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Southfields Academy

Expressive Arts

Teacher contact details 


Key Stage 3 


Contact Teacher:

Ms J Risolino (Lead Practitioner Practical Subjects):

Mr D Whitfield (Assistant Headteacher Key Stage 3): 

Ms C Perera (Head of Expressive Arts):

Grouping/organisation/setting/teaching time:

Students are taught in tutor groups 1 hour per week. There is no setting by ability.

Course Content/Skills Learnt:

Schemes of work look at a combination of theatre skills and issue based drama (often cross curricular with History and PSE that encourage students to use and develop basic communication and presentation skills. Our schemes of work foster empathy, imagination, confidence, cooperation and thinking/problem solving skills. Students will study topics such as asylum seeking, WW2 evacuees, homosexuality and the dangers of drunk driving. As well as this the students will learn specific performance skills such as mime, mask, theatre in education and commedia dell'arte. Some schemes of work look at specific published texts/plays such as Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coraline and Mogadishu.


KS3: Assessment is based on internally devised criteria that mark in six different areas: Evaluation, Imagination, Body, Voice, Script and Staging. This enables development of all round skills that are required for Key Stage 4 Drama/Performing Arts.

Books/other materials/useful websites to visit/field trips etc.:

Theatre trips are occasionally arranged for Key Stage 3 students. The Key Stage 3 Drama Club offers keen or talented students the opportunity to extend skills and take part in performances and external acting exams/Arts Award.


Homework will be set once a week or fortnight depending on the needs of the class.

How parents can help:

Encourage and accompany students to take an interest in current affairs, general reading and theatre visits.

Key Stage 4

Drama GCSE


Level 2

Qualification type


For more information speak to

Ms Perera


The GCSE Drama is a very practical course.  As part of this you will learn about various acting skills and how to apply these.  For example, in the development of believable characters for a staged performance, be this scripted or devised.  As well as this you will learn how to write a working Log Book.  This is an essential document that is used in the Performing Arts Industry by all, from actors to directors.

The GCSE is split up into three different units, each with a different area of study and method of assessment.  You will apply your explorative drama skills in the study of the unit Drama Exploration which explores themes and issues through drama and devising performance work.  You will also study Exploring Play Texts in which you explore the action, characters, ideas, themes and issues of a written play text.  Finally you will study the unit Drama Performance which changes every year and is based on a special brief that is given by the exam board.

Dance Level 2 BTEC


Level 2

Qualification type

BTEC First Award

For more information speak to

Ms Risolino


The Dance course is highly practical in nature and has a clear vocational focus; this means that it is about the skills that are relevant to the Performing Arts / Dance industry.

You will study three core units. In the first unit, Dance Skills you will learn about the specific demands and skills needed to be a dancer.  You will focus on versatility as a dancer and learn a variety of different styles of dance including urban (street dance styles such as waacking, vogue, breaking, hip hop and house), contemporary and/or jazz.
As well as learning the various elements of these styles you will also develop interpretive skills, looking at how the choreography of a dance can communicate with your audience. 

You will then apply these skills in the study of the unit Individual Showcase in which you will prepare and audition performance and a letter of application, as if you were applying for a dance job in the Performing Arts industry. 

The final core unit you will study: Preparation, Performance and Production, will have you working as part of a fictional dance company developing a performance both as a dancer and a member of the production team.  You will learn about the different production roles necessary for a performance to be successful.

Key Stage 5 

Find out more about our sixth form courses.

Performing Arts Level 2

Performing Arts Level 3