KS3 DRAMA/ DANCE
The KS3 drama and dance curriculum has been carefully designed to inspire creativity and to raise the aspirations of our students. Each lesson provides opportunities for students to make and understand theatre, recognising it as a practical art form in which ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through choices of form, style and convention. The students explore three main theatrical areas: Character Development, Physical Theatre and Scripted Text. Some of the skills and knowledge students will explore and understand are:
The social, cultural and historical context of theatrical conventions
Working collaboratively to generate, develop and communicate ideas
Develop vocal and physical interpretations of a range of characters
Contribute as an individual to a theatrical performance
Analyse and evaluate the process of creating live theatre
BTEC PREFORMING ARTS TECH AWARD (KS4)
At KS4 we follow the BTEC Performing Arts Tech Award. Divided into three components the course aims to widen students’ practical understanding of theatre. Students develop knowledge and understanding through applying their learning to work-related contexts, and gain the skills they need for further study and employment.
Aiming to provide a first glimpse into the professional sector, these qualifications assess students through assignments and tasks (including performance) rather than traditional exams. The three-block structure, explore, develop and apply, allows students to build on and embed their knowledge. Through their two year of study they will grow in confidence and put into practice what they have learned. The assessment structure is also designed so that students can build on what they learn, and develop their skills, as they move through the course.
Their core learning is strengthened and supported through a variety of educational visits, visiting professionals and our after school skills zone where students can work closely with staff to deepen their understanding and gain personalised support.
At KS4 students can select to study Dance and follow the AQA GCSE specification. Dance is a powerful and expressive subject which encourages students to develop their creative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacity, whatever their previous experience in the subject.
Our chosen course recognises the role of dance in young people’s lives and students will study a range of dance styles and style fusions. Apart from the solo performance, they can choose any style in which to perform and choreograph.
Students will also study an anthology of professional works which develop their ability to critically appraise professional dance works and provide a springboard for engaging in practical tasks.
The qualification is assessed through two practical assessment tasks in performance and choreography and a written exam that offers students the opportunity to demonstrate their critical appraisal of their own and professional dance works and their knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills.