The Performing Arts Faculty at Fairfield High School is made up of the Dance, Drama, Music and Physical Education Departments.
Pupils will be using our state of the art facilities, which opened in Spring 2016, to create, develop and analyse a variety of different types of dance.
In music lessons, pupils are taught about a range of different styles and genres of music through the skills of composing, performing and listening and appraising. They are taught to use many instruments to do this including keyboard, guitars, drums, percussion, voices and computers. Pupils perform their work regularly which help them to develop a critical ear and their self-confidence.
In Years 7, 8 and 9, students have Drama once a fortnight and these lessons students learn the basics of both scripted and devised work, whilst exploring issues that form links with SMSC and Life Skills. In Years 10 and 11 we follow the Edexcel GCSE looking at exploring play texts and performance.
The Physical Education Department aims to develop a positive attitude towards physical activity and provide an enjoyable, satisfying and balanced programme for all students, irrespective of their academic or physical ability. They will have the opportunity to discover and develop their physical potential through a balanced and progressive programme of activities.
The PE Department runs a wide range of extra-curricular clubs which run each day, both at lunchtime and after-school.
Music for Purpose
Melody, Structure and Harmony
Developing Ensemble Skills
Trip around the World
Year 10 GCSE Music:
Vocal Music set works
Free composition exercises and task setting
Vocal Music wider listening
Instrumental Music 1700-1820 set works
Instrumental Music 1700-1820 wider listening
Music for Stage and Screen set works
Music for Stage and Screen wider listening
Year 11 BTEC Music:
Unit 1 - The Music Industry
Unit 2 - Examination
Term One: Characterisation
This unit acts as an introduction to Drama and how to play characters who are clearly different to yourself. In this unit pupils will learn how to use voice, movement and language to portray a character.
Term Two: Evacuees and Refugees
In this unit pupils will learn about evacuees and refugees and will conduct their own research to help them create a docu-drama. Pupils will also learn about the different drama techniques that can enhance their performances.
Term Three: Introduction to Scripted Work
In this unit pupils will be introduced to basic script skills. Pupils will learn how to use stage directions and how to interpret a script.
Term One: Pantomime
In this unit pupils will learn about pantomime stock characters and conventions and will apply them to a short scripted scene from a well-known pantomime.
Term Two: Ghost Stories
In this unit pupils will devise their own ghost stories. Pupils will learn how to incorporate dramatic tension into their work as well as learning some new drama techniques that can enhance their performances.
Term Three: Musical Theatre
In this unit pupils will recap how to interpret a scene and will perform two scenes from well known musicals. Pupils will be expected to show their skills in blocking, drama techniques and characterisation.
Term One: Naturalism
In this unit pupils will learn about the Russian director and practitioner, Konstanin Stanislavski, and his approaches to creating naturalistic performances. Pupils will then apply Stanislavski’s rehearsal methods to a scripted scene.
Term Two: Theatre In Education
In this unit pupils will choose a socio-political issue and then create a piece of theatre in education which aims to educate the audience about the issue.
Term Three: Shakespeare
In this unit pupils will study key scenes from Macbeth and will explore both classic and modern interpretations. Pupils will also design set and costumes for their interpretation.
Years 10 and 11:
We currently follow the OCR GCSE.
The unit’s pupils complete are as follows:
Devising Drama - worth 30% of overall GCSE
In this unit pupils will work in small groups to devise their own 5-15 minute play in response to a stimulus set by the exam board. Pupils will also need to complete a portfolio which charts their progress week to week and analyses and evaluates the work completed.
Presenting and Performing Texts - worth 30% of overall GCSE
In this unit pupils will work in small groups to perform two scenes from a scripted play. Pupils must also complete a small written performance proforma outlining their aims and intentions for the performance justifying the creative choices that they have made.
Drama: Performance and Response - worth 40% of overall GCSE
Section A: Pupils will study the set text Blood Brothers. This will be a combination of both practical and theoretical lessons. Pupils will then sit a written exam where pupils will be asked questions on their interpretation of the play, EG “In this scene what voice would you use and why” etc. Questions will be focused on voice, movement, blocking, set design, costume design, staging and social political influences.
Section B: Pupils will see a live performance of their teacher’s choice. Past productions have included A Thousand Tiny Pieces and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. Pupils will then sit a written exam where pupils will be asked to analyse and evaluate a specific production element. Questions will be focused on Acting, Set Design, Costume Design and Staging.
Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts
Component 2: Developing skills and techniques in the Performing Arts
Component 3: Performing to a brief
BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts