Becky Ball- Faculty Leader Performing and Production Arts
Lauren Fletcher- Assistant Faculty Leader Performing and Production Arts
Charlie Cooper- Teacher of Music- Assistant Faculty Leader Personal Development
Leona Althorp- Teacher of Performing Arts- Head of Year 7
In Performing and Production Arts (PAPA), students are nurtured to become lifelong lovers of Drama, Dance, Music and Media. We want our students to be imaginative and inquisitive individuals, who see the world from an artistic perspective, enjoying and appreciating the arts.
Our curriculum supports Sandwell’s Vision 2030 initiative. At the heart of the vision is the evolution of Sandwell, the place our students call home, and encouraging them to aspire to a healthy, rewarding future they can be proud of. We hope our curriculum arms our students with the skills, knowledge and cultural capital they need to thrive in and beyond a revitalised Sandwell.
Our curriculum is structured around the three vital principles that we feel underpin the performing and production arts: Creating, demonstrating and appreciating. In PAPA, we believe that by teaching and assessing students in theses 3 key areas, we will not only allow students to grow and blossom as creatives, but we will encourage a respect and appreciation for the arts.
Build. Design. Compose. Direct. Choreograph. Produce. Develop. Make. Devise
Through an exciting collection of schemes of learning, students are encouraged to devise dramatic work, compose original music, choreograph motifs and design media products. Our curriculum allows students to build and ‘collect’ skills, to use as creative tools- allowing them to express their understanding and knowledge in a practical way. At Key Stage 3 learners are given the opportunity to secure the foundation of Performing Arts education and implement skills that are important for lifelong lessons. Key Stage 4 allows learners to develop a deeper understanding of the Performing Arts; it’s culture, background and influences. Beyond the classroom, the creative tasks outlined in our curriculum prepare our students to be independent thinkers but also teach valuable teamwork and leadership skills. From solo design to group performances, students will harness their imaginations allowing them to organise and structure their ideas and build their creativity and vision.
Perform. Show. Stage. Play. Act. Sing. Dance. Present. Exhibit. Share
We feel it is vital that our curriculum allows students to share their work. Performance and presentation are at the heart of our curriculum. Performance celebrates creativity and allows students to build confidence and learn the discipline of presentation. In each scheme of learning, students are presented with a wealth of opportunities to ‘take to the stage’ and show their learning. PAPA also proudly host an annual school musical production along with a collection of other events, showcases and festivals throughout the year. We feel that students need a platform outside of the classroom to share their work and express their creativity and passion. We are proud to offer an array of clubs such as, Film club, KS3 and KS4 Dance club, KS3 and KS4 Drama club, Afterschool Street Dance Club, Singing Club, Rock Band club, Coursework Catch up and our School Production Performance and Design Clubs. These activities help students to understand that the development of a talent takes discipline and tutelage that far extends the classroom. It also ensures all students can access additional specialist training in their chosen craft for free, something we feel is essential to close the societal gap in arts education. Whatever our students choose to do post 16, we want them to be armed with the confidence to stand on the World’s ‘stage’ and present themselves with conviction and self-belief.
Evaluate. Admire. Review. Watch. Listen. Critique. Respect. Analyse. Value. Love
Our desire to encourage students to appreciate the arts, extends far beyond the classroom. We want our learners to foster a respect for the creative world around them and acknowledge the significance the arts play in their lives. From the music they choose at the milestones of their lives, to their favourite Saturday night T.V show, we want our students to respect the work that goes into creating the arts and media diet they digest. Our curriculum allows them to learn how to critique professional work and recognise how the work of the past can not only inspire the arts of today but inspire them in their own creative journey. Appreciating a wide range of arts stimuli gives our students the cultural capital they so crucially need to widen their view of the modern world and open doors to future educational and vocational experiences. We also offer a diverse range of trips to allow students to see professional work. Our annual trips include West End theatre visits and workshops with cast members, gigs and music festivals, involvement in the Move It Dance Festival at the Excel Centre in London, a trip to Disneyland Paris to perform in a workshop lead by cast members of the Disney Parade and regular trips to local theatres. Birmingham is home to some of the country’s greatest performance spaces and we aim to inspire students to take advantage of these local amenities.
In PAPA, we embrace our OSCA core values by promoting a sense of self-worth, encouraging confidence and resilience and developing relationships. The passion for Dance, Drama, Music and Media we have as PAPA teachers brings our curriculum to life and provides students with a colourful and exciting learning journey. We believe it is the study of these subjects that develops discipline, control, focus and determination whilst unlocking confidence, imagination and a world of possibilities for the creatives of tomorrow.