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Year 7

Year 7

Dance

Autumn 1

Introduction to Dance

·         Students are introduced to the subject of Dance and its basic constituent features.

·         Students are taught set repertoire on the theme of ‘Sports’ developing their skills as a dance performer.

·         Basic choreographic skills are applied to set material such as formations, levels and adding actions based on a stimulus (sports).

·         Students learn a basic knowledge of dance form and structure through considering the beginning, middle and end of a dance.

·         Evaluative skills are applied and nurtured during peer and self-assessment.

·         The scheme aims to build confidence as a performer, choreographer and evaluator whilst building a base for further learning of dance.

Physical skills are developed through basic dance technique such as alignment and extension.

Autumn 2

Heroes and Villains

·         As well as building and developing the skills from the Autumn Term, students are encouraged to build their skills as a performer of character dance.

·         Dynamic qualities are the focus of performance – with students developing knowledge and understanding of their importance when considering a stimulus.

·         Students develop further skills in choreography, through learning about question and answer, unison and canon.

A higher level of challenge is introduced through more complex taught material and further development of technical skill such as elevation, balance and co-ordination.

Spring 1

Contact Work

·         Students begin to explore how to make contact with other dancers safely in this explorative scheme.

Basic contact, lifts and counterbalances are taught to the students and the learn how to trust and work collaboratively with other dancers in the space.

Spring 2

Guernica

·         This final scheme aims to prepare students to move into Year 8.

·         Students are introduced to a more challenging stimulus – a painting by Pablo Picasso.

·         Links are made to History and Art.

·         Students begin to consider the emotional effects of dance and how we can choreograph and perform to represent feeling.

·         Narrative structure is introduced which enables students to enfold a story throughout their choreography and performance.

·         New concepts are introduced for choreography such as counterpoint and contact.

Summer

Mini Rock Challenge

·         This is an exciting SOL where students, in their class, create a performance piece for a whole year 7 competition!

·         Students will not only develop their skills as a performer in drama and dance disciplines, but will have to work collaboratively and cope under pressure of working as a production company.

·         This is a cross-curricular project across dance and drama.

Students will also learn skills in creating a full-scale performance, considering lighting, costume, music and set.

Drama

Autumn 1

Introduction to Drama

·         Students are introduced to the subject of Drama.

·         Students learn skills necessary to create performances, developing social and team work skills.

·         Students learn about different drama techniques such as still image, thought tracks, physical theatre, spontaneous improvisation and prepared improvisation.

·         Students are given opportunities to develop their creative and imaginative faculties.

·         Students begin to develop their characterisations skills.

Students begin to develop confidence as a transferable skill.

Autumn 2

Greek Theatre

·         Students learn about the origins of Drama.

·         They develop knowledge of Greek theatre, focusing on the story of Antigone.

·         Students learn how to develop choral and mask work techniques.

·         Students develop performance skills and confidence levels.

Spring 1

Oliver Twist

·         This scheme introduces students to script work, focussing on the play ‘Oliver Twist’.

·         Students explore different characters and develop their characterisation skills, using facial expressions and body language.

·         Students gain opportunity to work as a whole class in performance, and in smaller groups.

·         Script working skills are enhanced through learning text off by heart.

Spring 2

The Evacuees

·         The Evacuees’ experiences in World War 2 is the underpinning theme in this scheme.

·         Students begin to learn devising skills whilst building on the learning they have developed over the year so far;

·         Students develop emotional responses of how to demonstrate these through their dramatic performances, exploring new ways to communicate and express stories.

Students link with history in their knowledge of War and the Evacuated children.

Summer 1

Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

·         Students continue to build upon their knowledge of WW2 and move over to Poland, where ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ is set.

·         Students explore the themes of barriers and differences whilst engaging with a professional script and exploring key characters.

Students begin to empathise with a range of characters and their stories, bringing this into their performances and creative work.

Summer 2

Rock Challenge

·         This is an exciting SOL where students, in their class, create a performance piece for a whole year 7 competition!

·         Students will not only develop their skills as a performer in drama and dance disciplines, but will have to work collaboratively and cope under pressure of working as a production company.

·         This is a cross-curricular project across dance and drama.

Students will also learn skills in creating a full-scale performance, considering lighting, costume, music and set.