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Performing arts at Jesmond Park Academy

Performing Arts

We believe the Performing Arts are not just an extra-curricular activity. They are where students from all backgrounds find new ways of expressing themselves and of understanding the world around them. The arts are what distinguish human beings from robots. They are what make us distinctively human.

Performing Arts Department Curriculum Philosophy

We feel it is important for students to participate in and learn about the Performing Arts because they are a positive force in society: students who participate feel more confident in their ability to create, challenge and explore, to be part of society, and to make change happen.

Research shows studying the arts can improve a young person’s cognitive abilities and contribute to raising young people’s attainment in many subjects and from all backgrounds. The arts also creates a culture of citizenship, tolerance and empathy. Children who engage in the arts are more likely to volunteer and to vote.

Creativity is a disciplined process that requires skill, knowledge and control. Through our passion and expertise as teachers, we strive to instil a love of the arts. Our subject allows students to develop their oracy and collaboration skills alongside reading and writing.

We endeavour to create an environment that is stimulating, collaborative, enriching, inquiring and creative. A place that opens young people’s minds and allows them to question and explore the world around them.

 


 

Curriculum Content Statement: Performing Arts

Drama
The content of the Drama curriculum explores the cultural and historical context in which Drama originates and is performed. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of: the characteristics of key performance texts and dramatic works, how meaning is interpreted and communicated, the roles and responsibilities of theatre makers and subject specific terminology and how to use it appropriately. Through the areas of creating, performing and evaluating students will revisit knowledge, skills and terminology every year and apply them to new and more demanding contexts.


Music
The content of the Music curriculum explores the cultural and historical context in which Music originates and is performed. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of musical elements, musical context and musical language. They will engage critically and creatively with a wide range of music and musical contexts, develop an understanding of the place of music in different cultures and contexts, and reflect on how music is used in the expression of personal and collective identities. Through the areas of composing, performing and appraising students will revisit knowledge, skills and vocabulary every year and apply them to new and more demanding contexts.

Performing Arts at Jesmond Park Academy