Performing Arts’ encompassing both Music and Drama into its curriculum at KS3 with the opportunity to focus on, and take a qualification in Performing Arts (Dance) at KS4. This creative subject within the curriculum allows students to build up confidence, interpersonal and performance skills, whilst educating students on performance techniques and skills in both drama/dance. There is an emphasis on practical group work and implementation on both subjects of drama at KS3 and Dance at KS4
What topics are studied in Key stage 3?
Subjects covered in drama are: Introduction to drama skills and explorative strategies, Reality TV show scheme of work, Introduction to Shakespeare, Derek Bentley Case, Racism/Discrimination (Rosa Parks), ‘Our Day Out’ by Willy Russell.
Btec level 2 First Award in Performing Arts (Dance) - Students will work on the highly physical subject of dance, learning a range of styles from: Classical Ballet, Contemporary (Graham based), Musical Theatre and Jazz dance. Students will be assessed in three large units of work: Preparation, Performance and Production, Dance Skills and finally an individual showcase. Students will be required to develop technical dance skills such as: Balance, musicality, co-ordination, timing, posture as well as technical skills specific to each style of dance, working in groups, pairs and individually over the three years.
Btec level 2 First Award in Performing Arts (Dance) –There is no final exam but assessment is split into small units of 8-14 weeks, accumulating in a final filmed practical assessment/performance with written supporting documentation (log books, reflective journals) to demonstrate their investigative and ‘creative’ process. Each assessment will receive a Pass/Merit or Distinction mark with a final grading at the end of the course based on the accumulation of these marks over the three years.
This subject has ongoing work to be completed in the form of research and reflective journals, which are consistent aspects of the course that fall under ‘homework’. Students are expected to use this time to write up and document their classwork and progress over each unit after each lesson, ready to progress in their next one. They will reflect, evaluate, research and set suitable targets for progression. At the end of each unit, this work is submitted in the form of a ‘book’ or ‘journal’ to support their practical assessment.
Books, Equipment, Materials and Resources Recommended/Needed
Students will be required to have suitable attire for the dance course. This does not need to be specialised dance wear e.g. jazz or ballet shoes BUT their attire must be suitable and safe for lesson. Their body should be covered (no crop tops) and it should not pose a danger to their movement or the movement of others e.g. baggy trousers, buckles, zips etc.
Opportunities for Study beyond Key Stage 4
The btec level 2 qualification leads directly into a btec level 3 qualification (A-Level equivalent) post 16. Courses available are Performing Arts (Dance) and potentially Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) depending on singing and acting proficiency. Another option is to apply directly to dance and performing arts colleges at 16 to complete a three year intensive course on dance, whilst earning a Diploma in dance. A few colleges include: The London Studio Centre, Bird College, Performers College and Arts Educational. Applications can also be made to A-level dance at sixth forms and colleges.
Career Opportunities Supported By This Subject
Possible career options could be a dancer for West End Theatre, Commercial dancer for tv and film, dance instructor, dance school/college owner, cruise ship performer, entertainer and choreographer.