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 A Level Dance
At A 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 A 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 BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts course in Key Stage 4. Within Drama at KS3 students will work collaboratively to develop performance skills and use drama techniques to explore character and situations. Students will devise and present both scripted and improvised dramas in response to a range of stimuli.

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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)

BTEC Level 2 Tech award in Performing Arts
On this course students will examine a variety of different performance styles through closely analysing professional examples. Students will track their own skills and journey throughout three contrasting projects. 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 2 texts from the perspective of both director, actor and designer. Students will review a live performance. In addition students will perform 2 further extracts from published plays and create their own devised performance.

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 Eduqas 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.calverley@grange.outwood.com

Key Stage 4 (Music)

Eduqas 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. You will produce two compositions using the music software in the music technology suite.

The exam is based on four areas of study:

  • AoS1 – Musical Forms and Devices
  • AoS2 – Music for Ensemble
  • AoS3 – Film Music
  • AoS4 – Popular Music

You will study two set works in detail. The first is Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Movement 3) by Mozart and the other is the rock song ‘Since you’ve been gone’ by Rainbow.

Eduqas 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.calverley@grange.outwood.com

Key Stage 5 (Music)

Eduqas GCE A Level in Music

The three components of Performing, Composing and Appraising have different weightings from GCSE Music in the syllabus we follow. The Eduqas Exam Board allows candidates to specialize in Performing or Composing as follows:

  • Performing 35% or 25%
  • Composing 25% or 35%
  • Appraising 40%

PERFORMING

  • Option A: recital of 10-12 minutes (35%) Or
  • Option B: recital of 6-8 minutes (25%)
    The recital is given before a visiting external examiner in the Spring term of the A Level year. The number of pieces will vary between candidates, but is usually 3 – 4, and these can be any combination of solo and ensemble.

COMPOSING

  • Option A: portfolio of 2 pieces lasting between 4-6 minutes (25%) or
  • Option B: portfolio of 3 pieces lasting between 8-10 minutes (35%)
    For both Options A and B, candidates’ composition 1 will be based on Area of Study A (The WesternClassical Tradition), and will respond to a brief published by the exam board in September of the A Level year. Composition 2 can be a free composition, based on a brief set by the candidate.

APPRAISING
The Appraising component of the course is assessed through a 2 hour 15 minute exam in June of the A Level year. It involves unprepared extracts and extracts from set works and features a variety of questions from score-reading and aural perception tasks, through stylistic and analytical knowledge questions, to a historical context essay.

Eduqas GCE A 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.calverley@grange.outwood.com

EDEXCEL A 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. There are two examinations, as detailed below. One will focus on listening and appraising skills, whilst the other is a practical test that assesses the candidate’s music production skills.

Component 1 (coursework): Recording (60 marks / 20% of the qualification)

  • Carry out one multitrack recording, chosen from a list of 10 songs provided by Pearson, consisting of a minimum of five compulsory instruments and two additional instruments.
  • The total time must be between 3 minutes and 3½ minutes.
  • Logbook and authentication form must be supplied

Component 2 (coursework): Technology-based composition (60 marks / 20% of the qualification)

  • Compose a piece of music chosen from three briefs set by Pearson.
  • The total time must be 3 minutes.
  • The piece will involve sound design, synthesis, sampling, and creative use of effects.

Component 3 (exam): Listening and analysing (75 marks / 25% of the qualification)

  • A 1 hour 30 minute exam listening to extracts from unfamiliar commercial recordings and answering questions on music technology production techniques and how they have changed over the years.
    Component 4 (exam): Producing and analysing (105 marks / 35% of the qualification)
  • A 2 hour 15 minute exam involving questions on editing, mixing and production techniques.
  • The student completes practical mixing and editing activities and produces a final high quality mix as part of the exam. An extended question on an aspect of music technology is included.

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.calverley@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.