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Performing Arts

Intent Statement

All students access high quality Performing Arts teaching, that centres around the National Curriculum and content from wider research and study. They will learn to experience the wider world, building empathy and understanding. Students develop skills which promote social mobility and enable them to effectively navigate the world with creativity and resilience.
Our Performing Arts curriculum strives to make every child have an appreciation of the Performing Arts, including Drama and Music. Our curriculum is dedicated to ensuring pupils develop socially, emotionally, and skilfully through both independent work and ensemble skills.

At KS3 pupils cover a range of skills and techniques that graduates’ knowledge and skills to best prepare them for further study at GCSE and future careers, including those specifically within the Performing Arts industry.
The intent of our KS3 Drama curriculum is to allow students to plan, perform, review and evaluate across a range of historical periods, genres and styles. Our curriculum also ensures that students will have a better understanding, through the process of creating drama, of different social issues, relationships, cultures, and historically significant moments.

The intent of our KS3 Music curriculum is to allow students to develop an appreciation of a variety of musical genres and styles. They will acquire a range of instrumental and vocal skills and learn the resilience to practise, perform and review. They will also explore the role of music technology and compositional skills. Our music lessons are rooted in the core content addressed in the National Curriculum of singing, listening, performing, composing, and appraising.

Our KS4 curriculum builds on skills developed at KS3 and introduces students to a more vocational training which prepares them for the Performing Arts industry. Students have the opportunity to specialise at KS4 where there can focus on either Drama, Design, Music Performance or Music Technology. Students will also work towards responding to a professional commercial Performing Arts brief.

Explore the Drama Learning Journey

 

Explore the Music Learning Journey

 

Drama

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT:  Ms Slater
GCSE EXAM BOARD:  RSL Awards

QUALIFICATION: Level 2 Creative and Performing Arts
TEACHERS:

Ms Slater (Head of Expressive and Performing Arts)
Course Outline

RSL Creative and Performing Arts is designed to provide a vocationally relevant education. Throughout the course you will develop the skills needed for a professional performer and designer within the performing arts industry. You will study different play texts, genres and styles of acting. You will take part in a variety of practical workshops that focus on acting skills, design skills and different theatre practitioner’s whist exploring how to devise a piece of theatre or respond to a script. Alongside the practical workshops you will be expected to keep a portfolio of your work.

In the first year of the course you will undertake a choice of internal units focusing on play scripts or mask and puppetry. You will develop skills in research, design, rehearsal, performance and evaluation. In the second year of the course you will do a core external unit where a performance brief will be set by the exam board. You will form a theatre company where you’ll plan, devise and rehearse a performance ready for a live audience. You will then evaluate your final production.

50% of the course is internally assessed and externally moderated embedding coursework and practical work. 50% of the course is externally assessed.

Assessment

Choice of Internal Units (50%)
Unit 212: Performing Texts
Unit 229: Masks & Puppetry

Core External Unit (50%)
201E: Live Performance

Higher Education Courses/Careers

Sixth Form: A Level Theatre Studies, A Level Drama

Drama can be studied with a variety of other subjects at many universities.

Careers where this course may be useful: Performing, Acting, Musical Theatre, Youth Theatre, Teaching. Careers in all areas of the Performing Arts industry.

* All qualifications are subject to change following consideration of any new specifications.

Music

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT:  Ms Slater
GCSE EXAM BOARD:  RSL Awards

QUALIFICATION: Level 2 Performance and Technology for Music Practitioners

TEACHERS:

Ms Housley (Music Teacher)
Course Outline

RSL Music Practitioners is designed to provide a vocationally relevant education. Throughout the course you will develop the skills needed for a professional musician and/or music producer within the performing arts industry. You will have the opportunity to study instrumental skills, the use of music technology and different music production software whilst exploring different musical styles and genres. You will be expected to create a portfolio of work alongside practical workshops.

In the first year of the course you will undertake one core unit where you will research different musical genres and styles. You will then have a choice of study to further develop your own instrumental skills or learn how to use different music technology software (DAW) to create, edit and record music. In the second year of the course you will do a core external unit where a brief will be set by the exam board. As a musician, you will be asked to plan, rehearse and perform a musical performance. As a music producer, you will be asked to plan, create and record and piece of music using music technology software. You will then evaluate your final product or performance.

This course allows you to engage with the music industry and develop a range of relevant practical and technical skills.

Assessment

Choice of Internal Units (40%)
204ta Instrumental Study
207ta Using a DAW

Core Units
201ta Musical Knowledge (20%)
202ta Live Music Performance or 203ta Music Sequencing and Production (40%)

Higher Education Courses/Careers

Sixth Form: A Level Music
A Level Music Technology
BTEC Music Level 3

Music can be studied with a variety of other subjects at university.

Careers where this course may be useful: Singer, composer, music technician, song writer, Music Teacher and other areas of the Music Industry.

* All qualifications are subject to change following consideration of any new specifications.

Reading List

Drama Options 2021

Music Options 2021