At key stage 3 students explore the fundamental skills needed to progress into further dance study by expanding their dance knowledge, vocabulary and practical experience across a diverse range of creative and performance tasks. Students develop their cultural appreciation of dance as well as begin to understand how dance influences and contributes to modern society. Creative work is the focus in key stage 3 and students learn to express ideas, adapt and collaborate, and communicate in new ways in a highly supportive environment.
At key stage 4 creative works continues in choreography and performance pieces. A technical focus becomes part of practice and students study 6 set works covering contemporary, disability and urban dance.
Key stage 3 drama encourages students to explore a range of texts from Shakespeare to modern day and stretching across a diverse mix of topics and issues. We use drama to explore, create and communicate ideas both of scriptwriters and of the students’ original work. The 3 areas studied are devising, performance and appreciation of professional and peer work.
Key stage 4 continues with the same strands of study to refine students’ written appreciation of professional work and reflection on their creative processes. Performance exams are of both original devised work and scripted pieces.
Students explore their practical skills with keyboards, vocal performance, ukuleles, guitars, drums and more in key stage 3. A developed understanding of genre, influential artists and composition techniques are nurtured in key stage 3. Music technology is embedded as students work with Apple Macs each lesson to create and record their work. Additional tuition is optional for students pursuing accelerated instrumental support.
Key stage 4 harnesses individual musical talents in performance work both solo and ensemble. Students study music across time periods and genres to complement their practical development and work in a highly technical and professional environment.