Performing Arts

KS3

Drama: A broad based and accessible curriculum for all students incorporating theatre skills through practical work. Students will learn how to present a piece of theatre, improvised, self written or scripted in ways which are interesting and appropriate to the audience. We teach dramatic styles eg. voice, character, awareness, timing, movement and gesture and theatrical techniques eg. flashback, asides, still pictures, thought in the head and slow motion. Flexibility as to when some projects will be done will vary due to restrictions on resources – props, costume & lighting. Assessments are completed at the end of each project.

Music: During these lessons we explore the breadth of music that surrounds us, considering how we relate to the art form as audience-consumers, composers, performers and musicologists.  We consider how music links to real-life contexts as a tool for emotional, political and cultural expression.  We unpack the features of a range of styles of music, learning about the techniques that cause these styles of music to have the effect that they do.  We apply our knowledge of these styles of music as performers and improvisers, learning transferable skills that help us to know ourselves and communicate better with others.  We compose music in a range of styles, learning how to refine our creative ideas in order to produce a finished ‘product’ and consider how this is valuable, not just to us, but to our audience and ‘the consumer’.

Dance: In Year 7 students work through a series of cross-curricular topics with music, where they have the opportunity to explore themes in a broader sense of performance.  Students study abstract movement, Stomp, Rock N Roll and include a variety of individual skills.  In Year 8 and 9 students develop their practical and choreographical skills in group work where they also include personal skills and influences from outside of school.

KS4

Drama: GCSE Edexcel
60% Practical
40% Written
Students will be expected to perform a range of pieces of which two will be used for final assessment.  Presentation of work will be covered incorporating a range of topics, social issues and themes.  All pieces are filmed as evidence of work completed.  Students are expected to see Professional Theatre Companies as part of the course.

Music: GCSE Eduqas
60% Composing & Performing
40% Listening
The GCSE in Music allows students to capitalise on their different musical interests. Areas of study include a wide range of music including classical, world and popular music. The GCSE is designed to allow the study of music through the integration of performing, composing, and listening, with the opportunity to use music technology in performance and as a compositional tool.

Dance: GCSE AQA
60% Practical
40% Written
Students are expected to create their own choreography based on their study of professional works.  They will also learn a set study choreographed by an AQA examiner.  The written paper is based on their professional work and their own understanding of the safe practice of dance.