Performing Arts

At KS3 learners are exposed to a variety of artists and designers work as starting points for their own creativity.  There is a strong focus on skills and media handling but we are very keen that learners are comfortable with the idea that The Arts is a journey, not a destination.

Term 1

Key Learning Objectives Dance Learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of dance techniques, as well as learn to create, rehearse, perform and evaluate work. They will learn about the basic skills needed to choreograph a high quality dance. They will explore three main dance components – Actions, Space and Dynamics. There will also be opportunities for them to add their individual style to pieces within this unit. Drama Learners are introduced to the skills of performance and develop their skills in storytelling, mime and characterisation through the creation and performance of improvised and short scripted pieces. They learn how to present their work to an audience through the use of vocal and physical techniques, including the use of voice projection, pitch and pace.   Physical performance skills include the use of facial expression, gesture and mannerism
Key Activities / Homework Learners are set a variety of practical and written homework over the term. These may include revising key words, practical choreography tasks or self-evaluations of their practical performance work.
Assessments Learners are given regular formative feedback on both their written and practical work about how they can make further progress. Learners will be assessed against a Mastery programme that focuses on their understanding and application of the Learning Muscles
Suggest reading & support materials Learners will be given a list of literacy key words, which they can revisit to embed understanding. Learners can also access electives afterschool to further enhance their practical work.
 

Term 2

Key Learning Objectives This term consolidates the learning from term 1 by introducing the learners to International theatre and dance. The learners will study key performance skills and works associated with Asia, Africa and Caribbean folk tales and dance. They will have opportunity to experiment and explore with the techniques and skills required to deliver this work to an audience. They will be abe to create an original performance piece, using imaginative storytelling, props and masks
Key Activities / Homework Learners are set a variety of practical and written homework over the term. These may include revising key words, practical choreography tasks or self-evaluations of their practical performance work.
Assessments Learners are given regular formative feedback on both their written and practical work about how they can make further progress. Every half term learners are also graded for assessment. Learners will be assessed against a Mastery programme that focuses on their understanding and application of the Learning Muscles
Suggest reading & support materials Learners will be given a list of literacy key words, which they can revisit to embed understanding. Learners can also access electives afterschool to further enhance their practical work.
Term 3

Key Learning Objectives Performance In the final term learners will apply all the skills they have learnt this year in both dance and drama. They will combine the two disciplines to create one final piece of performance. They will devise a piece for a performance to a live, invited audience. They will be given the opportunity to plan and organise a performance showcase within the Academy or beyond. They will be asked to create an original performance piece, creating storyline and choreograph movement phrases.
Key Activities / Homework Learners are set a variety of practical and written homework over the term. These may include revising key words, practical choreography tasks or self-evaluations of their practical performance work.
Assessments Learners are given regular formative feedback on both their written and practical work about how they can make further progress. Every half term learners are also graded for assessment. Learners will be assessed against a Mastery programme that focuses on their understanding and application of the Learning Muscles
Suggest reading & support materials Learners will be given a list of literacy key words which they can revisit to embed understanding. Learners can also access electives afterschool to further enhance their practical work.