Performing Arts

In Years 7-9 the emphasis of our Performing Arts curriculum is on providing opportunities for pupils to develop life skills such as confidence, self-management and independence. A more formal GCSE Drama course is then offered in years 10 & 11.

Curriculum Overview

Year Topics
7 During Year 7 pupils focus on developing social skills.
8 Drama skills workshops
Exploration of an artist’s work
Create a piece of drama of their own around a given theme
Create a set design
Research and visit an arts organizationPerform elements of a specific text eg. Our Day Out, Blood Brothers
9 Drama skills workshops
Physical theatre
Create a piece of drama based around Caucasian CircleProduce own art work (dance, drama or music)
10 & 11 Drama is one of the option courses in Years 10 & 11.  
There are 3 separate units and the pupils are expected to undertake a wide variety of activities in order to meet the assessment criteria.
Unit 1: Individual Showcase 
This unit is based on an externally marked exam consisting of a filmed performance with an accompanying letter justifying the topic of the performance.  Unit 2: Preparation and Performance 
Pupils are expected to create, prepare and perform a piece of extended drama for an audience.
Unit 3: Acting Skills  
Pupils are expected to attend acting workshops lead by the teacher and keep a written reflection. Pupils then build up to a final performance in front of an audience.

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