Miss K Faulkner – Teacher (KS3 & KS4)
Mrs J Clee – Teacher (KS3)
The whole world is a stage. – Shakespeare
So, Performing Arts is a rehearsal for life! The subject provides opportunities for pupils to develop key life skills.
Through the exploration of a variety of texts, characters and circumstances, pupils expand their knowledge and understanding of the wider world, including social and cultural themes and issues, and improve their ability to empathise with and understand the actions, feelings and motivations of a range of different people.
To succeed in drama, teamwork is essential and develops the ability to communicate, co-operate and compromise effectively. In addition, Performing Arts cultivates and enhances confidence, the ability to speak in public and, through role-play, prepares them for tackling real life situations.
The course encourages imagination, creativity and the ability to explore different possibilities, devising their own characters, structuring and scripting their own plotlines. Pupils are often able to participate in extracurricular activities, which strengthen their involvement in both the school and local community.
Key Stage three is assessed using threshold statements. A child will be given a working at threshold for each time they ‘rotate’ into Drama lessons. Assessments are either focussed on scripts or practical pieces:
Aim to ensure our pupils leave our school equipped not just academically, but also with a strong understanding of the wider world. We pride ourselves on teaching life skills, a collaborative approach and opening the pupils’ eyes to issues beyond those they may experience in our small rural community.
To ensure that the Drama/Performing Arts curriculum is accessible to all, provides a good balance between understanding the industry and exploring practical approaches and reinforces life and learning skills, we have chosen the BTEC Performing Arts Tech Award as we feel it gives the pupils the best range and balance of content within the subject. The qualification provides the pupils with a practical hands-on learning that allows them to explore different styles and practitioners, roles and responsibilities with the theatre as well as producing and evaluating their own pieces. This approach allows pupils to develop essential skills which will help them succeed in life and become valuable citizens such as communication, collaboration, leadership and building resilience and perseverance.
The course is comprised of three units which are effectively designed to build on each other, progressing through the study and exploration of styles and practitioners of theatre both theoretically and practically in Component 1 to developing preparation, performance and rehearsal skills in Component 2 and finally bringing all these skills and experiences together to create their own piece to a brief, from initial ideas to performance and evaluation. The first two units are internally assessed; the third is externally assessed and the three tasks are completed under controlled conditions.
Syllabus: BTEC Tech Award Level 1&2
Exam Board: Edexcel
Exam Board Website: qualifications.pearson.com
Subject: BTEC Performing Arts
Pupils will have had experience of drama during Key Stage 3 in Drama and English lessons. They may also be a member of a drama club.
Performing Arts syllabus content:
Pupils will learn many other skills highly valued in every walk of life: teamwork and confidence in presenting in public.