Performing Arts

The subjects of Music and Drama are combined into Performing Arts. Sessions also include video, dance and experience of some technical skills such as sound and lighting.

Pupils experience separate sessions of Music and Drama within Performing Arts, but also have combined sessions where we link ideas together for performance.

In Music we include opportunities for:

  • Developing performance skills.

  • Individual and group improvisation and composition work.

  • Developing music appraisal skills, both professionally and within the classroom setting.

  • Listening to and discussing a variety of musical styles.

  • Developing an understanding of musical notation and vocabulary.

In Drama we include opportunities for:

  • Movement; appropriate movement for performance, moving to music as a stimulus, mime and movement using emotions and characters.

  • Speech; with continuation of movement activities, breathing techniques, voice projection, vocal exercises, emotion through vocal skills.

  • Improvisation; links from previous work on movement and speech, developed through theatre sports games, devising scenes to work towards a performance.

Key Stage 3

We cover many topics:

  • Year 7: Mike Oldfield’s ‘Portsmouth’ and ‘Tubular Bells,’ George Gershwin’s ‘Promenade’ & studying the work of The Beatles.

  • Year 8: ‘Different Cultures’ & ‘The 1940s’

  • Year 9: ‘In the News’, our annual production which takes place in the spring term &  ‘Hooks & Riffs’

Key Stage 4

Pupils either achieve the full award or unit award in EDEXCEL BTEC LEVEL 1 AWARD in Performing Arts

ICT programmes and video are used to support pupils’ learning where appropriate.

We participate in various extra-curricular activities, such as workshops, festivals and productions throughout the year, both in school and in the wider community.

There is some instrumental tuition in the school, such as keyboard and recorder groups as well as the school choir, rock choir, drum club and dance club.