Performing Arts: Musical Theatre

Performing Arts runs for GCSE students (Year 10 and Year 11).  Click on the links below to jump to a particular Year Group:

 

Year 10 (exam board: Edexcel)

Autumn Term

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts (30%)

Component 2 Developing Skills and Techniques in Performing Arts (30%):

We have 3 specialist teachers for the 3 areas (dance, drama, singing – which we call the 3 disciplines). The first two units are taught together so that students can combine personal skill development (component 2) with analysis of professional works (component 2). We use Sweet Charity, Billy Elliot and West Side Story musicals for close study, including learning extracts from those for the students to perform.

Students begin the course by evaluating their current skills in drama, dance and singing. During the first year of the course they set targets for improvement and take part in workshops designed to build those skills. These workshops culminate in a performance combining all three areas. During this autumn term they will have base line assessments so they we and they can monitor their progress. These are arranged by their separate teachers across the 3 disciplines

After autumn half term the students will be given their logbooks and research journals which will be ongoing work throughout the first year. The early stages of this component will involve whole class exploration and research. This will involve self-evaluation and target setting for component 2, and research data gathering for component 1. Students have to organise their work so that the online journal and logbook can be worked on at home as well as at school. This will either involve cloud storage or careful use of a memory stick.

The Billy Elliot research journal will be completed by the end of term.

 

Spring Term

Students will continue to develop personal performance skills, recording progress in their logbook, as well as performing extracts from the 3 musicals. By this stage students will have learnt how the different professionals work individually and together to create a variety of works, but importantly they will continue to explore these works – and others – in a practical manner. Towards the end of the term students will take part in a formal assessed performance of extracts from their set musicals.

The Sweet Charity research journal will be completed by February half term.

 

Summer Term

The West Side Story research journal will be completed 2 weeks after Easter. Students continue with components 1 and 2, with a final hand-in of their written work by May half term.

Students then need to prepare for a presentation to staff on what they have learnt about the processes in musical theatres, using evidence from their research journals, as well as video evidence of professional shows. They will be guided in preparation for this.

Presentations happen in the week beginning 2nd July.

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Year 11

Half Term 1 (September – October)

Unit 2 – Preparation, Performance and Production
This unit gives the class a chance to work together as a performance company to prepare a full length musical theatre work for live performance.

In this unit students will;

  1. Take part in preparations for a live musical theatre performance
  2. Demonstrate performance skills and techniques in live performance

The performance and production teams work together to explore, develop and shape ideas for the performance to ensure that everything is ready for opening night.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Controlled Assessment Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

 

Half Term 2 (November – December)

Continuing work on Unit 2 – Preparation, Performance and Production

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Controlled Assessment Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

 

Half Term 3 (January – February)

Unit 1 – Individual Showcase (Externally assessed unit)
In this unit students learn how to promote themselves effectively in a range of situations. First impressions matter, so it is crucial that students are able to recognise and promote their skills with confidence and clarity.

In this unit students will;

  1. Understand the skills required for a particular progression opportunity e.g. education
  2. Present a self-promotional response to the progression opportunity

Students prepare a letter of application and 2 audition pieces that successfully demonstrate their relevant skills and knowledge.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: No
Controlled Assessment Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

 

Half Term 4 (March – April)

Continuing work on Unit 1 – Individual Showcase

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: Yes
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Controlled Assessment Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

 

Half Term 5 (April – May)

Continuing work on Unit 1 – Individual Showcase

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: Yes
Internal Common Assessment: No
Controlled Assessment Deadline this H/T: Yes
Field Trips/Visits: No

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