Performing Arts

Who’s who list of staff :

Miss McNulty (Leader of Performing Arts)

Mr V Marklew


Exam Board:

Edexcel - website


Details of Key Stage 3

In music all students will learn new skills that will enable them to become more confident and successful when performing, composing and listening. They will learn how sound is organised and structured through composition and performance. Students will then go on to use chords and learn how to accompany melodies within small ensemble situations. Students will learn about the history of the Blues and learn to improvise over a given chord sequence, compose a sound track for a short Tom and Jerry cartoon and learn about music from different historical periods. Through completing many different music modules all students will have the opportunity to evaluate, improve their own and others work (through the use of both written and verbal feedback) and improve their confidence.

 

In drama all students will learn new skills that will enable them to become more confident and successful when performing and evaluating their work. They will learn about different styles of acting and the skills needed for each, this is to include: docu drama, performing from a script, commedia and mask, improvisation and radio. Through completing many different drama modules all students will have the opportunity to evaluate and improve their own and others work (through the use of both written and verbal feedback) and improve their confidence.

Throughout key stage 3 all students have the opportunity to take part in a number of extra-curricular activities that are both in school and within the community. Students also have the option to have instrumental music lessons by visiting members of staff from the William Appleby Music Centre.

 

Details of Key Stage 4

BTEC level 1 / 2 First Award in Performing Arts.

Students at key stage 4 have the opportunity to study the BTEC level 1 / 2 First Award in Performing Arts qualification.

Students must complete 3 units of work - 2 core and 1 optional. Every student will be expected to complete both written and practical work and will have the opportunity to work both as an individual and as part of a group. From this students will the opportunity to evaluate and improve their own and others work through the use of both written and verbal feedback.

The units of work that each student will work on cover a range of skills and these will enable them to have a sound understanding of the performing arts industry from both a practical and theoretical point of view.

  • The units of work which are covered are:
  • Individual Showcase (externally assessed)
  • Preparation, Performance and Production (internally assessed)
  • Acting skills (internally assessed)

 

Throughout key stage 4 students have the opportunity to take part in a number of extra-curricular activities that are both in school and within the community. Students also have the option to have instrumental music lessons by visiting members of staff from the William Appleby Music Centre.

Details of Key Stage 5

BTEC Level 3 in Performing Arts.

Students at key stage 5 have the opportunity to study a BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Performing Arts - in year 12 and then have the opportunity of furthering the qualification in year 13 by going onto the BTEC level 3 Subsidiary Diploma.

 

Students cover three units of work in each year and this consists of one core unit and two mandatory units.

The units of work that are covered include:

  • Auditions for actors.
  • Audio performance acting.
  • Performing to an audience.
  • Musical theatre.
  • Applying acting skills.
  • Devising Plays.

 

Through completing the different units of work, students gain many different types of skills. These range from researching practitioners, developing their acting skills, working in the community and improving their confidence.

From achieving this qualification students are then able to go on to Drama College or university to further their career and gain a degree in this subject area.

This year there is an opportnity to study dance at KS5 and gain a qualification.  This opportunity will involve both written and practical elements and will enable each and every studet to have the breadth of kowledge and skills required to go on and study thisdiscipline at the next level.

Again throughout key stage 5 students have the opportunity to take part in a number of extra-curricular activities that are both in school and within the community. Students also have the option to have instrumental music lessons by visiting members of staff from the William Appleby Music Centre.