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Creative Arts

Creative Arts Faculty

Ms S Bohannon- bohannons@denbigh.net
Mrs L Clegg- cleggl@denbigh.net
Mr S Frost- frosts@denbigh.net
Miss H Ings- ingsh@denbigh.net
Mr M Jackson- jacksonm@denbigh.net
Miss C O’rourke- orourkec@denbigh.net
Miss E Tattam- tattame@denbigh.net
Mr D Wilkie- wilkied@denbigh.ne

Faculty Information

The Creative Arts Faculty is a hive of energy and imagination, and our committed team of staff offer inclusive opportunities for all students to engage in creative pursuits both inside and outside of lessons.

We are fortunate to have exceptional facilities.  We have three open-plan art rooms on the top floor complete with storage and a kiln.  Downstairs we have a purpose-built ‘Meeting Hall’ which is split into two spaces, with a moveable partition.  We use both spaces as drama classrooms, with a range of impressive audio-visual equipment and storage space.  We have two music classrooms, one of which includes bi-fold doors leading to an outdoor performance space, ‘the amphitheatre’ where audiences can watch our break time concerts on the stone steps.  We also have a dedicated Music Technology room with a suite of computers with digital audio workstations.  We have an instrument storage space and three music practice rooms primarily used by peripatetic teachers during the School day.

We feel very strongly that our extra-curricular opportunities should be inclusive and are there for all members of our Denbigh community, regardless of whether they have opted to study Creative Arts subjects at examination level.   We regularly refresh our offers and encourage students to set up their own clubs and rehearsals. A few examples of our regular clubs are Musical Theatre, Art, Band Development, Orchestra, and an A-Capella singing group.

The Faculty also presents larger productions. In the last two years, our students have performed ‘Matilda the Musical’ by special commission and license from the Royal Shakespeare Company, entered the Shakespeare Schools Festival performing ‘Julius Caesar’; performed a sell-out production of ‘We Will Rock You’ complete with live band; put on a production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, and performed an intimate thrust version of the play, ‘DNA’ by Dennis Kelly.

The Creative Arts Faculty at Denbigh is a bustling environment where you will find students rehearsing, and working outside of classroom hours regularly and you will find staff committed to realising students’ potential in their creative endeavours.

Art

Art is all around you.  From the moment you pick up your smartphone and see a wallpaper image on your screen of a decorative pattern, a character design, a painting by a famous artist, a photograph you have taken, you are bombarded with the formal elements of art.  The wallpaper (or coloured paint) on the walls, the statue in the front room, the poster on the side of the bus.  Prevalent throughout history, Art is seen in ways many people cannot imagine.  Cultures use mud to create masks; artists paint a gigantic apple squeezed into a tiny room; an everyday soup can or bottle of coke can be called Art.

In Art lessons, we want all students to experience Art from around the world, both historic and contemporary.  To see that picking up a pencil and drawing with it is Art, but that drawing can also be in colour, with a pen, with a spatula and glue and with a finger dipped in paint.  We want all students to be encouraged by experimentation and not be afraid to have a go at something new and take risks.  Students are always encouraged to be analytical about the work of others and critical (and complimentary) of their own.  We know that Art will always be a part of our diverse society and our creative industries, and we believe it is something to be really excited about.

Year 7

Autumn 1st half termTone and Texture
Autumn 2nd half termTone and Texture
Spring 1st half termPattern
Spring 2nd half termPattern
Summer 1st half termColour Theory
Summer 2nd half termColour Theory

Year 8

Autumn 1st half termAfrican Culture
Autumn 2nd half termAfrican Culture
Spring 1st half termMexican Day of the Dead/Coco
Spring 2nd half termMexican Day of the Dead/Coco
Summer 1st half termPortraiture
Summer 2nd half termPortraiture

Year 9

Autumn 1st half termNatural Forms
Autumn 2nd half termMan Made objects
Spring 1st half termStill life final outcome
Spring 2nd half termThe Coast
Summer 1st half termThe Coast
Summer 2nd half termThe Coast final outcome/Cultural Identity introduction

Year 10

Autumn 1st half termCultural Identity
Autumn 2nd half termCultural Identity
Spring 1st half termCultural Identity final outcome
Spring 2nd half termContrast
Summer 1st half termContrast
Summer 2nd half termContrast final outcome/Personal Expression introduction

Year 11

Autumn 1st half termPersonal Expression
Autumn 2nd half termPersonal Expression
Spring 1st half termPersonal Expression final outcome/Exam briefs released
Spring 2nd half termExam Preparation
Summer 1st half termExamination
Summer 2nd half termN\A

Year 12

Autumn 1st half termBuilt Environment
Autumn 2nd half termBuilt Environment
Spring 1st half termBuilt Environment final outcome
Spring 2nd half termAge
Summer 1st half termAge
Summer 2nd half termAge final outcome/Personal project introduction

Year 13

Autumn 1st half termPersonal Project
Autumn 2nd half termPersonal Project/Written Element
Spring 1st half termPersonal project final outcome/Exam briefs released
Spring 2nd half termExam Preparation
Summer 1st half termExam
Summer 2nd half termN\A

Drama

Drama lessons at Denbigh encourage creativity, imagination and teach Drama as a discreet body of knowledge, in addition to acknowledging its wide range of transferable skills.  The three key areas of learning in Drama are performing script, devising drama, and evaluating and analysing others’ performances.  All three areas are taught throughout our curriculum in Year 7 all the way through to Year 13 in A Level study.

Students learn about effective communication for an audience in terms of physical and vocal acting skills. The students will then build upon this foundation and learn about different styles of theatre from physical theatre, melodrama, epic theatre, naturalism and develop performance skills to suit these styles. Students will perform scripts in particular styles and then devise their own drama, inspired by a range of stimuli, and use style and theatre practitioners to develop their work.  Students will evaluate one another’s work verbally and then develop to writing extended analytical reviews of professional live theatre.

Our facilities support the teaching of Theatre Design and students are introduced to this from Year 7 in addition to developing their performance skills. Drama offers a creative environment for experimentation and an opportunity to explore the lives of a range of different characters, places, and time periods.

Year 7

Autumn 1st half termCommunicating Meaning
Autumn 2nd half termCommunicating Meaning
Spring 1st half termAntigone and Greek Theatre
Spring 2nd half termDesign elements
Summer 1st half termPhysical Theatre
Summer 2nd half termDevising Drama

Year 8

Autumn 1st half termTension
Autumn 2nd half termEpic Theatre
Spring 1st half termEpic Theatre
Spring 2nd half termNaturalism
Summer 1st half termDevising Drama
Summer 2nd half termDevising Drama

Year 9

Autumn 1st half termStyle and Genre Devising
Autumn 2nd half termStyle and Genre Devising
Spring 1st half termMock scripted practical
Spring 2nd half termMock scripted practical
Summer 1st half termWritten exam – study of set text
Summer 2nd half termWritten exam – study of set text

Year 10

Autumn 1st half termDevising techniques, style, genre and practitioner
Autumn 2nd half termStimuli booklet released from exam board
Devising Drama 30% NEA
Spring 1st half termDevising Drama 30% NEA
Spring 2nd half termDevising Drama 30% NEA
Summer 1st half termPresenting and Performing Texts 30%
Summer 2nd half termPresenting and Performing Texts 30%

Year 11

Autumn 1st half termWritten exam – study of set text and Play Review
Autumn 2nd half termWritten exam – study of set text and Play Review
Spring 1st half termPresenting and Performing Texts 30%
Spring 2nd half termPresenting and Performing Texts 30%
Summer 1st half termWritten exam revision
Summer 2nd half termN/A

Year 12

Autumn 1st half termIntroduction to theatre practitioners
Component 1 – Study of set text one
Autumn 2nd half termComponent 2 – Devising Drama
Component 1 – Study of set text one
Spring 1st half termComponent 2 – Devising Drama
Component 1 – Study of set text one
Spring 2nd half termComponent 2 – Devising Drama
Component 3 Workshop scripted extract 1
Summer 1st half termComponent 3 Workshop scripted extracts 1 and 2 and written Reflective Report 
Summer 2nd half termComponent 1 Study of set text two
Component 3 Workshop scripted extracts 1 and 2 and written Reflective Report

Year 13

Autumn 1st half termComponent 3 – performance of scripted extract 3 and Reflective Report
Autumn 2nd half termComponent 3 – performance of scripted extract 3 and Reflective Report
Spring 1st half termComponent 1 – written exam revision
Spring 2nd half termComponent 1 – written exam revision
Summer 1st half termComponent 1 – written exam revision
Summer 2nd half termN/A

Music

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. The high quality music education at Denbigh engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As students progress, they develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical world.

At Denbigh we have curated exciting and engaging schemes of work for all year groups that cover a broad range of experiences, musical backgrounds and cultures, and allows students to build their performance, composition, and appraisal skills, as well as their personal discipline and independence, creativity, collaborative group working skills, respect for others, and self-esteem through personal accomplishment.

Year 7

Autumn 1st half termElements of Music
Autumn 2nd half termKeyboard Skills
Spring 1st half termI’ve got rhythm
Spring 2nd half termHooks and Riffs
Summer 1st half termForm and structure
Summer 2nd half termInstruments of the Orchestra

Year 8

Autumn 1st half termSamba
Autumn 2nd half termBlues and Jazz
Spring 1st half termComputer Game Music
Spring 2nd half termPopular Music
Summer 1st half termMinimalism
Summer 2nd half termMusic for Film and Television

Year 9

Autumn 1st half termMusic Theory
Autumn 2nd half termSolo performance
Spring 1st half termBrandenburg Concerto
Spring 2nd half termPiano Sonata
Summer 1st half termIntroduction to Composition
Summer 2nd half termEnsemble Performance

Year 10

Autumn 1st half termMusic for Stage and Screen
Autumn 2nd half termFusions
Spring 1st half termFusions wider listening
Spring 2nd half termMusic for Stage and Screen
Summer 1st half termFree Composition
Summer 2nd half termComposition

Year 11

Autumn 1st half termSet works revision
Autumn 2nd half termSet works revision
Spring 1st half termComposition
Spring 2nd half termPerformance
Summer 1st half termExam Revision
Summer 2nd half termN/A

Music Technology

Music Technology is the study of creating music using technology.  Whilst studying this subject, students will learn about using music production software and equipment, musical styles, the history and development of technology and the principles and practices of Music Technology.  Modern music and media rely on the effective use of Music Technology which makes the subject both exciting and rewarding to study. 

During Years 7 and 8, the music curriculum will explore some of the basic elements of technology with occasional opportunities to work with computers and music.  When students make their GCSE option choices, they can choose the VCert Music Technology course as one of their options.  This course explores the foundation skills of Music Technology through the completion of portfolios of work and examinations.  If students choose to continue into our Sixth Form, we offer the Edexcel Music Technology A Level course.  The A level covers a broad range of knowledge and skills and is the perfect stepping stone for students who wish to continue studying Music Technology into further education.

Year 9

Autumn 1st half termIntroduction to Cubase
Autumn 2nd half termMusic Technology hardware
Spring 1st half termCreating a piece of music in a particular style
Spring 2nd half termMixing project
Summer 1st half termHealth & Safety
Summer 2nd half termSound Design Project

Year 10

Autumn 1st half termPortfolio 1 – Hardware and software
Autumn 2nd half termPortfolio 2 – practical
Spring 1st half termMusical genres and elements of music
Spring 2nd half termPortfolio 2 – practical
Summer 1st half termPortfolio 2 – practical and exam preparation
Summer 2nd half termPortfolio 2 – practical and recording skills

Year 11

Autumn 1st half termPlanning for recording
Autumn 2nd half termPortfolio 3 – practical recording
Spring 1st half termMixing skills and sound creation
Spring 2nd half termPortfolio 4 – Sound creation and exam preparation
Summer 1st half termPortfolio 4 – Sound creation and exam preparation
Summer 2nd half termN/A

Year 12

Autumn 1st half termRecording and Composing
Autumn 2nd half termRecording and Composing
Spring 1st half termAdvanced mixing and compositional skills
Spring 2nd half termAdvanced mixing practice task and extended composition practise project
Summer 1st half termExtended recording practice and extended composition practise
Summer 2nd half termDrum recording skills and explore A Level set briefs