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Performing Arts

Matthew 5:14-16

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people like a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house in the same way, let you light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who was in heaven.

Curriculum Intent Statement

The key concepts in Performing Arts are skills driven, and aim to build personal skills which can be relied upon to succeed, not only in performing arts lessons but beyond school life and in future employment. At the heart of the performing arts is the development of these skills in all of our students; communication, creative imagination, clarity of expression, autonomy, leadership and confidence. Opportunities are embedded for students to be able to hone and develop performance skills but equally important is the ability to understand the purpose of the theatre and music we create. We believe the process of drama and music is the most significant focus in KS3 and as the students move through the key stages, performance becomes as important.

Methodologies of theatrical practitioners and instrumentalists are introduced throughout to enable students not only to re-enact, but to shape their own unique ideas with a greater understanding of the need for style, intention, theatrical form and musical elements. They are designed to raise expectations and standards from the start of St Anne’s and ensure that powerful and meaningful performing arts knowledge is embedded. Not only does the curriculum provide students with this knowledge, it focuses on developing student’s emotional literacy, analytical skills and critical thinking.

Our curriculum ensures that all students will study the work of key theatre practitioners, key composers and skills in Year 7. Throughout Key Stage 3, they will develop performance techniques, enabling the students to reach their GCSE potential. We work from classic texts including Shakespeare and Brecht. In Music they learn about the instruments of the orchestra and key composers.

In the performing arts department, the programme of study allows students to explore the world about them and the issues in current society. We offer a safe environment for them to enquire and learn about matters and other cultures which contributes to their holistic care.

This allows them to return and retrieve key concepts and technique, thus broadening their understanding throughout the key stage.