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PERFORMING ARTS

Aims

 

“Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.” ― Frank Zappa

The Performing Arts are all around us, we listen to the radio in the car, we watch television and films at home, we take trips to the theatre or attend concerts and gigs.  The arts enrich the quality of our experiences, they inspire, inform, stimulate, challenge and entertain.  Your child could become part of the ever increasing Performing Arts industry whether that be in a performance or a production role. 

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato

The arts are a powerful form of communication and expression.  Involvement in the arts helps to foster a positive attitude and improves emotional wellbeing.  The Performing Arts develop thinking skills, increasing perception, imagination, creativity and physical co-ordination skills which can be transferred to other areas of experience and learning. 

Music, Drama and Dance enables pupils to define themselves in relation to others, their friends, social groups and to the culture in which they live.  The Performing Arts are an integral part of culture, past and present and will continue to be vehicles of expression through which we can interpret and escape from our ever changing world. 

The Performing Arts Department Aims to:

  • Promote enjoyment of the arts in a vibrant learning environment.
  • Inspire and enthuse students. 
  • Learn through practical Music, Drama and Dance lessons.
  • Develop students socially, morally and culturally.
  • Develop the potential of all students.
  • Promote a positive learning environment where students feel safe to take risks in expressing ideas and opinions.
  • Encourage, nurture and celebrate talent.
  • Over an extensive extra-curricular programme, performance opportunities and experiences.
  • Prepare students for a career in the Performing Arts Industry.

 

 Performing Arts Department Ethos

To develop the potential of all students through fun, practical Performing Arts lessons.  We provide creative, memorable and inspiring lessons that develop the whole child.  We strive to develop students into fully rounded, creative young adults ready for higher education or employment.

 

Curriculum structure: 

 

KS3

Students receive one 50 minute lesson each week at KS3.  Topics are changed frequently to engage students.

 

KS4

At KS4 students can choose to study Performing Arts Technical Award, Music GCSE or Music BTEC Award. Courses will run based on uptake each year.

 

 

Extra-Curricular

 

There will be a vocal group on Tuesday lunchtimes for years 7-9 from 12:55 to 13:20.

 

 

Links

 

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/performing-arts/technical-award

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-nationals/music-2018.html

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/music-2016.html

Staff List

The teaching and support staff are currently:

Mrs M James Subject Leader in Performing Arts - mjames@westonroad.staffs.sch.uk

Mr A Potts Teacher of Drama - apotts@westonroad.staffs.sch.uk