KS3, 4 & 5 Performing Arts

At key stage three pupils have one lesson a fortnight of Drama and one of Music. In Drama pupils follow a varied programme which is both theme and skills based. This includes studying techniques such as mime, exaggeration physicality and expression, as well as investigating texts. Pupils will explore dramatic genres such as pantomime, melodrama, naturalism, physical theatre and political theatre. Pupils will examine the techniques and practices of theatre practitioners such as Stanislavsky and Brecht. Pupils are provided with lots of opportunities to devise and create, enhance their team building skills and to perform to each other in class.

In Music pupils develop their listening, appraising, composing and performing skills through a variety of different units. Pupils learn about music from around the world and from different genres including Blues music, music from China and the pentatonic scale, Film Music, Variation form and Song. All pupils have the opportunity to use a range of sound sources including percussion instruments, ICT and will also learn how to play the keyboard.

At key stage 4 pupils can choose to study Performing Arts. We currently run the BTEC Level 1/2 Award in Performing Arts, with pupils following the Acting or Music pathways; the BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts and the BTEC Level 1/2 Award in Music. Within these course pupils develop their performance skills, developing techniques in Physical Theatre, Acting Styles and Music Performance. They devise pieces for performance in groups and work as a company to organise performing arts events.

At key stage 5 students can choose to study Performing Arts and will complete the BTEC National Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts. This has a number of different units, chosen based on the cohort studying the course. Units covered recently include Storytelling as Performance, Physical Theatre Techniques, Variety Performance and Acting Styles as well as well as the mandatory and examination units. It is recommended that students studying this course have access to a copy of ‘Revise BTEC National Performing Arts Revision Guide’ published by Pearson. ISBN 978-1-292-15040-6