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Art & Design Overview

Art and Design is a practical based subject where students get to develop skills in a variety of different mediums and techniques including drawing and painting, print, 3D card construction, ceramics and textiles.

 

 

Staffing

Miss S. Livesley - BA (Hons) Crafts, Wood, Metal, Cermanics, Textiles  Head of Art
Mrs H. Barton - BA (Hons) Illustration Teacher of Art
Miss. D. Hennan - BA (Hons) Fine Art Teacher of Art

 

What do we study?

Year 7

Colour Theory based on the Artist Georgia O’Keeffe

Drawing Skills in various mediums

Animals  Project looking at Texture, 3D and collage
Year 8 Hundertwasser Project – Developing use of different materials and developing designs into clay and 3D card constructionEgyptian Art of Identity Project in partnership with Manchester Museum
Year 9 Cubism Project-concentrating on colour, shading and developing portraits.
Culture Project - Batik.
Gaudi Project - CollagePrinting Project – Lino and press printing.
Year 10 Skills based techniques
Natural Forms project – concentrating on texture and 3D construction

Year 11

Project based around GCSE exam question from the previous years exam. This current year are answering a question based on the theme of Animals.

 

GSCE Components

 

AQA GCSE Art and Design

60% Coursework

40% Exam

 

 


Creative & Media Overview

This BTEC course is designed to inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in the creative digital media sectors, rather than just to participate in media recreationally, for example surfing the web or playing video games.  It gives learners the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in, the creative digital media industry, e.g. moving image, audio production, website design and publishing.

 

Staffing

Mrs H. Henrys - BA (Hons) Media and Performance Head of Media
Mr D. White - BA (Hons) English and History Deputy Headteacher & Teacher of Media

 

What do we study?

Year 10

Unit 2: Planning and Pitching a Digital Media Product – in this unit, learners will use their verbal, written and visual communication skills to enable them to formulate, develop and pitch ideas for a product, which they then plan to produce.

Unit 4: Digital Audio Production – in this unit, learners explore techniques and procedures for recording digital audio in different locations and under different conditions with appropriate microphones. Practical production focuses on the recording of audio for particular digital media products.

Year 11

Unit 3: Digital Moving Image Production – in this unit, learners investigate key features of digital moving image productions, including structures and generic conventions. Practical production focuses on the use of camerawork and how it is used to convey meaning in a specific product.

Unit 1: Digital Media Sectors and Audiences – in this unit, learners will explore the digital media industry and all the five key sectors that fall under it (Digital Moving Image, Digital Audio Production, Digital Publishing, Website Production and Digital Games Production). They will also explore the different types of audiences and how audiences can engage with each sector.

 

GSCE Components

75% coursework, 25% exam.

 


Dance Overview

Studying Dance includes the following three strands, compose, perform and appreciate. Dance promotes respect for peers, teachers, individualism as well as team work, it is an expressive subject which develops physical skills and interpretive skills. It also helps students appreciate the arts and covers a wide range of dance styles, cultures, and genres developing an understanding for the history and tradition of dance not forgetting the universality of dance. It develops their vocabulary and awareness of what dance in the industry is like showing discipline, a strong work-ethic, time management skills; transfers to academic achievement and career success. Students studying dance are offered many opportunities to perform and attend extra-curricular activities.

 

Staffing

Miss M. Hall - BA (Hons) Dance Co-ordinator of Dance

 

What do we study?

Year 7

Students study six different areas of dance, ranging from style, theme and genre. The units covered are Action Superheroes, The Nutcracker, The Lion King, Bugsy Malone, Grease and Street dance. Students learn set motifs given by the teacher and are given the opportunity to express their own ideas and movements by adapting and choreographing their own sections.

Year 8

Dance is part of the Performing Arts carousel and the units covered are Rock ‘n’ Roll, Street and Contemporary dance. Students are given more flexibility and opportunities to create their own movement. The use of choreographic devices are used and new vocabulary is introduced.  Regular assessment either peer, self or teacher feedback is used to enhance students’ performance and their progress.

Year 9

Dance is part of the Performing Arts carousel and the units covered are Thriller, Street and Contemporary dance. Students are given more challenging movement and vocabulary to learn, promoting the composition, performance and appreciation of dance. This also prepares them for Key Stage 4 Dance.

Years 10 - 11

As a Key Stage 4 option BTEC Performing Arts Dance is available, this course provides students with the opportunity to participate in technique classes in the following dance styles, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz and Street dance. The nature of the course gives students an overview of what dance is like in the industry promoting the work ethic of a professional company. It also gives them the opportunity to create their own ideas and work in smaller groups developing leadership skills and promoting independent learning. Students will regularly perform to showcase their skills. A working log book will be required to log the process of learning new skills in dance, this also helps students self-evaluate and reflect.

 

BTEC Components

Unit 1: Individual Showcase External - 30%

Unit 2: Preparation, Performance and Production Internal - 30%

Unit 4: Dance Skills Internal - 30%

 


Drama Overview

Drama helps students to develop confidence, self-esteem and communication skills. We teach students how to use dramatic techniques, including working in role to explore ideas and texts. Our lessons also provide a safe environment in which children can express themselves through team work, improvisation and spontaneity exercises.

We aim to develop crucial skills and place the teaching of Literacy at the heart of all drama lessons.

 

 

Staffing

Mrs L. Provoost - BA (Hons) Theatre Studies and English F.R.S.A Assistant Headteacher & Director of Arts 
Mrs S. DaviesBA (Hons) Drama Teacher of Drama
Miss M. Hall - BA (Hons) Dance Teacher of Drama
Mrs H. Henrys - BA (Hons) Media and Performance Teacher of Drama

 

What do we study?

Year 7

Drawing on excellent subject knowledge we have worked as a team to create an imaginative programme of study for our students.

Students’ study six different areas; drama skills, text, working from a stimulus, issues based, historical and techniques.

The units covered in year 7 are – Basic skills, Introduction to script, Fairy tales, Ben’s Story, Physical theatre.

Year 8

The units covered in year 8 are – Acting skills, Ricky Brown, Pantomime, Script – ‘Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations’, Darkwood Manor and Theatre-In-Education exploring the issue of gangs.

In addition, students not opting to study a second language are taught one hour of Performing Arts on a half-termly Drama, Music and Dance carousel.

In the drama modules students are taught about the Creative Arts industry and learn how to teach a drama workshop to a group of their peers. 

Year 9

The units covered in year 9 are – War, Character development, The theories of Stanislavski, and Brecht, Script – ‘Our Day Out’, Soap Opera, and Devised performance from a stimulus.

In addition, students not opting to study a second language are taught one hour of Performing Arts on a half-termly Drama, Music and Dance carousel. 

In the drama modules students are taught about the Creative Arts industry and learn how to teach a drama workshop to a group of their peers.

Years 10 - 11

Key Stage 4 students study BTEC Level 1/2 Performing Arts Acting. The nature of the course emphasises the work ethic of a professional company. It also gives students the opportunity to create their own ideas and work in smaller groups developing leadership skills and promoting independent learning.

Students regularly perform to showcase their skills and are encouraged to attend the half-termly visits which we organise to enthuse and raise the aspirations of students. 

Alongside practical work students keep a working log book which is used to record the progress of developing and learning new skills and techniques; this helps students self-evaluate and reflect. 

Whilst this qualifications helps students to prepare for life in the creative industry, lessons will also improve leadership, communication, negotiation, tenacity, time-management, problem-solving, self-management, social intelligence and presentational skills; vital components of almost any job where you interact with others.

 

BTEC Components

Unit 1: Individual Showcase - Externally assessed – 30 credits. Students are asked to prepare an audition piece and write a letter of application for a creative position.

Unit 2: Preparation, Performance and Production - Internally assessed – 30 credits. Students are asked to prepare a piece, which they must perform to alive audience.

Unit 3: Acting Skills – 60 credits. Students learn and develop dramatic skills and techniques which they must use to prepare a number of contrasting performances.

 


Music Overview

Music is a national curriculum subject which all pupils study for one hour at KS3.  Pupils then opt to take up music as a GCSE option at KS4 and receive five hours over a fortnight.  The study of music develops motor skills, analysis, numeracy, literacy as well as promoting social and cultural skills.  It enhances a pupil’s learning across all subjects and for this reason we offer at The Derby, a vast range of instrumental lessons which compliment classroom teaching and pupils can pay for a group lesson every week in electric/acoustic guitar, strings, woodwind, drums, vocal skills, brass and keyboard/piano.

We offer a highly competitive rate to pupils of £6.00 per week and some pupils may well qualify to have their lessons paid for.  We currently have 103 instrumentalists.

 

Staffing

Mr J. Holt - BA (Hons) Music Head of Music
Ms K. McCormick - BA (Hons) Music, A.L.C.M (perf) Co-ordinator of Music

 

What do we study?

Year 7

The Elements of Music, World music

Year 8

Music Identity, Music & the Media

Year 9 The Blues, Minimalist Music, Music for Film & TV
Years 10 - 11

Key stage 4 pupils can opt to take up Music as a GCSE and we follow the AQA syllabus.

 

GCSE Components

40% Practical

40% Composing

20% Listening and Theory