The Head of Department is Miss Edwards
Our department Bible verse is: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." (Matthew 7v7-8)
Dance, drama and music are powerful, unique forms of communication and social interaction that can change the way we feel, think and act. The Performing Arts department offers a creative and stimulating curriculum to pupils; equipping them with transferable skills and preparing them for further study of the arts. This practical curriculum teaches pupils rehearsal and performance skills. In dance, pupils work in groups to investigate key dance ideas such as unison, canon, motif development and group formation. Within drama pupils explore techniques such as freeze-frame, voice control, body language and mime. This is explored through whole class activities, and in smaller groups. Pupils devise their own drama as well as using scripts.
In music pupils learn vocal technique and a range of other instruments including keyboard and guitar, they perform as soloists and within an ensemble, as well as compose for film and advertising using Cubase software.
The Performing Arts bring together intellectual thought and feelings enabling personal expression, reflection and emotional development. An established part of culture, past and present, help us to understand ourselves, the way we relate to others, and forge important links between home, school and the wider world.
Key Stage 4
Pupils can study Dance, Drama and Music as discrete subjects in key stage 4. All three subjects have examined practical and theoretical elements. In dance pupils choreograph a dance and perform as soloists and as a group, in drama they perform a text and devise their own piece, and in music they compose, perform as a soloist and within an ensemble piece.
Music will provide a contemporary, accessible and creative education in Music with an integrated approach to the three main elements – performing, composing and appraising. Learners are encouraged to be creative and to broaden their musical horizons and understanding with Areas of Study that inspire and challenge including The Concerto Through Time, Rhythms around the World, Film Music and Conventions of Popular Music. The course will enable learners to explore performance as a soloist and as part of a an ensemble as well as composition with a focus on their own instrument and genre choices and offer opportunity to explore new instrumental skills.
Dance is a powerful and expressive subject which encourages students to develop their creative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacity. The subject explores the role of dance in young people’s lives and pupils will study a range of dance styles and style fusions. Apart from the solo performance, they can choose any style in which to perform and choreograph. The study of the anthology of professional works will develop their ability to critically appraise professional dance works and provide a springboard for engaging in practical tasks as well as develop skills in performance and choreography as well as broadening their knowledge and understanding of dance and ability to critically appraise dances of different styles and cultural influences. Study of the works can inspire students to develop their own performance, creative and choreographic practice, at the same time as the knowledge, understanding and analytical skills required for critical appreciation.
The department also offers Drama GCSE