Performing Arts Curriculum
Students deserve a broad, ambitious and creative performing arts curriculum, rich in skills and knowledge, which ignites curiosity and prepares them well for future learning. By the end of their time in performing arts, students shall have a holistic combination of practical (subject specific skills) and more general ‘life-skills’ which shall make them confident and ready for the challenges of the adult world of work. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to meet their potential to develop inter-personal skills, effective communication skills and self-awareness. Our department sees students as inventors, composers, devisors and improvisers. We encourage and support students to attend a wide range of extra-curricular activities.
At KS3, pupils are involved in listening, singing and performing. Theoretical knowledge is used to support the practical learning. A systematic approach to teaching notation is embedded within all topics, and is differentiated as appropriate. Students learn to play keyboards, wind band instruments, ukulele and world instruments to play together in ensembles. They learn to use their voices correctly. In addition to classroom lessons, students have the opportunity to further study an instrument of their choice with our peripatetic teachers. At KS4 & 5, pupils learn to perform using their voice or instruments as a soloist and part of an ensemble, and learn how to plan a rehearsal. In composition, they create a piece of music to a brief, having practised skills in technical exercises. The new KS4 course also investigates how to create, manage and propose a musical event. Students appraise music from different musical genres, identifying musical features.
At KS3 students create, perform, and respond to drama. They study a wide range of practical skills through different thematic topics and plays. Lessons are planned to give students the confidence to discuss, debate and problem solve together. They learn to evaluate their own work and the work of others, both orally and through structuring written essays. This is completed using a challenging selection of plays, such as Chicken (Mark Wheeller) and Blood Brothers (Willy Russell), theatre history, physical theatre and devising techniques. At KS4 and KS5, all students study performing, designing and directing but can choose to specialise in one area for their practical exams. Specialisms include acting, lighting design, sound design, costume design or set design.