Performing Arts

Curriculum Intent: Performing Arts

At The Eastbourne Academy, our Performing Arts curriculum is an essential part of our vision for producing confident, independent, kind and happy individuals with a passion for learning. Our curriculum intent is to develop students' understanding of drama and dance, increase their creativity with choreography and performance skills, develop confidence and individual character, and foster a critical understanding of practitioners, genres and professional works.

Through the wide variety of genres explored in our Performing Arts curriculum, developing their evaluative skills, and designing imaginative sets and costumes, students will become skilled in the process of planning, rehearsing, and reviewing performance. Furthermore, by exploring and empathising with others outside their own social, cultural, and historical setting, students will develop a passion for learning and become successful learners and members of society. This cross-curricular approach helps students develop cultural capital and make connections to other curriculum areas and the outside world.

 

Curriculum Intent: Music

 At The Eastbourne Academy, the music curriculum embodies our vision of providing a high-quality education that engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians. We believe that music is a universal language that touches the very heart of our humanity, and our curriculum aims to help students understand, perform, and create in an aural dimension that often sits outside our capacity to describe in words.

Through our music curriculum, we aim to provide our students with cultural capital and expand their horizons by introducing them to a range of historical periods, genres, styles, and traditions. We want our students to have the opportunity to listen to, review, and evaluate music, including the works of the great composers and musicians. Additionally, we want them to have the skills to create and compose music on their own and with others, and to use technology appropriately to progress to the next level of musical excellence.

Our music curriculum fosters curiosity, ambition, and respect, as well as critical engagement with music. By understanding and exploring how music is created, produced, and communicated, our students can develop a deep appreciation for the art form and enhance their self-confidence, creativity, and sense of achievement. Ultimately, our music curriculum is an integral part of our wider curriculum intent, which is to produce confident, independent, kind, and happy individuals with a passion for learning.

Through participating in a range of performance genres, developing their evaluative skills, and developing the ability to compose imaginatively, students will become skilled in the process of planning, rehearsing, and reviewing performance. Furthermore, by exploring and empathising with others outside their own social, cultural, and historical setting, students will develop a passion for learning and become successful learners and members of society.

 

Curriculum Intent: Dance

 At The Eastbourne Academy, our Dance curriculum is an essential part of our vision for producing confident, independent, kind and happy individuals with a passion for learning. Our curriculum intent is to develop students' understanding of dance, increase their creativity with choreography and performance skills, and foster a critical understanding of practitioners, genres and professional works.

Through the wide variety of genres explored in our Dance curriculum, students learn about different cultures, historical and geographical contexts, and social backgrounds. This cross-curricular approach helps students develop cultural capital and make connections to other curriculum areas and the outside world.

In addition to developing physical fitness, our Dance curriculum also aims to improve students' mental wellbeing by fostering teamwork, confidence, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. By creating a safe and caring environment, our curriculum encourages students to become enthusiastic learners with the ability to question, argue and reason.

 

Curriculum Intent: Drama

 At The Eastbourne Academy, the Drama curriculum is designed to provide students with a broad and ambitious programme of study that develops their wider skills in spoken language and embeds their knowledge and appreciation of theatre and performance. The intent of the Drama curriculum is to give students the opportunity to develop their creativity, confidence, and individual character, while gaining cultural capital and engaging with contemporary issues. 

Through participating in a range of performance genres, developing their evaluative skills, and designing imaginative sets and costumes, students will become skilled in the process of planning, rehearsing, and reviewing performance. Furthermore, by exploring and empathising with others outside their own social, cultural, and historical setting, students will develop a passion for learning and become successful learners and members of society.

 

Curriculum Information

KS3

In year 7 and 8, Drama, Dance and Music are delivered as discrete subjects. Students are offered opportunities in each subject area to learn basic skills but also develop and refine previously learnt skills if they already have the skills in that area. We encourage our students to get involved in all aspects of Performing Arts and we explore the creativity and practical sides of the subject.

In year 9 the students start to explore Performing Arts (Dance and Drama) and continue with their discrete subject of Music. 

Within Performing Arts, this is the chance to start bridging the gap between KS3 and the preparation for opportunities in BTEC at KS4.

Within Music, students continue to develop their skills in appraising, composing and performing music. This includes exploring instruments such as their voice, keyboards, ukulele and percussion, learning to read TAB and musical notation, and learning to competently use music technology.

 

KS4

Performing Arts

At Key Stage 4 students can opt for the BTEC Technical Award in Performing Arts. The Performing Arts BTEC Tech Award course will enable you to study and explore a number of different art forms such as, dance, acting and musical theatre, with the possible opportunity to specialise in one or more areas. The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on four areas of equal importance, which cover the:

Development of key skills in Performing Arts such as reproducing repertoire or responding to stimuli

Exploring effective ways of working in the Performing Arts, such as development of ideas, rehearsal and performance

Attitudes that are considered most important in the Performing Arts, including personal management and communication

Knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, process and attitudes in the sector such as roles, responsibilities, performance disciplines and styles.

Students will select a pathway in either Dance or Drama to focus their studies on in Component 1 and 2. For Component 3 students can explore Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre

 

Music

The WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Music offers a broad course of study which encourages learners to:

  • Develop performing skills individually and in groups 
  • Develop composing skills to organise musical ideas and make use of appropriate resources 
  • Recognise links between the integrated activities of performing, composing and appraising and how this informs the development of music 
  • Broaden musical experience and interests, develop imagination and foster creativity 
  • Develop knowledge, understanding and skills needed to communicate effectively as musicians 
  • Develop awareness of a variety of instruments, styles and approaches to performing and composing 
  • Develop awareness of music technologies and their use in the creation and presentation of music 
  • Recognise contrasting genres, styles and traditions of music, and develop some awareness of musical chronology 

 

Extra Curricular

  • Dance Live
  • Let’s Dance
  • Swale Dance Fever
  • SWALEstock
  • Shakesfest
  • Performances in the community
  • Trips to the West End
  • Trips to Glyndebourne Opera House
  • Choir
  • Band / music practice
  • Dance club
  • Music club

 

Dance Scholar Programme

The rationale for creating Dance Scholars is to design a flexible and engaging curriculum for many of our students. It will promote resilience and develop self-esteem.

As well as developing their dance skills and expertise, other vital life skills will be developed on this programme, such as:

D Develop confidence and presentation skills

A Ambition

N Nourish the body and soul with movement, improving your core fitness

C Communication and Cooperation skills

E Emotional intelligence skills

Students will audition to be part of the scholar programme.

 

Music Scholar Programme

The Music Scholar programme is designed to encourage students with a passion for music to learn and develop skills with playing instruments, reading music and creating music.

The programme is focused around preparing students who have an interest to take music as a GCSE and therefore require them to learn and play instruments confidently.

The programme also allows for specialist one to one support and guidance to develop specific skills required for different instruments before forming and creating band collaborations