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Parkside School

Performing Arts

Performing Arts - Dance/Drama

Through our Performing Arts lessons, we are aiming for our students to show resilience and courage, with their wellbeing at the centre of everything we do. We want our Dance/Drama students to become resilient, independent and successful learners, improve their understanding of subject knowledge and apply the PRIDE values in everything they do. 

 Mr Miller

Head of Faculty

 Miss Thackray

Asst Head of Faculty

 

 

 

Curriculum Plan

 

Year 10 & 11

What are we studying?

The Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific applied knowledge and skills through realistic vocational contexts. Learners will have the opportunity to develop knowledge and technical skills in the following areas:

- development of key skills that prove their aptitude in performing arts, such as reproducing repertoire and responding to stimuli

- processes that underpin effective ways of working in the performing arts, such as development of ideas, rehearsal and performance

- attitudes that are considered most important in the performing arts, including personal management and communication

- knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, processes and attitudes in the sector, such as roles, responsibilities, performance disciplines and styles

Units of study

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts

Learners will develop their understanding of the performing arts by examining the work of performing arts professionals and the processes used to create performance.

This unit is internally assessed (externally moderate by Pearson), through an assignment brief which allows students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding.

Component 2: Developing skills and techniques in Performing Arts

Learners will develop their performing arts skills and techniques through the reproduction of, dance repertoire as performers.

This unit is internally assessed (externally moderate by Pearson), through an assignment brief which allows students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding through practical and coursework.

Component 3: Responding to a Brief

Learners will be given the opportunity to work as part of a group to contribute to a workshop performance as either a performer or a designer in response to a brief and stimulus.

This unit is externally set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions.

How are we assessed?

For more information about the course and assessment please visit:

What homework are we expected to do?

The students are expected to do independent learning to consolidate the units they are covering in lesson time. There is also an expectation that students will attend rehearsals ahead of performances. There is set homework given weekly which will prepare the students for practical or coursework activities done in lesson time. 

What can parents do to help?

Please help with your child’s organisation to ensure they that bring appropriate dance kit to lesson when required. Support them to ensure they are meeting coursework deadlines and monitoring their progress across the course, ensuring they find time to complete their homework. Use ClassCharts and Edulink to communicate with staff on any concerns or matters regarding PE. 

How we provide for SEN and most able students

Students are in mixed ability groups, and resources will be differentiated to support all students. Learning coaches may be used to support SEN students. 

Useful resources and equipment

Revision resources and text books are available, please see the link below for more information. This is not a requirement for the course.

Where can this subject take you? Career opportunities

Some examples of career opportunities linked to studying Performing Arts are: performer, chorographer, technician, dancer, actor, dance/drama teacher.

Year 12 & 13

What are we studying?

The Level 3 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts is for learners who are interested in learning about the performing arts sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in performing arts. It is designed to be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

Mandatory units:

Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners’ work

In this unit you will, investigate the work of performing arts practitioners and develop critical analysis skills and contextual understanding of how practitioners communicate themes in their work.

This unit is externally set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions.

Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance

In this unit you will, explore technical performance skills with a focus on developing skills and techniques in at least two performance styles.

This unit is internally assessed (externally moderate by Pearson), through an assignment brief which allows students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding.

Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop

In this unit you will, explore and integrate creative, physical and vocal skills and techniques, working collaboratively to create a performance in response to a given stimulus.

This unit is externally set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions.

Optional unit:

There is a further one optional unit that is decided by the centre and is an internally assessed assignment (externally moderated by Pearson) which allows students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding through coursework.

How are we assessed?

For more information about the course and assessment please visit:

What homework are we expected to do?

The students are expected to do independent learning to consolidate the units they are covering in lesson time. There is also an expectation that students will attend rehearsals ahead of performances. There is set homework given weekly which will prepare the students for practical or coursework activities done in lesson time.

What can parents do to help?

Please help with your child’s organisation to ensure they that bring appropriate dance kit to lesson when required. Support them to ensure they are meeting coursework deadlines and monitoring their progress across the course, ensuring they find time to complete their homework. Use ClassCharts and Edulink to communicate with staff on any concerns or matters regarding PE.

How we provide for SEN and most able students

Students are in mixed ability groups, and resources will be differentiated to support all students.

Useful resources and equipment

Revision resources and text books are available, please see the link below for more information. This is not a requirement for the course.

Where can this subject take you? Career opportunities

Some examples of career opportunities linked to studying Performing Arts are: performer, chorographer, technician, dancer, actor, dance/drama teacher.

 

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