Performing Arts

Our Vision

As a subject the Performing Arts reach out and branch into the many facets of our day to day lives. They inspire conversations and create friendships through the discussions we have about what we watch on TV, listen to on the radio or see online and in theatres.

The performing arts teach us to be creative, reflective and resourceful in what we do, they enable us to speak with confidence in front of others as well as develop our emotional intelligence and empathy.

Arts and culture help tackle social injustice - theatres, museums, galleries and libraries are the beating heart of our towns and cities. Not only do they bring prosperity, they bring communities together and make life worth living. - Arts Council for England

Through the Performing Arts our young people within all LET schools are able to express a range of emotions within the safety of the classroom or studio. They are able to develop holistically and gain insights and experience into different ways of life. They can push boundaries and move beyond the safety of the familiar and conventional. To put it simply the arts matter.

“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being”. – Oscar Wilde

Drama Curriculum

Our broad and balanced drama curriculum has been designed around the three core areas of drama; performance, devising and appreciation. This curriculum recognises the role of drama in young people’s lives and has been designed to inspire, challenge and motivate every student, no matter what their level of ability. The aim of the curriculum is to foster a love of the subject giving every learner an opportunity to experience the world of the theatre and everything that encompasses it.

Intended Outcome

  • Confident students who are able to enjoy a lifetime connection and appreciation of the Performing Arts disciplines.
  • Students who show confidence in social skills and are able to engage positively in collaboration alongside self-reliance.
  • Creative thinkers who are able to independently adapt, problem solve and offer solutions.
  • Resilient students who are able to face challenges within and outside the Performing Arts.
  • Reflective students who are analytical and able to evaluate their own and others performances and written work.
  • Metacognitive learners who demonstrate self-motivation and self-regulation.
  • Motivated and determined students who are fascinated with the world around them and how the arts contribute to their everyday lives.

Studying Drama at KS3

At the Cedars Academy we provide Drama 1 hour per week for both years 7 & 8. Staffing within the department includes x2 specialist subject teachers E Carpenter and C Young. Within year 7 and 8 each unit of work is progressively built upon over time, starting with fundamental skills of performance and drama conventions required to perform a character. Key language for learning is embedded in schemes of work and knowledge organisers provided to enable vocabulary and knowledge rich learning. Quizzes are set alongside every topic to assess students understanding and appreciation and so the course has a mixture of theory and practical. This ensures our learners are equipped to cope and progress into key stage 4 and 5, if they opt to do so.

Key Stage 3

Year 7: 1 hour every week. Split into 6 units of work.

Year 8: 1 hour every week. Split into 6 units of work.

Term 1

Topic 1- Darkwood Manor

Topic 2- Chicken

Topic 1-Blood Brothers

Topic 2-Romeo & Juliet

Term 2

Topic 3- Harry Potter

Topic 4-Desert Island

Topic 3-Murder Mystery

Topic 4- Physical Theatre

Term 3

Topic 5-Twisted Tales

Topic 6-Live Theatre

Topic 5- Musical Theatre

Topic 6-Live Theatre