Welcome to the PE and Expressive Arts Faculty
The Performing Arts Faculty encompasses 2 subject areas. These are Physical Education and Musical Theatre. Each subject within the faculty has specialist teachers who deliver a broad and balanced curriculum up to examination level as well as providing a wide range of extracurricular activities as part of the schools SCAMPS programme.
The ethos of the faculty is based around the word ARTS. Raising Aspirations, excellent Results, Teamwork and Support. Based around these 4 strands our mission statement is as follows.'The ethos of the Performing Arts faculty is for students and staff to aspire to be the best that they can be in order to achieve results through hard work, teamwork and commitment in a supportive environment where everyone is encouraged to contribute.'
Physical Education at Ashton develops pupils’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. The high-quality physical education curriculum enables all pupils to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. Students develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. When they are performing, they think about what they are doing, analyse the situation and make decisions. They also reflect on their own and others’ performances and find ways to improve them. Physical Education also helps young people to develop positive attitudes towards participation in physical activities in their pursuit of a healthy lifestyle.
Music at Ashton is a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. Music forms part of an individual’s identity and positive interaction with music can develop pupils’ competence as learners and increase their self-esteem. Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, music helps pupils understand themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.
Drama at Ashton enables pupils to explore, develop and express ideas and concepts which will help them make sense of reality. Drama is a life skill and a creative art form. It helps pupils develop their ability to use voice, movement, gesture and facial expression, in acting, mime, dance drama and improvisation. They can express and manage their thoughts and feelings – shared and experienced – while working in a safe and controlled environment. The development of these skills encourages self confidence and self awareness. It promotes the development of the individual in a group context: roles and ideas are negotiated, problems solved and decisions made together. Drama often leads to performance for a wider audience.
Dance at Ashton is a creative art form which helps pupils to develop non-verbal communication skills through the exploration of different dance styles and choreographic techniques. Students are able to express their ideas through movement in collaboration with others to encourage their self esteem and self confidence, in an active and safe environment. Throughout the process, students learn to communicate effectively with each other to share ideas, develop choreography, make decisions and appreciate work through reflection. Students are also to develop their performance skills and develop an understanding of this through performance opportunities in lessons, shows and external events such as dance festivals.