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Performing Arts

Subject Leader: Mr Michael Massey

 michael.massey@queenkatherine.org

Head of Music: Ms Hannah West

 hannah.west@queenkatherine.org 

Performing Arts at QKS

The Performing Arts play a significant role in helping students develop their creative skills.

The Performing Arts Department at QKS promote self discipline, creativity and resilience in order for students to excel in all facets of school life.

At QKS, the Performing Arts Department comprises of Dance, Drama and Music with the guiding principles for teaching across these subjects being to:  

  • develop students’ practical, creative and technical skills and knowledge in order for them to devise, rehearse and perform original and pre-existing material in a variety of ways
  • utilise rigorous success criteria and assessment frameworks in order for all students to make exceptional progress. 
  • nurture a strong sense of the ‘whole child’ focusing on developing their confidence, communication and problem solving
  • Develop students' ability to engage in the creative process both independently and as part of a group with resilience and self belief. 
  • Provide the skills and confidence for students to pursue wider curriculum and career opportunities within the performing arts. 

Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 Performing Arts Curriculum offers opportunities for students to respond, perform and evaluate work across the 3 discrete subject areas whilst at the same time developing their vocal, physical, expressive and technical skills to enable them to create performances within all three Performing Arts disciplines.

The Performing Arts subjects are the perfect vehicle to develop the vital skills of independence, appreciation, concentration, confidence, creativity, communication and critical thinking.

Throughout Key Stage 3, students are taught excellent routines to ensure safe and successful lessons in which positive behaviour management and encouragement is key. Students develop mutual trust and learn collaboratively, applauding others’ work and helping make them feel confident.

Year 7 Music Summary - updated May 2020

Year 8 Music Summary - updated May 2020

Year 9 Music Summary - updated May 2020

Year 7 Performing Arts Summary - updated May 2020

Year 8 Performing Arts Summary - updated May 2020

Year 9 Performing Arts and Dance Summary - updated May 2020

Key Stage 4

The Key Stage 4 Performing Arts Curriculum is structured in order to prepare students for the GCSE courses in Dance, Drama and Music that the school offers.

Having covered the fundamentals during Key stage 3, students have opportunities to develop their skills further during Year 10 in readiness for the practical assessments and written examinations in Year 11. Throughout, students develop their skills in the three disciplines to enable them to become confident performers, to collaborate effectively with others, to gain the confidence to pursue their own ideas and to reflect and refine their work. In addition, their study of each of the Performing Arts as a practical art form in its own right means they explore how ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through choices in form, style and convention. This enables them to develop an understanding of the social, cultural and historical contexts of the set works studied in each discrete subject area. They will also extend their knowledge of Performing Arts terminology, and how to use it appropriately, and come to understand the roles and responsibilities of theatre-makers, dancers and/or musicians in professional practice.

Year 11 Performing Arts and Dance Summary - updated May 2020

 

Drama Exam Board:

AQA Drama GCSE

GCSE Drama Specification

Music Exam Board:

Edexcel Music GCSE (year 11)

GCSE Music Specification

AQA Music GCSE (year 10)

GCSE Music Specification

Dance Exam Board:

AQA Dance GCSE

GCSE Dance Specification

Enrichment

Extra-Curricular opportunities

Performing Arts

Annually the department mounts the following:

  • Whole school musical at The Brewery Arts Centre
  • Performing Arts Festival
  • An Arts Evening at The Brewery Arts Evening

Drama

  • KS3 production
  • KS4 production
  • KS5 production
  • GCSE Drama Evenings
  • A Level Drama Evenings
  • Lunchtime Theatre
  • Visits from Theatre Companies

Dance

  • KS3 Dance Club
  • GCSE Dance Club
  • Participation in The Dance Platform at The Brewery Arts Centre

Music

  • Music GCSE enhancement
  • String group
  • Vocal group
  • Whole school musical production

Opportunities to undertake lessons in the following

Singing, guitar, cello, violin, clarinet, saxophone, flute, piano, viola, trumpet, trombone, drums, bassoon, etc.