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Park High School

Park High School

Year 7

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.
  • tudents 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.

Address Park High School, Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 1PL

Headteacher Mr Emlyn Lumley

Phone 0208 952 2803

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