Performing Arts

KS3 (Years 7 & 8)

Years 7 & 8 are provided with training in all three Performing Arts disciplines (Drama, Dance and Music.) Regular formative and summative assessments allow students to demonstrate the practical skills they have explored and develop their extended writing skills. In Year 7, students have 3 Performing Arts lessons a week (one per discipline) and Year 8 work on rotation, changing their discipline half termly.

Year 7

Term 1

Drama: Evacuees & The Lost Boys

Dance: Choreography& Dance and Sport
Music: Rhythm and Pulse & Vocal Layers


Term 2
Drama: Haunted House & Silent Movies
Dance: Street Dance & Rock and Roll
Music: Keyboard Skills & Samba

Term 3
Drama: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory & Charlotte Dymond
Dance: Conflict & Choreography (Stimulus)
Music: Variations & Quest for the Crystal

Year 8

Schemes covered within the rotation:

Drama: Commedia Dell’Arte & Let Him Have It
Dance: Contemporary & Swan Song
Music: The Blues, Garageband & Film Music

KS4 Performing Arts Options (Years 9-11)

GCSE Drama

Course Content

Throughout the GCSE Drama course, students explore a number of themes and issues through independent and group work. Alongside this, they study a number of play texts and perform a performance text to a live audience. Students learn, understand and apply a range of acting skills and techniques, explore theatre practitioners, as well as visiting the theatre on several occasions to deepen their knowledge and understanding of theatre.

Current Specification (Year 11)

Assessment:

Units

Practical

Written (controlled conditions)

Weighting

One

Drama Exploration: 6 hour internally assessed exam.

Documentary Response: 2000 words.

30%

Two

Exploring Playtexts:6 hour internally assessed exam.

Documentary Response: 1000 words.

Live Theatre Review:2000 words.

30%

Three

Drama Performance:A scripted performance to be performed to a visiting examiner. Externally assessed.

N/A

40%

New Specification (Years 9 & 10)

Assessment:

Component

Weighting

Component One – Devising

Devised performance from a chosen stimulus – internally assessed.

Portfolio – 2000 words internally assessed.

40%

Component Two – Performance from Text

Performance of two key extracts from a play to a visiting examiner.

20%

Component Three – Theatre Makers in Performance

I hour 30 min exam (2 sections)

45 marks – set text

15 marks – live theatre review

40%

GCSE Dance

Course Content:

Throughout the GCSE Dance course, students explore a number of professional works applying their knowledge to their practical work.  Alongside this, they study a number of choreographic methods, technical and expressive skills and perform a solo and a number of group pieces live to an exam moderator. Students learn, understand and apply a range of dance skills and techniques, explore dance practitioners, as well as visiting the theatre on several occasions to deepen their knowledge and understanding of dance.

Current Specification (Year 11)

Assessment:

Units

Practical

Written (controlled conditions)

Weighting

One

N/A

Exam paper - Critical appreciation: Developing critical, perceptual, evaluative and reflective skills in response to their own work and the work of others.  

20%

Two

Set Dance- Demonstrate their physical competence and effectiveness as performers and their knowledge of safe working practice.

N/A

20%

Three

Performance in a duo/trio- Perform in a group dance that relates to a professional work from the prescribed list

N/A

20%

Four

Choreography-

Solo- Choreograph a solo 1- 1.5 mins using motifs from a professional work, demonstrating imagination and originality.

Group- Choreograph a solo/duo/group performance 2.5- 3 mins. Candidates must select a starting point or stimulus

Programme notes – Students should be prepared to give a brief explanation, or provide a single page of notes, giving a key into the ways in which the motifs have been developed.

40%

New Specification (Years 9 & 10)

Assessment:

Component

Weighting

Component One – Performance and Choreography

Performance

Set phrases through a solo performance (approximately one minute in duration)

Duet/trio performance (three minutes in a dance which is a maximum of five minutes in duration)

Choreography

Solo or group choreography – a solo (two to two and a half minutes) or a group dance for two to five dancers (three to three and a half minutes)

30%

30%

Component Two – Dance Appreciation

• Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills

• Critical appreciation of own work

• Critical appreciation of professional works

40%

GCSE Music

Course Content

Throughout the GCSE Music course, students study three components – Performing, Composing and Understanding Music. They will focus on one instrument over the course and prepare performances with an ensemble and also as a soloist. Students will have the opportunity to use music technology when composing to a brief and a free composition. They will gain a knowledge and understanding of a variety of musical genres and techniques, which will be assessed in a final listening exam.

Assessment:

Component

Weighting

Component One – Understanding Music

Exam – 1 hour 30 minutes

*     Section A – Listening – unfamiliar music (68 marks)

*     Section B – Study Pieces (28 marks)

4 areas of study:

*     Western classical tradition 1650-1910

*     Popular Music

*     Traditional Music

*     Western classical tradition since 1910

40%

Component Two – Performing Music

Internally marked, externally moderated

*     Performance 1 – Solo Performance (36 marks)

*     Performance 2 – Ensemble Performance (36 marks)

30%

Component Three – Composing Music

Internally marked, externally moderated

*     Composition 1 – Composition to a brief (36 marks)

*     Composition 2 – Free Composition (36 marks)

30%

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Years 12 & 13)

Course Content

Students will study a range of units that will develop and enhance their understanding of a variety of skills within Performing Arts. They will be expected to take part in both dance and drama activities in order to fully succeed in the course. Students will develop skills in live performance, working with the community, technique, and research based tasks in order to give them a wide range of skills across Performing Arts.

Year 1

Term 1

Unit 2 – Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance

Unit 12 – Contemporary Dance Technique

Unit 4 – Performing Arts in the Community

Term 2-3

Unit 3 – Group Performance Workshop (Externally Assessed)

Unit 27 – Musical Theatre

Unit 1 – Investigating Practitioners’ work (Externally Assessed)

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