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We are committed to providing an Expressive Arts curriculum that is broad, balanced, challenging and fosters a love of learning and promotes lifelong learners. We match our curriculum to the abilities, interests and aspirations of our students, to give every child the opportunity to strive for personal excellence. We aim to recognise children’s prior learning, provide first hand learning experiences, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers.
At Park Academy West London, we believe that the Expressive Arts subjects (PE, Music and Drama) play a vital role in the process of successful learning. We have a creative curriculum where the subjects are incorporated into everyday teaching. We believe that this helps children to gain a greater understanding of what they are learning; encouraging key skills, whilst harnessing and encouraging creativity. It also plays an important function in the personal, social and moral development of pupils and generates a vibrant and creative culture throughout the school. It provides all students with a number of transferable skills that will not only help them throughout their school life, but well into their own futures.
Every child is recognised as a unique individual and we celebrate and welcome differences within our department. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values. We constantly provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning and believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge. Our hope is that every child who leaves the Academy has the qualifications, skills, knowledge and character to access aspirational opportunities and to lead a life that includes positive relationships, resilience and a love of learning to become lifelong learners.
Student voice plays a pivotal role in the development of the Expressive Arts Curriculum. This aids inclusion, ensures high participation rates and promotes learning through enjoyment. As well as giving children a voice, it helps us to continue to be culturally diverse, celebrating all of the exciting backgrounds and cultures that make up the Academy.
Key Stage 3
During Key Stage 3, students study PE, including Dance, Music and Drama as separate subjects. This enables pupils to fully explore the subject. Within all subjects, performing is mandatory, which develops confidence and techniques which can be applied in a variety of situations and subjects.
Team work, creativity, speaking, listening, evaluation and analysis are all at the forefront of what we do in Expressive Arts and we provide a curriculum that enables our students to learn about themselves and the world they live in. Pupils’ engagement in Music comes from opportunity to take part in events like The Samba Battle. Additionally, extra-curricular clubs have become popular in the Academy, with students taking the opportunity to hone their musical talents.
In PE, students are encouraged to take part in intra and inter school competitions for a variety of different sports, to enable students to practice the skills they have attained in PE lessons in a competitive atmosphere. Additionally, PE will continue to improve on its excellent range of extra-curricular activities that are offered to students to increase healthy, active lifestyles.
Key Stage 4
Pupils have the opportunity to study the BTEC Level 2 Award in Performing Arts & Music, in addition to Level 2 BTEC Sport. These are two year courses, which are predominantly coursework based, including assessed practical rehearsals and performances. Over the two years, there are 4 units of work and each unit has a variety of written and practical tasks, with all 4 units of work completed in the prescribed 120 Guided Learning Hours (GLH).
In Performing Arts, trips to professional theatres are part of the course to inspire creativity and knowledge. Music also puts on a Christmas concert where BTEC students perform.
In BTEC Sport, students undertake leadership and coaching activities, analysis of peer and self-assessment in sporting activities and in depth analysis on health and exercise.
BTEC Music students are fortunate to have access to studios and top range musical equipment to explore their musical imaginations, producing the music of the future. Working independently to explore ideas creates an environment where creativity is able to flourish.
Expressive Arts also offers OCR GCSE Drama to progress a variety of theatrical skills learnt at KS3, developing communication skills and displaying creativity through the physical art form. Drama productions and exhibitions are occasions to celebrate the work of students. Students can be assessed in an assortment of ways, from performance, writing of dialogue, directing and producing.
Key Stage 5
In Key Stage 5, we offer the Level 3 BTEC Sport Extended Sport course and this is a two year course, which is predominantly coursework based, including assessed practical rehearsals and performances. Over the two years, there are 4 units of work and each unit has a variety of written and practical tasks, with all 4 units of work completed in the prescribed 320 Guided Learning Hours (GLH).
Additionally Expressive Arts offers Music and Performing Arts at Key Stage 5.
Beyond the Classroom
The PE Department offers an extensive extra-curricular program in a range of sports for both male and female pupils.
- Football (Boys and Girls)
- Health Related Fitness Classes
- Table Tennis