Drama & Performing Arts
The Drama & Performing Arts Department at Banovallum School aims to provide a breadth of experience in a wide range of drama styles and techniques which will facilitate the development of both practical vigour and academic rigour. Due to the different starting points for our Y7, it is anticipated that students will start their journey with a variety of experiences therefore understanding will develop with foundation skills and then build within a spiral curriculum. Skills, such as Physical, Vocal, Interpretative, Characterisation, Personal and Evaluative are revisited, reemphasised redeveloped each year. Through Drama & Performing Arts we encourage students to develop the soft skills that future employers seek; Confidence, Communication, Co-operation, Commitment and Creativity.
The innovative Flightpath used within Drama & Performing Arts maps dynamic progression that spans the educational life of a student starting Drama in Year 7 and completing Performing Arts in Year 11. The Flightpath is a synthesis of the Art’s Council 2002 guidance and Pearson’s 12 Steps to Success. The three main skill-sets are covered: Exploring, Performing and Responding across the dual-purpose 12 steps, totalling exploration and development of 36 skills. The Flightpath is made up of 72 mastery statements in a mix of student-friendly language and subject-specific terminology, with the aim of a fluent embedding into everyday discourse and honed academic documentation. Cross-curricular links are formed across all creative arts subjects with plans to craft a cumulative installation of work.
During Key Stage 3, students explore 8 Schemes of Learning: PSHE & Explorative Strategies, Scripted Performance, Stimulus-based Devised work and Shakespeare, all with a reoccurring link to British Values. The first 3 Schemes of Learning within the academic year culminate in the triumvirate assessment: Rehearsal, Performance, and Evaluation, which informs interim reports. Steps 1-6 of the Flightpath are explored in Year 7 and revisited after each year with progressive steps added for depth. All skills in the first 6 steps are explored and assessed at least once during each Scheme of Learning within the first two years. At the start of each new SoL, students examine the skills just about to be learnt, documenting one that they feel confident with and one that they aim to master. Classwork and Homework Booklets are used alongside practical exploration as method of documentation to aid cognitive recall and the literacy skills needed throughout.
Throughout the middle of their journey, Year 9 students experience an insight into the upcoming BTEC Tech, which is also a mirror image of the first two years: theoretically exploring the style of Verbatim Theatre with Mark Wheeller’s Too Much Punch for Judy, stage a scripted piece with Dennis Kelly’s DNA, and then a synoptic devised performance. The final 2 years of the Curriculum see students apply the expertise previously learnt, to new content. Having spent the first 3 years becoming proficient in the requirements of the course they can now focus on ongoing application of knowledge to new styles and comprehensive skills.
Throughout the first 3 years, 3 times a year, the students practically explore and receive verbal feedback, creatively perform and receive peer feedback, academically evaluate and DIRT all written work, this has resulted in Y10 & 11 students being able to focus on content rather than procedure. The impact of this consistent approach to all work has resulted in the department having a 100% pass rate and an SPI of 0.47. Improving end-results is the outcome of robust procedures alongside high standards and expectations. 78%of the Student Voice states that in the department, teachers always expect them to do well and this positive ethos has seen uptake at KS4 rise from 11 to 24. Cultural capital gained through opportunities throughout the course – Residential Theatre trips and staging public full scale performances for Y11, Theatre trips for Y10, leading festival workshops for Y9 and after school extra-curricular clubs for Y7 & 8.