PE and Arts Faculty
PE-_and_-Arts-Faculty (ID 1048)
Intent of Art
The aim of our curriculum for art and design is to ensure that all students are given a good grounding in the essential skills and disciplines our subject has to offer, with an opportunity to explore both 2D and 3D ways of working in order to meet the expectations set out in the national curriculum. It is also designed to ensure that as they progress through Year 7, 8 and 9 that their understanding of artists/designers/art from other cultures and art practices grows and develops, so that by the end of Year 9 (in readiness for GCSE) they are confident and independent practitioners who are able to take creative risks with materials and processes.
We believe that art allows students to learn skills for the wider world. Visual communication and visual literacy are key components of our curriculum. We challenge their perceptions of what art is and its place in society and how it can be used as a tool for social change. Our curriculum is based on a broad and diverse range of artists and art practices. This enables all students to feel included and be successful in their artistic endeavours, creating a sense of purpose towards the production of beautiful work.
Hello and welcome to the Performing Arts Department at Thurston Community College, where all staff are committed to creating a challenging, meaningful and inspiring learning environment while preparing students for their future careers.
"Arts education is not a luxury, it is a necessity. It's really the air many of theses kids breathe. It's how we get kids excited about getting up and going to school in the morning. It's how we get them to take ownership of their future" (Key research findings from Imagine Nations - Cultural Learning Alliance Report 2017).
Intent of PE
We aim to develop with all students' through our PE programme and extra curricular provision a range of key concepts that enables everyone the opportunity to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. These concepts are embedded in our lessons, most notably at KS3, which aid student's understanding and development whilst supporting their progress when performing in a wide range of physical activities, either in individual or group scenarios.
Many of our students take up the opportunity to study PE at examination level in KS4-5 whilst we are keen with all non examined students in KS4 to explore pathways, accredited courses and options that maintains their engagement and commitment to being physically active.
We also aim to develop students' confidence and broad skills when physically performing, especially those of tactical awareness, decision making, teamwork, collaboration, leadership, competitiveness, creativity, and aesthetic appreciation.