"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:
Members of the Department:
Dance have one lesson per week respectively.
In Dance pupils study skills based around collaborative choreography, routines, solo and paired work.
Introduction to Dance
Mini Rock Challenge
Heroes and Villains
Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. It may be an isolated piece of work, a project, research or an alternative task which challenges the students to solidify their knowledge and / or extend it.
In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, 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 Taster – World Dance
Capoeira, The Matrix
Drama have one lesson per week respectively.
In Drama pupils study skills based around group work, characterisation, and script exploration and devising.
Introduction to Drama
Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Styles of Theatre – Romeo & Juliet
Page to Stage, Commedia Dell Arte
Students are expected to study, in their entirety, 6 professional works:
These works will be studied throughout Years 9, 10 and 11. Students must ensure that they are revising these works throughout the course.
Artificial Things choreographed by Lucy Bennett
A Lina 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
Performance Skills, Dance History and Technique
Study Dance Work 2
The Healthy Dance plus Dance and Drama showcase
Study of Dance Work 1
Study Dance Work 3
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.
Skills for Performance and learning of the Set Phrases
Set Work 3: ‘Shadows’
Set Work 4: ‘Within Her Eyes’
Theory: Safe working practices
Finalising understanding of Set Work 3, plus revision of Set Works 1 and 2.
Set Work 2: ‘Emancipation of Expressionism’
Recapping of Set Phrases
Performance in a Duo/Trio
Recap and Examination of the Set Phrases (Component 1)
Preparing for final performance of the Duo/Trio
Dance Anthology / Written Paper (Component 2)
Revision of all other units
GCSE Dance consists of two components:
Dance component 1: Performance and choreography
is internally marked and externally moderated
Performance, 40 marks 30%
Chorography, 40marks 30%
Dance component 2: Dance appreciation
Written examination 1 hour and 30 minutes, 80 marks 40%
AQA 8236 GCSE Dance
‘AQA GCSE Dance: Student's Book’ by M. Clunie, L. Dale and L. Paine
Practitioners and Performance styles
Page to Stage
Dance and Drama Showcase
Student practical coursework is assessed internally between March-May and then externally moderated by WJEC.
Working together/reintroduction to dramatic techniques and practitioners.
Mock Unit 2: Performing from a Text
Preparation for Unit 1: Devising
Live Theatre Evaluation
Exploration of GCSE Set Text ‘DNA’ by Dennis Kelly.
The Set Works Anthology
Emancipation of Expressionism choreographed by Kendrick H20 Sandy
Component 1: Devising
Component 2: Performing from Scripts
Component 3: Live Theatre Evaluation
GCSE Drama consists of three components:
Drama component 1: Devising Theatre
is internally assessed, externally moderated
Acting or Design 40%
Drama component 2: Performing from a Text
is externally assessed by a visiting examiner
Acting or Design 20%
Drama component 3: Interpreting Theatre
Written examination 1 hour and 30 minutes 40%
WJEC Eduqas 601/8420/6 GCSE 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
To be confirmed
Park High School, Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 1PL
Mr Emlyn Lumley
0208 952 2803