Welcome to the Performing Arts department at the Crest Academy!

The aim of the performing arts department is to encourage all students to be creative, independent thinkers, acquiring the skills needed to solve complex problems, demonstrate creativity and secure high levels of attainment.  We believe that these skills and qualities will prepare our students to pursue further educational goals and allow them to contribute to the life and well being of society as a whole.

We provide an exciting curriculum that embraces diversity in teaching and learning styles, imaginative and innovative use of technology, healthy living and leadership in all aspects of school life. We encourage our students in all performing arts subjects to become independent learners, to develop lifelong healthy lifestyles.


 

'I have learnt about the history of Drama in lesson and this has really made me develop an interest in ancient Greek Theatre'
'The three main skills I have learnt is team work, communication skills and leadership'
'I love Drama it really helps to build my confidence' Y10
'In Music I like how we can experiment with different styles of music. Also, we learn something new every lesson.' – Year 9
'Music is fun, and we do energetic things' – Year 7

 


Physical Education

All KS3 year groups follow a programme which includes:2_basketball

Year 7: football, basketball, netball, dance, gymnastics, table tennis, problem solving, health related fitness, rounder’s, cricket and athletics.

Year 8: football, basketball, netball, dance, gymnastics, table tennis, problem solving, health related fitness, rounder’s, cricket and athletics.

Year 9: football, basketball, netball, dance, gymnastics, table tennis, trampolining, health related fitness, rounder’s, cricket and athletics.

Key Stage 4

GCSE PE

At the Crest academies we study the AQA GCSE Physical Education Course.

  • In Year 10 we teach the Theory Content for both Theory Units and complete the two controlled assessments.
  • In year 11 we hone our practical skills and revisit key areas of the theory course in preparation for the summer exam.

BTEC sport level 2

New Generation BTEC Level 2 Award in Sport

The BTEC Level 2 Award in Sport qualification will give you the knowledge, understanding and capability needed when considering entering employment in the sport sector. The BTEC Level 2 Award in Sport is an equivalent to 1 GCSE graded A* – C.

You will be taught 2 core units:tabletennis_4

  • Fitness for Sport and Exercise (external exam)
  • Practical Sports Performance

The optional specialist units can vary from:

  • The Mind and Sports Performance
  • The Sports Performer in Action
  • Leading Sports Activities
  • Lifestyle and Well-being
  • Injury and the Sports Performer

KS4 Core PE: volleyball, badminton, handball, fitness, basketball, football, cultural dance, rounder’s, athletics, kick boxing, yoga and sport leader Level one.

Subject leader of PE –


Drama

All KS3 year groups follow a programme which includes:

Year 7: semiotics, melodrama, commedia dell arte, exploring explorative strategies, devising performances, exploring scripted plays.

Year 8: semiotics, melodrama, naturalistic acting, commedia dell arte, exploring explorative strategies, devising performances, exploring scripted plays.

Year 9: semiotics, melodrama, naturalistic acting, exploring theatre practitioners, commedia dell arte, exploring explorative strategies, devising performances, exploring scripted plays.

Key Stage 4

GCSE DRAMA

Unit 1 – Consists of exploring a topic/theme/issue through explorative strategies such as thought tracking, still image, cross-cutting, narration, marking the moments, forum theatre, role play and hot-seating. Students complete a 2000 word documentary response.

Unit 2 – Consists of watching a play and writing a play review which is 2000 words. The unit also consists of exploring a play/performance through explorative strategies such as thought tracking, still image, cross-cutting, narration, marking the moments, forum theatre, role play and hot-seating.

Unit 3 – Students are assessed on a final performance which can either be devised or scripted. The performance should include all explorative strategies. Students perform to a live audience and an examiner. 

Subject leader of drama – celeste.joseph@E-ACT.org.uk


Music

All KS3 year groups follow a programme which includes:

Year 7: Musical elements, keyboard skills, popular music composition, African drumming, Samba, and other world music

Year 8: Blues, guitar skills, keyboard skills, Jazz, Musicals, rock band, key signatures, and composition

Year 9: Minimalism, composition, orchestral music, keyboard and vocal skills, and film music

Key Stage 4:yuK

GCSE Music

Two compositions in different styles (15% x 2 = 30%)

One solo performance (15%)

One ensemble performance (15%)

Listening and appraising exam focusing on the twelve works set by Edexcel (40%)

All GCSE Music students receive free tuition on an instrument of their choice, and participate in at least one of the ensembles on offer through the department.

Subject leader of music –


Careers

Through our courses students can follow a number of career pathways including musician, music producer, sports journalist, physio, actor or actress, stage design, director, teacher, sport development officer, coach, sports scientist, digital arts and TV presenter.


Enrichment

Music

The Music department offers students a wide range of enrichment activities throughout the year open to all students both in and out of GCSE Music. We provide access to professional instrument tutors for a minimal cost on the following instruments:enrichment_3

  • Piano
  • Drum kit
  • Voice
  • Guitar
  • Violin

We provide access to a range of musical activities such as KS3 choir, vocalise, African drumming, KS4 choir, and Music Technology/Recording club.


Drama

The Drama department offers students a wide range of enrichment activities throughout the year open to all students in the Academy. We currently run Drama club for Key Stage3, Drama catch up club, a programme with the National Theatre that will begin November 2015. This year we will also be working with the Old Vic. The Drama department will also be putting on a school production.

Key stage 3 – Drama Club 

Students will develop their confidence, communication skills and leadership skills. Students will do this through exploring a variety of plays and issues through Drama techniques. Students will get the opportunity to perform in school assemblies. Students will also perform a piece for anti-bullying week.

National Theatre

Students in year 10 will be given the opportunity to work with directors and playwrights from the National Theatre. Students will be given the opportunity to perform at the National theatre in April 2016.

School production

Students from all year groups will be given the opportunity to be in the summer school production. Students will have the opportunity to have a variety of roles such as makeup artist, costume designer, actor, and set designer. The school production will be presented in collaboration with the music department.

Donmar

This is a great opportunity for sixth form students who have a passion from Drama to get involved In. students will get the opportunity to work with directors and actors from the Donmar in order to produce a short piece which is performed at the Donmar theatre. Students who take part in the course will also have the opportunity to see three productions free of charge at the Donmar Theatre.


Physical Education

The PE department offers students a wide range of enrichment activities throughout the year open to all students both in and out of Academy teams. We provide access to a range of enrichment activities for all year groups including: football, netball, basketball, boxing, fitness, trampolining, dance, table tennis, athletics, softball, rounder’s and cricket.

Sports Leader Level 1 Award

The Crest Academies KS4 physical education curriculum offers all Year 10 students the opportunity to learn and develop their interpersonal and leadership skills by completing the Sports Leader UK Level 1 award. This opportunity is a practical course, which requires a minimum of 33 contact hours under the direct supervision of a fully qualified and accredited assessor. This course culminates with the in-depth planning and leading of a one hour activity session delivered to a group of younger students. Throughout the course, commitment and resilience are explored and developed. The responsibilities of safety, duty of care, physical activity planning, skill development and leading positive enjoyable sessions are key foci.Sports_9-small

The priorities of this course and The Crest Academies PE department lie within our relentless quest to equip our students with vital life skills to organise and lead themselves and others. Teamwork, communication, collaboration, adaptability and motivational skills all combine to help our students become successful Sports Leaders and young adults. This course is a recognised qualification, which can provide the first step towards further education/employment and a clear commitment to personal development. For more information in relation to the Sports Leader UK qualification please visit the official site – http://www.sportsleaders.org

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is universally recognised and widely adopted as the best programme for the personal development of young people.

There are four areas that students will need to complete:

  • Service (helping people in the community)
  • Skills (covering almost any hobby, skill or interest)
  • Physical recreation (sport, dance and fitness)
  • Expeditions (training for, planning and completing a journey on foot)

Greenhouse Programme

Greenhouse empowers young people in London’s most disadvantaged communities to realise their potential through high quality, intensive sport and performing arts programmes delivered by inspirational coaches. By working full time in schools and in the community Greenhouse coaches develop strong relationships with our young people.  They help them to improve their health and fitness whilst mentoring them to improve their engagement with their education and community. Through their journey, Greenhouse participants   will develop a core set of capabilities in four key strands: Emotional, Cognitive, Social and Physical development. The Greenhouse Participant Capabilities Framework illustrates the specific set of capabilities that coaches and other staff are expected to enhance and develop within our young people during their time at Greenhouse.


Trips and Visits
PE trips

Outward bound

UKSA sailing trip

Duke of Edinburgh bronze and silver award

02 Football Academy

Sadler’s wells dance theatre

Lords cricket

Arsenal physics

Music

Rock school

Coffee House concert

KS3 Music rewards trip

KS4 Performance trip

Drama

Whole school summer production combining with the music department.

School play “Sparkleshark” Anti bullying play for anti-bullying week

Attending the theatre to see “Curious Incident of the dog in the night time”

Working with the National theatre.

Devising with directors from the Tricycle theatre.

Attending performances and workshops at The Old Vic.


Contact Staff
Staff roleStaff nameEmail address
Curriculum DirectorMs Eartha PondEartha.Pond@E-ACT.org.uk
Subject Leader - Drama Ms Celeste JosephCeleste.Joseph@E-ACT.org.uk
Teacher of PEMr Jason MadeyJason.Madey@E-ACT.org.uk
Teacher of PE & Head of Year 8Mr Sam Polstonsam.polston@E-ACT.org.uk
Teacher of MusicMs Kiarra Wilson-Knottkiarra.wilson-knott@e-act.org.uk