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About Us

Our aim is to:

  • Stimulate and maintain student interest and enjoyment in Performing Arts.
  • Nurture creativity and talents in all students.
  • To create an atmosphere where students are challenged and feel able to achieve a high standard of work.
  • To develop confidence and self-esteem in all students.
  • Teach students a body of knowledge, styles, skills, techniques and vocabulary related to Performing Arts.
  • Develop an awareness and appreciation in students of the Performing Arts in a variety of cultures and traditions.
  • Enable students to work independently and as part of a team in varied activities.
  • Ensure students make good progress, building on prior attainment, as they move through the key stage.
  • Offer creative learning activities that inspire and promote lifelong learning.
  • Make students aware of the protocol of being a member of the performing arts.

The Performing Arts Team

Curriculum Leader: Mr C. Hallam 

 Mr Hallam

“I have a passion for music and the arts. The performing arts team have a common love for the subject we enthuse harness and motivate our students to achieve their creative potential.”

Teacher of Performing Arts: Mrs Finnie
 

"Drama and Performing has been something I have always enjoyed, especially the ability to escape and explore another world or reality through a script or performance. It was my desire to share this passion which led me to teaching. In the classroom it is fantastic to see young people working together to create a performance, developing skills and growing in confidence.

Outside the classroom I enjoy playing sports and going to the theatre."

Teacher of Performing Arts: Miss Z Ballard 

"After graduating from Bucks New University with a 1st class honors degree in Musical Theatre, I decided to further my study at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama gaining a masters degree in Music Theatre. I worked within the industry in Musical Theatre, Theatre in Education, Corporate and in reminiscent Musical Theatre; touring both nationally and internationally. After several years working in the industry and teaching part time, I decided to go into teaching secondary drama full time. I enjoy being able to pass on my first hand knowledge to children who share the same passion as I do."

Teacher of Performing Arts: Mrs Z Morley 

"Starting on the recorder, much to the annoyance of my brother, I ventured onto basic chords on the guitar, then the Double bass and finally the alto saxophone. I loved playing throughout my school life and was part of music clubs every night after school. This took me onto University in Huddersfield where I studied a performing course. I then went on to play in a classical orchestra for a year before deciding to do a PGCE course and become a teacher.

I enjoy sharing my love of music and the enjoyment it brings to us all."

Teacher of Performing Arts: Miss J Kissick 

"After studying Music at Queen's University, Belfast, with a focus on violin and viola performance, I performed professionally in a string quartet before moving to England to pursue a career in teaching. Music has been a passion from a young age and I love passing this enjoyment of music on to young people.  Highlights of my time at AVA have been seeing the enjoyment pupils get from performing and developing their confidence in the process. 

Outside school, I enjoy horse riding and supporting Ulster Rugby!"


Curriculum

Key Stage 3

We use Drama lessons at KS3 as a medium to develop Confidence, Creativity, Teamwork and social skills whilst focusing on specific drama based techniques. Many of our topics deal with real life issues and explore different feelings and emotions whilst developing performance, improvisation and devising skills. Within KS3 drama there are opportunities to work with scripts and masks through different topics

Year 7

In year 7, we cover various issues and topics including Bullying and Commedia Del Arte, Stage Fighting and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Year 8

In year 8, we cover various issues and topics including American Gangster, The Dome (about a post-apocalyptic event) and Sweeney Todd.

In each project the students will develop skills and knowledge to then perform an assessment piece incorporating those skills at the end of the term. The students will be given homework tasks and asked to bring in props and costumes to enhance their performances. 

Students in Year 7 and 8 are assessed with a once a half term summative assessment with clear success criteria and areas they need to improve on. Coupled with that students receive an ongoing dialogue and feedback through our assessment and tracking cards. Our tracking cards allow for lesson by lesson reflection and areas to develop and improve on.


Key Stage 4

BTEC Tech Award In Performing Arts

What does the qualification cover?

The Award gives our learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on four areas of equal importance, which cover the:

  • Development of key skills that prove your aptitude in Performing Arts such as reproducing repertoire or responding to stimuli
  • Process that underpins effective ways of working in the Performing Arts, such as development of ideas, rehearsal and performance
  • Attitudes that are considered most important in the Performing Arts, including personal management and communication
  • Knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, process and attitudes in the sector such as roles, responsibilities, performance disciplines and styles.

This Award complements the learning in GCSE programmes such as GCSE Drama and GCSE Dance by broadening experience and skills participation in different type of performance activities with the opportunity to practically apply your knowledge and skills, through project work such as developing ideas and performing for specific audiences.

The Award in broken down into 3 components:

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts

This component helps students to understand the requirements of being a performer (in acting, dance, or musical theatre) and/or designer across a range of performances and performance styles. Students look at elements such as roles, responsibilities and the application of relevant skills and techniques. Students broaden their knowledge through observing existing repertoire and by learning about the approaches of practitioners, and how they create and influence performance material.

Students look at 3 different areas within component 1:

  • Physical Theatre- Focus on Curios Incident of the Dog in the Night time.
  • Comedy- The Play That Goes Wrong.
  • Musical Theatre-The Lion King.

Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts

In this component, Students develop performing or design skills and techniques. They will have the opportunity to specialise as a performer or designer in one or more of the following disciplines: acting, dance, musical theatre. Students take part in workshops and classes where you will develop technical, practical and interpretative skills through the rehearsal and performance process. They will perform work from existing performing arts repertoire, applying relevant skills and techniques to reproduce performance or design elements of the work.

Techniques and Topics specifically explored are Facial Expression, Levels, Script work, Naturalism and Non Naturalism

Component 3: Responding To a Brief

In this component, students have the opportunity to respond to a brief. They will be given a brief that outlines the performance and design requirements and that asks them to consider your target audience and to start the creative process by using the given stimulus included in the brief. Working as part of a group, students develop their ideas for a workshop performance and apply those skills and techniques to communicate their creative intentions to an audience. The performance or design skills they use will vary depending on features such as your selected performance discipline and the content of the work, your venue and target audience. The work may involve improvisation, vocal work, movement techniques or assisting with audience involvement. The group performance may involve some solo or small-group work or it may be an ensemble piece. Students have the opportunity to inform the performance using existing or newly developed skills, in performing or designing and adapting them to suit the performance.


Extra Curricular

Extra-Curricular activities is an important part of any Performing Arts and Music faculty. There are many opportunities for students to develop their interest in drama outside the classroom.

We offer a weekly drama and dance club open to all students and have a full scale school musical production which is put on every year. Previous productions have included- Grease, We Will Rock You, High School Musial, Hairspray, Bugsy Malone, Joseph Cats and Back to The 80’s.

Throughout the academic year there are several opportunities to watch professional productions at Theatres in Buckinghamshire and London.

Performing Arts at Aylesbury Vale Academy is a popular option choice at KS4

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