In Years 7 to 9 the pupils study about the history of music and gain a more in depth understanding of the musical elements. They can expect to understand tones and semi tones, sharps and flats, as well as various performance aspects.
We have an extensive range of individual and group private instrument lessons with qualified tutors and a senior mixed choir. We encourage formal music grades and offer music theory classes after school hours to help any pupils interested in taking exams.
During Years 6 to 9 our pupils explore a variety of issues and ideas that relate to society. They work individually, in small groups and as a whole class to develop their skills, techniques and styles including mime, musical theatre, improvisation, scripts, Theatre in Education and slapstick. Older pupils learn about using costume, working behind the scenes and preparing for GCSE Drama if selected.
Pupils are aware of their National Curriculum levels and how to achieve the next grade. They verbally peer and self-assess and complete assessment sheets to reflect on how well they have done in group work, individual work and final performances.
We give our pupils numerous opportunities to perform in front of small and large audiences. These include the annual House Drama competition, Festival events and community performances.
Development is measured through half-termly assessments and verbal questioning. If a pupil feels unsure or confused, strategies are put in place to help the pupil and make them feel comfortable within the environment and the work provided.