Creative and Expressive Arts

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Artsmark Gold

Tuxford Academy is an Artsmark Gold academy. This national accreditation acknowledges excellent arts provision across the wider academy. The experiences our students receive in Art, Dance, Music and Drama are noted as some of the best in the country.

Arts at Tuxford

The Creative and Expressive Arts faculty at Tuxford Academy strives to provide a high quality arts education for all students through a specialist and combined curriculum. We aim to nurture and develop students so that they enter the wider world as academically, morally and socially enriched young people.

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”

– Andy Warhol

As well as solid qualifications, students will acquire an appreciation and affection for the arts which will continue to enrich their lives. We believe that creative arts can develop students to become cooperative, responsible, independent and reflective individuals. Learning through the arts at Tuxford will ultimately prepare them to make a positive contribution to wider society.

The faculty seeks to provide a stimulating learning environment in which high levels of visual enquiry, understanding, research and development of artistic ability are encouraged. It is intended that all students, whatever their ability, should benefit from, and enjoy the experience of working in, this area. There is a positive enthusiastic approach to teaching and high expectations in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

Key stage 4

In Fine Art,  students explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artifacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made.

Students reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of art, craft and design, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives.

At GCSE, students explore a wider range of materials and processes and critically analyse the work of others. Students are guided through skills-building workshops in preparation for the coursework and exam units. GCSE artists are hardworking, reflective students who are able to develop an idea through to a final piece.

At key stage 3, all students receive one lesson per week in Dance. This is taught in our dance studios, equipped with mirrors, lights and specialist flooring. Students become equipped with key dance knowledge and understanding, and develop choreography skills in response to a number of exciting themes.

We also nurture a respect and passion for the art form, looking at modern examples of dance. It is important to us that students are given the opportunity to flourish in this art form and we have a number of extracurricular activities to further develop dancers’ confidence and abilities.

Students work in a safe and positive environment and are encouraged to perform weekly to their class; they often volunteer to showcase their work at the end of each term in our Creative and Expressive Arts Showcase evenings.

At key stage 4, students further develop their skills and knowledge by exploring a range of styles including contemporary, jazz and urban dance. Set works and choreography form a large part of the course, as well as a written element.

The performing dance unit is about rehearsing and performing choreographed dances. Students undertake regular classes, learn different styles, absorb choreography made by others, and rehearse and take part in performances.

The jazz unit is about developing jazz dance skills, both for group and individual work. Students will produce and perform, demonstrating basic understanding of jazz dance styles and technique.

The urban unit is about developing students’ knowledge of urban dance styles. Students will explore the different styles available and acquire the underpinning knowledge of the basic physical and interpretive skills of these styles.

Evidence for all units will be generated through practical workshops, rehearsals, demonstrations and performances. Assessment of practical work will be in the form of live performances, DVD recordings and tutor observation and reports.

Students receive one lesson of Drama per week throughout their time in key stage 3. The curriculum is designed to gradually develop and build up their skills in the subject. Once students have a basic grasp of drama skills, these are then applied to a range of topics and stimulus. Topics studied during key stage 3 include theatrical and film genres, social issues, fictional stories, and theatre plays.

Assessment in the subject is broken down into three areas;

  • making – exploring, devising, shaping and interpreting drama. This includes selecting and applying the appropriate skills and techniques to create performance work
  • performing –presenting and producing performance work. This includes creating believable characters and utilising various skills and techniques during performance
  • responding – evaluating work and techniques and applying knowledge and understanding

GCSE Drama

If students opt to study GCSE Drama they will have the opportunity to further develop the skills acquired from key stage 3, but in far more depth. The GCSE Drama curriculum equips students with the skills to develop as versatile performers and explore a further range of techniques and devices to create effective theatre.

Assessment is broken down into three units;

  • from page to stage – students will study and explore a play through a range of practical based workshops. They will then be expected to select an extract from the play to stage for examination. A working record is produced to document and evaluate progress
  • drama in the making – through a range of practical workshops and research tasks, students will explore a stimulus. They are then encouraged to create original performances using the given stimulus as inspiration. Three small-scale pieces of work are then created for assessment. A working record is produced to document and evaluate progress
  • from concept to creation – students are expected to utilise the skills they have developed over the two years to create a full-length original piece of theatre. Students will respond to a stimulus set by the exam board and will be assessed by an external examiner. A working record is also produced to document progress

Extra-curricular opportunities

There are many opportunities for students to develop their performance skills and experience theatre outside of the curriculum. We encourage students of all ages to get involved with as much as they can.

Performing Arts Showcase evenings

Three showcase evenings take place each year, allowing students to present work they have been developing in the classroom and any additional performances that may have developed as a result of extra-curricular activities.

Key stage 3 drama club

Drama club allows the younger years to work with our more experienced students to create work; all key stage 3 students are welcome.

Special events

Students are invited to create and present work for various events throughout the year such as Remembrance Day and Anti-bullying Week.

Theatre trips

A range of theatre trips for all key stages are offered throughout the year, including trips to regional theatres and productions in London.

Academy productions

Full-scale productions are staged every two years; all students are invited to take part. Previous productions include Jesus Christ Superstar (2005), Oliver!(2008), Back to the 80s (2010), We Will Rock You (2012), Our House (2014), and Billy Elliot (2016).

Annual London drama residential

Each year, GCSE and A Level Drama students are offered the opportunity to experience a range of live theatre, workshops and backstage tours in London.

At key stage 3 we aim to provide all students with a stimulating and relevant music education through ability-matched activities in performance and composition. Both areas will be supported by ICT and homework tasks, which are designed to encourage the development of general musicianship. Assessment aims to recognise and reward effort alongside attainment in order to establish a positive partnership between teachers and students.

At key stage 4, students have made a further commitment to music education and will now study all components of the subject in greater depth. This will include increased opportunities to perform in showcase events and work with peers on the realisation of their own fully developed compositions. In addition, students will have the opportunity to experience the work of professional musicians through both trips out of school and visits from external community providers.

Extra curricular opportunities:

Opportunities beyond the classroom have two main aims. Firstly, we wish to encourage students of all abilities to participate in activities which promote participation in music. In the last few years, we have successfully staged productions such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Oliver, Back to the Eighties, We Will Rock You, Billy Elliot and Les Miserables.

Music support tuition:

Here, students receive performance based support through a range of activities which include keyboard, guitar and music theory tuition. Sessions are provided by Post 16 students and charges apply at a rate which takes account of the provider’s experience.

Secondly, we aim to provide our more able music students with a programme of study which provides challenge in all areas of music. This includes:

  • a full programme of instrumental and vocal tuition provided by qualified tutors
  • gifted and talented showcase events
  • music theory and aural classes to Associated Board Grade 5
  • elective study in a range of music technology skills and composition genres
  • Tuxford Academy Senior Choir
  • Tuxford Academy Light Music Ensemble

All performance ensembles will participate in a range of opportunities both within the academy and in the wider community.

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