The Expressive Arts Curriculum Area at Wilsthorpe comprises the subjects Art, Drama, Music and Photography. Our vision is to provide students with inspirational experiences built on our values of intellect, empathy, creativity and courage.
During Expressive Arts lessons, students will be encouraged to:
Cultivate skills and techniques that are specific to each form studied.
Nurture individual artistic and creative impulses.
Recognise and value and relevance of the arts within modern Britain and a wider international context.
Express and discover their personal, social and cultural identity.
Develop core social and creative thinking skills
Below is some examples of artwork produced by our Key Stage 5 Photography students.
Students in years 7, 8 and 9 will learn all the basic skills in Art as well as more experimental media. At Wilsthorpe we tailor each project to each class to ensure all students are engaging, enjoying and achieving. We firmly believe that all students can achieve in Art and we enjoy the journey of discovering everyone’s talent.
Students who opt to take Art for GCSE or A Level will continue to refine their skills and develop their own ideas. Art is not just about creating work but also learning about artists and art movements, developing ideas, refining your work, and creating personal responses to sketchbook work.
Key Stage 3
Students at KS3 will learn basic skills and techniques, some of the skills students may be taught are drawing, painting, sculpting, print making and photography as well as the use of ICT and Photoshop within their work. The students at KS3 will learn all of the skills required to do GCSE which are to develop their work, to refine their work, to be able to record their ideas both in visual and written form and they will learn to present a personal response to each theme.
Key Stage 4
Students will: produce the main body of their GCSE in Year 10, they will sit their mock exam between Sept – Dec of year 11 and they will receive their GCSE paper in the January of their year 11. The mock exam will form part of their body of coursework. Students are expected to develop their own ideas based on a given theme and to be inspired by other artists.
Students are expected to be continually working in to their portfolio of work, whether researching, refining, annotating or presenting to raise their grade.
Art students are required to submit their final pieces together with accompanying sketchbooks over the two year course. This coursework represents 60% of the final mark ( 90% of coursework marks are from the preparatory studies, research and planning in their sketchbooks and 10% of marks are from their final pieces). In addition students are expected to sit a 10 hour examination set externally and representing 40% of the final mark (90% of examination marks are from the preparatory studies, research and planning in their examination sketchbook and 10% of marks are from their final piece produced during the ten hours) The final assessment is in the form of an exhibition and is assessed internally and moderated externally.
Assessment is based on both technical skill and application as well as effort and commitment.
Key Stage 5
The A Levels in Art and Photography both consist of two components.
Component 1: Personal investigation – this is worth 60% of your overall mark.
This component allows students opportunities to generate ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcomes.
The three main elements are supporting studies, practical work and a personal study.
Supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points. The personal study is an essay of critical written communication showing contextual research and understanding in a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose. The personal study is 12% of your personal investigation mark.
Component 2: Exam – this is worth 40%. This is an externally set assignment where students are given a theme by the exam board and offers opportunities to generate and develop ideas on that theme, resulting in 15 hours of sustained focus to produce their final pieces for examination.
Information on courses offered through Wilsthorpe Sixth Form here.
Music at Wilsthorpe is a rapidly growing department. Curriculum lessons are taught by class teachers and supported by a dedicated team of Visiting Instrumental Tutors, with students learning instruments such as Saxophone, double bass, drum kit and guitar to name just a few. We regularly put on concerts including a joint Chrismtas celebration with some of our feeder primary schools and our ‘Summer Serenade.’ Wilsthorpe has a school band which encompasses all instruments, everyone is welcome. Singing is also a strong part of Music here, with many of our students taking part in competitions and local amateur theatre.
The Music Department strives to allow all students to access music in a variety of different ways and aims for all students to achieve their full potential in this subject. Involving students, parents and teachers ensures the best possible outcomes.
Key Stage 3
Music lessons are 2 hours per fortnight. Within the program of study in KS3 students cover the three basic elements -Composition, Performance and Listening, this helps prepare them for their future GCSE studies.
Year 7 topics include Stomp!, Elements of Music, Rhythm and Pulse, Music of Latin America, Beethoven and Battle of the Bands.
Year 8 topics include Music and Space, Soundation (Music tech), Blues, Variations, Folk Music and Rock bands.
Year 9 topics include Film music, Reggae, Popular song, minimalism and Indian dance music.
This broad range of topics delivered through Musical futures techniques allows all students to access the curriculum. Students learn about cultures and how Music can be used in the professional industry, therefore giving students a greater understanding of the importance of Music as a whole
Key Stage 4
At KS4 the Music curriculum follows the Edexcel GCSE specification. It continues to be taught in three specific areas;
Performance (30%) – solo and ensemble performance – For this students can have private lessons with our exceptional Visiting Instrumental Tutors or private tuition outside school
Composition (30%) – 2 compositions – This is completed using computer software and therefore allows students to specialise in another area of the Music industry.
Listening paper (40%) – Based on a group of set works that come from Western Classical Music 1600 -1899, Music in the 20th Century, Popular Music and World music. This is the final exam, and students learn and develop a greater knowledge of Music in the wider world therefore giving them a greater life experience and appreciation of different cultures through the ages.
GCSE Music Edexcel
Students can alternatively follow the Pearson BTEC Music route which allows for a more practical approach which can be tailored to the learning style of each student individually. Students can study units in performance, composition and music sequencing in addition to compulsory units in event management and a written exam on The Music Industry.