Curriculum Statement of Intent

The curriculum is much more than just lessons. It includes the ethos, attitudes and relationships which create the family life of our school. Our aim is to provide a broad, balanced and rigorous curriculum that meets the needs and aspirations of every young person and leaves them well prepared for their future.

Curriculum Statement of Intent – Dance

The Dance curriculum is designed to give students the best possible experiences in the Dance and Performing Arts industries. It explores choreographic and performance skills alongside evaluative and directive skills. Students will have chance to explore a wide variety of styles, genres and professional works within the classroom by performing, choreographing and appreciating them. The Dance curriculum also aims to develop students’ confidence, self-awareness and leadership skills therefore preparing them for life beyond Isca.

The curriculum intends to:

1) Develop student’s choreographic skills by introducing them to subject specific and high impact devices.

2) Equip students with the relevant skills and confidence to develop their performance skills by providing plenty of opportunity and challenge.

3) Explore professional works and inspire students.

4) Develop critical thinkers who are able to analyse their own and the work of others.

5) Develop learners who are aware of and understand the elements of the Performing Arts industry and are prepared for a career in the field.

Curriculum overview: topics studied during each stage of the year. Roadmap: an overview of the subject in a single image.

Curriculum Statement of Intent – Drama

The Drama curriculum is planned to ensure that students have all the skills necessary to work effectively as part of a team. They will be able to communicate their own ideas, as well as listen to, and build upon the ideas of their classmates, whilst working cooperatively towards a common goal. They will understand the importance of supporting and encouraging each other and appreciate how this helps everyone to grow in confidence and skill. They will be encouraged to develop their own creativity by responding to themes and scripts in a variety of different dramatic styles. They will be encouraged to take creative risks and step outside of their comfort zones in a safe and supportive environment. They will be encouraged to consider different perspectives by exploring and performing a diverse range of characters in a variety of situations.

Students will become more confident at performing in front of an audience, developing the vocal and physical skills that will help them grow into engaging and capable communicators. They will also gain an understanding of the importance of rehearsal and preparation in order to meet deadlines for performances. Through watching and reflecting on the work of their classmates and professional actors, they will be able to analyse their own work and refine it in order to reach their full potential.

The curriculum intends to:

1) To develop collaborative skills that enable students to work as an effective team.

2) To encourage creativity in the students’ approach to devising pieces of drama and creating characters.

3) To build confidence when performing in front of an audience.

4) To develop a constructive, critical approach to their own performance work and that of their peers.

Curriculum overview: topics studied during each stage of the year. Roadmap: an overview of the subject in a single image.

Curriculum Statement of Intent – Music

The Music curriculum is planned to ensure that students experience a wide range of styles and cultures whilst developing the main musical skills; Performing, Composing, Appraising and Evaluating. The Music curriculum at Isca exposes students to current music technology software as well as using practical activities to explore their interests and the evolution of musical history. Music helps us to understand the world around us and engage in mindful and active listening whilst developing a sense of self and gaining confidence. Music is also important to wellbeing and the curriculum is designed to allow students to explore this and themselves throughout the 5 years by giving them ownership of their work. Music aims to produce confident learners who are able to tackle life beyond Isca.

The curriculum intends to:

1) Develop confident, independent and inquisitive learners by the end of year 11.

2) Explore and understand a wide variety of musical styles and periods. From modern music to music of the baroque period and music from across the globe.

3) Enable students by teaching them the skills and tools required to perform to an audience as a soloist and an ensemble and providing plenty of performance opportunities within and outside the school.

4) Equip students with the skills and tools to be able to express themselves by writing music appropriate for performance.

5) Develop students’ awareness of the Music industry and how they could fit into it preparing them for a career.

6) Developing skills that enable students to be good listeners, team players and confident individuals.

Curriculum overview (years 7 and 8): topics studied during each stage of the year. Roadmap: an overview of the subject in a single image.
Curriculum overview (from year 9): topics studied during each stage of the year.