Performing Arts (Drama and Music) are a pivotal area of the curriculum at Park Academy West London. Our vision is to cultivate a love of the Arts through a variety of thought provoking and imaginative work, encouraging both student creativity and reflection. Our curriculum is both holistic, diverse and practical looking at all aspects of performing in preparation for both careers in the arts and equipping students with key transferable employability skills. Involvement in the arts helps to foster a positive attitude among students by developing a wide range of qualities such as cooperation, enthusiasm, passion, inspiration, tenacity and ambition. The curriculum aims to cultivate creativity looking at the world through an artistic lens to ensure all students become well-rounded citizens that contribute positively to society.
Cultural Capital is an essential part of the Performing Arts curriculum, which strengthens student’s engagement in the subjects. For example, students are given the opportunity to take part in the annual Christmas production, attend extra-curricular music and drama clubs and experience live theatre, through trips to local venues and into London. Throughout the curriculum, all students are actively encouraged to rehearse and perform, ensuring they develop confidence, leadership and are able to speak confidently and effectively.
In Key Stage 4, students are given the option to study Drama and Music, through the following courses:
Edexcel GCSE Drama-
During Key Stage 4, students will study Edexcel GCSE Drama. Over the two-year course, students will participate in both practical and written workshops, designed to develop their knowledge and understanding of acting, and the technical elements involved in live theatre, in preparation for further study of the performing arts.The curriculum also provides cross-curricular skills such as analysis and evaluation as well as key employability skills including team work, cooperation and accountability.
Component 1 – Devising Unit (Internally assessed 40 %)
Component 2 – Performance from Text (Externally assessed 40%)
Component 3 – Theatre Makers in Practice (Internally assessed40%)
BTEC Tech Award in Music-
Students will learn about the various music products, develop valuable skills and techniques in music creation, performance and production, and explore potential careers in the industry. The BTEC Tech Award in Music is a practical introduction to life and work in the industry, students will explore the sector while developing skills, including teamwork, leadership and communication. Developing and presenting music to a brief. Analysing, evaluating and enhancing their learning.
Component 1 – Exploring Music Products and Styles (Internally assessed 30%)
Component 2 – Music Skills Development (Internally assessed 30%)
Component 3 – Responding to a Music Brief (External assessed 40%)
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