Performing Arts


Curriculum Information for the Performing Arts

Staff (Ms, Miss, Mrs, Mr)

Role (Head of Department, classroom teachers, other ML role)

Mrs H. West

Acting Head of Performing Arts, Teacher of Music

Mrs H. Brown

Teacher of Dance (maternity cover)

Miss E. Rogers

Teacher of Dance and Drama (maternity cover)

We believe that every child has ability in the performing arts. We harness that creativity and provide amazing performance opportunities for our students to excel.

Brief overview; New Key Stage 3 National Curriculum, AfL, homework, literacy (keywords)

Carousel: KS3 pupils access the Performing Arts through a carousel system. Pupils have two Performing Arts lessons a week and study one discipline (Dance, Drama or Music) for a term before moving onto the next subject.

Year

Topic

AfL

Homework

7 Dance

SoW; Vampires in Our Neighbour Hood

Pupils learn basic drama skills and techniques that they perform through whole group and small group performance tasks.

Self-assessment through evaluation of own performance.

Assessing peers through performance tasks.

Teacher assessment.

Questioning.

2 homeworks per term, guidance time is 30 minutes.

8 Dance

SoW; Pupils study the play ‘Free’ by David Grant based on a group of Year 8 pupils whose teacher does not arrive to their lesson. Pupils improve their drama skills and techniques through whole group and small group performance tasks.

Self-assessment through evaluation of own performance.

Assessing peers through performance tasks.

Teacher assessment.

Questioning.

2 homeworks per term, guidance time is 30 minutes.

9 Dance

SoW; Pupils study classic fairy tales and explore their themes and topics through group tasks. In groups pupils then select classic a fairy tale and update their chosen tale for a modern audience using advanced drama skills and techniques and considering a contemporary issue.

Self-assessment through evaluation of own performance.

Assessing peers through performance tasks.

Teacher assessment.

Questioning.

2 homeworks per term.

Year

Topic

AfL

Homework

7 Dance

Sow; Unit 1- pupils develop their knowledge of warmup and cool downs through choreographic task.

Unit 2- Pupils develop their technical dance skills through folk dance performance.

Self-assessment through evaluation of own performance.

Assessing peers through performance tasks.

Teacher assessment.

Questioning.

2 homeworks per term.

8 Dance

SoW; Puils improve their technical and interpretive dance skills through Bollywood workshops and performance. Unit 2: Explore the use of a prop through choreographic task.

Self-assessment through evaluation of own performance.

Assessing peers through performance tasks.

Teacher assessment.

Questioning.

2 homeworks per term.

9 Dance

SoW; Pupils study Jazz dance and perform Michael Jacksons ‘Thriller’ choreography. Unit 2: Puils develop their choreographic skills through Flash mob task.

Self-assessment through evaluation of own performance.

Assessing peers through performance tasks.

Teacher assessment.

Questioning.

2 homeworks per term.

Year

Topic

AfL

Homework

7 Music

SoW; Pupils develop their musical skills through keyboard performance, composition and singing. Pupils are given the opportunity to work individually and as part of small and large ensembles.

Self-assessment through evaluation of own performance.

Assessing peers through performance tasks.

Teacher assessment.

Questioning.

2 homeworks per term.

8 Music

SoW; Pupils build on the skills developed in year 7 through extended keyboard performances and composition work. Pupils are also given the opportunity to rehearse and perform on both electric and acoustic guitars.

Self-assessment through evaluation of own performance.

Assessing peers through performance tasks.

Teacher assessment.

Questioning.

2 homeworks per term.

9 Music

SoW; Using instruments such as electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboard and drums pupils create their own lyrics and music for a pop song.

Pupils create their own band and using the skills they have learned during years 7 and 8 rehearse and then perform to their peers.

Self-assessment through evaluation of own performance.

Assessing peers through performance tasks.

Teacher assessment.

Questioning.

2 homeworks per term.

Keystage 4

Brief overview; examination board, syllabus, assessment criteria, homework

Year

Course

Units

Topic

10 Dance

Btec NQF Level 1/2 First Award in Performing Arts (Dance)

Unit 4 Dance Skills

Pupils learn basic dance techniques that are then performed and assessed in teacher choreographed pieces. This dance pieces are performed in School shows and assessed by their teacher.

11 Dance

Btec NQF Level 1/2 First Award in Performing Arts (Dance)

Unit 2 Preparation, Performance and Production

Unit 1 Individual Showcase

Pupils learn the skills needed to produce a performance event. All pupils take a production or performance role and prepare the production for an audience. In previous years these events have included the Carol Service, the annual Spotlight showcase and the full school musical ‘Oliver!’

This unit requires pupils to prepare two contrasting solo performances (2 minutes duration) in response to a stimulus provided by Edexcel every year. Pupils must then prepare a letter to the assessor in support of their choreographed pieces explaining their response to the stimulus. Previous stimuli have included topics such as discovery and the circus. Solo performances are filmed and sent off to an external assessor.

Year

Course

Units

Topic

10 Drama

Btec NQF Level 1/2 First Award in Performing Arts (Acting)

Unit 3 Acting Skills

Pupils learn basic acting techniques that are then performed and assessed in teacher directed pieces. These pieces are performed in School shows / events and assessed by their teacher.  Previous assessments have included ‘Spooky Tales’ at Lancaster Castle, ‘War Horse’ extracts, ‘A View from the Bridge’ by Arthur Miller and ‘Road’ by Jim Cartwright.

11 Drama

Btec NQF Level 1/2 First Award in Performing Arts (Acting )

Unit 2 Preparation, Performance and Production

Unit 1 Individual Showcase

Pupils learn the skills needed to produce a performance event. All pupils take a production or performance role and prepare the production for an audience. In previous years these events have included the Carol Service, the annual Spotlight showcase and the full school musical ‘Oliver!’

This unit requires pupils to prepare two contrasting solo performances (2 minutes duration) in response to a stimulus provided by Edexcel every year. Pupils must then prepare a letter to the assessor in support of their monologue pieces explaining their response to the stimulus. Previous stimuli have included topics such as discovery and the circus. Solo performances are filmed and sent off to an external assessor.

Year

Course

Units

Topic

10 Music

Btec NQF  Level 1/2 First Award in Performing Arts (Music Performance)

Unit 6

Pupils learn basic music performance techniques that are then assessed in rehearsals and concerts. Previous assessments have included the annual Carol Concert and the spring concert ‘A Night at the Movies’.

11 Music

Btec NQF  Level 1/2 First Award in Performing Arts (Music Performance)

Unit 2 Preparation, Performance and Production

Unit 1 Individual Showcase

Pupils learn the skills needed to produce a performance event. All pupils take a production or performance role and prepare the production for an audience. In previous years these events have included the Carol Service, the annual Spotlight showcase and the full school musical ‘Oliver!’

This unit requires pupils to prepare two contrasting solo performances (2 minutes duration) in response to a stimulus provided by Edexcel every year. Pupils must then prepare a letter to the assessor in support of their music pieces explaining their response to the stimulus. Previous stimuli have included topics such as discovery and the circus. Solo performances are filmed and sent off to an external assessor.

Keystage 5

Year

Course

Units

Topic

12 Music

 

Unit 23 – Music Performance Techniques (Core unit)

 

Unit 7- Composing Music

 

Unit 43- Special Subject Investigation

 

This unit develops the learners’ music performance skills and techniques. Pupils are expected to work both individually and as part of an ensemble.

 Learners have the opportunity to compose music for a number of different events using standard notation as well as other appropriate formats.

This unit gives learners the opportunity to carry out an in-depth and practical investigation into a chosen area of interest.

13 Music

 

Unit 40 – Working and Developing as a Musical Ensemble (Specialist Unit)

 

Unit 24- Music Project

 

 

Unit 30- Pop Music in Practice

Learners work as part of an ensemble towards a final performance. They must show good music performance techniques as well as the ability to work effectively as part of a group.

In this unit learners are expected to plan, prepare for and deliver a large-scale music project. Pupils will work individually and as part of a team and will be expected to assess their progress.

During this unit pupils with expand their knowledge of pop music through rehearsal and performance of existing pieces and their own compositions.

Additional information:

Extra-curricular activities
Btec drop-in Monday lunchtimes Led by Mrs West
Hip Hop Honies Tuesday lunchtimes Led by Miss Rogers
Central Youth Dance Wednesday lunchtimes Led by Mrs Brown
Radio Club Wednesday lunchtimes Led by Sam Wicks
Orchestra Wednesday after school Led by Mrs West
Ukulele Group Thursday lunchtimes Led by Ms Parish
Radio Club Friday lunchtimes Led by Sam Wicks
Central Voices Friday lunchtimes Led by Mrs West

Termly shows including annual events such as the Carol Concert, Spotlight showcase, school musicals, drama plays and music evening. School shows are performed in our hall which doubles as a well-equipped theatre space and our drama ‘black box’ studio with built in lighting rig.

We are also very proud that we have performed at local theatres including The Dukes and Lancaster Grand Theatre and landmark theatres including Sadler’s Wells (2013) and The Royal Albert Hall (2014 and 2016). In 2014 we also performed at Lancaster Castle.