Saturday Skills Classes

Saturday Skills at Scarisbrick is an arts programme for students aged 8 – 18.

Starting at 10am, our Saturday Skills Classes are for students aged 8+ who have a keen interest in the disciplines of Dance and Musical Theatre. Students will study a range of skills and techniques and will have the opportunity to perform in a number of local and regional festivals, and in the second term, will work towards their annual showcase. The classes run as follows: –

 

Time Class
10.00 Movement & Body Conditioning

Miss Owen

11.00 Dance Option

Miss Owen

Musical Theatre Option

Mr Chapman

12.00 Performance Class

(Optional)

Mr Chapman & Miss Owen

 

The Saturday Skills Classes cost £150 per term, payable in advance

There is a free taster session for these class on Saturday 14thSeptember which is open to all and we would be delighted to welcome you!

 

Music

The Music Department

 

Music at Scarisbrick is regarded as an integral element in the education of the whole child. It has a profound impact on a child’s early development, interweaving and supporting learning across all subject areas. Our aim is to encourage an enjoyment of music from the earliest age whilst simultaneously nurturing listening and communication skills, language acquisition and creativity.

The children start their musical journey in pre-school through musical storytelling and movement, where they begin to understand and explore how music is created and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions of pitch, duration, dynamics and tempo. By the time children leave First School they have a secure grounding in pitch awareness, pulse and rhythm and a foundational understanding of score reading.

Our music curriculum is built upon best practice music education research pedagogy, incorporating principles from Dalcroze and Kodaly. Lessons focus on the following key areas:

  • creativity and composition
  • listening and analysis
  • movement and dance
  • instrumental and rhythmic skills
  • aural development
  • singing
  • solo and ensemble performance activities
  • score reading.

Pupils are encouraged to explore playing a wide variety of instruments and study music from different periods of history and different cultures. Performance is promoted through singing, solo and communal, during choirs and assemblies, and through the playing of instruments to their peers and wider audiences. We firmly believe in promoting music for all, whilst also facilitating those who excel to achieve as highly as they can.

Pupils are encouraged to take music as an option choice in Year 9, where they can choose to study a three year music programme leading to the GCSE (Eduqas). Students can also study music at Level 3 Diploma Standard or A Level.

The Music Department is currently housed in specialist accommodation which includes two teaching classrooms, four practice rooms as well as a recording studio.

Instrumental Tuition

Students can choose to study an instrument of their choice with our specialist tutors. For advanced musicians, we are also able to offer Conservatoire level tuition and indiviualised performance coaching with our Musician in Residence.

 

Staff

Mr J Bullock (Head of Faculty)

Miss S Gloyne

Mr J Hall (Musician in Residence)

Mr J Padfield

Mrs J Padfield

Mr S Chapman

Mr D Leonard

Miss G Blackburn

Miss S Smith

Mr D Townley

Miss K Rigby

 

Dance

The Dance Department

 

Dance is a powerful and expressive subject which encourages students to develop their creative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacity. Dance is taught from Pre School to A level and pupils will gain a strong foundation of technique as they move through the school.

Our dance curriculum is built upon strong foundations with Ballet, later developing into contemporary, lyrical and jazz technique however pupils will have experience in other styles including, ballet, hip hop and salsa. The key elements of the curriculum are outlined below.

* creativity and choreography
* conditioning
* contemporary and jazz technical development
* performance skills
* appreciation of professional works
* analysing performance
* performance experience
* site specific choreography

Pupils will have a variety of performance experiences throughout their journey through school including ISA competitions, showcases and choreography competitions. We firmly believe in promoting dance for all, whilst also facilitating those who excel to achieve as highly as they can.

Students from Scarisbrick Hall School have won the ISA Northern Dance competitions in 2017 and 2018, as well as being the winners of the 2019 ISA National Dance Competition.

Individual Tuition

Alongside the curriculum offer, students can also opt to study individually or in small groups working towards RAD and IDTA accredited examinations.

Staff

Miss N Newell

Miss S Dwyer

Miss M Owen

 

Drama

The Drama Department

 

Drama is a highly expressive subject which encourages students to develop their creative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacity. Studying drama encourages the development of emotional maturity giving pupils an understanding of themselves and others. Whilst there is an emphasis upon developing performance skills, these skills can prove invaluable in later life as being able to speak confidently in front of people, plan and problem solve are useful skills for many careers. Drama is taught from Year 2 to A level and pupils will gain a strong foundation of technique as they move through the school.

Our Drama curriculum explores a wide variety of styles, genres and texts and promotes the development of a wide range of performance skills. The key elements of the curriculum are outlined below.
 

  • Characterisation Skills 
  • Audience Awareness 
  • Proxemics and creating a Stage Picture 
  • Ensemble  
  • Improvisation 
  • Script  
  • History of Theatre 
  • Evaluation and Analysis 

Pupils will have a variety of performance experiences throughout their journey through school including ISA competitions, showcases, Festivals and School productions. We firmly believe in promoting Drama for all, whilst also facilitating those who excel to achieve as highly as they can. 

Staff

Mrs M Pappini

Miss E Vaudrey

Mr L Vaudrey