Mrs Sharon Pinchen, Faculty Leader and Teacher of Art
Miss Ellie Hopwood, Second in Faculty/Teacher of Drama/Acting SENDCo
Mr Tom Astley, Teacher of Music
Mr Graeme Heathcote, Teacher of Music
Mrs Nicola Pickford, Teacher of Creativity – ICT Across the Curriculum
Miss Hannah Rutter, Inclusion Assistant
Miss Gemma Smith, Teacher of Drama and Assistant Head of Curie House
Mr Peter Stoddart, Inclusion Assistant/Teacher of Photography
“Creative people can overcome setbacks and adversities because creativity promotes intuition, risk taking and reflexive action” (Stables, 1998)
Employers in all areas of work need people who are able to produce creative and innovative ideas; by studying Art, Music and Drama at Key Stage 3, students will have the opportunities to develop the skills important to employers such as problem solving, creative intervention, critical thinking, evaluating, innovating, manipulating and refining ideas.
The subjects studied within the Creativity Faculty also contribute to the development of personal and social skills such as self awareness and understanding, confidence building, team skills and cultural awareness.
Additionally there is much research which suggests that studying The Arts contributes to student achievement and success in other subjects.
Students of ALL abilities will benefit in many ways from studying subjects within the Creativity Faculty and the programmes of study are written to ensure that students are provided opportunities to really enjoy their learning; themes of work allow students to investigate topics relevant to them, their personal interests and allow them to express and develop their own thoughts and ideas into quality final pieces of art work in a range of different forms. The Programmes of Study prepare students for KS4; the 5 year curriculum is designed to engage students, provide them with opportunities for self expression and develop the specific skills required for success at GCSE.
The faculty also provides many extra curricular activities which enrich students’ time at the College and provide memorable experiences for those who become involved.
Key Stage 3
Across Key Stage 3 students at High Tunstall will have the opportunity to work with a vast range of 2D and 3D materials such as pencil, mixed media work, collage, paint, clay, papier mache, (amongst others).
Through a range of varied themed projects from Still Life, African Textiles, Aboriginal Art, Chinese Art and Portraits, students will develop skills in the following areas:
- Observational drawing
- Recording, generating and developing ideas
- Evaluating their own and other’s work
- Painting (including digital)
- Mixed media work
- Design development
- Abstract development
- 3D making skills
- Communicating ideas
Varying skills are developed throughout the Key Stage 3 Drama programme of study here at High Tunstall.
Students will develop social and cooperative skills through group work. The programme of study is also designed to be cross-curricular drawing on Greek Theatre, aspects of both World War I and World War II as well as citizenship issues such as knife crime amongst young people.
Modules are designed to develop devising skills looking at varying stimulus. Students also work with scripts to develop more traditional drama skills.
More specific skills include;
- Thought Tracks
- Freeze Frames
- Hot Seating
- Cross Cutting
- Marking the moment
- Non-naturalistic theatre
- Scripted Drama
Schemes are devised to allow for creative responses to themes. Students develop skills in performing, composing and listening in preparation for Key Stage 4. Students will develop keyboard skills and will also be encouraged to develop skills with percussion and singing. Students will investigate rhythm, the elements of music and work on individual and group pieces. They will look at African music, Popular Music, Chinese Music and learn about the instruments of the Orchestra.
There are many opportunities to become involved in extra-curricular activities linked to music (more details below).