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Park High School

Performing Arts

 Welcome to the Performing Arts Department

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul."  - Martha Graham

"All the world’s a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed."  - Sean O’Casey

Head of Department:

Mrs Molloy

e-mail: lleigh2.310@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Members of the Department:

Mrs Molloy

Miss Hall

Miss Allen

Dance

Dance have one lesson per week respectively.

Dance is an exciting and creative subject which is taught to Park High Students on a weekly basis. Students are encouraged to develop their physical, expressive, technical and mental performance skills, as well as their evaluative and analytical abilities. Dance lessons allow students to mature as both independent and group learners, giving students the opportunity to be creative whilst also being active. Confidence is another key skill the students cultivate, empowering them as presenters and commanders of a stage.

Dance has key links to other subjects; namely PE, Art, Drama, English, Science, History, PSHCEE and Mathematics. Students who have taken Dance for further study after Park High have gone on to a variety of professional conservatoires including Arts Educational Schools, Bird College and Trinity Laban.

Dance can lead to an array of different careers, not just being a dancer! Students who have studied Dance at GCSE and A Level have gone on to study Business, Photography, Physiotherapy, Teaching, Forensic Science, Coaching, Medicine, English and Art.

We believe that Dance can support a wide range of career and subject choices due to the subjects’ extensive and broad topic base. Students who study Dance are more creative, active and analytical learners; skills which can be transferred across many subjects and which contribute positively to our school community.

Key Stage 3:

Year 7 

In Dance pupils study skills based around collaborative choreography, routines, solo and paired work.

Autumn Spring Summer

Introduction to Dance

Basic contact Work

Mini Rock Challenge

Heroes and Villains

Guernica

 

KS3 Assessment:

Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. Year 7s are assessed throughout the year at the end of each scheme. These performances are expected to showcase the students’ best work, and should be rehearsed outside of lesson time. Students are encouraged to take pride in their work and add costume, music and props/set where appropriate.

Year 8 

In Dance pupils study skills based around collaborative choreography, routines, solo and paired work. 

Autumn Spring Summer

Capoeira

GCSE Taster -Contemporary / Within Her Eyes

The Matrix

Urban Dance / Emancipation of Expressionism

This term will also offer an opportunity for Year 8s to attend a theatre trip and/or a GCSE Taster workshop with a professional company.

Music Videos

KS3 Assessment:
Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. Year 8s are assessed throughout the year at the end of each scheme. These performances are expected to showcase the students’ best work, and should be rehearsed outside of lesson time. Students are encouraged to take pride in their work and add costume, music and props/set where appropriate.

Key Stage 4:

Year 9 

Students are expected to study, in their entirety, 6 professional works over the three-year Dance course. Students must ensure that they are revising these works throughout the course.

Artificial Things choreographed by Lucy Bennett

A Linha Curva choreographed by Itzik Galili

Infra choreographed by Wayne McGregor

Shadows choreographed by Christopher Bruce

Within Her Eyes choreographed by James Cousins

Emancipation of Expressionism choreographed by Kenrick H20 Sandy

Autumn Spring Summer

Performance Skills, Dance History, Styles of Dance and development of physical skills.

Shadows

Within Her Eyes

Emancipation of Expressionism and creation of work for the Dance and Drama Showcase

Shadows and choreographic skills – creating a solo / using motif-development.

Within Her Eyes and creating dance for camera.

KS4 Assessment 

Students are assessed each term through performances and end of topic written assessments. 

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, written, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Year 10 

Autumn Spring Summer

A Linha Curva and recap of performance skills.

Group choreography

Infra and preparation for Arts Week performance

Artificial Things and preparation for Dance and Drama Showcase

Group choreography

Set Phrases and creation of duo/trio

KS4 Assessment 

Students are assessed each term through performances and end of topic written assessments.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a full length, formal, written, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Year 11 

Autumn Spring Summer

Set Phrases and Performance in a Duo/Trio (Component 1)

Choreography (Component 1)

Written Paper revision (Component 1)

Written Paper revision (Component 2)

Written Paper revision (Component 1)

 

KS4 Assessment 

All students who follow this course will be given home learning weekly.  Wider reading is always useful either from the websites offered, the text book or as directed by their classroom teacher.

Students will be assessed throughout Years at the end of each term in both a practical and written capacity.

Student practical coursework is assessed internally between March-May and then externally moderated by AQA.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, written, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

GCSE Dance consists of two components:

Dance component 1: Performance and choreography

is internally marked and externally moderated

Performance, 40 marks 30%

Chorography, 40 marks 30%

Dance component 2: Dance appreciation

Written examination 1 hour and 30 minutes, 80 marks 40%

Examination Board :

AQA

Course Specification:

AQA 8236  GCSE Dance

Qualification obtained:

GCSE Dance

Useful Websites:

http://waynemcgregor.com/productions/infra

www.phoenixdancetheatre.co.uk/work/shadows/

http://www.rambert.org.uk/explore/photos/a-linha-curva/

http://www.jamescousinscompany.com/within-her-eyes

http://stopgapdance.com/

http://www.boyblueent.com/

http://www.aqa.org.uk

Useful Reading Material:

Dance

‘AQA GCSE Dance: Student's Book’ by M. Clunie, L. Dale and L. Paine

Drama

Drama is an interesting, creative and exciting subject which is taught to Park High Students on a weekly basis at Key Stage Three, with the offer to take GCSE Drama at Key Stage Four and A Level Drama and Theatre Studies at Key Stage Five. Drama is rooted in the Performing Arts and students predominantly focus on developing their skills as a confident performer; working to have control of their voice, physicality and movement. These skills are vital as our young people grow and mature, allowing them to gain self-assurance across the curriculum and within themselves. Drama gives students the opportunity to become independent and group learners, with many lessons focussing on the creation of collaborative work. Students will also gain knowledge of the historical, social and political context of Drama, appreciating it as both an art form and one of academic study.

Drama has key links to other subjects; namely Art, Dance, English, History, PSHCEE, Media, Languages and Business Studies. Students who have taken Drama for further study after Park High have gone on to a variety of professional conservatoires including Arts Educational Schools, The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Drama can lead to an array of different careers, not just being an actor! Students who have studied Drama at GCSE and A Level have gone on to study Law, Business, English, Film Studies, Media, Journalism, Psychology, Sociology and Political Sciences.

We believe that Drama can support a wide range of career and subject choices due to the subjects’ extensive and broad topic base. Students who study Drama are more creative, confident, collaborative and analytical learners; skills which can be transferred across many subjects and which contribute positively to our school community.

Key Stage 3:

Year 7 

In Drama pupils study skills based around group work, characterisation, and script exploration and devising. 

Autumn Spring Summer

Introduction to Drama

Oliver Twist

Evacuees

Greek Theatre

 

Commedia

KS3 Assessment: 

Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. Year 7s are assessed throughout the year at the end of each scheme. These performances are expected to showcase the students’ best work, and should be rehearsed outside of lesson time. Students are encouraged to take pride in their work and add costume, music and props/set where appropriate.

Year 8 

Autumn Spring Summer

Page to Stage

GCSE Taster – Blood Brothers

 

Romeo and Juliet

Physical Theatre

This term will also offer an opportunity for Year 8s to attend a theatre trip and/or a GCSE Taster workshop with a professional company.

Acting for Film

KS3 Assessment:
Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. Year 8s are assessed throughout the year at the end of each scheme. These performances are expected to showcase the students’ best work, and should be rehearsed outside of lesson time. Students are encouraged to take pride in their work and add costume, music and props/set where appropriate.

Key Stage 4: 

Year 9 

Autumn Spring Summer

Introduction to GCSE Drama and exploring techniques.

Working from a script (Component 2)

Dance and Drama Showcase

Theatre Makers in Practice – costume, set, lighting and sound – linking to devising and Component 3

Monologues and Teechers by John Godber

Working from a script (Component 2) Dance and Drama Showcase

Live Theatre Review (Component 3, Section B)

Backstage tour of the National Theatre

Theatre in Education performance project.

KS4 Assessment 

All students who follow this course will be given home learning weekly.  WStudents are assessed each term through performances and end of topic written assessments

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, written, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Year 10 

Autumn Spring Summer

Practical Exploration of Set Text DNA by Dennis Kelly

Theatre Makers in Practice

Practitioners and Live theatre Review

Component 1: Devising

Creation of Dance and Drama Showcase pieces.

 

Component 1: Devising

KS4 Assessment 

All students who follow this course will be given home learning weekly.  WStudents are assessed each term through performances and end of topic written assessments

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, written, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Year 11 

Autumn Spring Summer

Devising and Portfolios

Component 2 – Performing from a Script

Live Theatre Review

Component 3 revision (Hard to Swallow and Live Theatre Review)

Component 2 – Performing from a Script

Live Theatre Review

Component 2 – Performing from a Script

Component 3 revision (Hard to Swallow and Live Theatre Review)
 

KS4 Assessment 

All students who follow this course will be given home learning weekly.  WStudents are assessed each term through performances and end of topic written assessments

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, written, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

GCSE Drama consists of three components:

Component 1: Devising (40%)

The devised performance (practical) will be performed during the Autumn Term. The 950-word written portfolio is also completed during this time with an additional 1hr 30m controlled assessment evaluation which takes place during lesson time after the final performance. All of the work for Component 1 is assessed internally and is externally moderated by EDUCAS

Component 2: Performance of a Script (20%)

This component is externally examined by a visiting examiner during the Spring Term.

Component 3: The Written Paper (40%)

Written examination 1 hour and 30 minutes 40%

Examination Board :

Eduqas

Course Specification:

Eduqas GCSE Drama 601/8420/6  

Qualification obtained:

GCSE Drama

Useful Websites: 

Drama

www.eduqas.co.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/bitesize

Useful Reading Material:

Drama

EDUQAS GCSE Drama by G. Nicholas

‘Theatre in Practice: A Students’ Handbook’ by N. O Brien

‘The Complete Brecht Toolkit’ by S. Urmin

‘The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit’ by B. Merlin

'New Grade 9-1 GCSE Drama Revision Guideby CGP

Useful Websites: 

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/bitesize

Additional information:

To be confirmed

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

Headteacher Mr Emlyn Lumley

Phone 0208 952 2803

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