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Performing Arts

Halewood Academy offers students excellent opportunities in dance, music and drama. Encouraging students to explore their potential and develop their creative talents is central. There is a wide range of enrichment opportunities, as well as within the normal curriculum where creativity is emphasised. There is an emphasis on working with the local community and on providing experiences for all students such as: 

  • An enrichment programme that includes regular productions, concerts, clubs, competitions, theatre visits and workshops.
  • Working alongside specialist teachers and arts professionals.
  • Working in partnership with creative and cultural industries.
  • Auditioning for television and film, as well as performing in professional venues across the North West.
  • Involvement in initiatives and projects that take place within the community.
  • Each subject in the performing arts supports in the development of transferable skills and personalised thinking and learning skills.

DANCE

Department Vision:

  • To provide a structured Dance education at KS3 and AQA syllabi at GCSE.
  • To encourage all pupils to achieve and develop their potential ensuring equal opportunities, cultural diversity and inclusive policies.
  • To develop pupils’ skills in the making, performing and evaluating elements and employing appropriate teaching and learning strategies including differentiation.
  • To provide a safe and fun environment in which pupils learn.
  • To actively encourage students to choreograph material specific to given or chosen stimuli.
  • To provide opportunities for the development of ICT, literacy and numeracy skills in the subject.
  • To provide opportunities for the development and understanding of British Values in the subject.
  • To teach a knowledge and understanding of a range of styles and genres of dance from Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Street. Also focusing on past/present practice and different cultures so that pupils can demonstrate an understanding of continuity and change in Dance theory, technique and appreciation.
  • To provide opportunities for spiritual and ethical development.
  • To provide all students with a variety of extracurricular opportunities from choreographing, performing, production, competitions and teaching.

Department Courses:

Key Stage 3:  Year 7 and 8 Dance

Key Stage 4: GCSE Dance (AQA), Level 1 Dance Leaders Award, AQA Leadership award

What will I study in Dance?

Year 7

Dance in Year 7 is all about learning new skills, words and styles.  You will study three different units: New Beginnings, Cultures and Society and Our World.

Within each unit you will learn different styles and genre of dance such as Charleston, Musical Theatre and Street Dance.  You will learn some dances from around the world - Greek, Mexican and African dance.

You will also learn how to create your own dances using choreographic devices and how to evaluate your work.

Year 8

In Year 8 the three areas of study are; Our World, Responding to a stimulus and GCSE dance preparation work.

You will learn dances such as Physical Theatre, Contemporary, Lyrical, Street Dance and African.

You will use films such as the Matrix, James Bond and other action films as a stimulus to help you create movement.

Within the unit Responding to a stimulus you will look at poems, pictures, paintings and music to inspire you to create dances.

You will create, perform and evaluate your own dances and the work of others.

Year 9 GCSE Dance (AQA New 2016 specification)

In Year 9 the three areas of study are; Choreography 30%, Performance 30% and Anthology (Dance theory) 40%

In choreography you will explore a variety of stimuli; Poems, paintings, stories, themes, and movement. You will develop your choreographic ability through group work, working in a trio, duo and a solo.

Within the GCSE course you will develop your physical, expressive and mental skills in dance through developing your technique and learning set phrase exercises.

As part of the course you will complete some anthology; You will analyse and evaluate six professional dance works, your own work and the work of others. You will also learn the health and safety and it’s important in dance. 

Year 10 GCSE Dance (AQA New 2016 specification)

In Year 10 the three areas of study are; Choreography 30%, Performance 30% and Anthology (Dance theory) 40%

In choreography you will explore a variety of stimuli; Poems, paintings, stories, themes, and movement. You will develop your choreographic ability through group work, working in a trio, duo and a solo.

Within the GCSE course you will develop your physical, expressive and mental skills in dance through developing your technique, learning set phrase exercises and two solo set phrases.

As part of the course you will complete some anthology; You will analyse and evaluate six professional dance works, your own work and the work of others. You will also learn the health and safety and it’s important in dance.

Year 11 GCSE Dance (AQA New 2016 specification)

In Year 11 the three areas of study are; Choreography 30%, Performance 30% and Anthology (Dance theory) 40%

In choreography you will explore a variety of stimuli; Poems, paintings, stories, themes, and movement. You will develop your choreographic ability through group work, working in a trio, duo and a solo.

Within the GCSE course you will develop your physical, expressive and mental skills in dance through developing your technique, learning set phrase exercises and two solo set phrases.

As part of the course you will complete some anthology; You will analyse and evaluate six professional dance works, your own work and the work of others. You will also learn the health and safety and it’s important in dance.

Drama

Department Vision: 

  • To provide a structured Drama education following National Curriculum guidelines in conjunction with English at KS3 and Edexcel syllabus at GCSE.
  • To encourage all pupils to achieve their potential ensuring equal opportunities and inclusive policies.
  • To develop pupils’ essential skills using visual and practical drama techniques employing appropriate teaching and learning strategies including differentiation.
  • To provide a stimulating, and safe learning environment.
  • To actively encourage participation in set tasks.
  • To provide opportunities for development of drama skills in the subject.
  • To encourage pupils to develop an understanding of cultural diversity and the need for mutual respect.
  • To teach a knowledge and understanding of a range of topics so that pupils can demonstrate an understanding of issue based drama.
  • To provide opportunities for the development of ICT, literacy and numeracy skills in the subject.
  • To provide opportunities for the development and understanding of British Values in the subject.
  • To provide opportunities for every individual to raise their self-esteem and confidence
  • To offer pupils the opportunity to view live theatre performances throughout all years.
  • To offer pupils extra- curricular drama clubs and workshops from outside agencies.

Department Courses:

Key Stage 3: Year 7 and 8 Drama

Key Stage 4: Year 9 Drama BTEC Level 1 & 2 Tech Award

Key Stage 4: GCSE Drama - Edexcel (2015), AQA (Starting September 2016)

What will I study in Drama?

Year 7

Year 7 Drama is about learning new skills, words and styles. Six different units will be studied: New Beginnings, Cultures in Society, Musicals, Hear My Voice, Literature and Culture and Melodrama.

Each unit will involve new skills to enhance acting such as script work, devising a play, directing, designing costumes, evaluating skills and developing characters. Within each lesson you have the opportunity to perform your work.

Macbeth, Bugsy Malone, Oliver Twist, 911, Haunted House and Oliver Twist are some of the topics studied. In each topic, you explore the themes and issues using drama explorative strategies, drama mediums and drama elements.

Our schemes of work allow for you to build upon skills throughout the year to consolidate and develop your knowledge.

In parts of the drama lessons you will be required to work independently and collaboratively developing your communication skills and leadership skills. This is a great opportunity to combine your individuality with your creative thinking to develop your ideas.

Year 8

In Year 8 drama you will progress your learning from Year 7. The areas of study are; Literature; Musicals; Hear My Voice; Our World and Exam Preparation.

Within each unit you will learn different skills to enhance your acting such as script work, devising your own play, directing, designing costumes, physical theatre, mime and developing characters.

You will practically explore many exciting topics such as: Blood Brothers, Romeo and Juliet, Our Day Out, 911, The Holocaust and Hillsborough.  You will develop your knowledge of how to apply explorative strategies to your performances effectively in order to develop your understanding of the topic or theme. In addition, you will use drama mediums and drama elements to enhance your performance.

Within the units you will learn how to explore a stimulus by looking at poems, pictures, paintings, narratives, and lyrics to inspire you to create performances.  You will learn how to perform in a naturalistic and abstract way and gain some knowledge of Drama Practitioners.

In parts of the drama lessons you will be required to work independently and collaboratively developing your communication skills and leadership skills. You will also evaluate your own work and that of your peers. This is a great opportunity to develop your creative thinking allowing your individuality to contribute towards the development of your drama pieces.

Drama at Key Stage 4:

Year 9 Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award

in Performing Arts – purpose

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts (is for learners who wish to acquire technical skills through vocational contexts by studying acting, dance or musical theatre as part of their Key Stage 4 learning.

The qualification recognises the value of learning skills, knowledge and vocational attributes to complement GCSE’s. The qualification will broaden the learner’s experience and understanding of the varied progression options available to them. The qualification has three components that focus on the assessment of knowledge, skills and practices. These are all essential to developing a basis for progression and therefore learners need to demonstrate attainment across all components in order to achieve the qualification.

Areas that are assessed are as follows:

Component 1 Exploring the Performing Arts.

Component 2 Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts.

Component 3 Performing to a Brief.

Year 10, 11 GCSE Drama AQA 2017

The three students are assessed on are as follows; Component 1 – Understanding Drama 40 % of GCSE. This Unit is assessed by a written exam 1.45 minutes Open Book

Section A -  Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre.

Section B -Study set text – Blood Brothers

Section C -Analyse and evaluate work of Live theatre makers

This Unit is assessed by a written exam 1.45 minutes Open Book

Component 2 –Devising for Drama 40% of GCSE

What is assessed: A devised performance in front of an audience (20 Marks)

Devising Log -Analyse and evaluate own work (60 marks) 80 marks in total

Component 3 –  Text in Practice 20% of GCSE

What is assessed: Performance of two extracts from one play.  

Free choice of play but it must contrast with the set play chosen for Component 1.

How it's assessed: Performance of Extract 1, (20 marks) and Extract 2 (20 marks) 40 marks in total

Music

Department Vision: 

  • To provide a varied and accessible music education following the National Curriculum guidelines for KS3 and the Eduqas syllabus for KS4.
  • To provide opportunities in music to all pupils through extracurricular activities and peripatetic music lessons.
  • To promote music as a skill and discipline that enhances learning in all curriculum areas through music specialist and cross-curricula work.
  • To host concerts and competitions throughout the academic year thereby raising the profile of music within the Academy.
  • To encourage exposure to outside organisations such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • To provide and support pathways to working in the music industry for pupils studying music at KS4.
  • To provide opportunities for the development of ICT, literacy and numeracy skills in the subject.
  • To provide opportunities for the development and understanding of British Values in the subject.
  • To actively encourage regular practice of musical skills through the provision of Practice Rooms, open to all pupils throughout the school day.
  • To ensure that pupils have access to up to date equipment in good working condition by teaching pupils to respect the existing equipment.

Department Courses:

Key Stage 3: Year 7 and 8 Music

Key Stage 4: GCSE in Music (Eduqas)

What will I study in Music?

Year 7

Music in Year 7 is all about learning performance, composition and listening skills, new words and genres.

You will study three different units within this year, they are; Listening Lounge (The Elements of Music), Performance Podium (Keyboard Skills) and Composition Corner (Pentatonic Ostinato).

Each unit will allow you to understand the language of music through basic music notation and performing techniques on the keyboards and glockenspiels. You will perform as a soloist, duet and class ensemble learning specific instrumental techniques used by professional musicians.

You will learn how to evaluate your own and the work of others in a constructive way.

The Pentatonic Ostinato unit will allow you to develop music technology skills using Apple Macs and Garageband to create your own music using the notes of the pentatonic scale. You will learn new words and be given lots of opportunities to be creative in making your own pieces of music.

Year 8

Music in Year 8 is all about developing performance, composition and listening skills, new words and genres.

You will study three different units within this year, they are; Listening Lounge (The Elements of Music), Performance Podium (Keyboard Skills) and Composition Corner (The Jabberwocky).

Each unit will allow you to understand the language of music through a variety of music notation and performing techniques on the keyboards and percussion instruments. You will perform as a soloist, duet, group and class ensemble learning specific instrumental techniques and devices used by professional musicians. You will develop the skills to evaluate your own and the work of others in a constructive way.

The Keyboard Skills unit will allow you to develop music performance skills. You will learn to perform a variety of pieces using music notation and counting beats to play along with a backing track either as a soloist or in a pair.

The Jabberwocky unit will make use of the Apple Macs and Garageband to use the elements of music such as timbre, texture, dynamics and tonality alongside specific compositional devices to create a suitable musical accompaniment for Lewis Carol’s famous poem.

GCSE Music

Performance 30% TOTAL DURATION OF PERFORMANCE: 4-6 MINUTES

NON-EXAM ASSESSMENT: ASSESSED IN SCHOOL BY YOUR MUSIC TEACHER (EXTERNALLY MODERATED)

Minimum of two pieces, one of which must be an ensemble performance of at least one minute duration.

The other piece(s) may be either solo and/or ensemble.

One of the pieces performed must link to an area of study of your own choice

Composing 30% TOTAL DURATION OF COMPOSITIONS: 3-6 MINUTES

NON-EXAM ASSESSMENT: YOUR COMPOSITIONS WILL BE MARKED IN SCHOOL BY YOUR MUSIC TEACHER AND EXTERNALLY MODERATED

Two compositions, one of which must be in response to a brief set by the exam board - there will be a choice of four briefs, each one linked to a different area of study. The briefs will be released in September of Year 11

The second composition is a free composition for which you can set your own brief

Appraising 40% TOTAL DURATION OF APPRAISING EXAM: 1HOUR 15 MINUTES

Eight questions – based around 4 areas of study

Area of Study 1: Musical Forms and Devices

Area of Study 2: Music for Ensemble

Area of Study 3: Film Music

Area of Study 4: Popular Music

You will be developing skills in appraising music through the study of a wide range of music, linked to the four areas of study and two set works:

1. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Movement 3. Minuet: Mozart (1787)

2. Since You’ve Been Gone: Rainbow (released 1979)