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Movement & Performing Arts

Dance

Key Stage 3:

Dance is taught as part of the extra curricular programme at KS3 level and within Physical Education lessons. The Drama Department also teaches a Scheme of Work using movement and dance as part of its Shakespearian work.

What do pupils learn in KS3?

Key Stage 4:

AQA GCSE Dance. Pupils opting for GCSE Dance study an eclectic mix of dance genres and choreographers. Work undertaken is complimented and informed by frequent visits to the theatre to see live, professional dance works. Pupils learn how to perform, compose and appreciate dance through practical and theory-based lessons.

Sixth Form:

Dance is studied at AS and A2 Level (AQA) and forms part of the AS/A2 performance studies course (OCR). Students study a diverse range of dance styles from contact improvisation to African and practical work is informed through academic study of professional dance works and the contexts from which they derive. Students are taught to develop their compositional, performance and appreciation skills and are taught to consider the social/historical relevance of the works studied. Studies are supported by lessons which explore the role of the dancing body, its anatomy and physiology as well as the physical and psychological limitations on the body.


Drama

Drama

Key Stage 3:

KS3 Drama lessons are divided into modules and aim to develop the pupils' theatre skills as well as giving them the opportunity to grow in understanding of themselves and the world around them. At the end of each term, pupils carry out a practical assessment as well as a formal practical examination at the end of the academic year; this enables teachers to gauge the individual pupils’ progress. Pupils are taught in their mixed ability forms.

What do pupils learn in KS3?

Key Stage 4:

Pupils study EDUQAS GCSE Drama. A large amount of the work will be practical and will include: devising drama, texts in practice, technical workshops, mime, movement, voice and speech work. The scheme of assessment comprises 60% practical work and 40% written examination. The practical work consists of a devised piece and a portfolio that is internally assessed and externally moderated. As well as the performance of two scripted extracts which is externally assessed. The written examination consists of two sections that explore their understanding of drama, exploration of a set play studied and the work of theatre makers in a live production seen. Visits to the theatre both locally and in London are an important and enjoyable part of the course. We also aim to offer pupils the experience of professional theatre workshops at some point during the course.

Sixth Form:

Drama and Theatre follows the EDEXCEL Specification and is a natural progression from GCSE Drama. This course encompasses both theoretical and practical aspects of Drama and gives students a good balance between physical performance and academic written work. The scheme of assessment comprises 60% practical work and 40% written examination. This course is firmly rooted in creativity, sensitivity and the development of critical and communication skills. It is designed for students who want a deeper understanding of drama and are interested in studying plays, looking at the work of influential theatre practitioners, analysing live theatre performance and creating performance work of their own.


Music

Key Stage 3:

In Music lessons the three integrated areas of listening, performing and composing provide the focus of all curriculum activities. Key Stage 3 lessons involve the use of the very latest music software to assist pupil learning in all areas of the topics covered. The department has a dedicated Music ICT area that has been purpose built to meet the needs of all who study Music. Extra-curricular activities flourish, all students are actively encouraged to become involved in the many instrumental and vocal ensembles that run every lunchtime. Many of our students learn music from the large team of Bromley Youth Music Trust appointed peripatetic staff.

What do pupils learn in KS3?

Physical Education

PE

Key Stage 3:

  • Year 7 and 8 are set into ability groups after an initial half term assessment. Pupils follow a programme of physical activities which suit their ability levels. Each activity pupils participate in will be carried out for a duration of 4 weeks. Activities include football, netball, basketball, gymnastics, fitness, hockey, trampolining, swimming, handball, cricket, rounders and athletics.
  • In Year 9 the curriculum is personalised to suit the strengths of each individual with pupils allocated to a pathway which will enhance their learning. These include male games, female games, mixed games, creative, mind & body and alternative. Within these lessons pupils could be doing similar sports but with more of a leadership focus. Other sports they may compete in are yoga, badminton, aerobics and cheerleading.
What do we learn in KS3

Key Stage 4:

From Year 10, we offer the opportunity for pupils to choose a GCSE in Physical Education (AQA) or to follow a BTEC Sport qualification. All pupils also receive one hour of Core Physical Education a week during which pupils have a lot more scope to choose their own activities in which to participate.

Sixth Form:


AQA A Level Physical Education is offered as well as BTEC National Level 3 in Sport Extended Certificate (EdExcel).

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