Performing Arts - KS3

WHO’S WHO?

Progress Leader: Miss M. Whinnett/Mrs S. McKay
Teaching Staff: Miss M. Whinnett
Link Governor: Mr P. Sharples

OUR AIMS

Up Holland High School offers students the opportunity to:

  • Explore the 3 performing arts disciplines; Dance, Drama & Musical Theatre in 6 blocks, developing key skills and studying different styles, genres and professional works.
  • Enrich a love for the Performing Arts through further development of the key skills, using a variety of class ensemble and smaller group performances.
  • Embed prior learning into new concepts through the key skills, with added depth, independence and creativity.

YEAR 7



TERM
UNIT OF STUDY
KEY SKILLS / LEARNING
Autumn
Project 1: Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
Project 2: Rock & Roll Dance
* Explore the use of characterisation in performance
* Conventions of script work
* Learn to recreate movement sequences
* Develop rhythm skills
Spring
Project 2: Darkwood Manor
Project 3: Circus/Greatest Showman
* Develop atmosphere through soundscapes
* Using poetry as a stimulus in drama
* Learn about abstract performance
* Develop knowledge of the history and social context
Summer
Project 4: Bugsy Malone
Project 5: Pantomime
* Develop ensemble skills in performance
* Explore the use of comedy in performance
* Develop critical analysis skills using Performing Arts vocabulary.
* Learn about stock characters such as heroes and villains.

YEAR 8



Autumn
Don’t Blame Facebook
* Develop group work skills and gain confidence performing to an audience
* Explore ‘Theatre to Educate”
* Show empathy through creative work
* Develop and use a wide variety of drama skills
* Gain knowledge of the risks of social media
* Create drama based on real life scenarios
Spring
Dance Fusion
* Learn to use dance techniques such as canon, dynamics and formation
* Learn the key aspects of different styles and create movements showing your understanding
* Explore; Bollywood/Street/African/Contemporary Dance
* Gain an understanding of how different dance styles can be fused together
Summer
Blood Brothers/ Our Day Out
* Develop an ensemble piece to ‘Kids Game’
* Develop the use of accent in performance
* Learn about social context in performing arts
* Compare similarities and differences in his plays and explore themes
* Learn about the career and successes of the playwright Willy Russell

YEAR 9



Autumn
Hillsborough
* Develop devising skills in drama
* Create emotive and powerful performances
* Use real life situations to create drama
* Develop leadership/director skills
* Use vocal skills such as pace, pause, pitch, tone and intonation
Spring
Contemporary Dance
* Embed leadership skills as choreographers
* Explore partner work experimenting with simple lifts
* Explore the features flow, contraction and levels in dance
* Gain understanding of local dance companies who perform in this style
* Critical appraisal of the genre
Summer
Musical Theatre
* Explore the style of Andrew Lloyd Webber
* Develop a variety of short performances exploring Musical Theatre through the decades
* Using relevant terminology to evaluate both own work & peers
* Singing skills including pitch, intonation, control
* Explore a variety of musical theatre styles; operetta, jukebox, book, pop/rock

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Key stage 3 Dance and Musical Theatre Club

HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING

Ask them what they think about specific performances? Why was it created? What does it represent? Is there a message behind the performance? What genres of performance do they prefer and why? Ask them to consider using subject specific vocabulary when discussing their favourite performances with you.
Encourage them to follow official profiles of the performers/plays/musicals they study on social media.

WHERE TO GO:

Visit Theatres (Liverpool Empire/Liverpool Playhouse/Liverpool Philharmonic/Manchester Opera House/Manchester Palace/Salford Lowry

WHAT TO WATCH:

Live Musicals – Billy Elliot/Shrek/The Newsies/Hamilton
Sky Arts Channel:
Young Dancer of the Year
Playhouse Presents
Great West End Theatres
The Elaine Paige Show
Music Icons
Why Do We Dance?

WHAT TO READ:

Rudolf Nureyev: The Life
Taking Flight – Michaela DePrince
The Young Actors Handbook
National Theatre Monologues

ONLINE:

National Theatre  
Digital Theatre Plus  
British Library  
https://www.abtt.org.uk/  
The British Voice Association 
Contact Theatre Manchester  
Candoco Dance Company  
Dance Consortium

FUTURE CAREERS:

Dancer, Singer, Actor, West End Performer, Community Artist, Choreographer, Drama Therapist, Theatre Director, Arts Administrator, Broadcast Presenter, Film Director, Teacher, Special Effects Technician, Talent Agent, Costume Designer, Lighting & Sound Designer/Technician/Stage Make-Up/Voice Over/ Entertainer/ Screen Writer/Producer/Playwright.

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Performing Arts Learning Journey

Jul 24
We are now on Instagram 🙌 @uhhspepa like, share and follow for all our faculty updates 👏 https://t.co/OIAKjpFFtS
Jun 27
What a Sunday of success for PE alumni! Harry Coppell crowned British Champion in Pole Vault & making his way to To… https://t.co/VfZ2gbXmrm
Jun 22
An amazing night with Y7 for TOP TUESDAY! Singers, dancers, musicians…Olympic opening ceremony here we come 💃🎤🎸 https://t.co/B4wOAx9Sfe
Jun 16
Our year 10 GCSE & BTEC students have recently showcased their talents in a concert to KS3 and primary schools. You… https://t.co/WhctkOmuMT
Jun 15
Jack B Y10 represented UHHS in the Lancashire School Games Javelin competition on Saturday. Jack achieved 2nd place… https://t.co/Wt4b1KRVEx