PERFORMING ARTS

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Overview

The Performing Arts department is a high achieving, dynamic environment where pupils study Dance and Drama. We strive in Performing Arts to aid students’ personal development by offering experiences, which enriches their academic career and enables new perspectives on the world we live in. 

The department boasts three dedicated studios with specialised equipment.  Students are taught by a well qualified team of staff who have studied the Arts to degree level and beyond.  All of the staff have worked professionally in the field or have been part of amateur companies.  We have fully qualified and professionally recognised Speech and Drama and Dance teachers.  

Students have access to an extensive enrichment curriculum, which includes productions at Romiley Forum, workshops with professional companies and extra courses such as the Arts Award.

KS3: Expressive Arts: Dance and Drama

At Key Stage 3 students are taught both Dance and Drama as part of an Expessive Arts’ curriculum.  They have three lessons a fortnight.   

Each year has a particular focus: 

Year 7:

The main focus of the year is to allow students to develop Personal and Thinking Skills (PLTS) such as creative thinking and working as a team.  It is about developing a student’s confidence as well introducing them to the subjects of Dance and Drama.  Basic techniques such as Thought Tracking, role play (drama), unison and contrast (Dance) are taught.

Year 8:

The focus will be developing the skills learnt in Year 7.  The processes students go through to make a piece of dance or drama is made more apparent.  Opportunities for Student Leadership is available in most lessons.  Some students will develop these leadership skills towards an Arts Award.  This is a national qualification offered by the Arts' Council. 

Assessment: Although students will work towards assessment based projects they will use Self/Peer/Teacher feedback in all expressive Arts lessons as it helps students to understand the subject content and make progress.

Throughout KS3 Schemes of work aim to provide links to the Core British Values that the school promote.

Year 9, 10 and 11

Students can opt for both Dance and Drama at Key Stage 4. Year 9 provides a foundation year for students.  Through project work and skills workshops, students will develop the skills required to be successful in achieving the highest grades at GCSE/BTEC.

We offer the following courses at KS4;

  • BTEC Performing Arts (ACTING)
  • GCSE Dance

 

Kit

Students should wear a practical kit for each lesson:

  • An official Werneth School PE top or official Expressive Arts’ top
    Black practical bottoms: sport shorts or tracksuit bottoms or School PE tracksuit
  • bottoms or shorts
  • Bare feet
  • If a student can’t bring their kit or have an injury, please write a note in their planner. All students will usually be able to take part in some part of the lesson even if injured.

 

Extra Curricular Events

We have several Dance and Theatre companies who take part in a variety of events inside and out of school. In the last year, students have performed at The Contact Theatre, Manchester, Romiley Forum, Lyme Park Stockport Schools’ Shakespeare Festival, local primary schools and has their work shown at Salford University.

  • IMAGE 10 Theatre company (Year 10/11 Drama)
  • WG4 Dance company (girls: all years)
  • Boys’ WALK Dance company (boys: Year 7 - 10)
  • Crea8 Theatre Company (Years 7 - 9)

There are also several ‘one off’ extra curricular projects that are again open to all students. These are usually advertised during form times. Events include:

  • Annual Production at Romiley Forum
  • Papa Panov – Christmas production for Year 7
  • Aladdin – Christmas production for Year 9
  • Dance and Drama Performance Evenings
  • National Schools’ Shakespeare Festival at the Contact Theatre, Manchester
  • Stockport Schools’ Drama Festival
  • Stockport Schools’ Dance Festival

Assessment Calendar

Any enquiries about Performing Arts can be made by emailing the address below...

peformingarts.enquiries@wernethschool.com

 

KS4 DANCE AND DRAMA

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The Performing Arts is a popular area of choice at KS4.  It attracts students who might want to continue studying the Arts in the future as well as students intending on embarking on careers for example, Law, where leadership, communication and presentation skills are necessary.

Year 9, 10 and 11

Students can opt for both Dance and Drama at Key Stage 4. Year 9 provides a foundation year for students.  Through project work and skills workshops, students will develop the skills required to be successful in achieving the highest grades at GCSE/BTEC.

We offer the following courses at KS4;

  • BTEC Performing Arts (ACTING)
  • GCSE Dance

 

KS4 Dance

In our classroom students have the opportunity to learn a variety of dance styles and technique from Contemporary to Urban, students will study the art of choreography and will also study a range of professional repertoire. Students will gain valuable learning experiences and will have the opportunity to build strong leadership skills through Junior Dance Leaders' Award, where students will work with local primary schools. Students will have various opportunities to perform both in house and at professional venues where their work will be showcased.

Students will study for four units:

Unit 1: Critical Appreciation of Dance.  Students will study contemporary dance works for a written exam.

Unit 2: Set Dance.  Students will perform a dance that has been set by the board

Unit 3: Performance in a duo/group dance.  This is a controlled assessment where students perform in a group

Unit 4: Choreography.  This comprises of two tasks for which students will have to choreograph their own solo composition and a group one.

 

KS4 Drama

Students have the opportunity to study for a BTEC Performing Arts’: Acting.  This is worth the equivalent of one GCSE and accepted by colleges and universities. Students will be awarded a Pass (equivalent to C grade at GCSE level), Merit (B) or Distinction/Distinction* (A/A*).

Students will study three modules: Acting Skills, Individual Showcase and Preparation, Performance and Production. The Individual Showcase is an external assessment. 

The course provides an excellent opportunity for students to develop important life skills such as empathy; work skills such as leadership and communication and acting skills such as use of voice and characterisation.

During the course the students will also be given the opportunity to work towards Arts’ Award: Silver or a Speech and Drama Award from Lamda or Trinty College (UCAS points are available with certain levels)

This is a ‘performance based’ course.  Students will be expected to create and perform their own theatre pieces for school and outside audiences.  These are usually assessed as part of the course.  It is a requirement to take part in out of lessons rehearsals for these performances.  In the past students have performed in the following:

  • Shakespeare Schools Festival at the Contact Theatre, Manchester
  • Awareness plays for school assemblies
  • Stockport Schools’ Drama Festival
  • School Assemblies
  • Drama Performance Evenings
  • Evenings of Artistic Excellence
  • NK Theatre Arts’ Charity event at Romiley Forum
  • A film promoting engineering for Salford University Engineering Department
  • A film for Anti Social Behaviour for Stockport schools

Music

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Overview

Music has been a consistently high performing department for many years. It is acknowledged as being one of the most successful departments and with a thriving extra-curricular programme is also one of the most active. Music is delivered in specialist rooms equipped with iMac’s and keyboards along with range amps, electronic drum kits and guitars/bass guitars available when appropriate. We have 4 peripatetic rooms that also double as practice rooms for use at lunchtimes or afterschool. We have a range of recording facilities that allow us to create quality multi-track recordings.

Key Stage 3

All students at KS3 follow a programme of work that allows them to develop their performing, creative and listening skills.  Our programmes of study aim to promote British values through celebrating diversity through a wide variety of topics such as The Blues, music from different countries around the world such as Brazil, India & China.  In these topics there is a focus on helping promote equality and improve cultural understanding.  We also teach using a variety of Western musical genres such as investigating traditional orchestral instruments, listening to a selection of programme music and more popular styles such as pop, rock, rap and film music.  We look at a range of musicians ranging from Holst & Schubert to John Williams to The Beatles, Oasis & Adele.
Students are encouraged to work individually, with partners, as part of small groups and as a whole class. We strive to create well-structured and dynamic lessons.  Achievement and reward are a high priority for the department.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students can choose to study GCSE Music.  This course is again diverse and as well as allowing students to develop their own personal style, it also demands studying a wide variety of musical styles and genres encompassing both time and place.  The course is suitable for both singers and instrumental players.  Examination results at KS4 are consistently outstanding, outperforming national averages.

Students are encouraged once again to develop both as individuals and as part of their groups. 

Enrichment and Out Of Hours Learning

Music has a vibrant and exciting programme of extra-curricular activities, which are open and accommodating to both accomplished musicians and also to all interested students of all abilities and ages.  

We have 6 visiting peripatetic teachers that allow students to learn a wide range of instruments.  This is heavily subsidised by the school and so is available at a cost of just £20 per half-term. Students can take external instrument or music theory exams (normally with the ABRSM exam board). Again, we have an outstanding pass rate (very close to 100%).

We have 3 instrumental ensembles: Senior, Swing and Starter bands

We have 3 singing groups: Chamber choir, Senior Singers and a KS3 Singing group

We have facilities that allow a number of rock/pop bands to rehearse and perform.

There is a Music Tech club at lunchtimes and an afterschool Music Theory class.

We are part of the team responsible for producing the annual musical, which is performed over a week involving a team of over 100 students.  Examples of musicals in the past have been We Will Rock You, The Wiz, West Side Story, Hairspray, Our House, Jesus Christ Superstar, Oliver etc.

Our band and singing groups have performed at the Bridgewater Hall, RNCM, Stockport Town Hall, local churches as well as a number of local charity events. They have also been on tours to Tuscany, Barcelona, Lake Geneva and Lake Garda as well as going on a residential activity week in Hexham. Our next tour in Summer 2017 will take the band and singing groups on a return tour to Barcelona.

Any enquiries about Music can be made by emailing the address below...

music@wernethschool.com