Performing Arts

Teacher

  • Mark Dabernig (Director of Learning)
  • Giselle Dabernig
  • Alexandra Lehmann
  • Simon Dipple (Assistant Director of Learning)
  • Fiona Christie

The Performing Arts Department offers exciting courses in Dance, Drama and Music. At KS3 students work on all three disciplines, rotating each term from one specialism to another. This leads to GCSE and BTEC courses at KS4, and in the Sixth Form learners follow BTEC Performing Arts courses where they are able to specialise in Dance, Drama or Music.

Courses at KS4

BTEC DANCE

Course content

The course consists of three units, all of which are completed over the three years:

Unit 4    Dance Skills - students will learn and perform two different styles of work in a performance showcase.

Unit 1    Individual showcase - students will participate in the preparation for progression in their career through an audition in practical and theory elements which is done via a controlled assessment.

Unit 2   Preparation, performance and production - students take on a role to lead and run a performance evening involving students from other years.

Assessment

Via practical performances and showcases as well as written logs and reflections.  For the controlled assessment students are required to write a letter, do a presentation and a performance.

 

Courses at KS4

GCSE Dance

Course content

GCSE Dance is split into 3 aspects. One is a written exam which uses analysis of professional works and descriptive skills. The second area is performance where learners perform are taught solo and also a choreographed group performance from an original work. The third area is choreography where learners choreograph a solo and a group piece developing their choreographic knowledge and skill.

Assessment

 

 

Learners are assessed in final performances of both their performances of taught movement and choreography. Learners development over the unit is also assessed and taken into consideration, and performances range from solos to group pieces. A written exam is also completed for 20% of the overall mark.

Equipment Needed

 

 

 

For examinations and classes learners are required to wear black leggings, trousers or tights with a black top or leotard. For some performances learners may need props or costumes which are provided.

Homework

 

 

 

Homework is given on a weekly basis but varies between attending practical rehearsals or tutorials and written analysis for exam preparation.

Enrichment opportunities

 

 

 

There are a variety of different clubs for learners to be involved in which leads to performances. Students also create practice performances or choreographies which are showcased both in school productions and externally.

 

Courses at KS4

GCSE Drama

Course content

There are 3 components:

Component 1 Devising Theatre where learners create their own work in response to a stimulus and maintain a portfolio of evidence during the devising period.

Component 2 Performance from Text where the learners are assessed in performance by a visiting examiner

Component 3 Theatre Makers in Practice where learners sit a written exam based on the practical study and exploration of a set text

Assessment

 

 

Teachers assess Componet 1 through learner’s contribution and understanding of the devising process.  A portfolio of written and photographic evidence is presented.  In addition teachers assess performance element of the component

Component 2 is assessed by a visiting examiner.  Learners are required to perform two extracts from a play chosen by the centre

Component 3 is a written exam.  Learners respond to questions from point of view of actor, designer and director.

Equipment Needed

 

 

 

No specific equipment required, but there is sometimes a need to source props and costume for a specific performance.

Homework

 

 

 

There are always regular homework tasks, ranging from research around topics, through to extra rehearsal, line-learning and scripting for an assessment performance.

Enrichment opportunities

 

 

 

There are always a large number of performance opportunities for learners to get involved in.  Indeed sometimes there is an expectation for Performing Arts students to contribute to productions.

 

Courses at KS4

GCSE Music

Course content

Over the three year course students will give at least two performances which will be recorded as part of their coursework, compose two of their own short pieces of music and sit a formal written exam which will include listening to musical extracts and responding to questions.

Assessment

 

 

Performance work counts for 30%, the two compositions count for a further 30% and the final exam is worth 40% of the overall GCSE grade.

Equipment Needed

 

 

 

If not a singer/vocalist, it is vital that learners have access to an instrument so that they can practise and rehearse in order to complete the practical elements of the course.  Students can use school instruments such as guitar, bass guitar, piano/keyboard, drum kit and violins during college time.

Homework

 

 

 

A large part of students' home learning will be practising their instrument/singing in their own time.  This will lead to greater skill development as a musician than can ever be achieved through school lesson time alone.  Other home learning tasks will be set via Firefly to prepare students for or reinforce in school learning.

Enrichment opportunities

 

 

 

Throughout the school year there are plenty of enrichment opportunities for learners to get involved in.  Performing Arts students are encouraged to perform in whole department performance events.  For singers, joining Vocalise, our lower school vocal group is a must and for those who play an instrument, joining the College Orchestra would be a massive benefit to them.  On a Tuesday after school the Department runs a drop in session where students can receive extra support from staff to help them with composition coursework and learning music theory, of which a basic understanding is a must for GCSE Music.

 

Courses at KS4

BTEC Music

Course content

Over the three year course students will complete four units which include developing a successful practice routine, performance, organising their own live music event and a one hour written exam about the Music Industry.

Assessment

 

 

75% of the course is assessed in school by staff and will include video evidence of practice and performance work as well as written logs and evaluations.  25% of the course is assessed through the one hour written Music Industry exam which is normally sat at the end of Year 10.

Equipment Needed

 

 

 

If not a singer/vocalist, it is vital that learners have access to an instrument so that they can practise and rehearse in order to complete the practical elements of the course.  Students can use school instruments such as guitar, bass guitar, piano/keyboard, drum kit and violins during college time.

Homework

 

 

 

A large part of students' home learning will be practising their instrument/singing in their own time.  This will lead to greater skill development as a musician than can ever be achieved through school lesson time alone.  Other home learning tasks will be set via Firefly to prepare students for or reinforce in school learning.

Enrichment opportunities

 

 

 

Throughout the school year there are plenty of enrichment opportunities for learners to get involved in.  There are several performance evenings which are solely catered for BTEC students, and Performing Arts students are encouraged to perform in whole department performance events.  For singers, joining Vocalise, our lower school vocal group is a must and for those who play an instrument joining the College Orchestra would be a massive benefit to them.

 

Courses at KS5

BTEC Performing Arts

Dance

Course content

The course consists of three units, all of which are completed over the three years.

Unit 4 Dance skills - students will learning and perform two different styles of work in a performance showcase.

Unit 1 - individual showcase - students will participate in the preparation for progression in their career through an audition in practical and theory elements which is done via a controlled assessment.

Unit 2 - Preparation, performance and production - students take on a role to lead and run a performance evening involving students from other years.

Assessment

 

 

Via practical performances and showcases as well as written logs and reflections.  For the controlled assessment students are required to write a letter, do a presentation and a performance.

Equipment Needed

 

 

 

Learners are required to wear appropriate dance wear to all lessons and rehearsals. For performances costumes and props may be required depending on the nature of the work.

Homework

 

 

 

Regular homework is given to develop learner’s practical and theoretical understanding of class work. Homework tasks range from practical rehearsals to research and also personal reflection and written work regarding the current unit of work.

Enrichment opportunities

 

 

 

Dance clubs are offered after school and learners will be encouraged to participate or lead some of these sessions. Learners will have numerous performance opportunities to showcase their work or assist with the organisation of events.

 

Courses at KS5

BTEC Performing Arts

Acting

Course content

Learners work on 6 key units, all of which lead to a performance opportunity.

Projects are based on units exploring both classical and contemporary theatre, and in addition learners are able to devise and create their own material.  The work is challenging and exciting, and those who are prepared to take risks and be a great team player enjoy huge success on this course. 

Assessment

 

 

Both performance work and contribution to the rehearsal process is assessed.  In addition learners must maintain a detailed logbook and photo diary which is submitted after each unit.

Equipment Needed

 

 

 

No specific equipment is required, but there is sometimes a need to source props and costume for a specific performance.  In addition appropriate practical clothing is expected to be worn for certain projects.

Homework

 

 

 

As at KS4 there are always regular homework tasks, ranging from research about practitioners and playwrights, through to extra rehearsal and line-learning for an assessment performance. The logbook and photo diary is an important document recording progress in rehearsal, and must be kept up-to-date.

Enrichment opportunities

 

 

 

There are always a large number of performance opportunities for learners to get involved in.  Indeed sometimes there is an expectation for Performing Arts students to contribute to productions.

 

Courses at KS5

BTEC Performing Arts

Music

Course content

Learners work on 6 units over the two years. These units are predominantly focused upon practical instrumental skills in ensembles and also solo. Learners explore the development of pop music from the 1950s to the present day, and will also look into the marketing and promotion of an event. The work is challenging and exciting, and those who have a strong work ethic and passion for music and performing enjoy great success on this course.

Assessment

 

 

Assessment is based upon the assignments of the individual units. This could be practical work, or written essays and presentations.

Equipment Needed

 

 

 

It is vital that learners have a solid experience and grounding in their instrument.  It is also strongly recommended that students have instrumental  lessons to support their development, and access to an instrument which they can regularly rehearse on.

Homework

 

 

 

There are always homework tasks that are based upon ongoing assignment work throughout the course. There is also the expected requirement for instrumental practice as well. There is an expectation that learners independently arrange and organise ensemble rehearsals in their free time, in school and out of it. 

Enrichment opportunities

 

 

 

Throughout the school year there are plenty of enrichment opportunities for learners to get involved in.  There are several performance evenings which are solely catered for BTEC students. There is an expectation that performing arts students provide material for upcoming events across the school. Learners at Key stage 5 level will look to develop material whole school and also for sixth form as well. There are also plans to look to outside opportunities for performances and musical development and learning.