Creative Arts

Head of Faculty: Ms H Ings

Faculty Information

The Creative Arts Faculty is a hive of energy and imagination, and our committed team of staff offer inclusive opportunities for all students to engage in creative pursuits both inside and outside of lessons.

We are fortunate to have exceptional facilities.  We have three open plan art rooms on the top floor complete with storage and a kiln.  Downstairs we have a purpose built ‘Meeting Hall’ which is split into two spaces, with a moveable partition.  We use both spaces as drama classrooms, with a range of impressive audio-visual equipment and storage space.  We have two music classrooms, one of which includes bi-fold doors leading to an outdoor performance space, ‘the amphitheatre’ where audiences can watch our break time concerts on the stone steps.  We also have a dedicated Music Technology room with a suite of computers with digital audio workstations.  We have an instrument storage space and three music practice rooms primarily used by peripatetic teachers during the School day.

We feel very strongly that our extra-curricular opportunities should be inclusive and are there for all members of our Denbigh community, regardless of whether they have opted to study Creative Arts subjects at examination level.   We regularly refresh our offers and encourage students to set up their own clubs and rehearsals. A few examples of our regular clubs are Musical Theatre, Art, Band Development, Orchestra, and an A-Capella singing group.

The Faculty also presents larger productions. In the last two years, our students have performed ‘Matilda the Musical’ by special commission and license from the Royal Shakespeare Company, entered the Shakespeare Schools Festival performing ‘Julius Caesar’; performed a sell-out production of ‘We Will Rock You’ complete with live band; put on a production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, and performed an intimate thrust version of the play, ‘DNA’ by Dennis Kelly.

The Creative Arts Faculty at Denbigh is a bustling environment where you will find students rehearsing, and working outside of classroom hours regularly and you will find staff committed to realising students’ potential in their creative endeavours.

Art

Art is all around you.  From the moment you pick up your smartphone and see a wallpaper image on your screen of a decorative pattern, a character design, a painting by a famous artist, a photograph you have taken, you are bombarded with the formal elements of art.  The wallpaper (or coloured paint) on the walls, the statue in the front room, the poster on the side of the bus.  Prevalent throughout history, Art is seen in ways many people cannot imagine.  Cultures use mud to create masks; artists paint a gigantic apple squeezed into a tiny room; an everyday soup can or bottle of coke can be called Art.

In Art lessons, we want all students to experience Art from around the world, both historic and contemporary.  To see that picking up a pencil and drawing with it is Art, but that drawing can also be in colour, with a pen, with a spatula and glue and with a finger dipped in paint.  We want all students to be encouraged by experimentation and not be afraid to have a go at something new and take risks.  Students are always encouraged to be analytical about the work of others and critical (and complimentary) of their own.  We know that Art will always be a part of our diverse society and our creative industries, and we believe it is something to be really excited about.

Art Curriculum

 
 
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Year 7

Term Topic
Autumn 1st half term Tone and Texture
Autumn 2nd half term Tone and Texture
Winter 1st half term Pattern
Winter 2nd half term Pattern
Summer 1st half term Colour Theory
Summer 2nd half term Colour Theory

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Year 8

Term Topic
Autumn 1st half term African Culture
Autumn 2nd half term African Culture
Winter 1st half term Mexican Day of the Dead / Coco
Winter 2nd half term Mexican Day of the Dead / Coco
Summer 1st half term Portraiture
Summer 2nd half term Portraiture

 

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Year 9

Term Topic
Autumn 1st half term Natural Forms
Autumn 2nd half term Man Made objects
Winter 1st half term Still life final outcome
Winter 2nd half term The Coast
Summer 1st half term The Coast
Summer 2nd half term The Coast final outcome / Cultural Identity introduction

 

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Year 10

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Cultural Identity
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Cultural Identity
Winter
1st half term
  • Cultural Identity final outcome
Winter
2nd half term
  • Contrast
Summer
1st half term
  • Contrast
Summer
2nd half term
  • Contrast final outcome / Personal Expression introduction

X

Year 11

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Personal Expression
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Personal Expression
Winter
1st half term
  • Personal Expression final outcome / Exam briefs released
Winter
2nd half term
  • Exam Preparation
Summer
1st half term
  • Examination

X

Year 12

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Built Environment
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Built Environment
Winter
1st half term
  • Built Environment final outcome
Winter
2nd half term
  • Age
Summer
1st half term
  • Age
Summer
2nd half term
  • Age final outcome / Personal project introduction
X

Year 13

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Personal Project  
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Personal Project/Written Element
Winter
1st half term
  • Personal project final outcome / Exam briefs released
Winter
2nd half term
  • Exam Preparation   
Summer
1st half term
  • Exam

Music:

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. The high quality music education at Denbigh engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As students progress, they develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical world.

At Denbigh we have curated exciting and engaging schemes of work for all year groups that cover a broad range of experiences, musical backgrounds and cultures, and allows students to build their performance, composition, and appraisal skills, as well as their personal discipline and independence, creativity, collaborative group working skills, respect for others, and self-esteem through personal accomplishment.

Music Curriculum:

 

Music Technology

Music Technology is the study of creating music using technology.  Whilst studying this subject, students will learn about using music production software and equipment, musical styles, the history and development of technology and the principles and practices of Music Technology.  Modern music and media rely on the effective use of Music Technology which makes the subject both exciting and rewarding to study. 

During Years 7 and 8, the music curriculum will explore some of the basic elements of technology with occasional opportunities to work with computers and music.  When students make their GCSE option choices, they can choose the VCert Music Technology course as one of their options.  This course explores the foundation skills of Music Technology through the completion of portfolios of work and examinations.  If students choose to continue into our Sixth Form, we offer the Edexcel Music Technology A Level course.  The A level covers a broad range of knowledge and skills and is the perfect stepping stone for students who wish to continue studying Music Technology into further education.

Curriculum:

 
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Year 10

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Portfolio 1 – Hardware and software
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Portfolio 1 - practical
Winter
1st half term
  • Musical genres and elements of music
Winter
2nd half term
  • Portfolio 2 - practical
Summer
1st half term
  • Portfolio 2 – practical and exam preparation
Summer
2nd half term
  • Portfolio 2 – practical and recording skills 

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Year 11

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Planning for recording
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Portfolio 3 – practical recording
Winter
1st half term
  • Mixing skills and sound creation
Winter
2nd half term
  • Portfolio 4 – Sound creation and exam preparation
Summer
1st half term
  • Portfolio 4 – Sound creation and exam preparation
Summer
2nd half term
  • N/A

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Year 12

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Recording and Composing
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Recording and Composing
Winter
1st half term
  • Advanced mixing and compositional skills
Winter
2nd half term
  • Advanced mixing practice task and extended composition practise project
Summer
1st half term
  • Extended recording practice and extended composition practise
Summer
2nd half term
  • Drum recording skills and explore A Level set briefs

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Year 13

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Revision and extension of Core theory and beginning of coursework projects
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Mixing Skills and exam preparation
Winter
1st half term
  • Coursework and Mastering Skills
Winter
2nd half term
  • Coursework & Exam Revision
Summer
1st half term
  • Exam Revisions
Summer
2nd half term
  • N/A

X

Year 9

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Introduction to Cubase
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Music Technology hardware
Winter
1st half term
  • Creating a piece of music in a particular style
Winter
2nd half term
  • Mixing project
Summer
1st half term
  • Health & Safety
Summer
2nd half term
  • Sound Design Project

Drama:

Drama lessons at Denbigh encourage creativity, imagination and teach Drama as a discreet body of knowledge, in addition to acknowledging its wide range of transferable skills.  The three key areas of learning in Drama are performing script, devising drama, and evaluating and analysing others’ performances.  All three areas are taught throughout our curriculum in Year 7 all the way through to Year 13 in A Level study.

Students learn about effective communication for an audience in terms of physical and vocal acting skills. The students will then build upon this foundation and learn about different styles of theatre from physical theatre, melodrama, epic theatre, naturalism and develop performance skills to suit these styles. Students will perform scripts in particular styles and then devise their own drama, inspired by a range of stimuli, and use style and theatre practitioners to develop their work.  Students will evaluate one another’s work verbally and then develop to writing extended analytical reviews of professional live theatre.

Our facilities support the teaching of Theatre Design and students are introduced to this from Year 7 in addition to developing their performance skills. Drama offers a creative environment for experimentation and an opportunity to explore the lives of a range of different characters, places, and time periods.

Drama Curriculum:

 
 

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Year 7

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Communicating Meaning  
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Communicating Meaning
Spring
1st half term
  • Antigone and Greek Theatre
Spring
2nd half term
  • Design elements
Summer
1st half term
  • Physical Theatre
Summer
2nd half term
  • Devising Drama

 

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Year 8

Term Topic Remarks
Autumn
1st half term
  • Tension 
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Epic Theatre
Spring
1st half term
  • Epic Theatre
Spring
2nd half term
  • Naturalism
Summer
1st half term
  • Devising Drama
Summer
2nd half term
  • Devising Drama
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Year 9

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Style and Genre Devising
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Style and Genre Devising
Spring
1st half term
  • Mock scripted practical
Spring
2nd half term
  • Mock scripted practical
Summer
1st half term
  • Written exam – study of set text.
Summer
2nd half term
  • Written exam – study of set text
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Year 10

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Devising techniques, style, genre and practitioner
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Stimuli booklet released from exam board. Devising Drama 30% NEA
Spring
1st half term
  • Devising Drama 30% NEA
Spring
2nd half term
  • Devising Drama 30% NEA
Summer
1st half term
  • Presenting and Performing Texts 30%
Summer
2nd half term
  • Presenting and Performing Texts 30%
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Year 11

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Written exam – study of set text and Play Review
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Written exam – study of set text and Play Review
Spring
1st half term
  • Presenting and Performing Texts 30%
Spring
2nd half term
  • Presenting and Performing Texts 30%
Summer
1st half term
  • Written Exam Revision

 

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Year 12

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Introduction to theatre practitioners.  Component 1 - Study of set text one
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Component 2 – Devising Drama.  Component 1 - Study of set text one
Spring
1st half term
  • Component 2 – Devising Drama.  Component 1 - Study of set text one
Spring
2nd half term
  • Component 2 – Devising Drama.  Component 3 Workshop scripted extract 1
Summer
1st half term
  • Component 3 Workshop scripted extracts 1 and 2 and written Reflective Report
Summer
2nd half term
  • Component 1 Study of set text twoComponent 3 Workshop scripted extracts 1 and 2 and written Reflective Report

 

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Year 13

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Component 3 – performance of scripted extract 3 and Reflective Report
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Component 3 – performance of scripted extract 3 and Reflective Report
Spring
1st half term
  • Component 1 – written exam revision
Spring
2nd half term
  • Component 1 – written exam revision
Summer
1st half term
  • Component 1 – written exam revision

 

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Year 7

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Elements of Music
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Keyboard Skills
Winter
1st half term
  • I’ve got rhythm
Winter
2nd half term
  • Hooks and Riffs
Summer
1st half term
  • Form and structure
Summer
2nd half term
  • Instruments of the Orchestra

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Year 8

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Samba
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Blues and Jazz
Winter
1st half term
  • Computer Game Music
Winter
2nd half term
  • Popular Music
Summer
1st half term
  • Minimalism
Summer
2nd half term
  • Music for Film and Television

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Year 9

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Music Theory
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Solo performance
Winter
1st half term
  • Brandenburg Concerto
Winter
2nd half term
  • Piano Sonata
Summer
1st half term
  • Introduction to Composition
Summer
2nd half term
  • Ensemble Performance

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Year 10

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Music for Stage and Screen
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Fusions
Winter
1st half term
  • Fusions wider listening
Winter
2nd half term
  • Music for Stage and Screen
Summer
1st half term
  • Free Composition 
Summer
2nd half term
  • Composition 

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Year 11

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Set works revision
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Set works revision
Winter
1st half term
  • Composition
Winter
2nd half term
  • Performance
Summer
1st half term
  • Exam Revision
Summer
2nd half term
  • N/A

X

Year 12

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Unit 3
  • Unit 2
  • Unit 1
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Unit 3
  • Unit 2
  • Unit 1
Winter
1st half term
  • Unit 3
  • Unit 2
  • Unit 1
Winter
2nd half term
  • Unit 3
  • Unit 2
  • Unit 1
Summer
1st half term
  • Unit 3
  • Unit 2
  • Unit 1
Summer
2nd half term
  • Unit 3
 
 
 

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