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Performing Arts (curriculum)

PERFORMING ARTS
Faculty Leader: Dawn Benson – dawn.benson@oatforge.co.uk
Teacher of Performing Arts: Jessica Brooks – jessica.brooks@oatforge.co.uk

SMSC
Social
In Performing Arts group work is readily encouraged and provides a substantial amount of the classroom based teaching. In this, pupils discuss, plan and share ideas regarding their performances. Many of the performances involve groups of pupils both performing and providing an audience.

Moral
Pupils learn to develop a sense of purpose in Performing Arts by investigating their own skills, including their strengths and weaknesses and how to develop and extend these skills.

Spiritual
Many texts studied in Performing Arts raise questions and promote pupils to think about the spiritual context and allows pupils to investigate issues they may not normally come in contact with.

Cultural
Many performances embrace cultural diversity, and teach pupils about traditions and beliefs from around the world. This is specifically seen within musical and dance genres.

MORE ABLE PUPILS
Talented performers are nurtured and challenged at Ormiston Forge Academy. In addition to their Performing Arts lessons, pupils are given the opportunity to take peripatetic music lessons, or to attend the variety of extra-curricular clubs offered at the Forge, such as Dance Club, Choir and Musicals Club. More able singers and musicians are encouraged to take external music exams to help broaden their skills further.

KEY STAGE 4
Dance – In Key Stage 4 pupils can start to work towards AQA GCSE Dance, with the intention of achieving their GCSE by year 11. More able pupils may complete their GCSE in year 10 allowing them to study AS Level Dance in Year 11. Less able pupils have the option of taking three years to complete their GCSE or studying the Cambridge Technical in Performing Arts in year 11, preparing them for study in 6th form.

GCSE DANCE

Year 9
Autumn Term
Introduction to Dance. Pupils will explore the various styles of dance, learning basic required terminology and developing their overall dance skill.

Spring Term
Pupils will consider the set dance required to be performed as part of their examination. Pupils will learn the set dance and perform it, whilst being recorded towards the end of the term. Pupils will also start to study the first of their set dances, allowing them to learn about the choreographer, style, influences and specific details relating to the dance.

Summer Term
Pupils will start to explore group performance. Pupils will be required to split into smaller groups to perform a choreographed dance to the best of their ability, using the skills gained so far in the course. In addition, pupils will also study a further set dance to widen their knowledge.

Year 10

Autumn Term
Pupils will identify the key principals of choreography and will create a solo dance to be performed and recorded. Pupils will also study a third set work to again broaden their knowledge of dance.

Spring Term
Pupils will be given a stimulus and asked to choreograph a group dance based on this stimulus. Pupils will choose which of the three set pieces studied they intend to focus on and will spend further time revising and developing knowledge of these two works.

Summer Term
Pupils will complete final preparations for their written examination on the set works and will have opportunity to revisit some of the performances/choreography coursework.

Year 11

Pupils continuing with GCSE who were not entered in year 10

Autumn Term
Pupils will complete further study on one of the set works and will have the opportunity to revisit coursework requirements.

Spring Term
Pupils will complete further study on one of the set works and will have the opportunity to revisit coursework requirements.

Summer Term
Pupils will complete final revision on the set works and will have a final opportunity to revisit coursework requirements if required.

Pupils starting the Cambridge Technical in Performing Arts

Autumn Term
Pupils will identify their current skills in Performing Arts and complete a skills audit, setting targets to be achieved. Pupils will then complete a performance in dance, singing or drama, which allows them to showcase their development towards these targets.

Spring Term
Pupils will complete a further skills audit, identifying what skills/targets have been met and setting new targets. A further performance will be recorded.

Summer Term
Pupils will complete a final skills audit, identifying any remaining targets not yet met and targets for their final performance which will be recorded during the term. Pupils will then evaluate their overall skills development.

Pupils starting AS Dance

Autumn Term
Introduction to AS Dance. Pupils will explore the various styles of dance, learning basic required terminology and developing their overall dance skill.

Spring Term
Pupils will consider the set dance required to be performed as part of their examination. Pupils will learn the set dance and perform it, whilst being recorded towards the end of the term. Pupils will also start to study the first of their set works, allowing them to learn about the choreographer, style, influences and specific details relating to the dance.

Summer Term
Pupils will start to explore group performance. Pupils will be required to split into smaller groups to perform a choreographed dance to the best of their ability, using the skills gained so far in the course. In addition, pupils will also study a further set dance to widen their knowledge.

KEY STAGE 4
Performing Arts – In Key Stage 4 pupils work towards WJEC GCSE Performing Arts. The current cohort completed the Single Award in Year 9 and will complete the Double Award in Year 10. In year 11 they will study units towards the Cambridge Technical in Performing Arts, preparing them for study in 6th form. Less able pupils may take years 10 and 11 to complete the Double Award. (Due to government reforms, this is the last year pupils can take GCSE Performing Arts in years 10 and 11).

GCSE Performing Arts

Year 10
Autumn Term
Pupils will choose a skill to develop. Pupils will complete a skills audit of their current performing arts skills and set targets to be achieved. They will prepare a performance in their chosen skill to demonstrate their skills development and achievement of targets. Pupils will also complete written coursework relating to the previous summer concert, which they participated in.

Spring Term
Pupils will produce written coursework relating to ideas on a theme set by the board. This will form their remaining coursework requirements. Pupils will also split into groups and prepare a showcase performance on this same theme to be shown to a visiting examiner.

Summer Term
Pupils will perform their themed showcase to the visiting examiner and complete an evaluation of the process. Pupils will then consider the first unit of the Cambridge Technical in Performing Arts, again looking at skills development and creating a skills audit.

Year 11

Year 11 students continuing with GCSE who were not entered in year 10.

Autumn Term
Pupils will complete a further performance on the skill of their choice to improve their mark from last year.

Spring Term
Pupils will complete any outstanding written coursework to fulfil the portfolio requirements. Pupils will also start to prepare their showcase performance on the given theme.

Summer Term
Pupils will perform their themed showcase to the visiting examiner and complete an evaluation of the process.

Year 11 Pupils starting the Cambridge Technical

Autumn Term
Pupils will revisit their skills audit created in year 10, setting targets to be achieved. Pupils will then complete a performance in dance, singing or drama, which allows them to showcase their development towards these targets.

Spring Term
Pupils will complete a further skills audit, identifying what skills/targets have been met and setting new targets. A further performance will be recorded.

Summer Term
Pupils will complete a final skills audit, identifying any remaining targets not yet met and targets for their final performance which will be recorded during the term. Pupils will then evaluate their overall skills development.

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