Dance

Aims of the subject:

To provide pupils with a creative learning experience that will give them the confidence to flourish as individuals and hands on experience of the Performing Arts industry.

GCSE Examination Board: Pearson

Assessment Overview: Components 1 and 2 are assessed through internal assessment. Internal assessment for these components has been designed to relate to achievement of application of the conceptual underpinning for the sector through realistic tasks and activities. Internal assessment is through assignments that are subject to external standards verification.

Component 3 that provides the main synoptic assessment for the qualification. Component 3 builds directly on Components 1 and 2 and enables learning to be brought together and related to a real-life situation. The external assessment takes the form of a set task/external assessment taken under supervised conditions, which is then marked and a grade awarded by Pearson.

 

Year What will I learn? Assessment
10 Term 1: Component 1- Exploring the Performing Arts

I will develop my understanding of the performing arts by examining practitioners’ work and the processes used to create performance. I will develop transferable skills, such as research and communication, which will support my progression to Level 2 or 3 vocational or academic qualifications.

Term 2: Component 2- Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts

I will develop my performing arts skills and techniques through the reproduction of acting, dance and/or musical theatre repertoire as performers or designers. Working as a performer or designer I will apply skills, techniques and practices that enable me to produce and interpret performance work. I will communicate intentions to an audience through a variety of disciplines such as through performing or designing in any performance style from acting, dance or musical theatre.

Term 3: Component 2 Continued- Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts

In this component, I will develop performing or design skills and techniques. I will have the opportunity to specialise as a performer or designer in one or more of the following disciplines: acting, dance, musical theatre. I will take part in workshops and classes where I will develop technical, practical and interpretative skills through the rehearsal and performance process. I will work from existing performing arts repertoire, applying relevant skills and techniques to reproduce performance or design elements of the work.

Pupils will be assessed on different learning aims through a series of theory and practical coursework tasks.

Learning Aims:

A Examine professional practitioners’ performance work.

B Explore the interrelationships between constituent features of existing performance material.

Pupils will be assessed on different learning aims through a series of theory and practical coursework tasks.

Learning Aims:

A Develop skills and techniques for performance

B Apply skills and techniques in rehearsal and performance.

C Review own development and contribution to the performance.

11 Term 1, 2 and 3: Component 3- Responding to a Brief

I will be given the opportunity to work as part of a group to contribute to a workshop performance as either a performer or designer in response to a given brief and stimulus. In this component, I will have the opportunity to respond to a brief. I will be given a brief that outlines the performance and design requirements and that asks me to consider my target audience and to start the creative process by using the given stimulus included in the brief. Working as part of a group, I will develop your ideas for a workshop performance and apply my skills and techniques to communicate my creative intentions to my audience. The performance or design skills I will use will vary depending on features such as my selected performance discipline and the content of the work, my venue and target audience. The work may involve improvisation, vocal work, movement techniques or assisting with audience involvement. The group performance may involve some solo or small-group work or it may be an ensemble piece. I will have the opportunity to inform the performance using existing or newly developed skills, in performing or designing and adapting them to suit the performance.

Pupils will be assessed on different assessment objectives through a series of theory and practical coursework tasks.

Assessment Objectives:

AO1 Understand how to respond to a brief

AO2 Select and develop skills and techniques in response to a brief

AO3 Apply skills and techniques in a workshop performance in response to a brief

AO4 Evaluate the development process and outcome in response to a brief

Extra-curricular opportunities

The Dance department run after school sessions on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and every week to give all BTEC students access to equipment and materials when doing homework tasks and/or catching up with work and meeting deadlines.

How you can support your child’s progress

Please be aware that students will be given homework tasks, all of which are an important element of the course. We would be grateful if you could support your child when completing these and bringing them into school on time for the deadlines. A minimal amount of equipment will be needed at home but it is important that students have black leggings and The Deanery Dance t-shirt.