KS3 Learning

Throughout Expressive Arts we aim to offer a full range of support in Music, Drama and Dance. This support spans all years from 7 up to cohort 11, with the My Learning Choices playing a huge part in learners individually excelling. We have specifically created designs of learning for cohorts 7 and 8 In order to support individual as well as group exploration and development, so that we can encourage learner’s personal enthusiasm in the Arts. We are emphasising the importance of self-discovery and learning through personal interests.

Within this two year journey learners can expect; to be intrigued, experiment their way through varying degrees of success, work in a variety of groups and lead their own learning path. Learners can also rely on the support and facilitation of the specialist teachers within the subjects’ three areas, Music, Drama and Dance.

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At Honywood we explore a wide range of Dance, Drama and Music within Expressive Arts. Cohorts 7 and 8 have the opportunity to discover through practical workshops the techniques, creative approaches, history and theory that enable dancers, musicians and actors to excel both individually and as part of a group. Each group will rotate throughout dance, drama and music experiences throughout the two years with each Design for Learning being purposefully designed through the lens of the My Learning Attributes. By the end of Cohort 8 every learner will have discovered how each of the eight MLAs are support progress in the world of Expressive Arts. We pride ourselves in giving learners a huge amount of choice in how they approach their sessions and ensure that as well as the performance careers within the arts, the thousands of behind-the-scenes roles such as producers, lighting technicians, choreographers,

Within this two year journey learners can expect; to be intrigued, experiment their way through varying degrees of success, work in a variety of groups and lead their own learning path. Learners can also rely on the support and facilitation of the specialist teachers within the subjects’ three areas, Music, Drama and Dance.

GCSE Dance

Exam board: AQA
Grades available – 9-1

 

What skills will learners develop and demonstrate?

The course is structured so that the emphasis is on a practical basis. Learners will develop the skills of performing as well as being a critic to a variety of dance styles but mainly Contemporary.  Learners will also study different aspects of the world of dance looking at topics from choreography to whole performance cultural influences.

They will have three learning sessions per two week cycle, these will include both practical and theory content.

Each practical session will be developing their dance skills, ability to analyse as well as broadening their individual knowledge of the subject.

Theory will include research on practitioners, different works and the development of a learners own choreography.

Prior experience in dance is not a necessity, you will however need an interest and enthusiasm for the subject and your development within it.

The course can be tailored to help individuals excel in all areas of being a dancer, it will inevitably build on live performance ability and evaluative skills.

To succeed youngsters need excellent attendance, punctuality and will need to remember kit in order to take part in practical sessions.

 

How will learners be assessed?

GCSE Dance is based on the following four units:

• Component 1: 60% of course

Performance – Set Dance by exam board – The development of two solo Contemporary dance pieces.

Performance – Performance in a duo/group dance. The development of a group dance piece.

Choreography

a) Choreography A solo choreography.
or
b) Choreography A solo or group choreography.

You will be expected to perform at least four group dances and two solo dances.

• Component 2: 40% of course

Critical Appreciation of Dance A. Written paper based on critical appreciation of six dance works. This is an hour and a half written exam.

There are some written elements such as evaluations, research and investigations. The main written assessment is through the written, critical analysis exam for component 2.

The practical performance will also be assessed continually during sessions as it is key to see learners dance ability develop through the course.

What could this course lead to in the future?

• To have a career in education, careers related to Dance, Performing Arts, Musical Theatre and performing arts business.
• Increase youngsters confidence and self-esteem
• Employ the skills of problem solving and creativity
• To access higher and further education courses at college or university.
• To keep fit and healthy.

 

 

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