Performing Arts

Aims

At Ash Hill Academy our aims in the Performing Arts department are:

  • To make students' lives richer and fuller through quality arts experiences
  • Inspire students with a love for the arts
  • To develop confidence in all aspects of performance
  • Enable students to achieve the highest possible exam grades
  • Improve students' reading, writing, speaking and listening skills

Key Staff

  • Leader of Performing Arts - Mrs H Weyman (Assistant Principal)
  • Teacher of Performing Arts - Mr V Marklew (Associate Assistant Principal)

Performing Art lessons at Ash Hill Academy benefit students in various ways, as detailed below:

In music, the department believes all students can achieve a high degree of success. Students have the right to study in a positive, creative and friendly environment, and we strive to achieve this in our classrooms at all times. Every student can share in the enjoyment and satisfaction of music in its various forms. Music students will progressively develop their skills, in the fundamental aspects of - performing, composing, listening and analysing music. Through music education we believe students can develop: 

  • self-confidence
  • co-operation and social skills 
  • creativity and sensitivity

In drama, all students will learn new skills that will enable them to become more confident and successful when performing and evaluating their work.They learn about theatre, with schemes of work based around plays, playwrights, directors and theatrical techniques. The department believes strongly that the vast amount of theatrical literature to be found in the world should be celebrated, through study and performance.

Exam Boards & Qualifications

BTEC Level 1 /  2 Tech Award in Performing Arts

KS3 Details

At Key Stage 3, pupils study various topics in Performing Arts, both in Drama and Music.

Music

All students will learn how sound is organised and structured, through composition and performance. Students will then go on to use chords, and learn how to accompany melodies within small ensemble situations. Students will learn about the history of the Blues, to improvise over a given chord sequence, compose a sound track for a short 'Tom and Jerry' cartoon, and about music from different historical periods. Through completing many different music modules, all students will have the opportunity to evaluate, improve their own and others work (through the use of both written and verbal feedback), and improve their confidence.

Drama

All students will learn new skills that will enable them to become more confident and successful, when performing and evaluating their work. They will learn about different styles of acting and the skills needed for each, this is to include; documentary drama, performing plays, mime, improvisation, workshop based activities and physical theatre. Through completing many different drama modules, all students will have the opportunity to evaluate and improve their own and others work (through the use of both written and verbal feedback) as well as improving confidence.

Yr.7 Music

Rhythm and Pitch – Rhythm composition and keyboard performance.

V Structure – Using technology to compose and analyse.

Ukulele – Performance skills and techniques specific to the style and instrument used.

Samba - Origins of style, research opportunities and creation and performance of whole class composition.

Yr.8 Music

Major and Minor – Construction and performance.

Tom and Jerry – Using technology to compose a sound track for film.

Blues – Further opportunities to research, analyse and compose within a Blues structure.

Yr.7 Drama

Silent Movie – History of Silent Movie over the decades. Introduction to body language and facial expression.

Mr Holgado – Introduction to scripted work and vocal technique.

Oliver – Introduction to Musical Theatre, Victorian Era and scripts in larger ensemble situations.

Yr.8 Drama

Crimewatch - Study of Docu drama and how it relates to theatre and television. Devising piece linked to given scenarios and importance of British Values.

Theatre Practitioners - Introduction to key practitioners in the 20th and 21st century, using key ideologies.

Exploring Theatre and Stage Configuration - Understanding and application of script and script conventions. Identify stage configurations: thrust/ traverse / proscenium and theatre in the round.

Yr.9 Drama

Our Day Out - Identify and Interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas. Know how to add detail to build imagery. To ensure that characterisation and situations are portrayed realistically. 

  

Key Stage 3 Enrichment

All students have the opportunity to take part in a number of extra curricular activities, both inside the academy and out in the community. Students also have the option to have instrumental music lessons, delivered by members of the Performing Arts department.

KS4 Details

Students at Key Stage 4 have the opportunity to study the BTEC level 1 / 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts qualification in either dance or drama.

During the course learners are required to compile a portfolio of work, which consists of two coursework projects, and 1 externally set assignment.

The two coursework components count as 60% of the final mark and the externally assessed assignment as 40%.

Students must complete 3 components. Every student will be expected to complete both written and practical work, but will have the opportunity to work both as an individual, and as part of a team. From this students will have the opportunity to evaluate and improve their own and others work, though the use of both written and verbal feedback.

The units of work that each student will work on covers a range of skills, and these will enable them to have a sound understanding of the performing arts industry from both a practical and theoretical point of view.

The units of work that are covered are:

  • Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts  (Internally Assessed)
  • Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts (Internally Assessed)
  • Component 3: Performing to a Brief (Externally Assessed) 

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Key Stage 4 Enrichment

All students have the opportunity to take part in a number of extra curricular activities, both inside the academy and out in the community. Students also have the option to have instrumental music lessons delivered by the Performing Arts department themselves.

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