Performing Arts

“The Performing Arts Faculty seeks to develop creative, confident and collaborative individuals who strive to achieve excellence through realisation of their expressive talents”

We will achieve this through the following core values:

  • Passion
  • Ambition
  • Flair

Staff

K Brown – Head of Faculty and Drama Teacher
E Lipery – Drama Teacher
J Dhillon – Drama Teacher
W Jenkins – Head of Music
C Wells – Head of Music Technology and Music Teacher

Courses

Key Stage 3

Drama

Students are taught in mixed ability tutor groups and study a well-structured programme of units, which change each half term. Assessments take place at the end of each half term.

The units studied cover a wide range of themes and drama skills, such as: using script, devising, role play, character development, confidence building and team work. Students also have an opportunity to use different performance genres such as melodrama, comedy and physical theatre. Students are encouraged to consider the impact of technical elements (such as lighting and sound) within their performances.

Music

At Key Stage 3 students are taught in tutor groups and they follow the Music scheme of work. The units of work are structured so that a new topic is started each half term. Students are frequently assessed in Music through performing, composing and listening work.
Music learning develops student’s critical skills; their ability to listen, to appreciate a wide variety of Music, and to make judgments about Music quality. It also increases self-discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment, all of which are very important skills to students in everyday life.

As well as these areas, students are offered a variety of different performance opportunities outside of the classroom. These include specific instrumental lessons taken through ‘Birmingham Music Service’, extracurricular clubs such as choir, progression and ensemble and ‘Uke’s of Hazard’ to the inclusion of the school production chorus and pit band.

Aside from these areas, we look to find out more about the historical and cultural settings that have inspired and formed the different musical creations. Some of the areas which are covered are:

  • Dimensions of Music,
  • World Music,
  • Hall of Fame,
  • Battle oft the Bands,
  • Film Music,
  • Stomp and many more…

Key Stage 4

GCSE Performing Arts (AQA)

GCSE Performing Arts helps students develop both new and existing skills in a range of performance disciplines.
This GCSE offers students the opportunity to specialise in one or more of the performing arts disciplines including; acting, singing, dance, music, music technology, lighting, sound, set design, costume design, properties, make-up, stage management, front of house, marketing and publicity.
Within this programme of study, students overall grade will be comprised of the following:

Unit 1: Skills Development – 60%

Unit 2: Showcase Performance – 40%

 

 

Level 2 Certificate in Creative Studies: Performance Skills (NCFE)

This qualification is designed for students who may be interested in the performance industry. The focus of the qualification is on the student’s ability and desire to perform.

Within this programme of study, students overall grade will be comprised of the following:

GCSE Media Studies (AQA)

Students will study a range of media texts including adverts, film posters and magazines. They will explore and analyse how media texts are constructed and how they appeal to their respective target audiences. Students will have to research and plan their own media products and they will also learn how to use Photoshop in order to create their product. Students will be given the chance to explore media as part of the world around them and set their learning in context.

Unit 1 – Developing skills for performance
Unit 2 – Prepare and perform
Unit 3 – Performing production in practice

 

GCSE Music (OCR)

In GCSE music, we look to expand upon the foundations built in KS3 music in the following areas of performance, composition and appraisal. Within the GCSE course, students are given the opportunity to develop their skills in these areas as well as developing their knowledge of western classical notations and over 20 genres of music. Students through the course will be given all the tools needed to study music at a higher level and to discover their own, musical voice. Within this programme of study, students overall grade will be comprised of the following:

Unit B351 – A performance*, a composition and a commentary , all related to Area of Study 1 – 30% of the qualification
Unit B352 – A portfolio containing a performance* relating to Area of Study 2, a composition or arrangement relating to Area of Study 2, 3 or 4 and a log and evaluation – 30% of the qualification
Unit B353 – A timed task drawing on understanding gained from an area of study, in which candidates develop a short piece and communicate it, based on a stimulus – 20% of the qualification
Unit B354 – A written paper, with CD, assessing knowledge and understanding of Areas of Study 2, 3 and 4 – 20% of the qualification

Level 2 certificate in creative studies: Music Technology (NCFE)

This practical qualification looks to give participants the basic skills and understanding of a variety of different areas within the term ‘Music Technology’. It looks from the creative aspects of producing music for commercial production and sound design to the logistical aspects of setting up a gig to recording a performer – the course offers an expansive range of topics suited for any one who has a personal interest in these areas.