Performing Arts

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Overviews 2019-20

The overviews below are NOT prescriptive. Freedom to change topics for good reason is advised if topics are a struggle to present or learners struggle with content. It would be useful however to keep the units in the same order for standardisation purposes –

Year 7: All groups will be working on confidence and skills of what is needed to access all areas of performing arts. Year 7 need to be able to work effectively and understand the rules and safety measures within the performing arts setting. Student will be focusing on team building games and working as a collaboration. This leads onto creating simple pieces of work so that learning can be assessed as the students settle into the topics within the subject.  Term 1 – learn skills about team work and working collaboratively. These skills are essential to be able to produce work effectively within this subject. Singing – year 7 students will have done some singing in primary school and should still have the confidence to do it. This skill will be explored in the BTEC in musical theatre skills.

Year 8 and Year 9: Years 8 and 9 work on a A/B yearly rotation system.

In year A the students are working on developing skills learnt in year 7. Students get the opportunity to work on many types of performing art forms and explore other avenues in the performing arts sector. They have to continue working on team work and they have to recall games using the prior knowledge they have been taught. They are often left to organise and run the starter game as a group and one student is left to lead an actor warm up to encourage leaderships skills. Understand and demonstrate the basic social and group skills necessary for meaningful drama to take place (listening, observation, concentration, co-operation)

Work in mixed groups of varying sizes developing the ability to make decisions as part of a group.

Understand how use of space, movement and voice communicate meaning and evaluate that use.

Show a developing ability to devise, improvise and create credible characters.

Structure a presentation with a clear beginning and end.

Understand that the process of drama has its own worth and that performance is not always part of the activity.

Reflect and respond to their own work and that of others, with an awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses.

The different topics that are taught reflect other subjects within the school:

English – students need to understand how scripts work and how punctuation and grammar is important when developing and reading scripts. Students will also need to use PEE (Point Evidence Explanation) in their work when filling in logbooks and writing about different job types with in the performing arts industry.

P4A – Students can be quite exposed in performing arts with emotions. It is important that they are aware of the world around them and how we and others can perceive it. In performing arts we look at bullying, Soap Operas, family augments, gangs, giving bad news. These topics have scope for discussions and there is a lot of open conversations about home life and emotions towards certain topics.

B&E – In years 8/9 students are expected to understand different cultures and religions for part of the curriculum that I teach. I have run the Cultures topic for the past 3 years during my time at Maplewell Hall School and it has been a successful topic to teach.

Maths – In performing arts mathematical language is used frequently. During dance lessons I will often talk about parallel lines and crossing on the diagonal. I also use maths in terms of counting. For example, I may say you need to choreograph a piece for 3 lots of 8 which is then translated into 24 counts.

PE – Students learn about keeping their bodies healthy and understanding that it is important to warm up before physical activity.

Year 10 and Year 11: A Level 1 BTEC Certificate in Performing Arts is delivered at Maplewell Hall School. Over the years this course has been running, students have had the opportunity to take part in many different types of performance art and have performed shows to a respectable standard. The 13-credit Pearson BTEC Level 1 Certificate (QCF) extends the work-related focus from the Pearson BTEC Level 1 Award (QCF) and covers some of the knowledge and practical skills required for a particular vocational sector.

The Pearson BTEC Level 1 Certificate (QCF) offers an engaging programme for those who are clear about the vocational area that they wish to learn more about. These learners may wish to extend their programme through the study of a related GCSE, a complementary NVQ or other related vocational or personal and social development qualification. These learning programmes can be developed to allow learners to study complementary qualifications without duplication of content. For adult learners the Pearson BTEC Level 1 Certificate (QCF) can extend their knowledge and understanding of work in a particular sector. It is a suitable qualification for those wishing to change career or move into a particular area of employment following a career break.

The Eaves/Nurture group: A personalised curriculum has been designed to bridge the gaps these students may have from early year’s education and equip them with basic literacy skills, particularly reading, speaking and listening. The flexible approach takes into account the additional complex needs of students in this group. These groups will work towards the Entry Level AQA qualification at the end of KS4.

MAP:

MAP 1: This group will follow a curriculum broadly similar to the Year 7 curriculum, with an additional level of challenge and flexibility.

MAP 2 And MAP 3: The MAP 2/3 curriculum will again broadly match the Year 8/9 curriculum, with additional flexibility.  The lesson will focus on higher-level skills and technical language.

P4A Objectives: Each unit of work has a linked ongoing P4A objective to ensure students can link their learning to the skills required for the world of work.

Numeracy Opportunities: All MTPs/SOL include explicit opportunities for numeracy.

Year 7

7 Games and getting to know the students

 

 

 

 

Topic

 

 

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Introduction to performing arts –

 

 

Singing skills–

 

Fairy tales  – ‘ Silent movies  – ould be linked to poetry – knowledge focus on non fiction texts and techniques Improvisation  –

 

Dance using gesture
 

 

Assessment

 

 

Group work

Coping with winning and losing in games

Chorus work

Timing

Projection

Characterisation

Topic knowledge

 

Exaggeration

Comedic timing

Group work

Creativity

 

Rhythm

Special awareness

   

 8/9 Year-A

8/9 year A Soap Opera

 

Wacky Soap Greek Theatre

 

Dance Skills

Jazz/Contemporary

Panto rehearsal

 

Panto performance

 

Assessment

 

 

Characterisation

Social realism

Group work

Effective naturalistic performance

Chorus work

 

Technical skill

Rhythm

Stage presents

Character development

Comedic timing

Stage presents

Line delivery

8/9 Year-B

8/9 year B
 

 

Script writing

Giving bad news

Bullying

Dance improvisation skills

Cultures Masks Advert project Seven deadly sins
Assessment Physical emotion

Characterisation

Director skills

Collaboration

Posture

Rhythm

Group work

Topic knowledge

Clarity

Cues

Stage points

 

Recalling lines

Stage presents

Facial expression

Vocal expression

Rule of 3

 

10 BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Performing Arts First Year

10A
 

 

Topic

 

 

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Introduction to BTEC UNITS

Working on selected characters for performance

 

UNITS:

Acting skills

 

Perform to an audience

UNITS:

Acting skills

 

Perform to an audience

UNITS:

Acting skills

 

Perform to an audience

UNITS:

Acting skills

 

Perform to an audience

PERFORMANCE
 

 

Assessment

 

 

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11 BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Performing Arts Second Year

11A
 

 

Topic

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Introduction to BTEC UNITS

Working on selected characters for performance

 

 UNITS:

Introduction to performing Arts

Musical theatre skills

 

UNITS:

Introduction to performing Arts

Musical theatre skills

 

 

UNITS:

Introduction to performing Arts

Musical theatre skills

 

 

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Assessed performance

UNITS:

Introduction to performing Arts

Musical theatre skills

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School performance

 

 

 

Assessment

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