Creative & Expressive Arts
Curriculum Intent and ImplementationOur intention in CEA is to instil in learners a life-long appreciation of the Arts, via the study of Art, Photography, Music, and Drama, as distinct but related disciplines. Our curriculum provides students with opportunities to engage with a broad range of media, forms of music, and dramatic arts, to develop a critical appreciation of artists and performers; and the technical and expressive skills required to generate their own pieces of practical work. We seek to ensure all students hone their analytical and evaluative skills and develop the language required to articulate their ideas about the Arts in an insightful and conceptualised way.
A culture of sharing is central to the way in which the curriculum is implemented in CEA. Specialists in Drama, Art, and Music work collaboratively to mentor and support students as they progress through individual or group projects. In all three areas, the curriculum is organised in such a way as to ensure students can plan, develop, review and consolidate their learning. Teacher offer regular one-to-one feedback, especially in key stages four and five, to ensure all students make progress. This individualised approach complements the whole class teaching of core knowledge, concepts, and terminology, and demonstrations of technical competencies.
Review our Art Curriculum Map, Drama Curriculum Map, and Music Curriculum Map for a detailed overview of the core knowledge and skills covered in Creative and Expressive Arts.
Art programme aims to provide a solid foundation for all students who will develop core Art and Design skills - including powers of observation and visual recording; exploration of a range of processes and techniques; and connections with artists' work and Art History. In Year 8, students work on extended thematic ideas, such as individual two and three dimension projects, to develop research skills and an understanding of the art and design process. There is also a focus on careers related to the study of Art. The Year 9 course allows for the creation of a portfolio of work that explores a variety of artistic techniques. The focus here is on creative thinking, problem solving, and independence required for progression to GCSE Level study.
Art & Design: At GCSE we follow the Edexcel specification for Art & Design. This lively and popular subject affords students the opportunity to develop their visual and creative skills through a variety of practical based projects, leading to an end of course moderation in Year 11. Students find the course demanding, but very rewarding, and they generally value the inclusion of coursework as an important component of the final GCSE Award. Art & Design will provide learners with opportunities to enjoy, produce, and engage with the visual arts. It also enables them to develop transferable skills, such as problem solving, and evolving ideas from initiation to realisation, whilst analysing their own work critically.
Drama & Theatre Arts: At GCSE we follow the AQA specification for Drama Arts. This is an exciting and engaging course, which will enable you to combine practical skills with written explorations of theatre. You will study the process of theatre making from the perspective of a devisor and performer with the objective of yourself creating inspiring performance work. Amongst other topics, we study Physical theatre, Surrealism, and the Theatre of Cruelty - works that challenge boundaries and received ideas. Students will also develop analytical writing skills; hear live performances; and have opportunities to be involved in a range of clubs and school productions..
Music: At GCSE we follow the OCR specification for Music. Study at KS4 will provide a contemporary, accessible, and creative education in Music, which integrates performing, composing, and appraising. Learners are encouraged to be imaginative and broaden their musical experiences; and to study genres of music that inspire and challenge them. The course appeals to, and caters for, students with a wide range of interests, instruments, personalities, and directions.
For more information about the KS4 CEA Courses, please see the KGGS KS4 Options Booklet.
For information on CEA and all A Level courses beginning in September - please see the Sixth Form Admissions page.