Performing Arts

The department offers a welcoming atmosphere to encourage students to develop confidence and team building skills within lessons where students learn the importance of communication.

Staff

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Key Stage 3

Within Drama at Key Stage 3 students will research, discuss and use drama techniques to explore character and situations. Students will devise and present scripted and improvised dramas in response to a range of stimuli.

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact:
Mr G Harvey Head of Music and Drama.

Key Stage 4

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts – Acting (QN 60304066)

This is a very practical course and it is designed to ask students deep and complex questions about the world around them. It allows you to put yourselves in another’s shoes and consider the world with a different perspective. Throughout the course you will be expected to think about situations and issues and explore them through practical drama and through written documentary evidence.

Progress is tracked through every praising stars cycle, and students will receive regular constructive feedback on their work within class time, parent’s evenings and during catch up.

Unit 1 – Exploring the Performing Arts
This component gives students the opportunity to study the methodology of various theater practitioners. Through research and exploration of three practitioners; John Godber, Dennis Kelly and Willy Russell, students engage in the rehearsal style and they create work.

Unit 2 – Developing Skill and Techniques in the performing arts.
Students will begin their journey to becoming a professional actor. They will be introduced to key physical, interpretive and vocal skills and how they are to apply, develop and evaluate their impact. In particular, they will undertake a programme of workshops to explore different acting styles.

Unit 3 – Performing to a brief
The purpose of this component is to combine all knowledge and skills gained from components 1 and 2. Student’s will apply their skills and techniques creatively to devise a performance for a selected audience. Students will capture their ideas on planning, development and effectiveness of the performance process in response to a given brief and stimulus.

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr G Harvey Head of Music and Drama.

Music

Music is an area of energy and exciting opportunities for students to build confidence, team building and develop an appreciation for all music.

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Key Stage 3

Music is a fun and exciting subject to study, and offers a unique way of communication. Music develops all the different learning model skills and qualities, which can be easily transferred to other subjects. Students in Year 7 and 8 are timetabled for one hour of Music per week and study a wide variety of music in order to deepen and broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding. These are developed through performing, composing and listening.
Students will focus on developing their instrumental skills on keyboard, ukuleles, singing, guitar and percussion, and will collaborate and work with others as musicians. Many of the units of work are taught using Musical Futures. Homework will often relate to the appraisal of student’s own work and the work of others.

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact:
Mr G Harvey, Head of Music and Drama.

Key Stage 4

Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Music QAN code 60068188

This course has four units. Students study a range of theory and practical music across a range of styles.

Unit 1 – The Music Industry. This unit is assessed through an external exam. All aspects of the music industry are studied.

Unit 2 – Managing a Music Product. This unit is assessed internally. Students work together to create a musical product. They take on all of the roles that this entails.

Unit 4 – Introducing Music Composition. Students will create their own music in a variety of styles.

Unit 5 – Introducing Music Performance. Students will perform music in a variety of styles. They will have a number of performance opportunities and will receive instrument lessons in order to develop their musical ability.

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr Harvey, Head of Music and Drama.