Welcome to Creative Arts – Performing Arts

Performing Arts – Dance, Drama and Music

Performing Arts is an increasingly growing department which is popular amongst students. Our aim is to not only develop specialist skills within these subject areas but also to provide a platform for students to grow in confidence and to develop interpersonal skills such as communication, team work, negotiation, resilience and perseverance. Our students show excellent work ethic and commitment to projects both within lessons and within enrichment opportunities and we encourage students to create as well as take part.


What to expect in KS3:

Students in years 7 and 8 study two performing arts lessons each week which consist of Music and Drama and span the full academic year. Within Drama students cover many topics such as the History of Theatre, Rhythm and Pitch, and Darkwood Manor in year 7 and Shakespeare, Composition, and Trestle Theatre in year 8. Both year groups conclude the year with a final devised project whereby they amalgamate a range of skills learnt throughout the year into their own devised performance. Within these topics, students will learn a range of dance, drama and music skills to prepare for their GCSE study in their chosen area of focus. Students are often given opportunity to showcase their work during the summer show and also to extend their learning within a range of enrichment projects.


What to expect in KS4:

KS4 is the second phase of learning that builds on and strengthens the skills set and knowledge that students have developed in KS3. Students have the option to study GCSE Drama, GCSE Music or Btec Dance all of which provide a strong platform of experience and knowledge to allow for progression to similar Level 3 courses in further education. Students will be provided with opportunity to perform in front of a range of audiences in a range of venues in order to develop experience within performance and also to develop their confidence and communication skills. They will be expected to take part in some extra-curricular projects and to attend some rehearsals during enrichment to prepare for assessment.


How will you be assessed in KS4:


GCSE Drama:

Students will be assessed across three different components which include both practical and written elements. Students will study a variety of texts including ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell and ‘Metamorphosis’ by Steven Berkoff. They will also explore a range of drama Practitioners giving insight into the drama skills and techniques learnt throughout KS3 and developing these through their KS4 course. Students will also have the opportunity to see some professional theatre as part of this course


Btec Music:

Students will be assessed across three different components which include both practical and written elements. Students have the opportunity to hone skills in an instrument of their choice and broaden their knowledge and understanding of musical techniques. You will also study composition and learn to build your own pieces both electronically and practically.


Btec Dance:

Students will be assessed across three different components which include both practical and written elements. They will learn a range of repertoire from current professional pieces and develop their choreographic skills. This course is focussed on developing the dancer in both knowledge of dance and the industry and practical dance skills. Students will also have the opportunity to attend practical workshops led by professionals as part of their course.

Enrichment within Performing Arts:

Throughout the academic year we have several performance projects that students can take part in. Over the past 2 years we have run full school musicals, collaborative shows across the United Learning Cluster, Rock Challenge, workshops with a variety of artists such as Frantic Assembly and Balletboyz, the Wassail project, trips to the theatre to see live performance, performances for members of the community and we regularly perform at events both within the academy and at other venues.


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