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Performing Arts

Performing arts is an important part of the balanced curriculum offered at CCW. Dance, drama and music are taught as discreet subjects to all pupils in Years 7 and 8. Pupils focus on developing the art of making, performing and responding across all 3 subject areas.

In Year 9 pupils may take the study of dance, drama or music further as an option subject(s).

Our aim is to:

  • Stimulate and maintain pupil interest and enjoyment in performing arts.
  • Nurture creativity and talents in all pupils.
  • To create an atmosphere where pupils feel able to learn.
  • Enable each pupil to achieve their potential. The arts is for all.
  • Teach pupils the ability to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes used in the performing arts.
  • Develop an awareness and appreciation in pupils of the performing arts in a variety of cultures and traditions including the great composers and artists of all three disciplines.
  • Enable pupils to work independently and as part of a team in varied activities.
  • Ensure pupils make good progress, building on prior attainment, as they move through the key stage.

Teachers:  Mr D Chaplin (Lead) ([email protected]), Mr A Granville, Mr M Clark and Mrs R Wright.

Courses and Subjects:

Key Stage 3 Music

In music, pupils develop their ability to listen and respond to music, compose music and perform music.

In Year 7, pupils develop their ensemble skills, building on the skills already embedded at Primary School. Pupils study the basic concept of chords and how they are structured and use this to further build on their musical knowledge and performance skills. All pupils learn through a variety of instruments including drums, guitar, vocals and keyboard. Pupils are strongly encouraged to bring in their own instruments and incorporate this as part of their learning.

In Year 8, pupils develop an appreciation of World Music and Band Skills. This builds on the prior learning in Year 7 and deepens their listening and responding skills.

In Year 9, pupils who choose the music pathway will develop their ensemble skills and personal management skills within the classroom. They will also carry out a skills audit of their strengths and weaknesses as a musician and develop these areas through self-regulated rehearsal discipline. There are opportunities to showcase performances throughout the year. This builds on nicely as an introduction to the BTEC Level 2 course which pupils study in Year 10 as an Option subject. 

Key Stage 3 Dance and Drama

In drama and dance, pupils follow a scheme of work aimed at developing their making, performing and responding skills in both disciplines. 

In Year 7 drama, pupils develop key performance skills and dramatic techniques that enable them to build confidence and understanding of performance through a variety of games, exercises and performance opportunities.  Pupils begin to look at character development and the use of scripts as well as devising their own performances. 

In Year 8, pupils develop key transferable skills enabling them to gain confidence, teamwork, leadership whilst developing public speaking skills.  Pupils will build on their knowledge of drama and characterisation and develop ways in which they create performances whilst focussing on storytelling, physical theatre and use of semiotics in performance.  

In Year 9, pupils who take drama as an option use practical application of concepts and techniques throughout the process of making, performing and evaluating. Pupils work in a variety of groups to produce, develop, refine and perform pieces of drama. Pupils underpin their knowledge and understanding of dramatic techniques with work alongside and visits to the theatre to witness professional live theatre.

Key Stage 4

  • BTEC Level 2 Award in Performing Arts (Acting)
  • BTEC Level 2 Award in Performing Arts (Dance)
  • BTEC Level 2 Award in Music

Key Stage 5

  • KS5 BTEC National Extended Certificate in Dance
  • KS5 BTEC National Extended Certificate in Drama