Performing Arts

Performing Arts’ Vision and Values:

‘To engage, inspire, motivate and challenge young minds. To provide young people with a varied, innovative and rigorous Performing Arts curriculum. To use the Performing Arts to raise attainment at South Shore Academy’.

We believe that the Performing Arts encourages children to explore their emotions, expand their imagination and helps them develop their own, unique voice. Each discipline of music, dance and drama engage a child’s brain, body and emotions in different ways to encourage their confidence and find joy in self-expression and both our Curriculum and Extra curricular Activities explore and develop:

  • Creativity and innovation. …
  • Self-confidence and performance skills. …
  • A medium for self-expression. …
  • Empathy and compassion. …
  • Cultural awareness and appreciation. …
  • Physical and personal development
  • Exploration of Life Skills

Within the Performing Arts faculty, we pride ourselves on being able to easily promote fundamental British values. Our SOW and border curriculum actively challenge opinions or behaviours and enable pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.  Being part of a whole school production can teach pupils the value of teamwork, dedication, commitment and belief in self. A number of SOW in drama in year 9 and in BTEC allow pupils to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England. (Finding Dan Nolan, Blood Brothers, Prejudice and Drama in the real world).

SOW exploring different genres of Music, Art, Drama and Media teach pupils to be tolerant of, appreciate and have respect for their own and other cultures and show a harmony between those different cultures.  We have spent a long time this year rewriting and editing SOW so that they address the gaps in pupils learning due to Covid and challenge pupils to take risks in all areas of their learning.

At Key Stage 3, students study an integrated course of Drama, Music and Dance, which allows students to experience hands on practical activities which focus on enrichment and confidence building where expression and creativity is key. The Year 9 Curriculum will prepare pupils for BTEC at KS4 if they wish to opt for this. All SOW use Magenta Principles, have a specific focus on Literacy and follow the manoeuvring the middle format. Year 7 SOW also make use of mindfulness techniques to help pupils with the transition from primary to secondary. Each SOW in each year group builds on skills, using different stimuli, sequenced in a way that is designed to explore and develop these skills – this could be a technique, a text, a genre, or a Performing Arts discipline. These skills are then tested at the end of each SOW and factual recall of skills used and applied at the beginning of the next.

At Key Stage 4, students study Pearson BTEC Performing Arts Tech Award level1/2. We believe this suits pupils’ at South Shore Academy because the specification provides such varied methods of teaching and assessment.  Pupils can explore varied performing mediums, not just drama or just music and pupils can respond to stimuli in ways that suit their ability and learning styles. Our current year 10 are studying the Acting pathway where they discover and develop a range of different Acting styles and skills. This year, year 11 have chosen to focus on the musical theatre pathway which involves the skills of acting music and dance. Students study all three disciplines and research into a range of different styles, genres and techniques.

The course is made up of three components: two that are internally assessed and one that’s externally assessed.

Our three-block structure, explore, develop and apply, has been developed to allow students to build on and embed their knowledge. This allows them to grow in confidence and then put into practice what they have learned.  Students are provided with challenging and engaging programmes of study and are provided with external tuitions from theatre groups and visits to the theatre. They are also encouraged to take part in afterschool or out of school Performing Arts clubs, projects and activities and we as a faculty prioritise entering KS4 students in competitions and performances. This year pupils are visiting London on a Performing Arts based residential trip.

Subject Performing Arts – Implementation and Impact