Expressive Arts


Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way young people think, feel and act. It brings together intellect and imagination and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. Music education at Castle Hall aims to develop students’ ability to appreciate, compose and perform a wide variety of music.

Units of work in KS3 include:

Year 7

  • Rhythm work on ‘Blue Bins’
  • Singing
  • Graphic Scores
  • Major and Minor chords
  • Accompaniment Styles
  • Music for adverts

Year 8

  • Reggae
  • Variations
  • Musicals
  • Fairground music
  • Songs and their styles
  • Country and Western

Year 9

  • Pop performance 1
  • The Blues
  • Film Music
  • Mood and Atmosphere
  • Pop performance 2

At KS4 we follow the Eduqas specification for GCSE Music and the Edexcel specification for GCSE Drama.

Students study 3 areas of

Performance – Students perform a solo piece of their choice and an ensemble piece also their choice

Composition – Students compose 2 pieces of music in a style of their choice

Listening and Appraising – Students listen to 12 set works from Classical to Modern music.

Extra Curricular activities in the Music Department

  • Monday – Ukulele – everybody welcome
  • Tuesday – Year 7 ensemble – all Year 7 welcome
  • Thursday – Supersingers – by invitation
  • Friday – CHA Singers – Years 8 to 11 – anybody welcome

Instrumental lessons

We have visiting instrumentalist teachers from Kirklees Music School including:

  • Brass lessons
  • Piano lessons
  • Woodwind lessons
  • Percussion lessons
  • Guitar lessons


Young people are natural actors. Drama at Castle Hall aims to unleash their creativity and build up their confidence. In drama lessons students use dramatic techniques, including work in-role to explore ideas and texts. They also create, share and evaluate ideas and understanding through drama. This helps children think about the ‘who, why, where, and when’ elements of stories, events, and their everyday experiences. Drama helps children develop a creative perspective on life and gives them freedom of expression. Drama is taught to all at KS3 and they can choose to study GCSE Drama in KS4. There is also a popular Drama Club which makes a valuable contribution to extra-curricular performing arts events and to Alternative Curriculum Days.

Art and Design (inc Photography)

We believe that Art and Design stimulates creativity, imagination and innovation. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of responding to the world. Through Art and Design activities, students learn to make informed valued judgements, analyze art from different cultures and create original pieces of artwork using a wide range of materials.

At Castle Hall Academy, Art and Design is taken by all students in Key Stage 3. Work is undertaken through a range of projects in which they explore colour, form, texture, pattern and different materials and processes to communicate what students see, feel and think. In Year 7, students have a carousel timetable, spending 5 to 6 weeks in Art, Drama and Music for two Modules. This gives students a better opportunity to consolidate the basic skills needed for the whole of Key Stage 3.

Many students then successfully take Art and Design as a GCSE. The course involves working with a broad range of resources and materials. Students study culture, art, craft and design and work with printing, ceramics and painting to create work with originality.  Some students take  GCSE Photography as a separate option. This course is  very popular with students and the recent results have been excellent.

Subject Staff

  • Mrs R Duguid

  • Mrs K Simons

  • Mr L Redfearn

  • Mrs J Machin