Performing Arts

“Music is life, that's why our hearts have beats'

'The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life' Oscar Wilde

Year 7 enter the mystical world of fairy tales as they experiment with physical theatre and performance. Next they relish in Chinese and Japanese theatre studies, exploring their music, make up, masks and puppetry. From here, they swing on over to the west end of London analysing characterisation and staging on The Cursed Child whilst enjoying 'Underground' rhythm pieces.

Year 8 get their fingers busy on the keyboards and investigate how music features in films for dramatic effect in, for example, horror films; let's hope they don't get too scared! They say the world is a stage so year 8 travel to Africa and Indonesia to explore folk tales and create their own pieces for performance.

Year 9 start off from the source; bringing texts such as poetry and first hand accounts of war to life through visual images, actions and dialogue. From here, year 9 get to grips with the music in computer games before exploring Greek theatre, will it all end in tragedy? The finale of year 9 involves going out with a bang as they enjoy a good ol' samba!

Key Stage 4 

Music

Year 10 begin a 2 year BTEC Tech Award in Music Practice. The Edexcel syllabus is split into three components:

Component 1: Exploring Music Products and Styles 

  • Develop an appreciation of styles and genres of music. 
  • Explore techniques used to create music products. 

Component 2: Music Skills Development 

  • Exploring professional and commercial music industry skills. 
  • Applying and developing individual performance skills. 

Component 3: Responding to a Commercial Brief 

  • Performing stylistically accurate cover versions. 
  • Creating original music using existing traits. 

Drama 

Drama is an exciting and challenging course which focuses on performing, presenting and evaluative skills, providing opportunities for you to work as part of a team in both scripted and devised drama.  The following skills are developed and assessed within this subject: 

  • creative sills 
  • practical skills 
  • devising skills 
  • self-reflection skills 

Year 10 pupils begin a 2 year GCSE in Drama where students follow the Edexcel syllabus which is split into 3 components:

Component 1: Devising (40% of the qualification) 

  • The creation of original drama.from a chosen source as a member of an ensemble 
  • Written portfolio  
  • Practical performance 
  • Internally assessed and externally moderated  

Component 2: Performance from Text (20% of the qualification) 

  • Practical examination (externally assessed)  
  • Two extracts from a chosen play 
  • Performance may be monologue, duologue, ensemble or any combination  

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (40% of the qualification) 

  • Written examination (1 hour 45 minutes) 
  • Study of a play from an actor’s, director’s and designer’s perspective 
  • Study of a performance from an audience perspective 

British Values, SMSC and Cultural Capital 

Performing Arts plays a key role in promoting and maintaining a positive wellbeing for our students.  We encourage academic development but also promote participation in cultural activities, proven to benefit health and satisfaction with life in general. 

Performing Arts develops cognitive skills, empathy and theory of mind. Drama helps with our ability to understand and control our emotions. Students appreciate theatre and watching performances for pleasure. Playing and listening to music are closely associated with increased feelings of wellbeing and there is evidence to suggest it helps to improve attainment in other subjects, particularly Maths.   Music enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development whilst also giving pupils a positive experience; building their self-esteem when working individually and in groups. 

Extra-curricular Performing Arts is where lifelong interests and friendships are formed. Peripatetic lessons with professional mentors covering a wide range of instruments are available for everyone.   Life skills taught through Performing Arts help build confidence, self esteem and invoke a sense of being a valued member of a team.

Studying the Arts embraces cultural diversity such as exploring world music and theatre as well as offering an insight into British traditions, their historical and cultural significance. This is encouraged through plays; concerts; theatre and musical history; links to film; literature and etymology.

We develop pupils’ ability to perform and speak in public, forming firm foundations which bode well for the future, such as, with interview skills.