Curriculum

Performing Arts

The Performing Arts give pupils an opportunity to develop their intra and inter-personal skills, as well as their social and emotional literacy. Performing Arts are not simply designed to create actors, directors, writers, designers or musicians, but rather socially aware young people who can engage with a rapidly changing world. Our aim is to help pupils to explore the world around them and to ignite their creativity, passion and interest in drama, music and the theatre.

Pupils are given the opportunity to develop their understanding of drama practitioners and performance styles. They will experience live theatre and have the opportunity to be involved in Academy productions. Pupils will also consider aspects of theatrical design, including costume and set design, music and lighting.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8

Music

  • Theory and examples with the elements of music in: tempo, texture, timbre, silence, pitch, duration, dynamics
  • Theory and practical to vocal warm ups
  • Group acapelle performances
  • Recognise the categories of acapelle
  • Use simple notation
  • Singing in rounds
  • Review of acapelle tracks
  • Understanding the spiritual message of the acapelle in study
  • Creating and improvising simple tunes of acapelle/ songs
  • Practice and rehearsals

Drama

  • Text-based performances
  • Mise en scène
  • Genre, character and form
  • Role of theatre
  • Performing and responding to drama
  • Directors’ interpretations
  • Devising a theatrical piece of drama

Music

  • Use and describe the elements of music: tempo, texture, timbre, silence, pitch, duration, dynamics
  • Lead warm ups
  • Acapelle performances in a solo, dual and unison
  • Exploring the categories of acapelle
  • Use advance notation
  • Performing in an ostinato and canon
  • Evaluation of performances
  • Exploring and providing own opinion on the acapelle in study
  • Composing an acapelle

Drama

  • Improvisation
  • Individual practice and group rehearsals
  • Awareness of roles in contemporary theatre
  • Stanislavski and Brecht and their Naturalistic and Episodic performance styles
  • Compare theatrical interpretation
KS4 Option Choice 1: AQA GCSE Drama (8261)
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
TWO YEAR COURSE ONE YEAR COURSE
  • Understanding drama
    • Characteristics of performance text(s) and dramatic work(s)
    • Social, cultural and historical contexts
    • How meaning is interpreted and communicated
    • Drama and theatre terminology and how to use it appropriately
    • The roles and responsibilities of theatre makers in contemporary professional practice
    • Studying a set play
    • Analysing and evaluating a live theatre production
  • Devising drama
    • Creating devised drama
    • Performing devised drama
  • Texts in practice

 

 

  • Understanding drama
    • Characteristics of performance text(s) and dramatic work(s)
    • Social, cultural and historical contexts
    • How meaning is interpreted and communicated
    • Drama and theatre terminology and how to use it appropriately
    • The roles and responsibilities of theatre makers in contemporary professional practice
    • Studying a set play
    • Analysing and evaluating a live theatre production
  • Devising drama
    • Creating devised drama
    • Performing devised drama
  • Texts in practice 
KS4 Option Choice 2: BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
TWO YEAR COURSE ONE YEAR COURSE
  • Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts (Internally Assessed)
  • Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts (Internally Assessed)
  • Component 3: Performing to a Brief (Externally Assessed)
    • Use the brief and previous learnings to come up with ideas
    • Build on skills in classes, workshops and rehearsals
    • Review the process using an ideas and skills log
    • Perform a piece to a chosen audience
    • Reflect on performance in an evaluation report
  • Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts (Internally Assessed)
  • Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts (Internally Assessed)
  • Component 3: Performing to a Brief (Externally Assessed)
    • Use the brief and previous learnings to come up with ideas
    • Build on skills in classes, workshops and rehearsals
    • Review the process using an ideas and skills log
    • Perform a piece to a chosen audience
    • Reflect on performance in an evaluation report

 

Assessment

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: AQA GCSE Drama (8261) or BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Performing Arts

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and pupils are able to use the Academy’s state-of-the-art IT facilities at both lunchtime and after school. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.