Creative Arts

Creative Arts delivers a range of subjects that gives the students the freedom and intrigue to express themselves in a variety of forms. The curriculum has been designed to nurture all abilities into becoming flourishing performers and artisans. All students will experience a wide range of stimuli to ignite their imagination and curiosity for example music from around the world, and the constant walk along the timeline of art movements and artists from both times past and present.

The Creative Arts is delivered through a carousel whereby students experience Art, Drama and Music.

In Art lessons students develop skills and understanding of the elements of Art and put these skills into practice through a variety of projects. The first project is the jungle; we look at composition development and observational drawing using natural forms and inspiration from the work of Henri Rousseau. We also look at colour during this project and develop an understanding of the colour wheel. We step into the timeline again and study the surrealist movement this starts by an introduction to drawing using perspective. Students combine the formal rules of perspective drawing with the development of drawing techniques by morphing an observed drawing with imaginative outcomes. The skills gained are further developed in Year 8 with a starting point of the portrait.

In Music Y7 lessons students explore the elements of music and learn how to create music using voice and instruments.  Students develop their confidence in rhythm by clapping together and writing their own rhythms using notation. The students then learn to read music from the stave and practice songs on the keyboard with the aim of sharing what they have accomplished with the class.  Students also use they keyboards to create their own mood music, including using the elements of music learned to develop a leitmotif for a character.  At the end of the carousel students have the opportunity to participate in some musical exploration workshops, trying different instruments like ukulele and drum kit. In year 8 the focus is more on developing confidence in playing in an ensemble.  The carousel starts with some whole class Samba, then the students have a go at playing and improvising over the 12 bar blues, learning about how the blues has influenced the music they might listen to. The students then work in groups to create a cover version of a pop song, before having a go at writing their own songs and performing it to the class.

In Y7 drama lessons students learn the importance of teamwork and communication in creating performance, as well as the basic techniques required to devise and perform drama. Working in groups students explore still image, leading onto mime and then use of voice, creating pieces of drama based on the circus, bullying and storytelling. Students explore how to create and portray characters, and have many opportunities to share their work with the class. In year 8 there are opportunities to recap drama techniques, before exploring what makes a interesting character in more depth.  Students will devise, but also work from scripts, building up to a pantomime style performance in groups.

In Art students experience cross curricular content such as history when we look at key events that has influenced artists, also many aspects of maths when looking at ratio and perspective.

In music students learn to write rhythms using notation. This is very mathematical, and students complete musical sums as a way of assessing their understanding of note values.  Students also read and write lyrics and create a log of their practical activities.  In drama students explore feelings through creating realistic characters, and tackle important subjects like bullying.  They read from scripts and create their own stories.

There is both a music and drama enrichment opportunity for students to access.  The music after school club is a choir, who sing pop and show songs for fun and for the chance to perform at Academy events.  Drama club focusses on the fun aspects of drama, playing drama games that explore team work, communication and self-confidence.  Students create their own stories to enact, and explore excerpts from published plays like DNA and Ernie’s Marvellous Illucinations.

Rossington All Saints Academy values in Creative

Community: Feeling safe and secure with each other so that there are no barriers in being expressive regardless of skill or discipline.

Aspirations: Looking at the work of others worldwide so that all artist and disciplines maybe discovered and expressed.

Resilience: Refining work that would normally be discarded Look for positive solutions when developing works of art,

Excellence: Confident artisans that will have the skills to inspire others and take their place within the world of visual arts.

Who's Who in the Department

Mr White- Department Leader

Mr Smith - Teacher of Music

Qualification nameExam boardAssessment detailsLink to specification

Art & Design Photography


60% COURSE WORK Component 1

40% EXAM Component 2

(External Question paper issued on or after 1st January in the final year)

Btec Level1/Level2 Tech Award in Music Practice

Pearson Edexcel

Component 1: Exploring Music Products and Styles,  36 guided learning hours, internally assessed.

Component 2: Music Skills Development, 36 guided learning hours, internally assessed.

Component 3: Responding to a Commercial Music Brief, 48 guided learning hours, externally assessed.


Btec Level1/level2 Tech Award in Performing Arts

Pearson Edexcel

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts, 36 guided learning hours, internally assessed.

Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts, 36 guided learning hours, internally assessed.

Component 3: Performing to a Brief, 48 guided learning hours, externally assessed.


Possible pathways

The creative qualifications allows you to access A level and equivalent courses within the creative arts disciplines. You may wish to further your studies at university to degree level. Students wishing to pursue a career in the creative arts may consider being an Artist in a range of discipline such as photography and areas that allow you to use the creative process.

Following the Music and Drama pathway will also give you the skills you need to work within the performance sector.  You could work with an agent to gain acting work, attend a local drama group, and develop your instrument, vocal and music theory skills further with a variety of grading exams by ABRSM, LCM, Rock School and more.

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