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At Brookfields School, we recognise the importance that creative arts have in the life of all pupils.
We combine the subjects of Art, Music, Dace, Movement and Drama to form a comprehensive and exciting approach to developing all pupils’ creativity that builds on their strengths and interests.
Our purpose built facilities and resources in the Secondary School include a large, multi-purpose Art room and a newly developed Drama, Music and Dance studio with state of the art lighting and sound. In the Primary School, the classroom teacher delivers Creative Arts whereas in the Secondary School, subject specialists in Art, Drama, and Music teach students.
Creative Arts takes on a very multi-sensory approach, particularly for pupils with either Severe Learning Difficulties, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties and for pupils with a physical or sensory impairment.
In music, students develop their skills in composing, performing and listening. They are taught using a range techniques and resources including the use of interactive whiteboards, circle time music making and musical futures (rock band) approaches.
In Key Stage 4 and 6th Form, students choose to specialise in one Art form and follow the Arts Award Syllabus.
At the end of the Spring Term students in Key stage 3 and 4 take part in a school production.
At the end of the year 6th Form, musicians are encouraged to form a rock band to perform at their leavers prom.In Key Stage 3 the students follow a tailor-made syllabus which extends their abilities in; rhythm, melody, structure, instrumental skills, working in a group and part playing. In Key Stage 4 and 6th Form students are encouraged to develop a skill on a rock band instrument such as, keyboard, electric bass, drum kit, guitar or microphone, and to play with their peers, together as a band.
In Art, pupils experience working with a wide range of different mediums such as clay, plaster, print, fabric, paper, glue, pastels and paint. They can study and learn about the work of specific artists and explore 2D and 3D work. We often welcome visiting artists to the school who work with the pupils and teachers in developing themes.
Through Drama, students with moderate and severe learning difficulties develop their skills in acting; working specifically on role-play, improvisation and presenting drama and stories to others. All students are given the opportunity to be part of a dramatic process that involves them exploring, creating, feeling, thinking, communicating, playing, moving and sensing. All lessons are based around Key Stage topics, which change each term.
Each year Key Stage 3 and 4 put on a production which includes art, music and drama. The 6th Form hold an annual leavers prom, where 6th form bands have the opportunity to perform.
For some students who show a particular interest and flare in art, we are able to offer a GCSE.
We also offer an Arts Award qualification at Bronze (equivalent to a D to G at GCSE) and Silver (equivalent to A* to C at GCSE). This qualification allows pupils to explore the Arts, develop important life skills and gives them an opportunity to achieve a meaningful qualification at the end of the course. The Arts Award inspres young people to grow their arts and leadership talents – its CREATIVE, VALUABLE & ACCESSIBLE.
To find out more about the Arts Award, click here
There are many opportunities for students to immerse themselves in Creative Arts outside the classroom with regular art clubs and school plays, as well as some Secondary School students taking part in the National Shakespeare School Festival or L.A.M.D.A exams and opportunities to perform in inter-school events.