Who are we?
- Head of Department- Mrs Histon
- Teacher of Dance- Mrs Chapman
- Teacher of Music- Mr Walker
- Instructor of Drama- Mr Amos
- Performing Arts Apprentice- Mr Mannering
Key Stage 3:
The school operates a three-year Key Stage 3 (KS3), resulting in students opting for GCSE’s/Vocational Courses in Year 10 and sitting their examinations at the end of Year 11. In KS3 Dance, Drama and Music lessons are delivered once a week delivering a foundation of performing arts skills. Students will learn key terminology and skills through accelerated lessons. Students will work through teacher led exercises and given many opportunities to explore and promote their skills further through choreography, devising, composing tasks..
Assessment in Key Stage 3 is completed every 6 weeks and will based on the key skills from their scheme of work. Students are assessed by three strands- Skills, Performance and Evaluation
Key Stage 4:
For Key Stage 4 students can opt to specialise in the Performing Arts, studying either Dance, Drama or Music at Level 1/2 (GCSE equivalent) in a BTEC First Award. Students currently select Dance or Drama (they cannot study both) and/or Music.
Students are time-tabled to have 2 lessons a week. Dance and drama deliver the following units:
- Unit 1- Individual showcase (solo/monologues)
- Unit 2- Preparation, performance, production (Group/ensemble piece)
- Unit 3/ 4- Acting/ Dance skills (Learning key techniques and styles)
- In music the following units are delivered in Key Stage 4:
- Unit 3 Introducing live sound
- Unit 5 introducing a music performance
- Unit 2 managing a music product
- Unit 1 the music industry
Key Stage 5:
In Sixth Form, Performing Arts is delivered across the federation. Students are able to select either subject and can even choose to study all three. Students studying Dance, Drama and Music at level 3 (a-level equivalent) in BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma. Dance and Drama is taught across both sites Music is currently just taught at Cornwallis (although NLL students can opt for it)
At KS5 students explore each specialism further with greater emphasis on ‘company work’ and working from a vocational perspective.
Exam Board – Edexcel
Key Stage 4- BTEC First Award in Performing Arts: Dance/Drama
BTEC First Award in Music
Units 2, 3 & 4 are internally assessed. Students will be assessed upon practical work, self-management and course work
Unit 1 is externally assessed by Edexcel.
Key Stage 5- BTEC Extended Certificate in Performing Arts
Students study 4 Units, 2 of which are internally assessed and 2 which are externally assessed examination.
KS 3 Home learning is set once per week and will be rehearsal based to progress the key skills from each discipline.
KS 4 Students will be expected to complete log books, coursework packs and evaluation that supports their practical skills and progress. This is set weekly.
Skills Gained for the Future:
Performing Arts will develop skills in communication, team work and performance that would transfer well to many different career paths. Students could also use their experience as a foundation for further training and performance opportunities. If students wish to continue their training- Level 3 is offered within FST sixth form
Any Other Information:
At New Line Learning Academy, we are very proud of our students and actively encourage our creative, aspiring performers to participate in extra-curricular opportunities the department offers:
- Annual Musical performed at the Hazlitt Theatre
- Pantomime- performed to local primary schools
- Cross federation annual Dance show performed at the Hazlitt Theatre.
- KS3/4 Dance Club
- Elite Dance Club
- Rock School Music Club
- Music Technology Club
How to find out more information:
Please email Head of Department, Mrs Histon - firstname.lastname@example.org