Expressive Arts

Head of Department: Ms S Hall
Email: shall@olsj.blackburn.sch.uk

Introduction

Expressive Arts encompasses both Drama & Media and is currently taught in mixed ability groups at Key stage 4. It provides a safe and inclusive environment in which learners are encouraged to express themselves creatively as individuals and by working as part of a group. Many of the topics covered can be linked into other subjects such as RE and English. Topics covered such as racism, bullying , drug and alcohol abuse, representation in media texts, mental health and British values, contributes towards well rounded and informed students. 

Key Stage 4

Year 9

Unit 2 (part 1) Controlled assessment.
Practical work in response to set stimuli of works studied – Contemporary Issues: Bullying, Mental health, British values (60 marks 30%).
Pupils will produce a short drama film.

Year 10

Unit 2 (part 2) Controlled assessment.
Practical work in response to set stimuli of works studied – Wider Perspective (30 marks 30%).
Pupils will produce a film in a specific Genre.

Year 11

Unit 1: Exam presentation.
15 hour controlled assessment, practical response to a stimulus set by AQA (80 marks 40%).
Pupils will create a drama film/piece based on set questions

For more information please visit the AQA website linked in the sidebar.

How students are assessed

Year 9

Unit 2 (part 1) Controlled assessment.
Practical work in response to set stimuli of works studied Winter term .

Year 10

Unit 2 (part 2) Controlled assessment.
Practical work in response to set stimuli of works studied Autum term.

Year 11

Unit 1: Exam presentation.
15 hour controlled assessment, practical response to a stimulus set by AQA Spring term examination paper given end of January for 11 hours of prep.

How parents can help

  • Encourage pupils to participate in GCSE Media clubs and extra curricular activities.
  • Observe Film & TV, Documentary films at home
  • Check and engage with homework activities whether practical or theory based.

Extra-Curricular

  • Media/radio club
  • Film making
  • Oscars Celebration evening of film