Performing Arts faculty

Head of faculty: Mr L Cox

KS3 Statement of Intent: Dance (under review)

The Dance curriculum intends to develop students’ skills in choreography, performance and appreciation whilst placing their learning within the context of the current dance scene in the UK.

Year 7
In Year 7, students are introduced to the core skills required in dance – including performing, choreography and analysis. Students explore various different styles of dance.

Year 8 detail – under review

Year 9 detail – under review

KS3 Statement of Intent: Drama 

The Drama curriculum at OSA offers students’ the chance to develop key life skills such as; collaboration, imagination, team work, creativity, leadership and confidence. Students also develop the skills needed to create, perform and analyse work, in order to succeed in drama at all key stages and in the wider world.

Drama at Key Stage 3 aims to prepare students for their future by:

  • Developing the key skills, which will aid them in all aspects of life, such as; confidence, team work, collaboration, creativity, imagination, etc.
  • Preparing students for further study at Key Stage Four and beyond, with an equal focus on rehearsal discipline / contribution of ideas, performance skills and evaluative skills.
  • Fostering enthusiasm, inclusivity, tolerance and an understanding of each other and themselves.

Year 7 
In Year 7 the Drama curriculum introduces the core skills such as; socialisation, team work, collaboration, confidence, creativity and imagination. Students will also develop the skills required to create different characters and be introduced to basic drama skills (including: facing out, blocking, projection, vocal and physical expression).

Year 8
In Year 8 the curriculum focuses predominantly on physicality. Students follow a number of different schemes of learning which aim to develop their physical performance skills and non-verbal communication. Theatre styles studied include: Masks, Commedia Dell’Arte and Melodrama.

Year 9
In Year 9 the curriculum focuses predominantly on developing students’ vocal skills. Students engage with scripts as well as other stimuli, giving them an opportunity to use drama in an explorative way to create their own work. They will also explore one play by William Shakespeare as part of our commitment as an RSC Lead Associate school.

KS3 Statement of Intent: Music

The Music curriculum offers students’ the chance to experience music in various different contexts, such as music for live performance, music for film and also the importance of technology within music production. It also helps develop key life skills such as; team creativity, leadership and confidence. Students will also develop the three core skills needed in music which are analysis, composition and performance. This will allow students to succeed in Music at all key stages and in the wider world.

Music at Key Stage 3 aims to:

  • Develop key skills transferable to all aspects of life, such as; confidence, collaboration and creativity.
  • Introduce students to rehearsal discipline, compositional skills, performance skills and evaluative skills.
  • Foster enthusiasm, inclusivity, tolerance and an understanding of each other and themselves.

Year 7
In Year 7 students develop the skills required to perform & compose in different musical styles. This includes understanding the core elements in music such as texture, timbre, dynamics & tempo as well as developing rhythmic, aural & technology skills.

Year 8
In Year 8 the curriculum focuses on analysis and the ‘why’ behind musical decisions. Students explore a number of different musical genres from around the world thinking about the effect this music has and why it may be used. Genres studied include: Film Music, Samba, Pop Music and Blues.

Year 9
In Year 9, students are encouraged to develop their own musical identity. They have the opportunity to learn to play bass, guitar, drums and keyboards with a real emphasis on how to independently develop instrumental technique and how to work collaboratively as part of an ensemble. They also explore how music is used in society through a study of ‘Hip Hop’, examining the messages behind the lyrics, as well as investigating the use of music within advertising and other real world situations.