Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Performing and Production Arts


The Performing and Production Arts Faculty (PAPA) is a vibrant and popular hub of activity at the heart of the academy. It consists of 6 subjects (Drama, Dance, Music, Musical Theatre, Film Studies, Media) and has an extensive extracurricular programme that runs alongside its dynamic and exciting curriculum. Students enjoy the wealth of opportunities provided to be creative and expressive both inside and outside of the classroom. Students are able to take part in a wide range of performance opportunities to share work with fellow students, parents and the wider community.

Recent performances include:

  • End of term concerts (The PAPA Summer Sizzler, The PAPA Crimbo)
  • Whole academy musicals (Aladdin, Beauty and The Beast, Mary Poppins)
  • BTEC Performance Evenings (The Nightmare After Christmas, Melodised)
  • The Annual Dance Show.

 

Students can get involved with a wide variety of clubs at lunch time and after school. They can also attend a number of trips throughout the year to further their performing and production arts education.

Recent trips include:

  • West End Theatre Trips
  • Disneyland Paris
  • Ingestre Hall Arts Residential
  • Birmingham Hippodrome
  • Windsor
  • Old Rep Theatre Birmingham

Extra- Curricular clubs include:

  • Drama Club
  • Dance Club
  • Guitar Club
  • Film Club
  • Singing Club
  • Flexibility Club
  • Rock Band

 

We also offer private instrumental tuition to students in collaboration with Sandwell Youth Music services.

Subjects

 

Students study Performing and Productions Arts for two hours a week in years 7 and 8 (Key Stage 3.) They then have the opportunity to specialise in a specific arts discipline in years 9, 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4.)

 KS3 Drama

Students study a range of topics and explore a myriad of themes, issues, cultures and traditions. Students will develop leadership and teamwork experience as well as communication and presentation skills. They will also learn a variety of drama techniques to equip them for the demands of BTEC Drama.

KS3 Drama Schemes of Work.

  • Introduction to drama
  • Characterisation
  • Script
  • Pantomime
  • Stage combat
  • Pop Culture

 

KS4 Drama

Students at KS4 study the BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts specification which includes them exploring a range of different Drama genres, key practitioners and job roles within the industry. In addition to this, they continue to develop and refine their acting skills and have the opportunity to watch, review and study a wide selection of plays.

BTEC Units of Work

  • Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts
  • Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts
  • Component 3: Responding to a Brief

 KS3 Music

Students start their musical journey at OSCA building confidence, developing performance skills and learning essential terminology. This is to help them access advanced material early, and to develop a sense of cultural awareness that can help in all areas of study.

KS3 Schemes of Work

  • Voice Works
  • Rhythm & Pulse
  • The Orchestra
  • Popular Song
  • Music and Space
  • Music and Film

 

KS4 Music

In the BTEC Music Tech Award students learn about various music products, eras and genres, develop valuable skills and techniques in music creation, performance and production, and explore potential careers in the industry. Students have a practical introduction to life and work in the industry and can explore the sector while:

  • Developing skills, including teamwork, leadership and communication
  • Developing and presenting music to a brief
  • Analysing, evaluating and enhancing their learning
  • Expanding knowledge on different organisations and unions available in the industry.

KS3 Dance

Students are introduced to a range of skills and techniques through various dance styles. They are encouraged to develop basic performance skills and life skills such as: Leadership, organisation and communication skills. The schemes of work studied in years 7 and 8 are designed to prepare students for the demands of BTEC Dance at KS4.

KS3 Dance Schemes of Work

  • Introduction to Dance
  • Ensemble
  • Choreography
  • Genres and Practitioners
  • Creating from a Stimulus
  • Fitness in Dance

 

KS4 Dance

Students at KS4 study the BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts specification which includes them exploring a range of different Dance styles, key practitioners and job roles within the industry. Furthermore, they continue to develop and refine their dance skills and their understanding of dance techniques in choreography.

BTEC Units of Work

  • Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts
  • Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts
  • Component 3: Responding to a Brief

KS4 Musical Theatre

Student studying Musical Theatre will follow the units from the BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts specification. The students will develop an understanding of key themes and issues from a range of musicals and will engage in practical workshops to explore the job roles needed to put on a production within the performing arts industry. Through practical lessons, they will develop their singing, acting and dancing ability and practice to become a well-rounded performer.

BTEC Units of Work

  • Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts
  • Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts
  • Component 3: Responding to a Brief

 KS4 Film Studies 

Film Studies allows students to gain a wider knowledge of the film industry and the process of how films are made. Students will be introduced to a wide variety of cinematic experiences through films which have been important in the development of the film industry and film technology. Students can opt to study Film Studies in year 9 and will follow the WJEC GCSE Specification. As part of this qualification they will examine 6 films from a variety of genres and have the opportunity to write and develop their own films.

 KS4 Media 

BTEC Creative Media gives students the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on three areas of equal importance, which cover the:

  • Knowledge that underpins the effective use of skills, processes and attitudes, including production processes and techniques
  • Development of key skills that prove aptitude in creative media production, such as investigating and developing ideas through pre-production, production and post-production of media products.
  • Processes that underpin effective ways of working in creative media production, such as responding to briefs and feedback, planning and generating ideas.