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Park High School

 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 Daler-Finch

Dance

Key Stage 3:

The Key Stage 3 Dance Curriculum is structured to enable students to develop their skills from beginner to highly competent, throughout the 2-year period. The ‘Introduction to Dance’ scheme lays the foundation of key dance and choreography skills. Students will be introduced to key dance actions and taught a dance based on sports. They will learn how to develop choreography using dynamics, space and relationships. The ‘Avengers Assemble’ scheme continues with these key principles of dance, but in addition students learn how to create choreography from scratch, using a stimulus for inspiration and the focus is the performance. Students learn how to present themselves on stage using focus, projection, confidence and facial expressions. Year 7 dance is completed with ‘Guernica’ an emotive scheme based on a tragic moment in history. Throughout this scheme, students develop their artistry as an expressive performer, whilst enhancing their cultural capital with cross-curricular links to both History and Art. Year 8 allows students to experience a variety of dance styles, whilst also learning about essential and global dance history within the ‘Contemporary’, ‘Urban’ and ‘Capoeira’ schemes. The purpose of these schemes is for students to learn specific movements and techniques from the range of dance styles and develop them into an assessment piece. 

Dance is an exciting and creative subject which is taught to Park High students every other half term. 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. At its core, our Dance education at Park High School aims to: 

  • Develop the physical and creative confidence of a wide range of learners; 
  • Expose learners to a variety of dance styles, works and vocabulary, aiming to instil a love of the arts. 
  • Hone their knowledge and appreciation of dance as well as their evaluative skills as a dancer, choreographer and critic; 
  • Learn to choreograph, perform and appreciate dance as an art form; 
  • Inform development as creative and artistic individuals to broaden their aesthetic, social and cultural experience through a holistic engagement with dance; 
  • Learn and adopt safe working practices; 
  • Learn to work collaboratively to generate, develop and communicate ideas.

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:

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.

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.

Examination Board:

AQA

Useful Reading Material:

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

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.

Examination Board:

AQA

Useful Reading Material:

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

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:

‘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 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.

Key Stage 3:

The Key Stage 3 Drama curriculum is structured to enable students to develop their skills from beginner to highly competent, throughout the 2-year period. The ‘Introduction to Drama’ scheme lays the foundation of key dramatic skills and conventions. Students are introduced to basic drama techniques such as still images, thought tracks, narration, improvisation and flashbacks. Learning these techniques allows students to structure a piece of drama for their first assessment. ‘Greek Theatre’ continues to develop student’s drama skills through working as an ensemble with both movement and voice. The scheme also allows students to find out the history of how theatre and plays began and study a traditional Greek Tragedy ‘Theseus and the Minatour’. Year 7 is completed with ‘Oliver Twist’, which not only engages the students with script and character work, but gives the students to opportunity to link Drama with events in History and emphasises the importance of empathy. 

In Year 8, we begin with an exploration of the style of Naturalism and Stanislavsky’s system of acting, developing the key techniques of realism. We then move on to a study of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, allowing students to apply their naturalistic skills to a text, whilst exploring stage combat. Year 8 finishes with ‘Face’, which enables students to learn about discrimination and apply their emotional responses to the script. 

Drama is an interesting, creative and exciting subject which is taught to Park High Students every other half term. 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 which can then be applied across the curriculum. Drama gives students the opportunity to become independent and to learn in groups, with many lesson focusing 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 an academic discipline. At its core, Drama education aims to: 

  • Build confidence as a performer, creator and appreciator of dramatic arts;
  • apply knowledge and understanding when making, performing and responding to drama;
  • explore performance texts, understanding their social, cultural and historical significance and developing cultural capital.
  • develop a range of theatrical skills and apply them to create performance;
  • work collaboratively to generate, develop and communicate ideas;
  • contribute as an individual to a theatrical performance;
  • reflect on and evaluate their own work and that of others;
  • adopt safe working practices.

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: 

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.

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.

Examination Board:

EDUQAS

Useful Reading Material:

‘EDUQAS GCSE Drama: Unit 1 Devised Practical Performance’ by G. Nicholas

‘EDUCAS GCSE Drama’ by G. Nicholas

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

DNA by Dennis Kelly

‘The Complete Brecht Toolkit’ by S. Urmin

‘The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit’ B. Merlin

New Grade 9-1 GCSE Drama Revision Guide by CGP Books

New Grade 9-1 GCSE Drama Play Guide – DNA by CGP Books

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.

Examination Board:

EDUQAS

Useful Reading Material:

‘EDUQAS GCSE Drama: Unit 1 Devised Practical Performance’ by G. Nicholas

‘EDUCAS GCSE Drama’ by G. Nicholas

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

DNA by Dennis Kelly

‘Hard to Swallow’ by Mark Wheeler

‘The Complete Brecht Toolkit’ by S. Urmin

‘The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit’ B. Merlin

New Grade 9-1 GCSE Drama Revision Guide by CGP Books

New Grade 9-1 GCSE Drama Play Guide – DNA by CGP Books

New Grade 9-1 GCSE Drama Revision Guide

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

Examination Board:

EDUQAS

Useful Reading Material:

‘EDUQAS GCSE Drama: Unit 1 Devised Practical Performance’ by G. Nicholas

‘EDUCAS GCSE Drama’ by G. Nicholas

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

DNA by Dennis Kelly

‘Hard to Swallow’ by Mark Wheeler

‘The Complete Brecht Toolkit’ by S. Urmin

‘The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit’ B. Merlin

New Grade 9-1 GCSE Drama Revision Guide by CGP Books

New Grade 9-1 GCSE Drama Play Guide – DNA by CGP Books

New Grade 9-1 GCSE Drama Revision Guide

Useful Websites: 

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/bitesize

http://www.eduqas.co.uk/

Park High School

Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore,
Middlesex, HA7 1PL

Headteacher:Mrs Colette O'Dwyer

Email:info@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Phone:020 8952 2803

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