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Performing Arts

"The Arts, it has said, cannot change the world, but they may change human beings who might change the world" - Maxine Greene

Performing Arts Is...

Performing Arts is a creative education developed through Creation, Performance, Analysis and Evaluative skills. Students have three Performing Arts lessons each week during their time as a KS3 student at Springwest Academy where they study a range of disciplines including Drama, Dance, Music, Technical Theatre, The Performing Arts Business & Theatre Journalism. Students can also undertake a Performing Arts subject at KS4 and/or can also get involved in one of the many clubs, productions or opportunities we offer as part of our Co-Curricular offer. The Performing Arts curriculum will allow students to develop a lifelong appreciation of The Arts.


Sequence of Learning

Year group

Autumn 1 

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7

The Drama Toolkit, The Dance Toolkit and The Music Toolkit

Pantomime, The Nutcracker and Keyboard Skills

Costume and Set Design, Contemporary Technique and Rhythm Nation

School of Rock, Lion King and Musical Structures

Refugees Boy, DATW: Asia and Sonority City 

FMP: Arts in the Community 

Year 8

Dynamic Devisers, Contact Creatives and Hooks and Riffs (Western)

LUNG's Who Cares, Zoonation's Mad Hatters Tea Party and Offbeat Reggae

Sound and Lighting Design, Jazz Technique and All that Jazz

Matilda, Hairspray and All about that Bass

Introduction to Practitioners, DATW: South America and Saharan Sounds

FMP: TiE Theatre

Year 9

The Diary of Anne Frank, Choreolab and Dance Music

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Ailey's Revelations and Movie Soundtracks

The Performing Arts Business, Hip Hop Technique and Music for Gaming

 Come from Away, West Side Story and Samba Music

Physical Theatre, Theatre Journalism & What Makes a Good song? 

FMP: Movie Makers 

Year 10  Dance 

Developing technique within Hip Hop, Contemporary & Jazz

Understanding the creative process of choreographers

Investigation into Alvin Ailey/Bob Fosse, their choreography, practice and history

The choreography process

Year 10  Drama

Theatre History, Verbatim Theatre & The Devising Process

Developing, creating, staging and evaluating original work for Stage

Performance from text

Year 11


Introducing Jerome Robbins

Embodying professional repertoire

Researching, choreographing, staging and evaluating original dance performance for Stage

Year 11 


Performance from text Planning, organising, executing and managing  a Performing Arts Event 

Year 10 Drama: WJEC L2 Performing Arts (Acting) & Year 10 Dance: BTEC L2 Performing Arts (Dance)

Year 11 Drama: Edexcel GCSE Drama & Year 11 Dance: BTEC L2 Performing Arts (Dance)