Performing Arts

Performing Arts Overview

We aim to enrich student’s lives through the creative exploration of Performing Arts, broadening their cultural awareness and developing transferable life skills in communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity. Our curriculum’s over-arching focus allows the students to develop their creative, performing and evaluative skills in a variety of genres across music, dance and drama. This concept is introduced at Key stage 3 and is a continuous cycle that develops the students’ knowledge and skills in preparation for the assessments and expectations of the KS4 courses we offer in Performing Arts.

Dance

The Dance department strive to build a creative, collaborative environment where students can build on their dance knowledge. We provide opportunities to explore a wide variety of dance genres and performance opportunities across all years; such as dance shows, theatre trips and working with professional practitioners. Our main aim is to achieve the highest possible standards for all students and providing an enjoyable, interesting and challenging learning experiences.

At KS3 dance is delivered through PE over a 6-week cycle in each year. Both boys and girls groups will experience dance within their PE curriculum in KS3. Assessments will be conducted at the end of the 6 week cycle with create, perform and appreciate as the key indicators of progress.

At KS4 students will be able to opt to study the Level 1/2 BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts: With a dance approach during their core PE time and taken as an extra qualification to the pupils GCSE options. This qualification gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on four areas of equal importance, which cover the:

  • Development of key skills that prove your aptitude in Performing Arts such as reproducing repertoire or responding to stimuli
  • Process that underpins effective ways of working in the Performing Arts, such as development of ideas, rehearsal and performance
  • Attitudes that are considered most important in the Performing Arts, including personal management and communication
  • Knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, process and attitudes in the sector such as roles, responsibilities, performance disciplines and styles.

Component 1: – Exploring the performing arts worth 30%

The course starts with this component in Year 10 and pupils will study, watch and recreate a range of performances to develop their knowledge and understanding of the performing arts sector. This is a coursework-based unit, that pupils will be given an allocated assessment window to complete all coursework for this unit and is then externally moderated.

Component 2: – Developing Skills and Techniques in Performing Arts 30%

Pupils will then move on to component 2, where they develop their practical dance skills and re-create a professional piece of work. Pupils will reflect on their progress and development of their dance skills. This unit is also coursework based and will be externally moderated.

Component 3: – Responding to a Performing Arts brief worth 40 % (Exam)

This is the final unit pupils will complete in year 11 and will be in exam style conditions. Pupils are required to create a 7-15 minute performance based of a set brief and complete 3 written activities, discussing their ideas, skill development and review of the whole process. This work is marked by an external examiner.

All units have both practical and theoretical elements to them and require students to perform in a number of school shows.

Drama

At Perryfields Academy the Drama Department strive to inspire confident, independent and communicative learners through an exploration of the Performing Arts. Championing the learning process through a range of diverse approaches alongside developing technical skills and an understanding of Drama.

​​​​​​​In Key Stage 3, students will study different theatre genres such as Naturalism, Epic and Physical Theatre. They will study how Drama is created and developed, including Improvisation, Scripted Text and Devising. Assessments will be conducted on a half termly basis, with create, perform and appreciate as the key indicators of progress.

At KS4 students will be able to opt to study the Level 1/2 BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts. This qualification gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on four areas of equal importance, which cover the:

  • Development of key skills that prove your aptitude in Performing Arts such as reproducing repertoire or responding to stimuli
  • Process that underpins effective ways of working in the Performing Arts, such as development of ideas, rehearsal and performance
  • Attitudes that are considered most important in the Performing Arts, including personal management and communication
  • Knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, process and attitudes in the sector such as roles, responsibilities, performance disciplines and styles.

Component 1: – Exploring the performing arts worth 30%

The course starts with this component in Year 10 and pupils will study, watch and recreate a range of performances to develop their knowledge and understanding of the performing arts sector. This is a coursework-based unit, that pupils will be given an allocated assessment window to complete all coursework for this unit and is then externally moderated.

Component 2: – Developing Skills and Techniques in Performing Arts 30%

Pupils will then move on to component 2, where they develop their practical drama skills and re-create a professional piece of work. Pupils will reflect on their progress and development of their drama skills. This unit is also coursework based and will be externally moderated.

Component 3: – Responding to a Performing Arts brief worth 40 % (Exam)

This is the final unit pupils will complete in year 11 and will be in exam style conditions. Pupils are required to create a 7-15 minute performance based of a set brief and complete 3 written activities, discussing their ideas, skill development and review of the whole process. This work is marked by an external examiner.

All units have both practical and theoretical elements to them and require students to perform in a number of school shows.

Music

At KS4 pupils can opt to take BTEC Tech Award: Music Practice. This qualification gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific applied knowledge and skills through realistic vocational contexts. The main focus is on four areas of equal importance, which cover the:

  • development of key skills that prove learners’ aptitude in music, such as responding to a musical brief using musical skills and techniques
  • processes that underpin effective ways of working in the music sector, such as the development of musical ideas, and using skills and techniques for rehearsal, creation, production and performance to respond to a music brief
  • attitudes that are considered most important in the music sector, including personal management and communication
  • knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, processes and attitudes in the sector, such as musical skills and styles.

Component 1: – Exploring Music Products and Styles 30%

In this component, you will develop your understanding of different types of music products and the techniques used to create them. You will explore how musical elements, technology and other resources are used in the creation, production and performance of music. You will also practically explore the key features of different styles of music and music theory and apply your knowledge and understanding to developing your own creative work. You will be given an allocated assessment window to complete all coursework for this unit and is then externally moderated.

Component 2: – Music Skills Development 30%

In this component, you will participate in workshops and classes where you will develop technical, practical, personal and professional skills and specialise in at least two of the following areas: music performance, creating original music, music production. Throughout your development, you will review your progress and consider how to make improvements. This unit is also coursework based and will be externally moderated.

Component 3: – Responding to a Music brief worth 40 % (Exam)

This component will allow you to work to your strengths and interests and apply the skills that you have learned throughout your course in a practical way. You will focus on a particular area of the music sector that excites and appeals to you and respond to a music brief as a composer, performer or producer. This work is marked by an external examiner.

Performances and Opportunities

Extracurricular Performances and Opportunities within the Performing Arts Department

We have an extensive extracurricular timetable across the department. We offer a range of after school clubs which are open to all years as well as open rehearsals and lunchtime clubs across our department’s facilities. We create two annual shows – One held at the Stourbridge Town Hall and a whole school production, which is held here at Perryfields. We also offer a wide variety of performance trips to the theatre as well as performance opportunities in competitions and festivals.

Extra-curricular clubs we offer across The Arts:

  • Art & Crafts Club
  • KS4 Dance Company
  • KS3 Dance Club
  • Musical Theatre Club
  • Open Rehearsals (DANCE & DRAMA)
  • Drama Club
  • Production
  • Brass Band
  • Pop Group
  • String Group
  • Choir
  • Individual music tuition (Peripatetic lessons offered to our pupils on individual or group bookings-additional charge for this tuition)

 

All activities work towards our three events of the academic year:

  • Christmas Fair (Dec)
  • Spring Performing Arts Gala (Feb/March)
  • Production (June)

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