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KS4 Arts

Art Curriculum Key Stage 4

In year 9, pupils undertake workshop style lessons to gain creative skills using a range of media, materials and techniques that they use as part of the design projects in their chosen endorsement of Art, Textiles or Photography. Contextual studies are integral to all projects with pupils looking at a variety of contemporary and historical artists.

In year 10 and 11, pupils have to complete two extended coursework projects, which consist of artist research, ideas and development which lead to creative final outcomes. In year 11 pupils undertake an external assessment which is a project from a series of starting points set by the exam board. Pupils must produce a timed final piece in exam conditions over 10 hours.

Dance Curriculum Key Stage 4

In year 9, students develop their basic technical and expressive skills in a series of practical workshops. They will be assessed at milestone points in their learning on their rehearsal discipline and their personal log which documents their progress.

In year 10 and 11, students complete the Level 2 Btec Performing Arts (dance). The course is based around learning dance in various styles and preparing pieces of repertoire for performance as well as developing their own performances under controlled conditions

Music Curriculum Key Stage 4

In key stage 4 music, most students are working towards gaining a vocational qualification, in which they develop their practical skills, primarily through ensemble performance. Lessons are focused on building on the instrumental skills learned at key stage 3 and learning rehearsals techniques. Students will have the opportunity to take part in performances in and outside of school.

Students also learn about a wide variety of styles of music and have the opportunity to choose one of these styles to study in more detail. 

Students also have the opportunity to study for a GCSE in music, which in addition to the performance and composition elements, includes study of a number of set works in detail.