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Key Stage 3

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PE & Performing Arts

Drama is a subject which encourages students to use their imagination, develop thinking skills and self confidence in a fun and stimulating environment. In Key Stage Three students study a range of different topic areas, each designed to teach them various skills and techniques, many of which can be utilised in other subject areas. Students are challenged each year to devise their own performances, work collaboratively to explore different topics, use scripts to generate performances and finish each topic by evaluating their process and the successfulness of their individual contribution. Drama at Key Stage Three is also carefully designed to adequately prepare students who wish to study it further into Key Stage Four and beyond. 

In Music pupils will focus on the three main areas of Performance, Composition and Listening & Appraising. There are 6 or 7 units per year, providing the opportunity for all students to learn to play keyboard, guitar and percussion, and produce music using ICT. They will study a mixture of different styles, from Baroque music to contemporary genres such as Rap, and music from around the world such as Brazilian Samba.

During PE lessons pupils develop the confidence to take part in different physical activities and learn about the value of healthy, active lifestyles. Discovering what they like to do, what their aptitudes are at school, and how and where to get involved in physical activity helps them make informed choices about lifelong physical activity.  They take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences that PE offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.

In KS3 pupils will take part in Athletics, Basketball, Cricket, Dance, Fitness, Football, Gymnastics,  Handball, Life Saving, Netball, Rounders, Rugby, Softball, Swimming and Water Polo

All areas actively encourage participation in a massive range of extra curricular provision.  This occurs at lunch times and after school and is available to all.

For further information about what is taught in KS3 please read the KS3 course descriptors.

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Key Stage 4

PE and Performing Arts subjects are very popular at KS4 with it being a very popular choice in the options block.

New exam specifications are being introduced nationally in all subjects for first teaching September 2016.

GCSE Dance is a fantastic opportunity for students to actively and physically demonstrate their abilities in dance with 80% of the total marks awarded for performance and choreography. Students explore a variety of dance styles from Ballet and Jazz to Contemporary and Street Dance learning to create, perform and analyse dance effectively.

GCSE Drama allows students to study a range of plays, focusing on one in depth, devise work from a stimulus and explore the wider context of Theatre. This newly written course is structured around a written exam and practical performance exams.  Those who take this course will be offered many opportunities to see live theatre and be a part of workshops from visiting practitioners

GCSE Music focusses on Performance, Composition and Listening & Appraising. Students taking this pathway will need to be confident performing on their own instrument at around ABRSM Grade 3 standard or above and will be encouraged to develop their own creative ideas in music. Most students are encouraged to use the Sibelius ICT software to complete their music scores. We currently use the OCR board for GCSE Music.

BTEC Level 2 in Music. This focusses more on the popular music industry and students investigate the various career pathways that are available to contemporary performers or in the industry that supports them. Students are not required to perform if they don’t want to and will be able to experience using music sequencing software and the live sound recording studio. BTEC awards are taken with the Edexcel board.

GCSE PE is broken down into 60% practical ability in 4 sports and 40% written exam.  The theory will look at health and fitness as well as an anatomical look at the body.  Also more contemporary issues like factors affecting participation and the Olympics.

BTEC level 2 in Sport.  This is split by an external exam for one unit and 3 internally assessed coursework units.  Units require some practical involvement but not directly assessed.  The topics covered are Fitness Testing, practical sport, Mind in Sport and body in Action.

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Key Stage 5

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A-Level Dance allows students to acquire deeper dance knowledge, skills and understanding in preparation for further academic or vocational study and/or future employment. The course is 60% practical and develops skills in performance, choreography and critical thinking. Students study Ballet, Cunningham, Graham, Release and Jazz technique as well as choreographic skills.

A Level Edexcel Drama and Theatre Studies is a course that offers students the opportunities to perform, direct and critique theatre. Whilst on this course students get the chance to create several performances; some are scripted, whilst others are devised. Students also get the opportunity to work with touring theatre companies, visiting practitioners and even go out to see professional live theatre.

Music A Level which develops the three core areas of study. Students should be able to perform on an instrument at the equivalent of ABRSM Grade 5 standard and above. They will also undertake extended composition projects and study set pieces of music, from the Renaissance to present day and from around the world, in detail for an exam which requires listening & appraising and essay writing skills.

Music Technology. This includes developing the ability to arrange music using ICT sequencing software and to record and then edit music using the industry standard studio. Students also learn about popular music styles from the start of the 20th Century onwards and developments in music technology which are examined.

A Level PE encompasses lots of theory such as Anatomy and Physiology, Psychology, Sports History, Acquiring Movement skills and Socio-cultural studies making this a diverse course.  Pupils are also assessed in their practical skill in 1 sport at AS and 1 sport at A2.  70% being towards the theory.

BTEC level 3 in Sport.  This currently has no examination and is all coursework based.  Pupils will be required to construct a coursework portfolio that is internally assessed at regular windows during the course.  Content would include Anatomy and Physiology, Practical Team Sports and Leadership in the first year.

Community Sports Leaders and Higher Sports Leaders.  These courses develop the students in their ability to lead sports sessions and deliver them to various target groups.  Students develop their own initiative, leadership, communication and organisational skills in order to deliver the sports sessions.

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