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Performing Arts

  • Performing Arts
  • Dance
  • Music

We are proud that a good quality education in the performing arts is the right of every child at Gosforth Academy. Our aim through drama, music and dance is to offer rich and varied opportunities in curriculum and enrichment. Through practical engagement and knowledge-based lessons, we believe they play a key role in students’ personal development, contributing a vital part of a broad and well-rounded education.

We believe exposure to a wide range of performing arts experiences is essential in developing open minds and moving beyond insular attitudes. This incorporates British values of respect and tolerance by sharing and learning about new and different cultural customs: listening to music that may be outside their normal experiences, or being exposed to dramatic situations revealed through the study of theatrical repertoire.  They are encouraged to think beyond the classroom and to recognise how the arts are used: to entertain and educate; to protest or petition; to comfort or enable spiritual or religious rituals. They will see that their teachers too are constantly listening and learning and this will encourage them to become life-long learners.

Transferable skills will be crucial for careers of the future and engagement in the performing arts allows students to improve self-discipline and resilience, develop critical thinking and expand imagination. Engagement with the performing arts connects learners to their own and others’ cultures; it helps them develop creative problem-solving skills; develops physical and cerebral skills and encourages focus, discipline and persistence through rigorous rehearsing. The process as much as the finished result can boost self-esteem as students realise what is possible through teamwork and collaboration; students are able to take pride in their work whether this be performing in a major concert or demonstrating a simple task in class.

In each of the performing arts disciplines students will be given a variety of experiences and encouraged to make personal decisions based on their prior knowledge and skills. In music, a range of instrumental and music technology skills will be developed in class, alongside a wide range of instrumental lessons on offer through wider enrichment.  In drama and dance, students will be offered a range of styles and choices when devising their own works. They will be exposed to varied experiences – listening, watching, creating and exploring music, drama and dance from different times and places.

Initial assessment will allow teachers to determine the ability levels of students in order to match teaching to their needs. As students progress through the key stages the expectation is that their confidence will grow alongside their creative maturity. Students are taught the underlying theory and vocabulary in order to understand the practical context of the arts and this will gradually increase in complexity. Whilst all students in Year 9 have lessons in music and drama, there are clearly demanding practical and creative skills required to progress to the next level, but all with a genuine interest are encouraged to do so. Careers in the performing arts are discussed regularly or explored through social media, theatre and concert visits, as well as visits by past students.

Although the aim is to enable students to succeed in their final exams, all of the subjects are taught primarily as arts, to engender a love and desire to explore further as they move beyond school life. A culture of high aspiration exists as students are supported to become ever more confident in their performing and creating skills.