Enhanced Mainstream School for SpLD
Head of School: Sally Sumner.
Executive Headteacher: Andrew Taylor.
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In Key Stage 3 pupils study Art for 1 hour each week. Years 7 and 8 concentrate on the formal elements – line, shape, form, colour, tone, pattern, texture and space. They develop skills using a range of media. Topics and themes include ancient signs and symbols, perspective, local architecture, sports and hobbies. Artists studied range from Velazquez to Picasso. In Year 9 pupils complete a major project after looking at the work of American Pop Artists – they are encouraged to work with independence and self-direction, creating individual responses. Throughout, pupils set targets, reflect on their own work and that of their peers.
In Key Stage 4 pupils who choose to continue with the subject study GCSE Fine Art for five hours during Week A and B. During Year 10 and the first Term of Year 11, pupils complete two major coursework projects – currently ‘Op Art’ and a second self-chosen theme (from ‘Sport’, ‘Music’ or the ‘Natural World’). Their portfolio would show detailed studies of appropriate artists, work in a range of media, recording their own ideas and insights and a personal response. Outcomes range from painted canvas, sculpture, paintings and drawings in a variety of media, digital images and collage/assembly. In January of Year 11 pupils work on the ‘Externally Set Task’ – the examination board set a variety of themes/starting points, pupils choose one and after unlimited preparatory time complete the work with 10 hours of supervised time. This counts for 40% of their final mark.
Each year a group of pupils work with visiting artists and produce a large installation for the Grassington Festival.
Pupils have access to the Art Room at break and lunchtime every day – sometimes priority is given to a particular year group, but year 11 always have open access.
In Key stage 3 students have two hours a week of performing arts. One hour for music and one hour for drama and dance. In year 7 students focus on the basic skills and conventions in performing arts. By year 8 they move onto broadening their knowledge around the subjects, exploring areas such as Greek theatre, devising theatrical experiences, believability and world music. In year 9 students are introduced to performing arts as a full experience, getting them ready for the BTEC that we offer at KS4. Students work together to create band performances and musical theatre extracts which culminate in a full performance to their year group.
Throughout Key Stage 3 they are encouraged to work independently and develop the ability to self and peer reflect on work so as to always strive for their best. They acquire new skills along the way which can help them throughout their school life and later life, making them confident, creative and independent individuals. We work closely with Grassington festival where over the years we have had Samba lessons, loop pedal and stop/start animation workshops, writing and recording a song workshops and performing with a band as part of the festival.
In Key Stage 4 pupils are given the opportunity to continue with performing arts and get BTEC performing arts lessons for five hours a fortnight. In year 10 pupils explore musical theatre and professional performances, which we see on the West End as part of our Key Stage 4 trip to London. This leads onto students developing their own scenes from a musical and concludes unit 1 of the course. Unit 2 the students spend time developing one of the three skills required in performing arts at a detailed level. They can choose to develop their singing, dance or acting skills. The final unit sees the students create a performance from a brief. At all stages pieces are performed to an audience.
If a student chooses not to continue with performing arts in Key Stage 4 it doesn’t mean that they cannot continue to develop their skills. All pupils are invited each year to be a part of the school musical which has been running for the last 5 years. This is an after school activity which grows and grows each year. Students from all year groups take pride and get enjoyment out of being a part of such a fun and exciting performance. Over the years we have taken on ‘Grease’, ‘Wizard of Oz’, ‘High School Musical’, ‘South Pacific’ and most recently ‘Oliver’. They can also be a part of our choir who perform at various events throughout the year and take on all genres and styles of music.
In Key Stage 3 students are given two hours of PE every week. Students have a wide breadth of study including; Rugby, Football, Basketball, Netball, Swimming, Trampolining, Gymnastics, Badminton, Health Related Exercise, Athletics, Cricket, Rounders and Dance. During these lessons students are developing their understanding within the sport, acquiring skills and then learning how to apply the correct skills, Evaluating their own and others’ performances and understanding fitness and health benefits within the sport.
In Key Stage 4 students also have 2 hours of compulsory PE in which they are given the opportunity to partake in the accredited Sports Leaders Level 2 Award. Students are offered a similar breadth of study as Key Stage 3 but have more choice about what they do. Lessons are focused around participation, teamwork, enjoyment, building self-esteem, commitment and are designed to promote lifelong participation so students are aware of how to continue with their sporting education once they leave Upper Wharfedale School.
Students in Key Stage 4 can also choose Btec PE or GCSE PE as an option. In both options students will get 5 hours of PE, on top of the 2 hours of compulsory PE, spread over 2 weeks. The Btec course is a vocational course which allows students to have their work assessed throughout the year with constant marking and feedback with all of their assignments. It is mostly coursework based with 20% of the course being assessed externally. Over the last 2 years we have had excellent results with every student hitting or exceeding their target grade and with many students gaining A and A* grades. The GCSE option has now come back to our curriculum after a 4 year absence. We are really looking forward to teaching this again as it gives students something different from the Btec. The GCSE is assessed 40% theoretically and 60% practical. The students are taught the theory side over 2 years with an exam at the end of the 2 years. Practically students have to show how good they are in 4 different sports.
We have an extensive extra-curricular timetable and staff are extremely committed and give up their time to provide many opportunities for our students. There is at least one club, often two, on every lunch time where students can just turn up and join in. Every night Monday – Thursday there is a club after school. The clubs timetable will change each term to match what the students are doing in their lessons. We compete in many fixtures against other schools in a wide range of sports and compete well for a school of our size. We also run a full intra-school house sports competition to allow as many students as possible to compete in competitive sport.
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Key Stage 2 pupils from Burnsall, Cracoe, Grassington and Kettlewell Primary Schools attend UWS for two hours of PE a week. Swimming is taught for one hour each week by a qualified swimming teacher employed by the Primary Schools. All other activities are taught by a specialist PE teacher from UWS. Pupils follow the National Curriculum and are provided with opportunities to become physically confident competing in sports and other activities to help build character and embed values of fairness and respect.
During the key stage pupils are taught competitive games including netball, football, basketball, badminton, cricket, and rounders, learning how to develop and apply the basic principles of attack and defence. Athletics, gymnastics trampolining, dance and outdoor and adventurous activities are also taught to help to develop flexibility, strength, technique, control, balance and movement patterns. Throughout all lessons pupils learn how to communicate, collaborate and compete with each other, continually working on their performance and how to improve.
Key stage 2 PE at UWS