Performing Arts

Big Question:
What value does Performing Arts have to our lives?

Learning Intentions:
Year 7

  • Students will explore how improvisation and characterisation can be used to develop and express ideas.
  • Students will explore how the elements of dance can be used to create and present ideas in order to express ourselves.

Year 8

  • Students will discover how dramatic elements, techniques and conventions can be used in creating a piece of drama.
  • Students will explore how the elements of dance can be used to create and present ideas in order to express ourselves.

The Performing Arts programme has been developed so students get a general exposure to the elements of dance and drama, with an emphasis on “expressing ourselves”.

Within this context Year 7’s explore improvisation and characterisation with a focus on developing skills that can be transferred to every facet of their life.

Year 8’s consolidate their understanding of the elements of drama and learn to use them to create their own dramas. They explore in greater depth the techniques employed by actors, using both their voices and bodies to enhance storytelling.

Both Year 7 and 8’s explore a variety of dance genres and gain an appreciation for the value that dance has to our cultural lives.

The term’s unit for both year groups culminates in a “showcase” in which the students present their learning through self devised performances. During this process they develop and share ideas (Curriculum link: Developing Ideas), learn the craft of performance (Curriculum link: Developing Practical Knowledge in Drama) and have a vehicle to express themselves (Curriculum link: Communicating and Interpreting).
They are also learning the value of self discipline, listening and collaborative skills as they prepare their items with their groups. Children develop all the Key Competencies (managing self, thinking, relating to others, participating and contributing and using language, symbols and texts) during this process and it is reflected directly in the level of success they achieve.