The Arts

The Arts department comprises: Art & Design, Photography, Music and Drama/Performing Arts.

The Arts Department

  • Mr S Shackleton – Head of Department (joint)
  • Miss D Sellors – Head of Department (joint)
  • Mrs T Brough – Teacher of Art
  • Ms A Jenkins – Teacher of Drama
  • Mrs B Owczarek – Art Technician

Art & Design – Key Stage 3

The Art & Design course at Key Stage 3 provide s students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the GCSE courses in Key Stage 4. During Key Stage 3, students will be introduced to a range of historical and contemporary art from around the world. We will introduce students to a wide range of materials, processes and techniques that will enable them to create exciting art work in both 2D and 3D.

If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mr Shackleton by email to: S.Shackleton@city.outwood.com

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Art & Design – Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE (9-1) Art, Craft & Design
During Key Stage 4, students will work on given projects to build up a portfolio of work. They will complete coursework which will make up 60% of their grade and they will complete an externally set assignment which will be 40% of their final grade. Students will learn about a wide range of materials, techniques and processes. They will also be expected to discover artists and art movements to provide inspiration for their work. Students will develop their skills both collaboratively and independently and they will receive excellent, guided feedback from our outstanding art staff. Students will work in sketchbooks so that they can effectively show their creative journey.

GCSE Art, Craft & Design is assessed in the following way:
Coursework 60%
Controlled Assessment 40%

Photography – Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE (9-1) Photography
During Key Stage 4 students will work on two Photography projects to build up a portfolio of work. They will complete coursework which will make up 60% of their grade and they will complete an externally set assignment which will be 40% of their final grade. Students will learn about a wide range of materials, techniques and processes. They will also be expected to discover and investigate Photographers to provide inspiration for their work. Students will develop their skills both collaboratively and independently and they will receive excellent, guided feedback from our outstanding staff. Students will work in sketchbooks so that they can effectively show their creative journey.

GCSE Photography is assessed in the following way:
Coursework 60%
Controlled Assessment 40%

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for either Key Stage 4 course please contact: Mr Shackleton by email to: S.Shackleton@city.outwood.com

Enrichment Opportunities In Art & Design

Monday – Key Stage 4 Art Club
Wednesday – Key Stage 4 Art Club
Thursday – Key Stage 3 & 4 Art Club

Music – Key Stage 3

The Music course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the BTEC Music course in Key Stage 4. Music in Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) focuses on Listening, Composing and Performing. As part of this, all students are encouraged to experiment and be creative. Great emphasis is placed upon musicality with all students being given the chance to develop their performing skills through the use of voice, keyboard/piano, drums, guitar and a host of other traditional and non-traditional instruments.

If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Ms Sellors by email to: D.Sellors@city.outwood.com

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Music – Key Stage 4

BTEC Music Level 1/Level 2
Students study a variety of disciplines, with their main focus being on developing their skills as a performer and a composer. This fantastic course also allows students to gain understanding and experience of the many varied roles on offer in the music industry and their responsibilities, through both study and application when putting on their own show.

BTEC Music is assessed in the following way:
Coursework 75%

  • Managing a Music Product
  • Introducing Music Performance
  • Introducing Music Composition

External Assessment 25%

  • The Music Industry

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Ms Sellors by email to: D.Sellors@city.outwood.com

Enrichment Opportunities In Music

Monday – Key Stage 4 Music
Tuesday – Rock School (all years)
Wednesday – Piano Club (all years)
Thursday – Key Stage 4 Music

Drama – Key Stage 3

Drama is a subject which encourages students to use their imagination, develop thinking skills, group collaboration and self-confidence in a fun and stimulating environment. It is a very popular subject which is taught once a week in Year 7 and Year 8.

In Year 7 students are introduced to many drama techniques and skills, developing their confidence as performers. In Year 8 we expand the students’ knowledge. This year builds upon the techniques and knowledge learned in Year 7 and gives students the chance to extend their ability to create, perform and evaluate performance work.

If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Ms Jenkins by email to: A.Jenkins@city.outwood.com

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Performing Arts – Key Stage 4

Year 9 – BTEC Technical Award in Performing Arts Level1/Level2 (this is a brand new course)
The award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment.

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts: We focus on how actors interpret themes and communicate ideas to an audience. We look at many theatre practitioners, including Stanislavski, Brecht and Frantic Assembly and create our own work in response to this.

Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts: This component develops the actor’s use of physical, vocal and interpretative skills. We study numerous plays, including, ‘Bouncers’, ‘Operation Crucible’ , ‘Blood Brothers’, ‘Macbeth’ and extracts from Sophocles’ ‘Oedipus Rex’. Students rehearse and perform a piece of theatre for an audience.

Component 3: Performing to a Brief: This component further develops performance skills and culminates in a workshop performance.

BTEC Performing Arts is assessed in the following way:
Components 1 & 2 60%
Controlled Assessment 40%

Year 10 – BTEC First Award Performing Arts Acting Level1/Level2
The BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts has been designed to provide an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of acting. The qualification builds on learning from Key Stage 3 and is an excellent platform for those who wish to explore both a vocational and an academic route through Key Stage 4 and it provides a solid introduction to Performing Arts for learners in post-16 education.

Unit 1 – Individual Showcase
Students will experience the audition process in the arts industry. Students will select, develop and perform two contrasting monologues, each lasting two minutes and writing a letter of application.

Unit 2 – Preparation, Production and Performance
Students will learn how to develop a performance piece as a member of a theatre company. They will be responsible for devising and preparing for the performance. The showcase will be performed to an invited audience.

Unit 3 – Acting skills
In this unit students develop their acting skills whilst focusing on a number of plays, including: ‘Blood Brothers’ ‘Macbeth’ and ‘DNA’. The students will self-assess against a skills audit and track their progress throughout the unit.

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Ms Jenkins by email to: A.Jenkins@city.outwood.com

Enrichment Opportunities In Drama

Monday & Wednesday – KS4 Drama Club
Thursday – KS3 Drama Club