The importance of Performing Arts in school

Performing Arts at Workington Academy encourages the development of the child’s whole personality and imagination, enabling your child to work in teams to create pieces of theatre. Through the devising process, rehearsals and evaluations, your son/daughter will develop the confidence to perform and an understanding of theatrical terminology.

“Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I will remember. Involve me and I will understand.” Old Chinese proverb

Performing Arts is an important subject on the curriculum as it provides learners with an opportunity to learn through kinaesthetic learning. Pupils develop a wide range of personal skills including team work, communication, focus, concentration, confidence and trust.

Key Stage 3

Performing Arts is a compulsory subject for all pupils in KS3 and has recently reflected some exciting changes.

Current Teaching

Central to all the Performing Arts work in Year 7 is the development of team work within practical tasks. This year, pupils will begin unit 1 by taking part in ‘An Introduction to Drama’ scheme, including playing team building games and developing communication skills. This scheme will result in their first practical assessment where they will learn to use freeze frames, narration and role-play. In unit 2, pupils begin exploring the subject of Evacuation, developing cross curricular links with English and History. In the second term the focus will shift to exploring movement and physical expression and pupils will learn a range of new movement skills and terminology including; unison, cannon, mirroring and creating chorus.  Pupils will conclude the year by focusing on music, learning about rhythm and pulse and the elements of music.

In Year 8 pupils continue to work in groups and focus on the development of confidence and acting, movement and music skills. In the first term pupils will begin working with script, developing scenes and characters from the play ‘The Twits’. They will also work on devising their own pieces, learning a range of explorative strategies and developing a naturalistic acting style. In the second term pupils will develop their movement skills further, exploring mime and slapstick comedy and physical theatre. In the final term, pupils will use keyboards to explore form and structure in music and will create their own compositions focused on using music to create atmosphere and mood.

As well as exploring acting, movement and music; in Year 9 pupils will also explore other areas of the Performing Arts, learning about the industry and the career opportunities that are available to them. This will include a unit focused on design, exploring costume, set and make up design, and a unit exploring the different job roles in the industry. This work will culminate in the summer term where they will be asked to create, based on their knowledge and understanding, a pitch for a production. This will take the form of a presentation and will develop their creative skills.