The Expressive Arts Faculty

Teaching and Learning Director
Mrs D Royle

The Expressive Arts Faculty comprises of four discrete subjects – Art and Design, Dance, Drama and Music. In Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8), students have one hour per week of each subject and homework is set on a fortnightly basis. In Year 7 and 8, students are taught in mixed ability classes. Students have one key assessed piece of work each half term. In Year 9,10 & 11 students have 4 lessons per fortnight.

Art & Design

The Art & Design department at Oulder Hill offers a broad and balanced curriculum developed to give students maximum exposure to a wide range of techniques and media. We believe strongly in combining traditional skills with new media and as a result can offer techniques such as ceramics, print-making, painting, animation, screen-printing, video-editing, Photoshop and iPad work.

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 Circus Dreams and Nightmares Under the Sea
8 African Masks Caricature Robots

Upon selection of Art & Design as a GCSE option Year 9 students have a gradual introduction to GCSE working styles and expectations through the foundation course. They work on shorter projects to introduce GCSE techniques and marking methods. In Years 10 & 11 students study across a wide variety of media and techniques with the work produced being assessed under four distinct assessment objectives (AOs): Research (AO1), Artist Reference (AO2) , Ideas (AO3) and Final outcome (AO4).

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
9 Tone & Pattern- Shirin Neshat Line & Colour- Kozyndan Colour & Pattern- Day of the Dead Texture & Form- Max Ernst Colour & Line- De Chirico Colour & Line- Street Art
10 Typography –Psychedelic lettering and Deconstruction Typography- Barbara Kruger and Ben Eine Identity- Basquiat & Opie Mock preparation and test. Portraiture – Etching Portraiture – Large scale painting
11

Portrait- Completion of large scale Painting work.

Metamorphosis- Dan Hillier and Hieronymus Bosch

Metamorphosis- Large scale etching work
Mock Exam

Coursework completion

Exam Preparation-AO1, AO2 and AO3

Exam Preparation

Coursework completion

Exam Preparation-AO1, AO2 and AO3

Exam Preparation

Exam – 10hr controlled assessment to complete AO4

View Specification

Additional Information

There is an Art club for all GCSE groups on a Tuesday and a Thursday from 3.00- 4.30pm. Also Art & Design staff are available every lunchtime for any additional support required.

Throughout the year, a variety of workshops and educational visits to places such as The Tate Liverpool, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Manchester Metropolitan Degree Show as well as workshops on Ceramics and Print-making.

Dance and Drama

In Dance and Drama we provide a wealth of opportunities for our students to achieve and succeed delivering rigorous training and having high expectations of our pupils. Pupils are frequently taken to see shows at the Lowry, the Royal Exchange and the Oldham Coliseum to inspire and challenge them to excel and to work alongside professionals within the industry. We aim to cater for pupils who perform because they enjoy it and are fully inclusive of all our pupils regardless of talent or ability.

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7

Circus Dance

Circus Drama

Thriller

Haunted Mansion

Motif Development

The Pied Piper

8

African Dance

African Folk Tales

Bollywood Dance

Game Show

Chance Dance Machines

Time Travel

GCSE Dance

Upon selection of Dance as a GCSE option Year 9 students have a gradual introduction to GCSE working styles and expectations through the foundation course. Throughout their GCSE studies, pupils are expected to take part in the School Production and Dance Showcase in order to develop their performing skills. Students are required to keep a choreographic diary and attend rehearsals after school to prepare for the practical examination. Homework is set once per week.

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
9 Social Dance Styles Mega mix
Rock n Roll
Disco through the agesGroup Performance
Technical sequences
Musicality
Street Dance / Hip Hop
Improvisation TechniquesHistory of Hip Hop
Developing movement vocabulary
Introduction to Contemporary Dance
Site-Specific DanceContemporary Dance Technique
Safe practice
10 Contemporary Dance Technique.
Rambert Workshop.
Choreographic Tasks, inc Chance Dance.Technical exercises to develop posture & alignment, foot work & focus.
Deepening creativity.

Swansong – Solo Motifs & Group Choreography. Analysing the choreography for the written paper.

Practical exploration of professional work to develop understanding of motif development.

Set Dance – Unit 2 (solo).
Performance Piece – Unit 3 (group).Technical study of AQA prescribed dance sequence.
Group piece for exam made in collaboration with teacher.
11 Solo Composition – Unit 4a (Solo)
Refining performance piece – Unit 33 motifs taught from a professional work. Developed to create a 1 minute solo
Choreography – Unit 4b (Solo or Group)
Rehearsal of all units for the practical examinationPupils own choice of stimulus to create a piece up to 3 minutes long.

Preparation for written paper – Unit 1

Looking at production elements such as choreography, costume, lighting & stage design.

View Specification

GCSE Drama

Upon selection of Drama as a GCSE option Year 9 students have a gradual introduction to GCSE working styles and expectations through the foundation course. Throughout their studies pupils are required to keep a diary of their lessons and rehearsals in preparation for the written exam which is worth 40%. Homework will be set once per week and a rehearsal afterschool which must be attended.

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
9

Intro to Drama’s 5C’s

AO1 / AO2

Dracula

Melodrama / Horror

AO1 / AO2 / AO4

Blood Brothers – devised

AO3

Blood Brothers script

AO3

ASBO – devised

AO1 / AO4

ASBO Script

AO2

Mock exam – Blood Brothers

 

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
10

Intro to devising

Theme- Grimm Tales?

Respond

Research

Create

AO1

Perform a devised piece and create a log

AO2 / AO4

Set text- Blood Brothers

AO3

Live performance

AO3

Prepare and perform a scripted play/s

Mock exam Section A B and C

AO2 / AO3

Devising- Commedia Dell’arte

Respond

Research

Create

Perform

Log

AO1 / AO2 / AO4

 

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
11

Devise

Respond

Research

Create

AO1

Refine

Rehearse

Perform

Analyse and evaluate

Mark and Moderate

AO1 / AO2 / AO4

Prep and perform scripted play

Duologues/group

Monologue

Research, preparation.

AO3

Prep and perform scripted play

Duologues/group

Monologue

Perform.

Practical Exam

AO2

Revision

Scripted play

Live performance

AO3

Revision

Scripted play

Live performance

AO3

View Specification

Additional Information

There is an extensive range of extended curricular clubs that cater for a wide range of interests and abilities across KS3 and KS4. We aim to cater for pupils who perform because they enjoy it and are fully inclusive of all our pupils regardless of talent or ability. There are many opportunities for students to perform on stage including the School Production, Dance and Drama Show cases, Celebration assemblies, Reward Evenings, Talent shows and the Rochdale Music Festival.

Music

The Music department at Oulder Hill offers a heavily performance based curriculum developed to ensure that each student learns how to play multiple musical instruments such as keyboard, ukulele and drums. We strongly believe that this strategy will allow all students to access Music and enrich their lives. The Music of different cultures, mainly Africa and the Caribbean is explored and the students also learn to read and write both tablature and traditional music notation. Music technology and the creation of Music using samples and notation is also covered extensively by all students using specific music software such as Sibelius and Sequel 2.

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 An Introduction to Music African Music Keyboard Pop Music – Chords Keyboard Pop Music – Adding Melodies Ukulele Solo Performance Ukulele Ensemble Performance
8 Music Technology – Composition with Structure Music Technology – Composition with Texture Reggae Performance Reggae Composition Pop Music Arrangements – Chord Inversions and Major/Minor Pop Music – Riffs and Scales

GCSE Music

Upon selection of Music as a GCSE option Year 9 students will have a gradual introduction to the AQA GCSE specification and Sibelius 7 music production software. Students will be working on shorter projects to introduce GCSE techniques and marking methods. All GCSE students are expected to work well both in ensembles and independently. It is imperative they attend their peripatetic instrument lessons as well as involving themselves in extended curricular clubs such as the school production and/or Rochdale Music Festival.

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
9

Musical Futures – Band ensemble

Composing – Introduction into using Sibelius software

Listening and Appraising

Musical Futures – Band ensemble

Composition – Chord sequences

Listening and Appraising

Musical Futures – Band ensemble

Composition – Melodic Devices

Listening and appraising

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

11

The GCSE in music allows pupils to develop and apply the musical knowledge, understanding and skills set out at Key stage 3. The AQA GCSE specification can ensure pupils form a personal and meaningful relationship with music. They will be encouraged to engage critically and creatively with a wide range of music and musical contexts and reflect on how music is used in the expression of personal and collective identities.

The Subject content is divided into the three components:

  • Understanding music (component 1)
  • Performing music (component 2)
  • Composing music (component 3)

Component 1 Understanding Music – Popular Music

Component 2 Solo and Ensemble Performance Skills

Component 3 Start Free Composition

Component 1 Understanding Music – Western Classical Tradition 1650-1910

Component 2 Develop Solo and Ensemble Performance

Component 3 Develop Free Composition

Component 1 Understanding Music – Traditional Music

Component 2 Develop Solo Performance

Component 2 Record Ensemble Performance

Component 1 Understanding Music – Western Classical Traditional Since 1910

Component 2 Record Solo Performance

Component 3 Start Composition to a brief and record Free Composition

Component 1 Revise all 4 AOS

Component 3 Develop and Record Composition to brief

 Component 1 Exam Preperation

View Specification

Musical Futures Website