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 per week.

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 3 year course in Year 9 in either one of the following options; Level 1/2 BTEC Tech award in Dance or Drama.

The key to success

Knowledge

Children will begin by understanding how to use performance skills of body language, gesture, voice and facial expression to create characters. They will explore how to use space, levels and proxemics to show relationships. Children will explore wider issues and stories through physical theatre, story-telling, script work and devising.

Ways of thinking

Drama will challenge a child’s perception about the world. In drama children will explore how and why people behave through questioning their decisions. What is their motivation? How do they feel? What will that look like? How will I create that?

Character

Drama aims to deliver a child that is tolerant, empathetic, collaborative, communicative. Children will be adept at team work and positive thinking. They learn to think, move, speak and act with confidence. In making and staging drama they learn how to be focused, innovative and resourceful, and collaborate and take on responsibilities for drama presentations. Through role and dramatic action students explore, imagine and take risks to communicate ideas, experiences and stories.

Experiences

Every child will have the opportunity to perform as part of a collaborative project and will use performance skills to create a character.  They will develop a sense of inquiry and empathy by exploring the diversity of drama in the contemporary world and in other times, traditions, places and cultures.

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

Drama – Key Stage 3

Year 7 Term 1: Actors Toolkit: Pupils are introduced to the fundamentals of an actors toolkit s 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.

Term 2: War Horse: Pupils will explore the scripted play War Horse. They will experiment with characterisation relating to the script and develop understanding of key themes within the play

Term 3: Historic events: Pupils will develop knowledge and understanding of a key event in British history. They will use this as a spring board to devise their own drama pieces, using the skills and techniques learn6t in terms 1 and 2 to guide them.

Year 8 Term 1 : Macbeth: Students will explore the work of Shakespeare, developing an understanding of themes and language used in Shakespeare’s play. They will use scripts to act out scenes from the play and build on the fundamentals in year 7 surrounding characterisation and dramatic techniques.

 

Term 2:  Genres- students will explore ideas and script from different types of genres in drama and be able to identify the different impact these genres have on an audience. They will also explore staging and the roles within the theatre.

Term 3: Historical event- Students will explore a modern historical event and develop and understanding of different mediums of theatre such as naturalism and verbatim. They will look at case study’s of real people and explore ways of developing characters with maturity and sensitivity.

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 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 9, 10 and 11 will be assessed on the criteria from the BTEC Tech Award discussed in the tables above.
They will have 2 learning checkpoints per half term to assess their ongoing progress and a 1 common assessment per term

Drama Assessment
Years 7 and 8 will be assessed in 3 areas:

  1. Creating and developing ideas, including contribution for performing.
  2. Apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and performed.

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

Curriculum Narrative

KS4 Performing Arts Curriculum Narrative

KS3 Drama Curriculum Narrative

KS4 Performing Arts Curriculum Narrative