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Performing Arts

The Performing Arts department comprises Drama and Music. Students in Year 7 and 8 benefit from 1 Drama and 1 Music lesson per week. At KS4 students receive 3 lessons per week in their chosen Performing Arts subject.

If you would like further information on our Performing Arts offer, please do not hesitate to contact the Head of Performing Arts and Music: spencer-matthews.k@whiteroseacademies.org

Drama

Our thriving Drama department provides a platform for all students at Leeds East Academy to develop their creative skills whilst making sense of the world around them. Ensuring our students have excellent communication skills is at the core of our KS3 curriculum, enabling our young people to be confident and successful wherever life takes them. Students have the opportunity to express themselves in a variety of contexts whether they are producing original performance or studying established texts. Through our Next Steps curriculum, students are prepared for exam success in Drama from year 7, should they opt for Drama as a GCSE.

At KS4 students study the OCR GCSE Drama course.  This course provides opportunities for students to understand and create drama as a practical art form. They develop a range of theatrical skills and work collaboratively to generate and communicate ideas and meanings through informed artistic choices.

Music

Music is a growing strength of Leeds East Academy with more students than ever gaining proficiency on an instrument. Through the practical and theoretical study of Music our students not only enjoy listening to and producing work in a range of styles but also develop excellent coordination and memory skills.

Studying music from other cultures at KS3 helps students develop empathy and understanding towards others. Through our Next Steps Curriculum students are prepared for exam success from year 7, should they opt for Music at GCSE

At KS4 OCR’s GCSE (9–1) in Music will provide a contemporary, accessible and creative education in Music with an integrated approach to the three main elements – performing, composing and appraising. Learners are encouraged to be creative and to broaden their musical horizons and understanding with Areas of Study that inspire and challenge.

Courses in Performing Arts

Key Stage 4: 

  • GCSE Drama(OCR)
  • GCSE Music (OCR)

Drama Curriculum Breakdown 

Year 7

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

 

Autumn 1

Spooky Stories

To establish a relationship with the group and introduce the students to theatre-making and drama devices

To develop confidence in role play and develop creative responses from the students

To explore how to build tension and atmosphere when devising drama

Assessment of rehearsal process

Group Devised Performance

Self evaluation

 

Autumn 2

A Christmas Carol

To extend and consolidate knowledge from English work

To know and understand the skills involved in producing a performance from a script

To develop our ability to play a character different from ourselves.

Assessment of rehearsal process

Performance of 2 scripted extracts throughout the assignment

Peer evaluation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 1

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

To explore how to bring a performance from Page to Stage

To use information from a text to interpret a character

To use information from a text to stage a scene, focusing on design elements which support the text

Assessment of rehearsal process

Performance of a scripted extract

Self evaluation

 

 

Spring 2

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

As above

Written exam question

 

 

 

 

 

Summer

Musical Theatre

Developing understanding of themes in musicals studied eg. Gangs, conflict, segregation, discrimination, racism, self-image

Developing historical knowledge in relation to musicals studies eg. The civil rights movement

Developing skills in working collaboratively to plan, devise, block and rehearse performances

Developing skills in combining art forms / performance skills for musical theatre performances

Developing confidence in sharing ideas, working collaboratively and performing to audiences

 

Assessment of rehearsal process

Performance of 2 contrasting Musical Theatre extracts.

Peer and self evaluation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Year 8 

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

 

Autumn 1

Teenage Life

To understand how a range of stimuli can be used to devise performance.

To develop dramatic skills and techniques, incorporating them into performances.

To produce and refine original performances.

Mini devising portfolio

Rehearsal process

Final performance of original work

 

Autumn 2

Mugged

To understand the themes and characters in the play ‘Mugged’.

To follow and apply stage directions accurately

To develop acting skills, incorporating them into performances.

To produce and refine scripted performances.

Rehearsal and performance of scripted extract

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 1

Refugee Boy

To explore the issues and stories surrounding refugees

To develop understanding of the themes, plot and characters of the play

To further develop and refine acting and stagecraft skills

Assessment of rehearsal process

Performance of a scripted extract

Self evaluation

 

 

Spring 2

Refugee Boy

As above

Written exam question

 

 

 

 

 

Summer 1

Shakespeare

To explore themes, plots and genres of some of Shakespeare’s most important texts

To develop understanding of, and confidence using Shakespearean language

To further develop and refine acting and stagecraft skills

Self and peer assessment

Teacher feedback throughout.

Final performance graded on either BTEC or GCSE performance criteria

 

 

Summer 2

Genre

Developing characterisation through voice and movement explorations

Gaining knowledge and understanding of genre

Producing genre specific performances using accurate characterization skills

Baseline assessment of skills against the GCSE criteria

Peer assessment of practical presentations of each genre studied

Self assessment of practical presentations from video recordings.

 Year 9

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

 

Autumn 1

Contrasting Acting Styles

Know and apply the skills involved in the following acting styles: Commedia Dell ‘Arte

, Political Theatre and Naturalism

Baseline assessment of skills against the GCSE criteria

Peer assessment of practical presentations of each genre studied

Self assessment of practical presentations from video recordings.

 

Autumn 2

Theatre for Children

Devising from a stimulus

Understanding audience and purpose

Portfolio to be assessed on Component 01/02 criteria

Performance to be assessed on A02 criteria

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 1

Intro to GCSE Drama on the theme of mental health issues

To know and understand how to plan, create and structure drama (Devising Steps) To be able to select ideas to create interesting drama.

To know and understand how to edit and adapt the work in progress as a result of new ideas or the development of the drama.

To know and understand how to develop an idea to progress from a simple to a more complex stage.

To use Forum Theatre as a tool to experiment during the devising process. To know and understand how workshops can move the development of the performance forward in relation to character development.

To be able to create a believable character using conventions and techniques for a deeper portrayal.

 

AO1 Create and develop ideas to communicate meaning for theatrical performance.

AO2 Apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance.

AO3 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and

performed.

AO4 Analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others

 

 

Spring 2

Intro to GCSE Drama continued.

To know and understand research undertaken and how this has informed the development of the drama.

To know and understand how to communicate meaning to an audience through engaging drama.

To be able to use conventions to create an interesting devised scene.

To know and understand the feature of the text (genre/form/style)

To know and understand how to communicate effectively using the semiotics of drama.

To know and understand the use of performance space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer 1

Presenting and Performing Texts

Study 2 extracts from one performance extract and describe their artistic intentions for a live performance

Present 2 extracts in a showcase at the end of the year.

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AO1 Create and develop ideas to communicate meaning for theatrical performance.

AO2 Apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance.

 

 

 

Summer 2

Presenting and Performing Texts

As above

 

 Year 10

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

 

Autumn 1

Developing GCSE Drama skills on the theme of refugees and asylum seekers

To know and understand how to plan, create and structure drama (Devising Steps) To be able to select ideas to create interesting drama.

To know and understand how to edit and adapt the work in progress as a result of new ideas or the development of the drama.

To know and understand how to develop an idea to progress from a simple to a more complex stage.

To use Forum Theatre as a tool to experiment during the devising process. To know and understand how workshops can move the development of the performance forward in relation to character development.

To be able to create a believable character using conventions and techniques for a deeper portrayal.

 

AO1 Create and develop ideas to communicate meaning for theatrical performance.

AO2 Apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance.

AO3 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and

performed.

AO4 Analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others

 

Autumn 2

Developing GCSE Drama skills

To know and understand research undertaken and how this has informed the development of the drama.

To know and understand how to communicate meaning to an audience through engaging drama.

To be able to use conventions to create an interesting devised scene.

To know and understand the feature of the text (genre/form/style)

To know and understand how to communicate effectively using the semiotics of drama.

To know and understand the use of performance space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 1

Component 01/02 Devising

Non externally examined content:

Learners will explore a stimulus provided by OCR on the stimulus paper.

During the exploratory stage, learners will work collaboratively to create the narrative or concept for their performance. After this, learners will then focus on their chosen skill while rehearsing, refining and amending the performance ready for an audience. After the performance learners will write an evaluation of their own performance.

AO1, A)2 and AO4

 

 

Spring 2

Component 01/02 Devising

Learners will explore and develop their understanding of how to use the devising process to communicate meaning in theatrical performance; to apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions; and to analyse and evaluate their own work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer 1

Component 01/02 Devising

As above

 

 

 

Summer 2

Student showcase (Mock Component 03 Presenting and Performing Text)

Study 2 extracts from one performance extract and describe their artistic intentions for a live performance

Present 2 extracts in a showcase at the end of the year.

 

AO1 Create and develop ideas to communicate meaning for theatrical performance.

AO2 Apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance.

 

  Year 11

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

 

Autumn 1

Component 03 Presenting and performing texts

Component 03 

Presenting and Performing Texts 

2 extracts from 1 play 

Externally assessed 

30% 

60 Marks 

AO1 = 20 

AO2 = 40 

 

 

 

Autumn 2

Component 03 Presenting and performing texts

As Above

External examiner visit

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 1

Component 04 Performance and Response

Component 04 

Drama: Performance and Response 

Formal exam 

40% 

80 Marks 

Section A: 50 Marks for AO3 

Section B: 10 marks for AO3, 20 for AO4 

All students will attend a live performance out of the academy to enable them to write the response to live theatre question in section B of the exam

Preparation for the formal exam

 

 

Spring 2

Component 04 Performance and Response

Component 04 

Drama: Performance and Response 

Formal exam 

40% 

80 Marks 

Section A: 50 Marks for AO3 

Section B: 10 marks for AO3, 20 for AO4 

Preparation for the formal exam

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer 1

Component 04 Performance and Response

Component 04 

Drama: Performance and Response 

Formal exam 

40% 

80 Marks 

Section A: 50 Marks for AO3 

Section B: 10 marks for AO3, 20 for AO4 

Formal exam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music Curriculum Breakdown

 KS3 

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

 

Year 7

Autumn

Western Classical

To be able to remember the names and note values of minims, crotchets and quavers and use them to take part in a group rehearsal and rhythmic performance.

Explore the basic elements of music and use them as part of a group performance on instruments.

To demonstrate an understanding of the elements of music through listening and appraisal.

Perform melodies on the keyboards from staff notation

To identify different tonalities by ear.

 

The Middle C song.

 

 

Year 8 Autumn

Western Classical: Chords and Harmony

To learn how to play chord triads and chord sequences on the keyboard.

To demonstrate an understanding of the elements of music through extended writing/listening and appraisal.

Perform Pachelbel's Canon as a solo and ensemble performance.

Demonstrate an understanding of melody, chords and bassline.

Explain how music is affected by tonality.

Use the music software "Cubase" to input the notation for Canon in D.

 

4 chord composition

 

 

 

 

 

Year 7

Spring

TV Themes and Cartoon

To be able to play basic chord triads.

To perform a song from a stage musical as an ensemble.

Perform melodies and chords from staff notation.

Compose a theme for a charter from a cartoon or TV show, demonstrating an understanding of musical and compositional conventions.

To demonstrate an understanding of the elements of music and melodic devices through listening and appraisal.

Perform basic chords on the ukulele.

Composition of theme tune for character and use of musical convention.

 

Year 8

Spring

 

Music for film and stage

To perform a solo piece from a musical on your strongest instrument, demonstrating specific instrumental techniques.

To perform a piece from a musical as an ensemble on various instruments, demonstrating specific instrumental techniques.

Demonstrate an understanding of DRSMITH through listening and appraisal.

Ensemble awareness and specific instrumental techniques.

 

 

 

 

 

Year 7

Summer

World Music: African and Eastern

Explore, describe and perform various rhythmic devices and textures used in African Music.

Perform a full song with melody and accompaniment (ukulele and voice)

Explore the history, musical instruments and conventions in Chinese and Eastern Music.

Create an Eastern style composition incorporating various compositional techniques.

Perform a fusion piece of your own creation.

Chords of C, G, A minor and F on the ukulele – chord change fluency and quality.

 

Year 8 Summer

 

World Music: Indian, Caribbean and Blues

Describe, compare and evaluate different styles of music from India.

Create and develop ideas within a structure.

Maintain a part in an ensemble Reggae performance.

Describe, compare and evaluate different styles of music from various styles and traditions.

Improvise in the style of the blues.

Take part in an ensemble blues performance.

 

Ensemble skills, ability to improvise and compare styles and traditions through extended writing.

 

KS4

 

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

 

Autumn 1

Mock Ensemble Performance: Practical Component 03 – 15%

 

Listening and Appraising

 

practice and a variety of pieces that develop their ensemble skills

perform one or more pieces of music under supervised conditions

demonstrate an understanding of performing with accuracy and fluency

demonstrate an understanding of performing with technical control

demonstrate an understanding of performing musically and with appropriate

expression and interpretation

demonstrate an understanding of interacting with other musicians and/or parts.

understand and be able to perform confidently and stylishly with awareness of other

performers in the ensemble.

 

Ensemble Performance

 

Autumn 2

Mock Composition to a brief set by the learner:

Integrated Portfolio 01 – 15%

 

Listening and Appraising

 

 

develop their understanding of rhythm, melody, harmony, structure and

compositional devices through a variety of individual composition exercises

throughout the course

demonstrate an understanding of how to compose appropriately for a range of

instruments/voices/technology

understand how to extend and manipulate musical ideas and devices in order to

develop a composition

 create a composition that shows an understanding of the techniques and capabilities

of the chosen instrument(s)/voice(s) or technology

be able to combine and develop various musical elements successfully within the

composition using an appropriate structure to create a coherent piece.

 

 

Use of Compositional devices

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 1

As above

 

As above

DRSMITH aural skills.

 

 

Spring 2

Actual Coursework:

Composition to a brief set by the learner:

Integrated Portfolio 02 – 15%

 

Listening and Appraising

 

 

develop their understanding of rhythm, melody, harmony, structure and

compositional devices through a variety of individual composition exercises

throughout the course

 demonstrate an understanding of how to compose appropriately for a range of

instruments/voices/technology

understand how to extend and manipulate musical ideas and devices in order to

develop a composition

 create a composition that shows an understanding of the techniques and capabilities

of the chosen instrument(s)/voice(s) or technology

 be able to combine and develop various musical elements successfully within the

composition using an appropriate structure to create a coherent piece.

 

Use of Compositional devices

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer 1

Actual Coursework:

Composition to a brief set by the learner:

Integrated Portfolio 01 – 15%

 

Listening and Appraising

 

 

As above

DRSMITH aural skills.

 

 

 

 

Mock Solo Performance: Integrated Portfolio 01 – 15%

 

 

Listening and Appraising

 

 

practice a variety of pieces that develop their skills

perform one or more pieces of music for their instrument/voice/technology under

supervised conditions

demonstrate an understanding of performing with accuracy and fluency

demonstrate an understanding of performing with technical control

demonstrate an understanding of performing musically and with appropriate

expression and interpretation

understand and be able to perform confidently and stylishly.

 

Solo Performance and instrument specific techniques.

 

Schemes of work term by term

Drama KS3 Schemes of Work

Drama KS4 Schemes of Work

Music KS3 Schemes of Work

 Music KS4 Schemes of Work