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Curriculum Statement

Faculty: Creative Arts | Subject: Art

Subject Overview:

In an increasingly accessible world of artistic diversity we see our art curriculum preparing young people with an appreciation of culture and a desire to celebrate heritage. Through a knowledge and understanding of the historical and social context in which creative work has originated pupils may better appreciate their ‘world’ and understand the responsibility of enriching future culture through individual as well as collective creative endeavour. Through the development of specialist skills in the visual arts we enable our students to make meaning whilst communicating and expressing their ideas and emotional intelligence creatively and imaginatively.

 

YEAR 7

Key Topics

The year is divided into three projects.

In the autumn students consider abstraction through the use of mixed media. We cover a foundation of skills which can be drawn upon throughout the key stage.

In the spring term students study still life. We cover traditional drawing and painting skills.

In the summer term students work in small groups to develop a collaborative piece of work about an issue they are familiar with. Students will develop a broad vocabulary of visual skills to communicate their ideas often drawing upon the specific skills developed in the first two terms.

Homework Tasks

Homework is project based and link directly to classroom learning. Task sheets will be given to students at the start of each term. Progress will be monitored with interim checks on homework.

Assessment

Assessment will take place at the end of each term on assessment sheets in the back of sketchbooks or classwork. On these sheets there will be a success criteria and visual example.

Key Skills

  • Mark making
  • Exploration of materials
  • Layering of materials
  • Use of shape
  • Composition
  • Movement
  • Colour theory
  • Colour mixing
  • Paint application
  • Shape and form
  • Colour and tone related to form
  • Tonal drawing
  • Measuring and proportion
  • Final study from observation
  • Critical study of artwork/s.
  • Personal research and recording.
  • Synthesis of ideas.
  • Development of idea.
  • Production of final artwork.
  • Reappraisal connecting with the work of the artist.

 

YEAR 8

Key Topics

The year is divided into three projects.

In the autumn students work in 2D considering self-image and portraiture through the use of mixed media. We cover a foundation of skills which can be drawn upon throughout the key stage.

In the spring term students study made and natural objects, constructed spaces and natural environments through 3D Form.

We cover traditional drawing and sculpture skills as well as taking an investigative exploratory approach to working in 3D.

In the summer term students work from the inspiration of non-western art and artefacts. Students will develop a broad vocabulary of visual skills to communicate their ideas by synthesising themes and observations with that of their contemporary experiences.

Homework Tasks

Homework is project based and link directly to classroom learning. Task sheets will be given to students at the start of each term. Progress will be monitored with interim checks on homework.

Assessment

Assessment will take place at the end of each term on assessment sheets in the back of sketchbooks or classwork. On these sheets there will be a success criteria and visual example.

Key Skills

  • Observational drawing.
  • Critical / contextual study.
  • Personal research.
  • Synthesis of information.
  • Mixed media portrait.
  • Observational recording.
  • Sculptural drawing.
  • Personal research / Critical studies.
  • Synthesis of information.
  • Sculptural design.
  • 3D making in clay.
  • Studies of artefacts from around the world.
  • Studies of contemporary work drawing upon artefacts for inspiration.
  • Personal interpretations of contemporary artwork/s.
  • Mixed media response.
  • Layering materials and meaning.
  • Abstraction

 

YEAR 9

Key Topics

The year is divided into three projects.

In the autumn students work in 3D on the theme of ‘inside and out’. Working from objects chosen for their contrasts of form, colour and textures inside and outside students explore the development of the formal elements of art in 3D Design. We cover a foundation of design skills which can be drawn upon throughout the key stage.

In the spring term students produce a printed outcome working from the theme of borders, boundaries and frontiers. These titles maybe interpreted as an environmental, physiological or psychological constraint. Their challenge is to develop a symbolic conceptualization of them.

In the summer term students work from the inspiration of semi-abstraction, cubism and futurism. Students will develop a broad vocabulary of visual skills to communicate their ideas by synthesising themes and observations with that of their contemporary experiences.

Homework Tasks

Homework will be set frequently throughout the term. Some tasks will be weekly whilst others will be longer term tasks to extend and develop specific classroom based learning.

Assessment

Assessment will take place at the end of each term on assessment sheets in the back of sketchbooks or classwork. On these sheets there will be a success criteria and visual example.

Key Skills

  • Wire 3D ‘Drawing’.
  • Flat card construction.
  • Clay modeling.
  • Investigative drawing made from personal sculptures.
  • Analysis of critical studies related to the student outcomes.
  • Rubbings.
  • Mono printing.
  • Collograph.
  • Overprinting.
  • Stenciling.
  • Colour separation.
  • Reduction Printing- Lino, wood, polystyrene.
  • Editioning.
  • Drawing from primary and secondary sources.
  • Evolutionary and intuitive exploration of shape and form.
  • Critical and contextual study.
  • Final painted outcome.

 

 


 

Curriculum Statement

Faculty: Creative Arts | Subject: Drama

Subject Overview: Drama

YEAR 7

Key Topics

Key Information

Students are taught a range of basic Drama skills, that they will develop throughout their time at Liskeard School.

They are taught Drama once a week.

We explore a wide range of fun, engaging topics to develop students’ confidence and teamwork, such as “Silent Movies”, “Story telling” and “Communicating without Words”

Assessment

Our students are assessed at the end of each topic, in a practical way and also take part in peer assessments, where they give one another written feedback.

Key Skills

  • Stage voice
  • Intonation
  • Facial expression
  • Body language
  • Gesture
  • Characterisation
  • Still image
  • Thought tracking
  • Physical Theatre
  • Writing in role
  • Staging.

 

YEAR 8

Key Topics

Key Information

Students will learn to develop the skills they gained in year 7. They will go onto learn new skills, such as improvisation and further develop their confidence in performing.

They are taught Drama once a week.

We explore a wide range of more challenging topics to further develop students’ confidence and teamwork, such as “Spontaneous Improvisation”, “Status/ Characterisation” and “Basic Script”

Assessment

Our students are assessed at the end of each topic, in a practical way and also take part in peer assessments, where they give one another written feedback.

Key Skills

  • Improvisation
  • Quick thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Intonation
  • Status
  • Devising
  • Interpreting script
  • Facial expression
  • Body language
  • Gesture
  • Characterisation
  • Thought tracking
  • Writing in role
  • Staging.

 

YEAR 9

Key Topics

Key Information

Students will learn to develop the skills they gained in year 7 and 8. They will go onto learn new skills, such as puppetry and further develop their confidence in performing.

They are taught Drama once a week.

We explore a wide range of more mature, challenging topics to further develop students’ confidence and teamwork and prepare them for GCSE, such as “Stanislavski/ Characterisation”, “Symbolism” and “Devising with the theme of war”

Assessment

Our students are assessed at the end of each topic, in a practical way and also take part in peer assessments, where they give one another written feedback.

Key Skills

  • Sound – Scape
  • Mirroring
  • Puppetry
  • Symbolism
  • Symbolic still image
  • Symbolic props
  • Monologue
  • Intonation
  • Devising
  • Facial expression
  • Body language
  • Gesture
  • Characterisation
  • Thought tracking
  • Writing in role
  • Staging/ proxemics
  • Audience awareness.

 


                          

Curriculum Statement

Faculty: Creative Arts | Subject: Music

Subject Overview:

(New NC for Music):

‘Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent and ability as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical repertoire.’

During KS3 at LSCC pupils deepen and extend their own musical interests and skills. They perform (as instrumentalists and singers) and compose music in different styles with increasing understanding of musical devices, processes and contextual influences. They work individually and in groups of different sizes and become increasingly aware of the different roles and contributions of each member of the group. They actively explore specific genres, styles and traditions from different times and cultures with increasing confidence, awareness and knowledge. Literacy, ICT and Numeracy are all incorporated into learning. The course provides a good foundation for KS4 (the AQA GCSE AoS are embedded in the curriculum from the outset).

 

YEAR 7

Key Topics

Half-Termly Projects:

The Elements of Music, Scales, Rhythm, Sounds Spooky, Chords, Medley.

Homework Tasks

There is no formal homework in Music at KS3. A broad performance, composition or research task may occasionally be set as appropriate.

Assessment

There is at least one practical and/or written assessment per project.

Key Skills

The curriculum focuses on developing keyboard and percussion skills and singing. It incorporates the elements of music/GCSE Areas of Study (rhythm & metre, harmony & tonality, texture & melody. timbre & dynamics, structure & form) and encourages students to perform, compose, listen, use notation and review/evaluate.

 

YEAR 8

Key Topics

Half-Termly Projects:

Brazilian Samba, Indonesian Gamelan, American Blues, Caribbean Calypso and Reggae, Celtic, ‘Tapas’ selection (Indian/ African/Japanese/Australian Aboriginal)

Homework Tasks

There is no formal homework in Music at KS3. A broad performance, composition or research task may occasionally be set as appropriate.

Assessment

There is at least one practical and/or written assessment per project.

Key Skills

The curriculum focuses on World Music and encourages students to develop their awareness of the elements of music through knowledge/appreciation of the music of other cultures. The projects enable progression from the technical and theoretical work of Year 7 and further develop performing, composing, listening and reviewing/ evaluating skills.

 

YEAR 9

Key Topics

Half-Termly Projects:

Classic Rock Riffs, The Three Chord Trick, Classic Classics I and ii, Film Music/KS3 recap, Free Choice Performing/ Composing.

Homework Tasks

There is no formal homework in Music at KS3. A broad performance, composition or research task may occasionally be set as appropriate.

Assessment

There is at least one practical and/or written assessment per project.

Key Skills

The curriculum focuses upon further developing the strengths of individual students and encouraging a sense of confidence and pride in performance. It gives every student a grounding in guitar playing (riffs and chords) and also familiarises students with some ‘classic’ music from their heritage – in both the rock and orchestral traditions. The projects provide a firm foundation for progression into KS4.

 

 

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Contact

Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

Liskeard School & Community College
Luxstowe
Liskeard
Cornwall
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Fax: +44(0)1579 343350

Email: enquiries@liskeard.cornwall.sch.uk

 

 

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