Performing Arts at Upper Wharfedale seeks to engender and nurture the artistic and creative expressions of students in Physical Education, Art, Drama and Music.
Our purpose is to develop "students’ skills and understanding of creating, performing and responding", to the knowledge and understanding of the historical and cultural meanings of the arts" and provide opportunities for students to make connections among those arts and to give them a confidence and a real meaning of the world they live in through artistic expression.
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.