    • Theatre production
    • Problem solving
    • Time and project management
    • Team work and leadership
    • Essay planning, structuring and writing
    • Descriptive and analytical skills.

    How will the Course be Structured?

    • Year 10 - Students will develop a range of appropriate practical skills, drama techniques and conventions.  Short written assignments will enable students to write about their work effectively, using appropriate terms and vocabulary
    • Year 11 - Students will complete practical coursework assignments and prepare for their written examination, applying the skills they have assimilated during the course.

    How will Students be Assessed?

    • Unit 1: Understanding Drama 40% of GCSE - 1 hour and 45 minute written paper. Students are required to answer questions on a set text and about a live theatre production
    • Unit 2: Devising Drama 30% if GCSE - Students create own piece of work which is performed to an audience and accompanied by a portfolio detailing the process and an evaluation
    • Unit 3: Texts in Practice 30% of GCSE - Students perform two extracts from one play.
     

    MEDIA STUDIES - GCSE

    What is Studied?

    • Students will explore three key areas of the media
      1. the organisations that produce the media
      2. the texts made by them
      3. the ways in which audiences respond
    • Students will be encouraged to develop their interest in a range of media including film, television, the internet and print
    • There will be the opportunity to analyse media texts and also be given the opportunity to create media texts

    What Skills are Developed?

    • Students will develop skills which enable them to make sense of the media and its messages. They will be encouraged to become creative producers of media themselves through practical work
    • Media Studies students will increase their understanding of the media they consume on a daily basis
    • Students will develop critical reflective analysis skills
    • Students will become proficient users of relevant media technologies and software

    How will the Course be Structured?

    • Candidates will undertake three pieces of coursework (two in Year 10 and one in Year 11) which cover the areas of pre-production, production and textual investigation.  This will be largely based on the topic for examination in the external written assessment.
    • The topic for examination in June 2018 will be based on NEWS. This will be subdivided into the following areas
      1. Section A: TV News
      2. Section B: News Websites

    How will Students be Assessed?

    • The GCSE syllabus has two weighted components; controlled assessment (60%) and an external written assessment (40%)
    • Controlled assessment allows students to demonstrate their ability to compare media products, show that they understand media practices and produce their own media texts
    • The external assessment gives candidates the opportunity to demonstrate that they can plan and create for the convergent nature of contemporary media.

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    CREATIVE DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION - BTEC

    What is Studied?

    • Students will explore a number of different areas of the media
      1. the organisations that produce the media
      2. the way these organisations are structured
      3. the texts made by them
      4. the ways in which audiences respond
    • They will also get the opportunity to work on projects to research, plan and create their own digital media products
    • Students will use various software to create their products such as Adobe Photoshop, iBooks author, Fireworks and iMovie.

    What Skills are Developed?

    • Ability to research/analyse all areas of the media
    • Digital print production
    • Digital video production
    • Organisational skills
    • Study skills
    • Time management
    • Team work
    • Independent learning

    How will the Course be Structured?

    Year 10

    • Unit 2 Planning and Pitching a Digital Media Product
    • Unit 3 Digital Moving Image

    Year 11

    • Unit 1 Digital Media Sectors and Audiences (exam)
    • Unit 5 Digital Publishing Production

    How will Students be Assessed?

    • Exam - Digital Media Sectors and Audiences (25%)
    • Coursework
      1. Research
      2. Pre-production/Planning
      3. Production
      4. Evaluation

    Students build up a ‘personal portfolio’ of evidence which is moderated by an external examiner at the end of the course.

     

    MUSIC

    Course level: National Key Stage Three

    Course Description

    Students are taught to:

    • Control sounds made by the voice and a variety of tuned and untuned instruments
    • Perform with others and individually, planning, rehearsing and directing performances
    • Compose in response to a variety of stimuli, improvise in a variety of styles
    • Refine, record and communicate musical ideas
    • Develop knowledge of music from different times and places
    • Respond to and evaluate live and recorded music
    • Through performing, composing and appraising, develop their perception, knowledge and understanding of:
      1. the use of musical elements, devices, tonality and structures
      2. how conventions, processes and resources are used
      3. the contextual influences that affect the way music is created eg: different venues, intentions, occasions and cultural environments 

    Course Outline

    Year 7 Topics:          The News (pitch notation)

                                   Santa's Clock Shop (rhythm and pulse)

                                   Instruments of the Orchestra

                                   Urban Music (Ostinato)

                                   Carribbean Calypso

    Year 8 Topics:          The Weather (the elements of music)

                                   Chords and Bass lines

                                   Vocalisation

                                   Blues

                                   Reggae

    Year 9 Topics:          Music for Adverts

                                   Musical Futures

                           

    Resource Information

    Pupils can compose and record their own work on one of our 17 iMac stations or 9 Macbook Pro laptops using Garageband and Logic Pro software.

    All topic booklets can be downloaded from Moodle.

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    MUSIC - GCSE

    What is Studied?

    • Performing Music - Solo and ensemble performing on an instrument of your choice, or voice. Choice of repertoire and style to suit your particular abilities
    • Composing Music - How music is composed in a range of styles both historical and contemporary, using instruments, voices and Music Technology
    • Listening and Appraising - Analysing and understanding 8 set pieces from areas of study ranging from Bach to Queen Recognising and describing and comparing musical styles, sounds and techniques.

    What Skills are Developed?

    • Confidence in playing an instrument or singing both solo and in a group. The Music Department will offer you appropriate instrumental lessons
    • Improvising musical ideas and composing complete pieces using notation and/or Music technology
    • Analysing and understanding different styles of Music, and using the concepts learned to compose, perform and record your own music
    • Reading and writing music and keyboard harmony skills
    • Using technical language to describe, compare and evaluate music

    How will the Course be Structured?

    60% Practical Coursework and 40% Written Examination (Theory)

    • Year 10 - ​​Topics from all Areas of Study 1 and 2: Instrumental Music 1700-1820, Vocal Music, Music for Stage and Screen, Fusions. Short composition assignments leading to development of your own compositional voice. Performing as a soloist and in an ensemble
    • Year 11 - Looking in more detail at set works and developing listening skills. Recording your final solo and ensemble performances. Completing two final compositions - the first to a brief set by Edexcel, the second with your own compositional style.

    How will Students be Assessed?

    • Internal Assessment Performing 30% - One solo performance 15% and one ensemble performance 15%
    • Composing 30% - One composition to a choice of four briefs, each relate to set works, one is unseen. Longer essay question comparing a set work with an unseen piece of music.