Welcome to Performing Arts

We are a vibrant faculty who passionately believe in the importance of Dance, Drama and Music within the school curriculum. Many aspects of the subjects taught, will develop lifelong skills that will enhance students’ lives beyond the classroom. Students will learn in a collaborative and practical way, in an exciting and supportive environment that will enable students to thrive.

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Key Stage 3 (Dance)

The Dance course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the AQA GCSE Dance course in Key Stage 4. Dance at KS3 focuses on embedding the key dance skills including dance actions, dynamics, space and choreographic devices.

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: J.tennant@grange.outwood.com

Key Stage 4 (Dance)

AQA GCSE in Dance (9-1)
General Skills of GCSE Dance focuses on the general development of a dancer, specifically looking at technique, choreography and appreciation.

AQA GCSE in Dance (9-1) is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: J.tennant@grange.outwood.com

Key Stage 5 (Dance)

AQA AS Level Dance
At AS Level, this specification focuses on the development and performance of your own choreography and performance within a duo/trio. You will: receive training on technique and the health and safety of the dancer and begin to develop critical skills for the analysis of choreography and performance within your own work and in professional repertoire.

AQA AS Level Dance is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: J.tennant@grange.outwood.com

Key Stage 3 (Drama)

The Drama course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the OCR GCSE in Drama (9-1) course in Key Stage 4. Within Drama at KS3 students will research, discuss and use drama techniques to explore character and situations. Students will devise and present scripted and improvised dramas in response to a range of stimuli. Students will have the opportunity review a live piece of theatre.

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: J.tennant@grange.outwood.com

Key Stage 4 (Drama)

OCR GCSE in Drama (9-1)
This course is designed to ask students deep and complex questions about the world around them. It allows you to put yourselves in another’s shoes and consider the world with a different perspective. Throughout the course you will be expected to think about situations and issues and explore them through practical drama and through written documentary evidence.

OCR GCSE in Drama (9-1) is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: J.tennant@grange.outwood.com

Key Stage 5 (Drama)

Edexcel GCE Drama and Theatre
On this course you will explore play texts through workshops that develop understanding of the play, characterisation, vocal awareness, practitioner approaches, visual, aural and spatial elements of performance.
Students will study 1 text from the perspective of both actor and designer, students will review a live performance. In addition students will perform 2 further extracts from published plays.

Edexcel GCE Drama and Theatre is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: J.tennant@grange.outwood.com

Key Stage 3 (Music)

The Music course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the Edexcel GCSE in Music (9-1) course in Key Stage 4. Students will focus on developing their instrumental skills on keyboard, ukuleles, singing, guitar and percussion, and will collaborate and work with others as musicians. Many of the units of work are taught using Musical Futures.

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: R.larder@grange.outwood.com

Key Stage 4 (Music)

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) in Music
On this course you build skills in order for you to perform two pieces, a solo and an ensemble on an instrument/voice of your choice, in any style you wish. You will learn how to produce two compositions or arrangements using the music software in the music technology suite. Four areas of music have to be studied from a theoretical approach. These include Instrumental Music 1700 – 1820, Vocal Music, Music for Stage and Screen and Fusions. There are set works to study from these areas including music by Beethoven and Queen, music from Star Wars and the musical ‘Wicked.’

Edexcel GCSE Music (9-1) is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: R.larder@grange.outwood.com

Key Stage 5 (Music)

EDEXCEL GCE AS Level in Music
You will take part in a public performance of one or more pieces, performed as a recital. Performances can be playing or singing solo, in an ensemble, improvising, or realising music using music technology. The total performance time across all pieces must be a minimum of 6 minutes
You will create a total of two compositions, one to a brief set by the examination board and one either free composition or also to a brief. Each composition must be at least 2 minutes in duration
In the 90 minute examination there are two sections in the examination. Section A is marked out of 45 and contains four questions. Three of the questions will be based on extracts from the set works and the other question will be on dictation. Section B is marked out of 35 including one essay question on an unfamiliar piece of music and one essay chosen from three optional questions on a set work.

EDEXCEL GCE AS Level in Music is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: R.larder@grange.outwood.com

EDEXCEL A2 Level in Music Technology
Students will create a portfolio consisting of a multi-track recording, a sequenced integrated performance and a composition incorporating music technology (60%).
There is also an examination testing the student’s ability to manipulate and correct recorded music. They will also be tested on their ability to produce a balanced stereo mix.

EDEXCEL A2 Level in Music Technology is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: R.larder@grange.outwood.com

Enrichment Opportunities for Performing Arts

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.