KEY STAGE 3​

Here at Kingsmeadow the Creative Arts department is vibrant and alive with enthusiastic students. We hold a variety of events throughout the year allowing students to showcase their talents and shine!

 

Students study Music and Drama on a rotating basis in 6-week blocks.

All students will have an opportunity to take part in the Creative Arts curriculum. Through our subject we will aim to look at new skills that will equip students to access the KS4 BTEC course that we offer. Drama techniques, employability and life skills like, communication and confidence are an integral part of our course.

Through the medium of music, drama, script work, musical theatre and explorative drama strategies students will grow and become familiar with the wonderful world of culture, the theatre and beyond.

Students study the following units in year 7:

 

  • Unit 1: Basic Drama Skills - understanding the concepts of explorative strategies like, freeze frame, narration, roll on the wall, hot seating  and soundscapes. 

  • Unit 2: Mime - to define and demonstrate facial expressions, gesture, body language and communicating a thought or feeling through physicality and movement. 

  • Unit 3: The Titanic - generating ideas through improvisation to devise performance pieces around the story of The Titanic. 

 

Students will be graded in one of the following categories for each performance, composition and written test:

B1, B2, B3, D1, D2, D3, S1, S2, S3, E1, E2, E3

 

Students study the following units in year 8: 

 

  • Unit 1:  Commedia Dell’Arte - Students discover the world of Commedia,  Pantomime and the history of early theatre. Developing characters and improv techniques.

  • Unit 2:  Murder Mystery - Students generate and formulate ideas embedding drama techniques, whilst discovering who did it? 

  • Unit 3:  World War 1 Poetry - Students study a variety of poetry. Using drama techniques to present their interpretation of material. Some may be performed in our showcases.

 

Students will be graded in one of the following categories for each performance, composition and written test:

B1, B2, B3, D1, D2, D3, S1, S2, S3, E1, E2, E3

 

KEY STAGE 4

In Key Stage 4 students receive two hours a week of BTEC Performing Arts Acting. In those two hours students will develop skills in the following areas:

  • communication skills;

  • voice (breath control, projection and articulation),

  • movement (coordination, awareness of surroundings, pace and facial expression / body language),

  • proxemics (relationships on stage),

  • script work (performing a character).

  • set design / costumes / props

  • drama strategies, techniques and medium.

The course is a 120 guided learning hour qualification (equivalent in teaching time to one GCSE).

 

Students follow one core component which is externally assessed and two internally assessed units.

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts  (Internally assessed)

 

 In this component students will develop their understanding of acting by examining the work of existing practitioners and the processes used to create performance. Students should experience a range of work across the discipline of acting by viewing recorded and/or live work.

 

Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts (Internally assessed)

 

This component is designed to give students a practical overview of the skills, techniques and knowledge required for the discipline of acting. Students will develop and apply techniques to the rehearsal and performance process. They will develop technical, stylistic and interpretative skills in relation to published plays. An ongoing review of the skills and techniques gained in rehearsal and performance is essential for students to gain a deeper understanding of their abilities and progression opportunities. They will learn many useful transferable skills, including teamwork, leadership and communication. This component links to Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts and Component 3: Performing to a Brief.

 

Unit 3: Performing to a Brief (Externally assessed)

 

This component asks students to draw on the knowledge and skills they have developed throughout the course and apply them in response to an assessment task brief. The development of acting skills covered within Component 2 will aid their understanding of the skills and techniques they will need to select and apply during the initial ideas stages, the rehearsal process and the final performance within this component. Students will mainly participate in collaborative creative work, developing their ability to work as a part of group as well as individually contributing to the creation of a workshop performance. Evaluation activities through group discussion and feedback on performance work will aid the development of analysis and evaluative skills. Practice at taking notes after acting tasks will develop their note-taking skills and prepare them for the final supervised assessment.

Students will be graded at Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction, Level 2 Distinction *, Level 1 and Unclassified.

Here at Kingsmeadow the Creative Arts department is vibrant and alive with enthusiastic students. We hold a variety of events throughout the year allowing students to showcase their talents and shine!

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