Performing Arts - KS3

WHO’S WHO?

Progress Leader: Mrs M Callaghan/Mrs S. McKay

Teaching Staff: Mrs M Callaghan

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 3: Darkwood Manor
Project 4: Bugsy Malone

* Develop atmosphere through soundscapes
* Using poetry as a stimulus in drama
* Learn about abstract performance
* Develop ensemble skills in performance

* Explore the use of comedy in performance

Summer
Project 4: Introduction to Drama/Dance Techniques
Project 5: Matilda
* Develop devising skills and explore the role of the director
* Develop critical analysis skills using Performing Arts vocabulary
* Develop musical theatre skills and combine the disciplines of performing arts

YEAR 8



Autumn
Don’t Blame Facebook * Explore ‘Theatre to Educate”
* Show empathy through creative work
* Embed the use of a wide variety of drama skills & techniques
* 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
Willy Russell Plays* Develop an ensemble piece embedding musical theatre knowledge
* 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
Drama Skills & Techniques* Embed devising skills in drama
* Create emotive and powerful performances
* Use real life situations to create drama
* Develop leadership/director skills
* Understand audience perspectives and explore staging/blocking and technical elements of drama
Spring
Dance Skills & Techniques* Embed choreography skills
* Explore partner work experimenting choreographic devices
* Perform choreographed work demonstrating ability to work from a theme/brief
* 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 of different styles and decades
* Explore singing as an ensemble
* Gain knowledge and understanding of different theatre practitioners and roles within the theatre

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

Jun 21
Well done to all students who participated in the Super 8s Athletics competition this evening. Some brilliant indiv… https://t.co/HAZmZ6u0Ri
Jun 21
On Friday our fantastic band and choir attended Newfold Summer Festival and provided some wonderful entertainment f… https://t.co/Jg5vFgdYMq
Jun 17
St Thomas the Martyr Primary School were worthy winners at our Primary Football Festival yesterday. They will play… https://t.co/Vw5OycVye2
Jun 16
A fantastic game of Rugby played against OLQP tonight. Up Holland were the eventual winners 36-24. Well done to all… https://t.co/6mjB6tlimB