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Intent Statement 

Provision for all students

The Creative Arts in our context refer to Art, Music and Drama, as well as Arts components within Design & Technology, ICT and specialisms such as Photography and Animation.

We value the creative and collaborative aspects of the arts to support students, particularly disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEND. In this context we believe that our creative arts curriculum helps develop:

  • Confidence & Communication - A command over their vocal and physical skills to allow them to approach a wide range of public speaking with confidence
  • Concentration - Working on intricate projects over extended periods of time
  • Empathy & sensitivity - Understanding the viewpoints and emotions of a range of characters including their own experiences of life in Camden and the inner-city.
  • Co-operation & team-work skills - Getting the best out of each other when striving towards a common goal
  • Commitment & self-discipline - Encouragement and help to excel when challenged, developing resilience and resourcefulness
  • Creativity - An understanding of the benefits of participation in the Arts, including performance and creativity, during their time with us and throughout their lives.
  • Evaluation & appreciation - An appreciation of the ways in which the Arts communicates to an audience and an ability to evaluate their own and others’ work.

Our Creative Arts curriculum develops creativity, sets challenges, engages and inspires students and equips them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, take risks, invent and create their own works of art, music, drama. The curriculum offers appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to support students to explore, investigate, create and evaluate artwork. It enables pupils to create art work with a real purpose when displaying and sharing the work they create and showcasing the skills and progress they have made.

Planning and sequencing towards cumulative knowledge and skills

The Creative Arts curriculum seeks to award students by offering a range of sequenced accreditations developed through KS3 to KS4.

AQA Unit awards are developed for each Scheme of Learning in Art so that students can develop practical skills and knowledge over time. Arts Award Discover/Explore is being developed for KS3 and the SEMH curriculum in Art to give a more focussed accreditation pathway and develop subject knowledge and independent learning through research and practical skills development.

Key stage 3 art is taught on a three year rolling curriculum with all classes using the same Curriculum skills focus however skills and knowledge is developed to meet the needs of each individual class. Skills and knowledge are developed over time using the 3-year curriculum map. With mixed year group classes, it is far better to teach art in this way so that students skills, knowledge and ability is developed using a range of arts elements and practitioners

Acquisition and independent application of knowledge, skills and abilities

All Arts subjects are delivered to meet the needs of our SEND students by developing subject knowledge through the development of practical skills and understanding of both their own development and the way artists and industry professionals work towards creation of final arts pieces. Repetition, creativity, challenge and the development of skills seek to give all students the necessary tools so that they can comfortably take risks in their work within a safe and nurturing environment. The use of task plans and portfolios further enable students to develop independence and pride in their artistic accomplishments.

The Arts team seek to offer students opportunities to see the Arts in action by providing opportunities for visits to galleries, concerts, theatre and circus, thereby cementing the Arts in context and developing independence and responsibility.

Accreditation pathways and preparation for Education, Employment, Training and adult life

KS3 Art students have the opportunity to gain AQA unit awards for every scheme of learning they complete. In year 10 and 11 students choose art as an option, taking GCSE Fine Art or Arts Award to further cement their artistic abilities and gain meaningful accreditation.

Previous students have successfully gone on to study art in college which can lead to careers in Architecture, Interior Design, Product Design, Fashion, Photography, Graphic Design and Fine