Intent of Curriculum
In Performing Arts and Music our intent is to engage and energise the students to want to perform and hone their skills to a professional standard, enjoying their learning and learning to work collaboratively with others to shape and rehearse their work with clear targets in order to improve their self image. They will learn both the creative and technical side of the subjects, including the language of Performing Arts and Music in order to access the next stage of their education and/or extra-curricular studies. Our curriculum builds on the skills that students bring from other subjects and also includes a rich opportunity for individual peripatetic studies in instrumentation and stage craft. Performing Arts and Music aim to provide a life-long love affair with the arts and encourage students to explore the wider world of performance work and the culture that surrounds it. Throughout the courses, students will also gain the transferrable vocational skills of confidence, teamwork, communication skills, time management, self management, self discipline and creativity which will allow them to flourish in the competitive world of work.
Implementation of Curriculum
In Performing Arts and Music the curriculum is delivered through both high quality practical and theory work with access to expert peripatetic music lessons in a range of instruments and skills. Performing Arts and Music provide access to the professional world of performance with their links to professional theatres and musical practitioners across the City and beyond allowing the students to get first-hand knowledge of the world of work within the performing arts community. Our curriculum provides students with opportunities to explore the demands of the performing arts world and allows them to experience the thrills and perspiration needed in order to perform to a high standard. Students are offered the chance to study, explore and experience a wide range of professional performance work and to incorporate these experiences into their own creative 'voice'. They are encouraged to aim high and to develop both their aspirations but also their skills and knowledge of present day practices as well as historical contexts. In Music they develop the skill to play and instrument or sing to a high standard with plenty of opportunity for public performance. In Performing Arts they study 'Acting For The Camera', 'Musical Theatre Skills and Performance' and 'The Audition' with a high degree of creative and collaborative control. Assessment is used as a meaningful discussion between teacher and student, not only to measure progress, but also to develop the next steps for further improvement.
Impact of Curriculum
In Performing Arts and music the curriculum will make a positive and lasting impact to the social and educational outcomes of every student who chooses the course, no matter of their starting point. We belive that this will happen knowing that the PA and Music staff deliver a demanding and rigouress course that caters for the individual to a high standard. Quality assurance is regularly measured in order to deliver a high degree of education that takes into account students' previous and extra-curricular learning. These quantitive and qualitative measures include;
- Achievement and Attainment outcomes
- Standards in learning through both practical work and written planning and evaluation
- Observations of teaching standards and scrutinising both written and practical work
- Opportunity to perform both in school and in the wider performance world outside of school
- Destination data
- Attendance to lessons and extra-curricular sessions
- Student voice, enthusiasm and commitment
- Subscription to Music and Theatre trips/workshops
The KS3 Performing Arts Curriculum:
The course allows new comers to the disciple to build their performance skills both on stage and behind the scenes. The focus of the KS3 course is very much on transferrable vocational skills and to be able to develop the confidence and teamwork skills necessary for short performances to peers and others. This is a valuable course in that it allows students a chance to be creative and collaborative, as well as bringing their wider knowledge and experiences to the course. The key focus for the curriculum is opportunities to perform with control and mastering the conventions of drama. We also provide plenty of opportunities for students to visit performances and experience the wonderful world of Performing Arts.
Experiential and Empathic drama (Year 7 and 8):
This course allows students to develop their basic skills in the conventions of drama and performing arts. It allows them to experience a wide range of topics and styles within the performing arts world and also to develop empathy skills and vocational skills that are transferrable. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively and perform to their peers and other audiences where applicable. All students explore ways of enhancing their confidence in a safe performance space on both long term and short term projects.
The KS4 PA Curriculum: Level 2 Rock School Creative and Performing Arts:
Students study PA through the Rock School CAPA vocational qualification at Level 2 for KS4. It is a practical approach to PA learning and embeds skills built upon in KS3. Students must complete a total of 20 units for the course and the implementation and completion of these units is spread over two years, starting in Year 10, where the first official unit is completed.
Students must also complete an externally set, controlled assessment, completed over 30 hours.
The current unit schedule is as follows:
Year 10: Unit 201: Acting For The Camera – 10 credits:
The aim in this unit is for students to explore and experience the world of the film/TV studio and outside broadcasts. Students learn about the technical aspects of film making both in front and behind the camera as well as the historical context and technical development of film through the ages and how these developments have impinged and shaped the work of the performer.
Students use both practical and theoretical study to explore how film acting has changed since the silent age and provide the students with 'hands on' opportunities to plan and shape performance work for the screen. We also study the workplace and opportunities for employment within this field.
Year 11: Unit 203: Musical Theatre – 10 credits:
Musical Theatre allows students to be collaborative as they develop an awareness and understanding of the history of this art form throughout the decades. They are given opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge in acting for the stage, dance and singing. Ultimately, students will be expected to perform a range of shows to a range of audiences and to evaluate their work thoroughly in order to better develop their practices. As with Acting For The Camera, we will examine the jobs available in musical theatre and the theatre as a wider professional entity.
Students taking this option at KS4 level should have a good understanding of performance work and be willing to perform to an audience.
Extra-curricular PA activities:
Babington KS3 Theatre Groups (Summer Term)
KS4 Performing Arts Group
Visiting theatre groups/performance
Cross college performance work.