Performing Arts

 
“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.”

Martha Graham

 
“Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors.”

Konstantin Stanislavski


Performing Arts is taught across key stage 3 and 4 at the academy by specialist staff. We aim to engage our learners through a diverse curriculum, encouraging independence, creativity and freedom of expression.

Year 7 have 1 hour of performing arts per week.

Year 8 have 1 hour of performing arts every 2 weeks.

Years 9-11 have 2 hours of their chosen performing arts option per week.

Pupils are able to choose their Dance or Acting options in Year 8 and will go on to study a 2 year course in Year 10 in either one of the following options; BTEC Technical award in Dance, BTEC technical award in Drama.

 

The key to success

 
In Performing Arts pupils should come to the lesson with a positive attitude, a willingness to be creative and a desire to succeed.
 

Homework

 
Years 7 & 8 will receive one piece of homework per topic.

Years 9-11 will receive weekly homework which will often be rehearsing for performances.
 

What pupils will learn

 

Dance – Key Stage 3

 

Year 7 Skills: Pupils are introduced to key dance terminology and will learn, develop and perform a range of motifs based on key dance actions.

Dance Through the Decades: Pupils in year 7 are introduced to a range of dance styles such as Charleston, Jive, Contemporary and Hip Hop. Pupils learn motifs based on the dance styles.

Mission Impossible: Pupils will learn how to perform dance in character and apply performance skills to their performance to tell a story through dance. Pupils will be introduced to contact work and learn how to develop choreography. 

Year 8 Topics: Set Dance, Professional work, Technical dance skills and choreography.

Skills: Pupils will develop their contemporary technique skills in preparation for their year 9 Dance option. Lessons also develop aspects of action, spatial, dynamic content in relation to choreographic assignments that also form a key part to the BTEC Technical award programme of study.

Professional work: Pupils will study a professional piece of choreography and learn repertoire as well as gain an understanding into the process of creating a performance. Pupils will gain skills in dance technique and choreography as well as ability to evaluate and performance.

 

Dance – Key Stage 4

 

Year 9 Topics: Contemporary dance technique, Jazz technique, Choreography, Dance appreciation, Exploring professional dance works.

Pupils in year 9 will develop their dance technique skills to provide them with the core technique required in year 10. They will be introduced to several professional dance works and gain skills in analysing the works and the choreographic process. Although a large part of the study will be practical based, theory work will underpin the process and therefore gaining skills in analysis and evaluation of dance performance will be delivered alongside any practical work.

Year 10 BTEC Technical Award in Performing Arts: Dance

In addition to developing technical and performance skills, pupils will gain knowledge and understanding of performance and choreography and the ability to recognise and analyse dance works. Pupils will learn about the performing arts industry as a whole and be able to present findings in both written and practical form. Pupils will explore different styles of dance, such as Contemporary and Jazz.

Component 1 – Exploring the Performing Arts (Internally assessed)

By the end of year 10 students will have completed component one “Exploring the Performing Arts”. For this component pupils will be assessed on core knowledge and understanding of performance styles, practitioner’s roles and responsibilities and their skills and techniques. Pupil’s development and application of practical and interpretive skills in dance, through workshops and classes, and written and verbal reflective practice of the process in either a presentation or extended writing task.

Component 2 – Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts (Internally assessed)

During the second half of year 10 pupils will also start their second component “Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts” which will continue into year 11.

Year 11 In year 11 pupils will continue to develop their technical and performance skills in dance.

Component 2 – Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts (Internally assessed)

Pupils will complete component 2 “Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts”. For component 2 pupils will be assessed on the development of their dance skills and technique and their ability to apply dance skills in class and within performances. Pupils will also be assessed on their ability to self-evaluate the development of their dance skills.

Component 3 – Performing to a brief (Externally assessed)

For component 3 pupils will be assessed on their ability to apply skills and techniques creatively to a workshop performance for a selected audience. Pupils will be given a brief and a stimulus from the exam board and will have up to 3 hours to create a performance in group sizes of 3-7. This will be completed under supervised conditions and performed to an examiner from Edexcel as well as pupils’ class teacher.

 

Drama – Key Stage 3

 

Year 7 Drama techniques: Pupils are introduced to drama techniques and strategies that underpin all of their drama work. Pupils will engage in a range of workshop based activities and will gain confidence in performing their work.

DarkWood Manor: Pupils begin to look at creating dramatic performance and building tension. They create and develop characters and understand and apply drama techniques.

Stimulus: Pupils explore a variety of stimulus ideas, interpreting them in their own way and developing and demonstrating skills learnt from previous topics.

Year 8 Issues: Continuing with issue based work, the pupils explore different drama techniques and intensified work on performance skills demonstrating believable dramas and emotion.

Workshop: Pupils continue to work on their performance skills and explore dramatic techniques to improve characterisation using script based drama.

Stimulus: Pupils continue exploring a variety of stimulus ideas, sometimes creating their own, as well as interpreting and demonstrating skills learnt from previous topics.

 
 

Drama – Key Stage 4

 

Year 9 Topics: Acting Skills and techniques, Stanislavski, Script work and Blood Brothers.

Pupils in year 9 will develop their physical and vocal acting skills and ability to understand and apply drama techniques and strategies to their work. They will develop knowledge of playwrights and understand their influence on drama as a whole. They will create, develop and shape performance material and perform their work. Pupils will study a play and the processes within.

Year 10 BTEC Technical Award in Performing Arts: Acting

Component 1 – Exploring the Performing Arts (Internally assessed)

For component 1 pupils will be assessed on their core knowledge and understanding of performance styles, practitioner’s roles and responsibilities and their skills and techniques. Pupil’s development and application of practical and interpretive skills in Drama, through workshops and classes, and their written and verbal reflective practice of the process in either a presentation or extended writing task.

During the second half of year 10 pupils will also start their second component “Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts” which will continue into year 11.

Year 11 Component 2 – Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts (Internally assessed)

For component 2 pupils will be assessed on the development of their acting skills and techniques. Their ability to apply acting skills in class and within performances and be able to evaluate their own development.

Component 3 – Performing to a brief (Externally assessed)

For component 3 pupils will be assessed on their ability to apply skills and techniques creatively to a workshop performance for a selected audience. Pupils will be given a brief and a stimulus from the exam board and will have up to 3 hours to create a performance in group sizes of 3-7. This will be completed under supervised conditions and performed to an examiner from Edexcel as well as pupils’ class teacher.

 

How pupils’ learning will be assessed

 

Dance Assessment

 
Years 7 and 8 will be assessed in 3 areas:

  1. Learning and creating dances
  2. Performing dance
  3. Responding to dance

Years 9, 10 and 11 will be assessed on the criteria from the BTEC Technical Award discussed in the tables above.
 

Drama Assessment

 
Years 7 and 8 will be assessed in 3 areas:

  1. Exploring drama
  2. Developing drama skills and techniques
  3. Performing and responding to drama

Years 9, 10 and 11 will be assessed on the criteria from the BTEC Technical Award discussed in the tables above.