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Teacher of Performing Arts: Mrs Arrowsmith

 

"I feel that Drama and Performing Arts allows students to develop a personal understanding of who they are. It encourages students to experiment, build confidence and develop empathy that is required in everyday life."

Departmental Aims

 

Expressing individuality, creatively...

Year 7 overview:

 

Students in Year 7 Drama will develop basic skills and understanding of Drama and performance. They will work on the following topics:

 

  • Freeze frames

 

  • Characterisation

 

  • Fairy tales and fables

 

  • Secrets and Spies

 

In each topic students are assessed in the following areas:

 

  • Use of Drama techniques

 

  • Devising and performance

 

  • Group work

 

  • Characterisation

 

  • Evaluation

 

  • Quality of written work

 

Students will be given the opportunity to develop these areas in order to meet criteria on their flightpath.

Performing Arts Students

Year 8 overview:

 

Students in Year 8 Drama will continue to develop their understanding of drama and performance. They will work on the following topics:

 

  • Barriers

 

  • Peter’s Story

 

  • Billy’s Story

 

  • Character profiling

 

In each topic students are assessed in the following areas;

 

  • Use of Drama techniques

 

  • Devising and performance

 

  • Group work

 

  • Characterisation

 

  • Evaluation

 

  • Quality of written work

 

Students will be given the opportunity to develop these areas in order to meet criteria on their flightpath.

Year 9 overview: Tech Award Performing Arts

 

Year 9 is used as a skills building year in preparation for students starting their coursework in Year 10. The Tech Award in performing Arts allows you to study acting, dance and/or musical theatre, giving you the opportunity to develop knowledge and technical skills in a practical learning environment. You will examine the roles and responsibilities of different performance artists and practitioners such as actor, dancer, choreographer, director, writer and designer; as well as the different approaches and styles used, such as comedy, ballet or musical revues. You will also develop key skills, such as being able to respond to and interpret different ideas given to you; and you will be experiencing first-hand the ways in which performance artists work through the development of ideas, rehearsal and then performance.

Topics covered are:

 

  • Physical theatre

 

  • Musical theatre

 

  • Rock Challenge

Year 10 overview:

 

Year 10 students will officially begin their coursework, start to collate the practical work they have been working on and develop the skills established in Y9. Students will look at variety of genres within the Performing Arts industry and will also start work on Component 1 – Exploring the Performing Arts:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is an internally assessed unit that uses research and practical experience through workshops and performance to create a research file and power point presentation. Students will then start to work on Component 3 – Performing to a brief, which is externally assessed.

 

It is vital that students meet deadlines as this can affect their overall grade.

 

Year 11 overview:

 

Year 11 students will start working on Component 2 – Developing skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts. Students are required to reproduce a piece of existing repertoire. Along with a performance, students will also keep a record of their rehearsal and continuously set targets to improve. This unit is internally assessed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They will then complete Component 3 a second time if required – this is dependent on the result achieved in Y10.

 

It is vital that students meet deadlines as this can affect their overall grade.

 

 

John Spendluffe Technology College

Hanby Lane

Alford

LN13 9BL