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Performing arts

Our vision…

To develop and active appreciation of performing arts where all pupils develop their abilities to be independent enquirers, creative thinkers, team workers, effective participators and reflective learners through experiencing different roles and responsibilities in lessons across drama, music and physical education.

To give all pupils in every lesson the opportunity to contribute to, share within, feedback on and be a member of a positive learning experience which allows all to be creative and express themselves while learning relevant new skills which they can use within and beyond the lesson.

We want students to experience a wide variety of activities that allows them to be competent performers (skilful, resilient, fit and healthy, team player, participant); strategic thinkers (tactical decision maker and creator, problem solver); leaders (organisers, officials, role models, effective communicators, inclusive); analysts (observer and evaluator).

Subject areas

  • Drama
  • Music
  • Physical education

Year seven drama

Course Overview

Year seven drama introduces pupils to the skills they will need for effective group work and performance. We begin with a unit on working together to lay down the foundations for cooperative work in a variety of groups. This is followed by mime to ensure that physical communication is clear. We explore the historical conventions of pantomime in the lead up to the traditional season for performance. In the spring term we use fairy tales as a stimulus, moving away from their traditional form to explore a range of forms and styles in modern interpretations. Characterisation is the focus for the summer term, using a variety of stimuli to explore how to inhabit and communicate a role.

 

Useful Information

Pupils may wish to visit theatre productions, both amateur and professional, to experience a range of performances. School productions and local drama groups will provide an ideal opportunity to extend and develop skills.

Year seven music

Course overview

The music curriculum for key stage three students follows the model of GCSE music and has three areas of focus: performing, composing, and listening and appraising. It focuses on a wide range of musical styles and provides a solid basis of skills and knowledge development with an emphasis on placing music in its cultural and historical background.

Students study a topic called 'introductions' which covers the basic musical elements, and compose a short rhythmic piece of samba. They experience their first piece of performance work on keyboards by learning Beethoven's 'Ode to joy' and have had the opportunity to work in pairs and small groups. The spring term centres round the use of the voice and students choose a song to sing as an a cappella group. Work in the summer term focuses on fanfares and Vivaldi's 'Four seasons'.

 

Useful information

Students can improve their knowledge of music theory by visiting www.musictechteacher.com. This will build on their knowledge of note values and note names and identification that were covered as part of their unit on Introductions.

Year seven physical education

Course overview

Pupils at key stage three are taught to use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games [e.g. football, rugby, netball, badminton, basketball, table tennis and squash...], develop their technique and improve performance in other competitive sports [e.g. athletics, trampolining and gymnastics] and perform dances using advanced dance techniques within a range of dance styles and forms (e.g. street, sports and cheerleading). 

They take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and are encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group (e.g. orienteering).  They analyse their performances and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.  They take part in competitive sports through inter-form and inter-school competitions and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.

 

Useful information

We also run a range of extra-curricular activities such as trampoline, football, rugby and dance. (Please see clubs for more information). If you have an interest in a specific sport that we do not offer in school, we can help you find a club in the local area.

Year eight drama

Course Overview

In year eight pupils build on the drama skills learnt in year seven and begin to apply these to more challenging work. Through studying melodrama and superheroes, pupils will learn aspects of theatre history and how these have shaped the drama we see today. The oppression and technology units will require pupils to adopt a more mature and considered approach in the development of performance work as they explore more challenging topics. There are opportunities to develop comic performance skills as we look at how to 'play it straight' and an introduction to the style and conventions of Bollywood using the blockbuster film 'Om Shanti Om' as multicultural stimulus.

 

Useful Information

Pupils may wish to visit theatre productions, both amateur and professional, to experience a range of performances. School productions and local drama groups will provide an ideal opportunity to extend and develop skills.

Year eight music

Course overview

Musical skills are gained through performance, composition and listening, studying music in its cultural context, team skills and appraising each other's work.

Pachelbel's Remix explores re-mixes based on an original song, keyboard technology, ground bass, melodic phrases and composing to a basic chord structure.

Hip Hop explores rap music, toasting, beat boxing and performing a contemporary rap.

The Blues explores the twelve bar blues, blues scale, walking bass, improvisation and writing blues lyrics.

The 'Found Sounds' project explores found sounds, texture and body percussion.

Reggae is explored through performance of vocals and keyboard tracks, exploration of the skank and the playing of syncopated chords.

Musical structures are explored through music composed for a specific purpose (e.g. TV adverts and film). Students will compose their own piece of descriptive music from a piece of artwork.

 

Useful information

Pupils may wish to listen to different types of music of their choice, applying use of the musical elements as they do. All students are free to come and practice in the music block and will have the opportunity to take resources home to practice if they have use of an instrument.

Pupils may also wish to engage with music theory websites such as musictheory which is an excellent on-line tool containing practical exercises to do at home.

 

Year eight physical education

Course overview

Pupils at key stage three are taught to use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games [e.g. football, rugby, netball, badminton, basketball, table tennis and squash...], develop their technique and improve performance in other competitive sports [e.g. athletics, trampolining and gymnastics] and perform dances using advanced dance techniques within a range of dance styles and forms (e.g. street, sports and cheerleading). 

They take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and are encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group (e.g. orienteering).  They analyse their performances and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.  They take part in competitive sports through inter-form and inter-school competitions and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.

Useful information

We also run a range of extra-curricular activities such as trampoline, football, rugby and dance. (Please see clubs for more information). If you have an interest in a specific sport that we do not offer in school, we can help you find a club in the local area.

 

Year nine drama

Course Overview

Year nine drama is offered as an option choice. Pupils will explore Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' through the medium of a TV chat show. The themes and issues addressed in Willy Russell's 'Blood Brothers' are a starting point for work on script. Pupils will explore the work of the theatre practitioners including Brecht and Stanislavski, using their methods and styles to produce responses. The skills and conventions will mirror those required by the GCSE specification, as well as developing the skills learnt in years seven and eight.

 

Useful Information

Pupils may wish to visit theatre productions, both amateur and professional, to experience a range of performances. School productions and local drama groups will provide an ideal opportunity to extend and develop skills.

Year nine music

Course Overview

Musical skills in year nine are gained through performance in ‘band skills’, composition in a ‘song writing’ context and listening and appraisal of music through study of music for TV and film.

Performance projects include a ‘musical Futures’ style approach to learning instrumental parts where independent learning is encouraged, and students are encouraged to develop band skills by learning contemporary pieces of music.

Composition is explored through the study of ‘Brit Pop’ and use of chord structure and lyric writing. Students can then develop their instrumental skills by performing their own work.

Film composition and ‘music and the media’ are explored as an area of study and a listening unit in order to prepare students who may wish to consider music as an option at GCSE.

Useful Information

Pupils may wish to listen to different types of music of their choice, applying use of the musical elements as they do. All students are free to come and practice in the music block and will have the opportunity to take resources home to practice if they have use of an instrument.

Pupils may also wish to engage with music theory websites such as Ricci Adam’s musictheoryonline.net which is an excellent on-line tool containing practical exercises to do at home.

Year nine physical education

Course overview

Pupils at key stage three are taught to use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games [e.g. football, rugby, netball, badminton, basketball, table tennis and squash], develop their technique and improve performance in other competitive sports [e.g. athletics, trampolining and gymnastics] and perform dances using advanced dance techniques within a range of dance styles and forms (e.g. street, sports and cheerleading).

They take part in competitive sports and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and are encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group (e.g. orienteering).

In year nine pupils are given a pathways choice (A or B) in which pupils can opt for activities that they prefer based on their experiences in years seven and eight. Pathway A tends to offer more traditional sports such as football and rugby, whereas pathway B tends to offer more inclusive sports such as table tennis and ‘Ultimate Frisbee’.

Useful information

We also run a comprehensive extra curricular programme - please check the PE notice board for more information.

Year ten drama

Exam Board : www.aqa.org.uk

Specification : 8261

Final Assessment : There are three components to the GCSE drama final Assessment. Component one -  understanding drama (40%) is a written exam, component two - devising drama (40%) and component three - texts in practice (20%) are both practical exams.

Course Overview

The GCSE drama course is designed to engage pupils and encourage them to become confident performers and designers, with the skills they need for a bright and successful future. There is as much opportunity as possible for pupils to participate in performance, devise drama and explore texts practically.  The written exams use a variety of question styles and require pupils to combine what they’ve learned about how drama is performed with their practical experiences and imagination.

Year 10

Autumn Term

Component one: understanding drama

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
  • Study of one set play (The 39 Steps - Patrick Barlow)
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers (Theatre visit to see live production)

Spring Term

Component two: devising drama

  • Process of creating devised drama
  • Performance of devised drama
  • Analysis and evaluation of own work

Summer Term

Component one and two

Internal Assessment

Pupils will be formally assessed throughout Year 10. Pupils will sit a GCSE style paper as part of the End of Year 10 Examinations.

 

Year ten music

Exam Board : www.aqa.org.uk

Specification : J536

Final Assessment :  Pupils are assessed through three components. Component one (30%) - performance and composition, component two (30%) - group performance and composition and component three (40%) - listening paper (written exam).

Course Overview

The music GCSE course provides an accessible and creative musical education, integrating the three main components : performing, composing and appraising. Pupils broaden their musical horizons within five areas of study as they explore musical context, language, performance and composition.

Component 1: Integrated portfolio which comprises of a performance on the learner's chosen instrument and a composition to a brief set by the learner. This is part of a controlled assessment.

Component 2: Practical component which consists of a group performance and a composition set to an OCR brief. This is part of a controlled assessment.

Component 3: Listening examination consisting of a written paper that covers aural recognition and context with unheard/unfamiliar music from within the Areas of Study 2,3,4 and 5. This is externally marked.

Autumn Term          

Component one: 

  • Mock performance
  • Composing with chords
  • Listening exercises and musical theory

Spring Term

Component one:

  • Actual performance
  • Mock composition

Component three:

  • Listening exercises and music theory

Summer Term

Component one:

  • Performance piece practice in preparation for recording in Autumn term
  • Composition work
  • Listening exercises and music theory

Internal Assessment

Pupils will be formally assessed throughout Year 10. Pupils will sit a GCSE style paper as part of the end of year 10 examinations

 

Year ten physical education

Exam Board : www.aqa.org.uk

Specification : 8582

Final Assessment :  Pupils are assessed through three components : two written exam papers; applied anatomy and physiology, movement analysis, physical training (30%) and sports psychology, socio-cultural influences, health, fitness and well-being (30%). The third component is practical performance in physical activity and sport (three sports 10% each) and controlled assessment (10%). 

Course Overview

The GCSE PE course is a combination of theory (60%) and practical (30%) and controlled assessment (10%). Pupils will study a range of subjects including applied anatomy and physiology, movement analysis, physical training, use of data, sports psychology, socio cultural influences and health, fitness and well-being. In addition, pupils are required to perform in three different physical activities in the role of player/performer in both team and individual activities. Pupils are required to evaluate their performance and that of others to bring about improvement.

Year 10

Autumn Term

  • The Human Body and Movement in Physical Activity

Spring Term

  • The Human Body and Movement in Physical Activity
  • Practical performance

Summer Term

  • Practical performance

Internal Assessment

Pupils will be formally assessed throughout year ten. Pupils will sit a GCSE style paper as part of the end of year ten examinations.

 

Year eleven drama

Exam Board : www.aqa.org.uk

Specification : 8261

Final Assessment : There are three components to the GCSE drama final assessment. Component one - understanding Drama (40%) is a written exam, component two - devising drama (40%) and component three - texts in practice (20%) are both practical exams.

Course Overview

The GCSE drama course is designed to engage pupils and encourage them to become confident performers and designers, with the skills they need for a bright and successful future. There is as much opportunity as possible for pupils to participate in performance, devise drama and explore texts practically.  The written exams use a variety of question styles and require pupils to combine what they’ve learned about how drama is performed with their practical experiences and imagination.

Autumn Term

Component two: devising drama

  • Process of creating devised drama
  • Performance of devised drama
  • Analysis and evaluation of own work

Component 3: Texts in practice

  • What's assessed
  • Performance of two extracts from one play (chosen by teacher)

 

Spring Term

All Components

 

Summer Term

Revision and Exam Preparation

 

Year eleven music

Music

Exam Board : www.aqa.org.uk

Specification : J536

Final Assessment :  Pupils are assessed through three components. component one (30%) - performance and composition, component two (30%) - group performance and composition and component three (40%) - listening paper (written exam).

Course Overview

The music GCSE course provides an accessible and creative musical education, integrating the three main components : performing, composing and appraising. Pupils broaden their musical horizons within five areas of study as they explore musical context, language, performance and composition.

Component 1: Integrated portfolio which comprises of a performance on the learner's chosen instrument and a composition to a brief set by the learner. This is part of a controlled assessment.

Component 2: Practical component which consists of a group performance and a composition set to an OCR brief. This is part of a controlled assessment.

Component 3: Listening examination consisting of a written paper that covers aural recognition and context with unheard/unfamiliar music from within the Areas of Study 2, 3,4 and 5. This is externally marked

Year 11

Autumn Term

Components one, two and three

  • Recording of solos performance
  • Group performance practice
  • Listening practice and music theory

Spring Term

Components two and three

  • Recording of group performance
  • Compositions completed and recorded
  • Listening practice and music theory

Summer Term

Exam preparation and revision

Year eleven physical education

Exam Board : www.aqa.org.uk

Specification : 8582

Final Assessment :  Pupils are assessed through three components : two written exam papers, applied anatomy and physiology, movement analysis, physical training (30%) and sports psychology, socio-cultural influences, health, fitness and well-being (30%). The third component is practical performance in physical activity and sport (three sports 10% each) and controlled assessment (10%). 

Course Overview

The GCSE PE course is a combination of theory (60%) and practical (30%) and controlled assessment (10%). Pupils will study a range of subjects including Applied anatomy and physiology, movement analysis, physical training, use of data, sports psychology, socio cultural influences and health, fitness and well-being. In addition, pupils are required to perform in three different physical activities in the role of player/performer in both team and individual activities. Pupils are required to evaluate their performance and that of others to bring about improvement.

Year 11

Autumn Term            

  • Socio-Cultural Influences and well-being in physical activity and sport
  • Practical performance

 

Spring Term               

  • Socio-Cultural Influences and well-being in physical activity and sport
  • Practical performance

 

Summer Term

  • Exam Preparation and Revision