Welcome to the EBS Expressive Arts Faculty! We hope to provide you with all the information you need about this faculty, but if you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Expressive Arts encompasses Art, Drama, Music Physical Education and Photography, with more details of each below.
The aim of the Art curriculum is to develop students’ ability to use and understand visual language; to engage, inspire and challenge students to create imaginative responses whilst refining their analytical skills and technical use of materials.
Students learn how to use a wide variety of materials; individual aptitude and creativity is encouraged to achieve works of quality. Students develop and combine technical skills with visual research and critical analysis of history of Art movements and artists to develop a broad understanding of the meaning, significance and contribution of Art within contemporary, historical and multi-cultural contexts.
Students actively engage in the creative process in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.
Art education contributes to vital aspects of a child’s development that have intellectual, personal and social significance and so as students learn the language of aesthetics and how to comprehend the nature and function of Art within the context of their own work, their environment and culture, they gain a stronger sense of their place in the world and sense of self.
To instil and develop confidence, communication, and collaboration skills in a creative environment; exploring skills and issues through practical Drama. To engage the students in issues and give them an understanding of social/historical/political context of play texts.
Throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 the music curriculum and co-curricular opportunities aim to enrich students’ lives by offering a range of experiences and opportunities. Students benefit from opportunities in musicianship which increase academic and social development, as well as creativity, professionalism, confidence, teamwork and emotional development.
In Physical Education we aim to give our students a broad and balanced curriculum that sensitively matches their needs and the requirements of the National Curriculum. Upon joining us, the students are assessed in a variety of contexts to determine which group they will be best suited to, with each lesson designed to maximise their progress. Students have two timetabled lessons per week. Every three to four weeks (6-8 lessons) students embark on a new sport. Over the course of the year, this affords them experience in various sports and physical activities.
Physical Education seeks to create a culture of high expectations where staff help students prepare themselves for a lifetime of physical activity. Students will be given the opportunity to enjoy, succeed and gain confidence whilst improving their proficiency in sport and develop their knowledge and understanding of this subject.
In ‘A’ Level Photography, our students learn a variety of skills and techniques during their two-year course. We have an extensive range of resources that help students to communicate their ideas in response to the requirements of the Specification and help develop their knowledge and understanding of this subject. Students are assessed after each major board hand in. Each lesson is designed to maximise their progress in the darkroom, on Photoshop, experimental techniques or presenting work. Over the course of the first year, pupils gain experience with how to use primary and secondary research as inspiration to produce a thoughtful response to their brief. The second year builds on these skills and requires students to choose their own topic in which they produce an in-depth study of. This allows them to develop their own Photographic style and show case their work at their own Photography exhibition at the school.
Photography seeks to create a culture of high expectations where staff help students prepare themselves for a lifetime of visual imagery and Photo editing. Students will also be given the opportunity to work with film cameras, video, 3D works, laser cutters and many more techniques which helps students to express themselves and gain confidence whilst improving their expertise in Photography.