Who are we?
• Mrs. Watts – Head of Performing Arts & Teacher of Music
• Mrs. Fowler – Teacher of Music
• Miss. Barton – Teacher of Dance
• Miss. Parker – Teacher of Dance
• Miss. Harding – Teacher of Drama
What we do in KS3:
All pupils study music for one lesson a week. The lessons focus on elements of music, listening, performing and composing.
All pupils also two terms of acting, dance and computing lessons as part of a creative carousel. The lessons focus on skills techniques for each discipline and act as a foundation for further studies in year 8.
All pupils study acting/dance for one lesson a week. Lessons focus on building key skills for each discipline as well as projects including mask work and street dance.
What we do in KS4:
BTEC Level 2. These are vocational courses with the aim of providing insight and preparation for further study and/or work within the Performing Arts. For each individual discipline we run the BTEC First Award (equivalent of 1 GCSE) in Acting, Dance and Music. These qualifications focus upon developing music/dance/acting skills respectively, how to approach an audition and producing and performing in a show.
What we do in KS5:
BTEC Level 3. As these are vocational courses the aim for each one is to provide the students with insight and preparation for a career in the performing arts in a variety of different roles such as performance or behind the scenes. For each individual discipline we run the BTEC National Extended Certificates in Performing Arts – Acting, Performing Arts – Dance and Music. These qualifications explore the individual disciplines in much more detail and requires the pupils to explore, investigate and perform different genres on a regular basis.
Termly assessments take place in each discipline based on creativity and performance skills with self and peer assessment underpinning both aspects. These are often through performance and team work based tasks.
Homework is set each week for all pupils.
Skills are gained for the future:
Performance, confidence, problem solving, team work, developing creative thinking, learning how to self-appraise and how to appraise other positively, taking control of own learning
Each year, the department rehearses and produces a musical at Christmas. Musicals have included Beauty & The Beast, The Lion King, A Christmas Carol, Mama Mia!, 13!, High School Musical to name but a few!
There are a number of dance and drama clubs that can be attended by any pupil with a number of drama and dance shows being produced during the year, as well as a number of rock band rehearsals for those wishing to performing in the annual Battle of the Bands.
Pupils also have the opportunity to receive discounted individual peripatetic lessons on a wide range of instruments by visiting peri teachers.
How to find out more information:
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