Key Stage 3 Performing Arts
At Key Stage 3, we want our students to associate two words with Performing Arts: fun and fabulous!
Performing Arts in Years 7 and 8 incorporates both Music and Drama. The curriculum has been designed by our staff, to give them an invigorating introduction to both disciplines. Some lessons will have a musical focus, other a dramatic focus.
In Year 7, the students are taught the basic elements of Music, while being introduced to different styles from different eras and areas. Topics include Sea Shanties, Song Writing, African Drumming and Film Music. It’s interactive, with plenty of opportunities to play and compose.
In Drama, they are introduced to explorative strategies such as role play, hot seating and tableaux that help them to understand the complexities of both performance and characterisation. Schemes of work are topical, so that they engage our students and try to ensure they are having fun while learning valuable skills. One of the first schemes of work in Year 7 is linked to Roald Dahl’s fantastic autobiography ‘Boy’.
Performing Arts lessons teach students key components that they will need when they decide to choose Drama and Music as GCSE options – which of course, we hope they will!
‘If music be the food of love, play on.’