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Performing Arts

Subject Intent

For students to leave our Academy with the creativity built from a variety of skill, unlocking their full potential to be successful in the Arts. They are equipped with the knowledge of practitioners, professional influences and the current working industry. They will be confident performers, able to express their feeling and passion from within. Students thrive in a performance atmosphere, the gratification they achieve will enhance their passion for the Arts; hopefully going on to pursue a career in their chosen Art form. Performing Arts gives students the ability to work collaboratively, providing them with communication skill to support with their interview techniques and daily social settings in further education, and into adulthood.

Curriculum Objectives

  1. Confidence to stand, talk & perform in front of peers and a wider audience
  2. To be able to read and interpret a variety of texts (fiction & verbatim) and embody the artistic intention within performance
  3. To be able to improvise and use prior skill-based knowledge to be creative
  4. Ability to communicate, work with and listen to others
  5. To understand what strategies are used, why and their impact
  6. Embodying performance skills for a live drama performance
  7. Exploring and Understanding a variety of style, genre, practitioners, era and performers to gain knowledge on the wider world.
  8. To understand and accept without prejudice Mental and Physical health issues
  9. To be able to constructively criticise self and peer work in both written and verbal formats
  10. To challenge themselves and known prejudice and stereotypes within society.
  1. To be confident in front of an audience and in presence of others, to portray the dance idea effectively
  2. To know how to listen and share ideas to build good collaborative work
  3. To have the acknowledgement of what and how choreographic devices create/ develop a dance
  4. To embodying performance skills, through technique for live dance performance
  5. To be impulsive and improvise choreography through a stimulus or feeling to create dance
  6. To be creative and being open-minded about the cultural dance world and personal experiences
  7. To understand initial own image and through reflection, be proud of their own work and strengths
  8. To be an inquisitive developing dancer by exploring a variety of dance styles and choreographers
  9.  To develop leadership skills and understand the process of delegating effectively to achieve the best outcome
  10. To be able to write an evaluation that identifies strengths and areas for development
  1. To be able to perform a short piece on chosen instrument/voice across a number of genres
  2. To develop skills in fluency, accuracy, expression in groups
  3. To understand and explore differing rhythms found in music
  4. To improvise, compose and develop musical ideas
  5. To understand different forms of notation across a range of instruments
  6. To understand and explore tonality, scales and musical devices on instruments relevant to specific genres
  7. To understand and analyse different musical styles, genres and their origins
  8. To listen to and recognise musical instrument sounds from a variety of sources and identify and analyse common musical elements and features from these extracts
  9. To develop music technology skills using different mediums
  10. To understand history, context and key works from great composers and musicians

Key Stage 3

YEAR 7, 8 & 9

In Years 7, 8 and 9, all students study Drama, Dance and Music with underlying technical knowledge to support their Performing Arts studies. Our curriculum aims to invite students into the world of Performing Arts, where they will explore different styles and genres to developing their confidence as a performer, yet facilitating them with the knowledge to apply these skills in many contextual ways. In their practical studies, students develop their ability to devise, choreograph and compose in collaboration with their peers to create their own pieces. Throughout key stage 3, students will learn to embrace other cultures and wider world topics within Performing Arts and this knowledge will set the basis for their inspiring work that is open minded and creative. Practical skills are transferable and are developed during key stage 3, as students become more aware of these skills, they will be able to use them in more complex and creative ways to influence and capture their audience. Students will develop their analytical reflective skills by evaluating their own performances with the aim to improve their practice.

Drama students will study and explore scripted theatre, stimuli, theatre in education, practitioners and different styles, while learning how to create an effective character.

Dance students explore different dance styles such as; contemporary, street dance, bollywood and capoeira. They will study the history around these styles and specific movement content. Students will perform these styles, incorporating chorographic and expressive skills.

Music students explore a range of topics covering; performance, composition and listening. A range of schemes include; elements of music, musical instrument skills, body percussions, ensemble work and musical future.

Key Stage 4

YEAR 10 & 11

Our key stage 4 students have the opportunity to study dance, drama and music within Performing arts.

Dance and Music deliver a Level 2 vocational qualification. These courses are equivalent to a GCSE, focuses on the more practical skills related to the performance industry such as the skills required to be a performer within this field, and how to choreograph/compose for their target audience. The course requires students to develop their own performance skills as well as their ability to analyse a wide range of styles.

BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music, explore the music industry and learning how to promote and execute a live gig/event. Students will need to practice and perform on their chosen instrument and will get the opportunity to compose ideas on music tech software.

RSL Level 2 Certificate Creative and Performing Arts (Dance), will engage with workshops of different dance styles and perform in an ensemble dance performance that focusses on the technique of one particular chosen style. In addition, the live performance external exam allows students to explore how to plan, choreograph and perform a dance piece to a given stimulus.

GCSE Drama currently follows the specification of OCR and explores, devising with a stimulus, performing a text and understanding production as a whole. Students will have the opportunity to see live theatre and will experiment creating and performing a wide range of characters, genres, styles and texts.