Music and Performing Arts
We strive to equip students with the confidence and ability to succeed in all areas of the curriculum. We aim to help them to become effective and skillful communicators and share with them our own appreciation and enjoyment of music. Our ethos is to instil the very essence of what it is to be a musician: an excellent communicator, independent learner, team player, confident performer and a skilled practitioner of music-making, however this may be achieved.
Music is delivered to all students in a weekly 1 hour lesson throughout all of Years 7 and 8. There is a very practical focus at key stage 3, working on skill building and understanding of the elements of music and how they are applied to perform and create music effectively.
All students have access to an icloud application - Focus on Sound - allowing students to access extra music knowledge, tasks and quizzes to enhance their knowledge and skills in music.
We currently deliver 2 music courses, GCSE and BTEC, depending on the one most suitable for the individual student depending on their interests and strengths. Students will receive 2 hour lessons per week, plus any additional instrumental lessons provided by the Hull Music Service and agreed with the school.
If a student is already studying an instrument, including singing, they will be able to use any of those pieces which meet the exam board requirements to perform during the course. Specialist instrumental/ Vocal lessons may also be arranged in conjunction with the Hull Music Service.
GCSE Music (Eduqas WJEC) - This comprises 3 components, exploring musical skills and how to apply them through the following:
BTEC Music (Technology & Performing Pathways)
This course is ideal for students with a keen interest in Music, especially creating it using music technology. The focus of the Level 1/2 BTEC First Award in Music is the learner’s ability and desire to understand how music is a powerful tool in many industries such as film, advertising and production. It provides learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding of the music industry. If you have an interest in music, music technology, music for gaming, musical theatre or the business and production side of the industry this is the qualification for you. You will complete a portfolio of work for 3 of the units plus a one-hour exam on the music industry. In total, you will complete four units of work.
Drama is a compulsory subject in years 7 and 8 and is an option subject in years 9, 10 and 11.
Years 7 and 8 follow a complete Drama course including: physical theatre; acting skills and techniques; theatre genres; and script interpretation and devising. The main focus in drama lessons at this stage of the curriculum is to encourage students to work together to build their confidence and communication skills.
In years 9, 10 and 11 students have the option to work towards a GCSE or BTEC in drama or dance focusing on both practical skills, as well as developing knowledge about theatre practitioners and playwrights/ choreographers.
There are extensive opportunities for students to develop their acting and dance skills as part of a varied extra-curricular programme including ‘Rock Challenge’, school productions and participation in the Shakespeare School's Festival at Hull Truck Theatre.
Drama provides students with an opportunity to explore theatre and performance in a safe and exciting environment.. There are plenty of chances for students to practically explore the subject and develop their acting skills through performance. The subject gives a student the opportunity to apply knowledge and understanding when creating, performing and responding to drama. During the course, students will explore performance texts, understand their social, cultural and historical context, including the theatrical conventions of the period in which they were created. Students will also develop a range of theatrical skills and apply them to create performances, working collaboratively to generate, develop and communicate ideas.
The KS3 curriculum aims to introduce students to basic vocal and physical drama skills, developing these through practical exploration of various theatrical styles.
Drama (AQA GCSE)
Our GCSE Drama offers students the opportunity to explore drama as a practical art form in which ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through choices of form, style and convention. Students will create, perform and respond to drama informed by their theoretical knowledge of drama and theatre. The subject content details the knowledge, understanding and skills that students are expected to develop throughout the course of study. The subject content for GCSE Drama is divided into three components:
Dance (AQA GCSE)
Dance is a powerful and expressive subject which encourages students to develop their creative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacity, whatever their previous experience in the subject. The course recognises the role of dance in young people’s lives and students will study a range of dance styles and style fusions. Apart from the solo performance, they can choose any style in which to perform and choreograph. Students study an anthology of professional work and develop their ability to critically appraise professional dance works which provide a springboard for engaging in practical tasks.