Arts

Welcome to the Faculty of Arts  

Faculty Head: Miss C Kepinska  

The ethos of our school is summarised by our motto "Achieving Together".  This is essential in the Arts, where the work of all pupils and their individual responses are celebrated and shared.  The Arts Faculty is comprised of four departments:    

Art

Dance

Drama

Music

We hope that you enjoy reading about our Faculty.  If you have any queries or events ideas you would like to share with us, please contact the arts Faculty Leader, Miss. C Kepinska, via the school office email: meadow@meadowhighschool.org.

Meadow High School Arts Faculty

Statements, Policies & Aims

1.     Curriculum Statement

It is crucial to give every pupil the opportunity to learn a multitude of ways of communicating, interacting and interpreting the world.  We facilitate this through the encouragement of self-expression and teamwork.  We are very proud that our pupils continuously strive to develop their arts skills and excel in our school dance performances, music concerts, drama productions,  workshops and art exhibitions which can be seen all around school.

We offer the following External accreditations in Key Stage 4 and 5: AQA Unit Award, Dance Leadership Awards, WJEC Entry Level Pathway, GCSE’s, AS and  A' Levels.

2.    Aims

The aim of our Arts education is to:

  •     Encourage successful learners who enjoy learning and making progress.

  •     Inspire confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.

  •     Develop responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

Our policy is to do this by:

  •    Providing pupils with a greater understanding of the visual, technological and creative world in which we live.

  •     Enabling pupils to problem solve creatively, encouraging individuality and enterprise.

  •     Encouraging pupils to research, record, observe, experiment creatively, analyse and evolve their work.

  •     Fostering a critical appreciation of the arts for personal fulfilment and enjoyment.

  •     Providing a wide variety of sensory stimuli, which considers the aesthetic, aural, tactile and visual needs of each 
        pupil.

  •     Encouraging pupil choice, offering a wide range of creative learning experiences, which improve a pupil's
        ability to interact in a group and work independently.

  •     Build community spirit and vocational skills through schemes of work and community events which develop pupils’
        exposure to the arts and gives them the opportunity to work alongside practising artists and other professionals.

  •     SOW also encourage a range of cross curricular learning, including PSHCE topics, career disciplines, IT Numeracy        and Literacy to help pupils apply their knowledge to everyday life.

  •     Preparing students to go onto further studies in the Creative and Performing Arts varied disciplines. Giving them
        the opportunity to study accredited qualifications such as:AQA Unit Award, Dance Leadership Awards, WJEC Entry
       Level Pathway, GCSE’s, AS and  A' Levels.

3.     Qualifications & Programmes of Study

Planning and reviewing programmes of study is done termly by subject teachers and the Faculty Leader. Subject groups meet for planning and moderation when applicable. The Arts Faculty meet once or twice a term as a group and individual subject teachers meet with the Faculty Leader for individual review and development sessions twice a term.

Arts meetings are used for developing ideas, sharing good practice, planning the direction of the faculty, developing strategies to better support pupils, analysing results and reviewing faculty development. We  look for creative links with the Arts and other subjects. We encourage children to become  passionate about their work within the Arts, and set extended learning tasks which encourage pupils to talk to their parents/carers about  their learning. Pupils are encouraged to participate in the arts outside of school. When possible we invite visiting practitioners into school to help develop wider learning and encourage visits to outside performances, exhibitions and we do collaborative workshops with other schools. Pupils are eager to bring in resources from home which supports class work, and they enjoy the interactive nature of the Arts subjects in and outside the classroom.

In the arts Faculty We have created in depth programmes of study in line with the National Curriculum. The Programmes of Study are topic based, and they run over 2 x 16 week programmes of study.  Except in Dance and Drama which are taught on a Performing Arts Carousel which follows Dance for half the year and then Swaps to Drama for the remaining half or vice versa in KEy Stage 3 Thematic and Theme 1-4. The carousel follows a 1x16 week programme of study. In Key Stage 3 lessons are 1x45 mins a week and in Key Stage 4 and 5 pupils study 1x1.5 hours per week with the exception of 6th Form Art where allocation can increase upto 2x1.5 hours a week depending on the accreditation level being taken.  

To see the Arts Subject Matrix, please go to our Curriculum Page.  Matrices are set out per school year and explain the SOW studied by our pupils.

4.     Inclusive Practice

The Arts Faculty policies reflect and support the equal opportunities ethos of the school.  All students have access to the Arts curriculum. Teaching and Learning at Meadow High School is personalised.  Adaptations will be made to the curriculum to meet the needs of pupils, including provision for students who are exceptionally able.  All students are given opportunities to attain in year 10,11 and the 6th Form

Teachers plan to meet the needs of all pupils through differentiation strategies that include:

  • Use of equipment/resources

  • Level of support

  • Variety of task

  • Pupil groupings

  • Expected outcomes

5.    Literacy, Numeracy and IT

We are currently promoting and embedding the school’s policy of Literacy across the Curriculum, in line with the new National Curriculum (2013) which states “Teachers should develop pupils’ spoken language, reading and writing as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject”.

There are a number of strategies which can use to develop literacy in the teaching and learning of mathematics:

  • Spelling Art Key Words correctly

  • Display and model use of  Arts vocabulary

  • Ensuring students write keywords of lesson into the books or portfolios

  • Use of Word maps, writing frames  related to the topic being covered

  • Encourage and praise use of Arts vocabulary in class discussions

Numeracy is encouraged through:

  • Practical making and measuring skills

  • Writing of dates and day to day problem solving

  • Reading of a clock through timed activities

  • Calculations based on estimates and measuring of quantities of materials being used

  • Recognition of objects, shapes, patterns, beats and rhythms.

IT is encouraged through:

  • Recording of pupils work

  • Interactive use of Ipads and Interactive display boards

  • Photoshop, Interactive apps

  • Enquiry based research

  • Home learning - IT based enquiry learning, research and investigations

6.     Reward Systems  

We believe it is crucial that positive comments are as specific as possible so students are aware of how they have achieved well.  Below are several ways with which we love to reward our fantastic pupils.  Verbal praise from subject teachers, class, Form Tutor, Head of Faculty, Deputy Head and Head Teacher.  Merits and Stickers, certificates of achievement, subject and competition awards.