Performing Arts


Curriculum Information for the Performing Arts

 

Staff

Role

Mrs V. Crossman

Head of Performance Faculty

Mrs H. West

Teacher of Music

Mrs M. Catto

Teacher of Dance and Fitness

 

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.

 

Carousel: KS3 pupils access the Performing Arts throughout Years 7, 8 & Pupils have two Music lessons, one Dance and one Drama lesson across our two week timetable.

 

Year

Topic

AfL

Homework

7 Drama

Unit 1) Drama The Basics

Unit 2) Study of set play (2018/19 Peter Pan)

Unit 3) Modern Fairy Tales

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.

1 homework per term, guidance time is 30 minutes.

8 Drama

Unit 1) Physical Theatre

Unit 2) Studying Archie’s War

Unit 3) Performing Archie’s War

 

Pupils improve their studying the technique of physical theatre. Archie’s War is a play about a young boy’s experience of the First World War. Pupils study this and the whole group performs their allocated scenes in a performance to an audience during our July Arts Week celebrations. Pupils will take part in a workshop led by members of the local TA to improve their physical performance of soldiers.

Self-assessment through evaluation of own performance.

Assessing peers through performance tasks.

Teacher assessment.

Questioning.

1 homework per term, guidance time is 40 minutes.

9 Drama

Unit 1) Crime drama

Unit 2) Study of set play: My Name if Tom

Unit 3) E-Safety – devising an e-safety campaign.

 

Pupils study traditional crime stories then look at a modern play based on E-Safety and teenage issues. In groups pupils then devise their own TV / social media campaign video for a young modern teenage audience using advanced drama skills and techniques and considering a contemporary issue.

Self-assessment through evaluation of devised piece.

Assessing peers through performance tasks.

Teacher assessment.

Questioning.

1 homework per term, guidance time 60 minutes.

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

 

Year

Course

Units

Topic

10 & 11 Dance

RSL Level 1/2 Certificate in Creative & Performing Arts (Dance)

Unit 227 Dance Techniques and Performance

 

 

 

Unit 221 Live Performance

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. Pupils also create their own choreography for performance which is assessed through school production’s.

 

Pupils prepare, create and perform their own performance material based on a given assignment from the exam board. This unit is externally assessed and all evidence is submitted as coursework.

10 & 11  Drama

RSL Level 1/2 Certificate in Creative & Performing Arts (Dance)

Unit 212 Performing Text

 

 

 

 

Unit 201 Live Performance

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.

 

Pupils prepare, create and perform their own performance material based on a given assignment from the exam board. This unit is externally assessed and all evidence is submitted as coursework. 

10 Music

Btec NQF  Level 1/2 First Award in Music

Unit 5 Introducing Music

 

Performance

Unit 2 Managing a Music Product

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’.

 

Pupils learn the skills needed to produce a performance event. All pupils take a production and performance role and prepare the production for an audience.

11 Music

Btec NQF  Level 1/2 First Award in Music

Unit 4 Introducing Music Composition

 

Unit 1 The Music Industry

Pupils learn basic composition techniques and notate their work using a variety of formats.

 

 

 

Pupils complete an externally assessed exam on the music industry. Questions range from health and safety concerns to acoustic considerations.

 

Additional Information

 

Extra-curricular activities

Btec drop-in

Monday lunchtimes

Led by Mrs West & Mrs Crossman

Central Stars Yr 7-9 Dance club

Wednesdays 3.05-3.45pm

Led by Mrs Catto

Central Youth Dance

Monday lunchtimes

Led by Mrs Catto

Central Voices

Friday lunchtimes

Led by Mrs West

Drama Club

Thursday lunchtimes

Led by Mrs Crossman and Miss Ashton

School show rehearsals

Tuesday 3.05-4.15pm (term 1 & 2)

Thursdays 3.05-4.30pm (term 2)

Led by Mrs Crossman, Miss Ashton & Mrs West

 

Our department offers pupils a range of opportunities to perform in school and in our wider community; shows include our annual Christmas Concert, Spotlight showcase, school musicals, drama plays and Btec music concert. 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.