Performing Arts
Music/Dance/Drama

The Performing Arts department aims to engage students with a variety of art forms, to explore values, attitudes, feeling and meanings. It aims to develop student’s ability to create, appreciate and make critical judgements about artworks. Performing Arts encourages students to work independently and in teams, to share arts experiences and to present artworks to others. Students well develop understanding of the role of the arts in society, including a career. The arts expose students to exhibitions and performances by professional artists, increasing student’s active and independent involvement in cultural opportunities.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students are taught on a carousel. Students receive one term of each performing arts subjects.

Year Term A Term B
7 Dance Introduction to the five basic bodily actions through a contemporary genre. Introduction to musical theatre, developing performing and choreographic skills
Drama Introduction to Fairy Tales through drama interventions an d strategies Develop strategies through performing in Alice in Wonderland
Music Vocal Melody Rhythm and Drumming
8 Dance Introduction to cultural dance- Bollywood Develop Musical Theatre performance
Drama Melodrama- Stock characters, key features and technique Murder Mystery and Pantomime- develop characterisation
Music Develop key board skills Ragtime and Blues


Key Stage 4

Year Term 1 (a) Term 1 (b) Term 2 (a) Term 2 (b) Term 3 (a) Term 3 (b)
9 Dance Development of choreographic skills through contemporary dance Contemporary dance performance skills Development of cultural dance- African dance technique Introduction to Lindy Hop Musical Theatre- Performance to Footloose Street and commercial dance
9 Drama Introduction to Drama Techniques Working with the theme of Disaster- Strategies and techniques Working with the theme of Gangs through characterisation and episodic structures with cliff hangers Introduction to drama practioners and their work Introduction to Blood Brothers- Key themes and concepts Develop Blood Brothers into performance
9 Music Introduction to baroque music Develop Baroque music through-Ornamented melody lines/ diatonic chords/musical textures such as monophonic, Introduction to key features of classical and romantic piano music Vocal composition and performance West End Musical Theatre- Solo/ensemble performances Film genres/ musical accompaniment

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Btec Tech Award Level 2 Performing Arts -



Dance pathway 

Introduction to Btec tech Award course-

Introduction to Component 1 – Exploring the Performing- Learning Aim A and B



Record through diary entrance/lesson logs and research Coursework booklet

Development Component 1 – Exploring the Performing- Learning Aim A and B



Record through diary entrance/lesson logs/ and research in coursework booklet/video recordings 

Completion Component 1 – Exploring the Performing- Learning Aim A and B



Record through diary entrance/lesson logs/ and research in coursework booklet/video recordings

Introduction to Power Point Presentation for Learning aim A- Examine Practitioners Workshop

Development and completion of Power Point Presentation for Learning aim A- Examine Practitioners Works


Introduction to Component 2- Developing Skills and Techniques in Performing Arts

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Btec Tech Award Level 2 Performing Arts -



Dance pathway

Development of Component 2- Developing Skills and Techniques in Performing Arts Learning Aim A,B



Record through diary entrance/lesson logs, skills audits in coursework booklet. Video evidence of workshops and performances

Completion of Component 2- Developing Skills and Techniques in Performing Arts Learning Aim A,B

Record through diary entrance/lesson logs, skills audits in coursework booklet. Video evidence of workshops and performances



Introduction to Exam Unit – component 3- Research exam stimulus- Explore and experiment with movement ideas

Develop Component 3 – Create group performance and perform.



Complete written controlled assessment 

Submit Component 3

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Drama GCSE

Introduction to Unit 1



Stimulus work base on Fame and Beauty- controlled assessments
Introduction and development of the play Blood Brothers
Controlled assessments based on Blood Brothers
Theatre Review- Written coursework
Introduction to Unit 3

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Drama GCSE

Unit 3

Devising a performance



Unit 3

Devising skills



Controlled assessments

Unit 3



Developing knowledge and understanding of practioners

Introduction to examination performance based on given stimulus
Develop examination performance Practical exam


Key Stage 5

Year KS5 Term 1 (a) Term 1 (b) Term 2 (a) Term 2 (b) Term 3 (a) Term 3 (b)

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Btec Level 3 Performing Arts-
Extended Certificate -
Two Pathways followed

Dance and Acting 

Introduction to Unit 2- Developing Skills for Live Performance

 Unit 2- Developing Skills for Live Performance


Introduction

Unit 1 Investigating Practioners Work



 Unit 2- Developing Skills for Live Performance


Unit 1 Investigating Practioners Work

Unit 1 Exam 

Introduction to Unit 3 – Group Performance Workshop

Submission of Unit 2

Completion and Submission of Unit 3 – Group Performance Workshop


Introduction of optional performing arts unit

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Btec Level 3 Performing Arts- Extended Certificate -

Two Pathways followed



Dance and Acting

Optional Unit

For Dance or Acting


Opportunity to resist Unit 1 if required



Optional Unit

For Dance and Acting


Resist Unit 1 if required



Optional Unit

For Dance and Acting





Opportunity to revisit Unit 3 if required

Completion and submission of optional unit





Opportunity to revisit Unit 3 if required

Resit of Unit 3

Departmental Courses

Key Stage 4: Level 2 Btec Performing Arts Dance, GSCE Drama and GCSE Music

Key Stage 5: BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts Dance, A level Dance, A level Performing Arts and A level Music

Departmental Links and Partnerships

Centre for Advanced training in dance, Merseyside Dance Initiative BBC Ten Pieces Project, Curious Minds, Everyman and Playhouse, Shakespeare in Schools, Lipa Progression Programme, Empire Theatre, English National Ballet, Resonate, Liverpoool Philharmonic, Liverpool Learning Partnership, Arts Council and Artsmark.

Higher Education- John Moores University, Hope University and Edgehill

Department Staff

Mrs P Ellison - Faculty Leader
Mrs C Finnegan - Subject Leader (Music)
Miss A Shawcroft - Subect Leader (Drama)
Miss H Bretherton (Music)
Mrs D Strevens (Dance)
Mr C Gaffney

Web Links

BBC Bitesize GCSE

Your Creative Future

Sound Junction

Extra Curricular Activities

Dance- Street Dance, Contemporary Dance, Talented Dancers Company for all Key Stages

Drama- Production Club for all key stages

Music- Year 7 Choir, Junior choir, Senior Choir, Samba Band, Orchestra, Vocal coaching and peripatetic lessons

Drop in and Booster sessions after school for all exam groups at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5