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Performing Arts

Miss T Rogers

Subject Leader Preforming Arts

Miss T Rogers
Mrs H Page
Mr M Gibbs
Miss L Bishop

Department Vision

The Performing Arts Faculty strive to lead creative, memorable and inspiring lessons in Drama, Dance and Music. We encourage students to work hard in order to reach their full potential and achieve their capabilities. Our aim is to instil within every student a confidence, self-discipline and the ability to communicate effectively with others, becoming fully rounded, creative and responsible young adults. Students have the opportunity to learn Music, Drama and Dance along with the production elements of theatre. There are also many opportunities to get involved in our range of extra-curricular activities!

Lower School:

Years 7 and 8: Pupils follow a music curriculum, which is based upon the DfE Programme of Study:

The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.

Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence.

Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations. (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-music-programmes-of-study)

Within this context, pupils learn how to play instruments (guitars and keyboards), compose music with the use of computers, sing, study music notations, and understand how music is created. This is all achieved through topic-based learning. Topics covered include: Stomp, Music for Media and The Blues.

Pupils have one lesson per week.

One significant piece of homework is set per term and is based upon music appreciation.

Upper School:

Year 9: Students have the option of studying GCSE Drama (WJEC) and GCSE Dance (AQA)

GCSE Drama encourages students to combine practical and theoretical learning. Learners will focus on 3 main components – Devising Theatre, Performing from a Text and a written exam - Interpreting Theatre. Some experience of drama or performance is helpful for this course but not essential. Students who study this course are creative, enthusiastic about theatre, possess good evaluation skills and are happy to perform. Watching live performance is a compulsory part of this course.

Units covered are:

Unit 1: Devising Theatre – Within this unit learners will produce:

  • A realisation of their piece of devised theatre
  • A portfolio of supporting evidence
  • An evaluation of the final performance or design

Unit 2: Performing from a Text - Learners will study two extracts from the same performance text chosen by the teacher and participate in one performance using sections of text from both extracts

Unit 3: Interpreting Theatre Section A - Learners will answer a series of questions on one set text from a choice of five. For Section B students will answer one question from a choice of two, requiring analysis and evaluation of a given aspect of a live theatre production seen during the course.

GCSE Dance encourages students to combine practical and theoretical learning. Learners will cover 3 main topics throughout the course – dance performance, choreographing dances and dance appreciation. Some experience of dance or performance is helpful for this course but not essential. Students who study this course are creative, passionate about dance, will possess good evaluative skills and are happy to perform.

  • 3.1 Performance (30%), 3.2 – Choreography (30%), Appreciation (40%)
  • 3.1 – internally marked and externally moderated, students will perform both a solo and a duet/trio.
  • 3.2 – internally marked and externally moderated, students will individually choreograph a solo or group dance and produce a written choreographic log which responds to an externally set task
  • 3.3 – one and a half hour written exam which is in 3 sections – section A relates to the choreographic and performance process, section B is critical appreciation of own work and section C relates to critical appreciation of professional works

Year 10/11: Students study GCSE Performing Arts (4880), and this is with the AQA exam board.

All GCSE students have 4 lessons across the 2 week timetable. Homework is set via showmyhomework.co.uk, and this will include attendance at practical rehearsals.

6th Form

In Year 12 and 13 we offer 3 BTEC options: Performing Arts (Dance and Acting) and Production Arts.

In both BTECs students will study 4 units, which is a mix of compulsory and optional units. Optional units will be chose according to the group and performance opportunities in that academic year. Students will be set assignment briefs which detail all of the work required to meet the grading criteria, and final deadlines. Units will include a mix of both practical and theory work.

Other information:

The Performing Arts Department run a range of extra-curricular activities including Choir Club, various instrument clubs and Performing Arts Club open to years 7 and 8. Throughout the year there are frequent performances of exams and productions. We also plan many trips to see live theatre, including an annual pantomime trip to the Marlowe Theatre for year 7, West End Theatre shows, backstage tours and visits from external theatre companies.

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