The Art Department at Grange School is dynamic in its creative approach to learning. We are innovative and passionate about art in all its forms. The department aims to fire an enthusiasm for the subject and an understanding of the important contribution art makes to society in general and to us as individuals. In Grange School our art pupils are given opportunities beyond the four walls of the classroom by engaging them in outdoor learning such as excursions, field trips and art competitions. They are also given opportunities to meet directly with local artists, craft makers and designers. We try to unleash the creativity in each child and challenge perceptions of the world around them as “Every child is an artist…”-Pablo Picasso.
The department uses the expertise of its staff to expose pupils to a wide variety of different types of art materials and techniques. Below is what teaching and learning is all about at Key Stages 3 and 4.
Key Stage 3: The Art and Design curriculum is taught for two hours over a fortnight and units taught are designed to cover a range of skills-based processes. Lessons incorporate a range of practical work, group discussion, independent and group work and ICT to allow access to all students, as well as providing opportunities for formative and summative assessment.
Key Stage 4: All pupils follow the Art and Design IGCSE syllabus. We prepare our pupils toward Option A – Component 1 and Component 2 (Observational Based Assignment and Design Based Assignment) as their final examination in Year 11.
“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” ~ Edward Hopper
“All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.” -William Shakespeare
Grange School Drama department, is fully involved in the daily happenings of the school, ranging from school assemblies, National Day Celebration, concerts etc.
Students are introduced to Educational Drama from Year 7, as it is set out in the curriculum. It is a creative process that allows them to explore the full potential of drama as a learning experience. It is improvisational in nature and has as its aim a quest for knowledge that involves every aspect of the student’s personality.
Through practical and theoretical study, the Cambridge IGCSE Drama syllabus encourages students to understand and enjoy drama by developing their performance skills, both individually and in groups. Understanding the role of actor, director and designer, in creating a piece of theatre, considering ways in which ideas and feelings can be communicated to an audience and discovering the performance possibilities of plays and other dramatic stimuli. The students also devise dramatic materials of their own that are internally assessed and externally moderated.