|Miss S. MacPherson||Performing Arts Teacher|
Key Stage 3
Students are introduced to drama conventions these are used to create effective performances. They will work in groups using their creative talents to organize and develop a number of different performance pieces. They are given the opportunity to develop a number of social skills, these include, communication skills, negotiation skills, respect and self-confidence, as well as specific drama skills, for example improvisation, freeze frames and character work. Pupils work individually and collaboratively to learn how to evaluate their own work and the work of others. Students are assessed every term.
A look behind Stanislavski’s Method Acting techniques using the pretext of the students very own Spy School. Students train to be MI6 agents, discover how to create new identities and use Stanislavski’s method acting techniques to do it.
Students will develop an awareness of how to create atmosphere. Deepen understanding of how to develop characters and use spontaneous improvisation. Building learning Power strategies of resourcefulness and reciprocity.
Students will be producing a comedy skit based upon slap-stick. Students will explore muscle memory and facial expressions as well as extending their understanding of mime, by developing a longer performance focussing on space, gesture, facial expressions, organisation and flow of piece.
Key Stage 4
BTEC Level 2 Award in Performing Arts (Acting)
The BTEC Level 2 Award covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the performing arts industry. The BTEC Award is equivalent to one GCSE. The BTEC offers an engaging programme for those who are interested in further study and employment in performing arts. As there is no exam, you will demonstrate understanding of topics in a practical way, evidencing your work to create a portfolio for each unit. During the modules, you will go on trips out of school to further your knowledge of the performing arts industry. Trips to theatres and other performing arts venues are part of the course and independent research forms a large chunk of the work carried out. Employers value employees who are able to communicate effectively both verbally and using electronic communication methods.
This qualification also provides opportunities for learners to develop their communication skills as they progress through the course. This can be achieved through presentations and classroom discussions where you will have the opportunity to express opinion.
The BTEC course is split over three units:
UNIT 1 - Acting Skills
This unit is all about starting you on a journey to become a professional actor. You will be introduced to important acting skills and will learn about the specific demands that acting makes on your body and mind. In particular, you will undertake a programme of regular exercises to help you master the techniques that will enable you to control and use your voice and body to communicate a character or role.
UNIT 2- Preparation, Production, Performance
In this unit you will learn how to develop a performance piece as a member of ‘Worden’s performance company’. You will take on a specific performing or production role and will prepare for, and produce, a performance by carrying out tasks that are appropriate to your role. The performers and production team will have to work together to explore, develop and shape ideas for the performance. All of your hard work will be paid off when you present your performance to an audience.
UNIT 3 - Showcase
Securing work and training opportunities in the performing arts will require you to be able to promote yourself effectively in a range of situations. First impressions matter, so it is crucial that you are able to recognise and promote your skills with confidence and clarity. This unit covers what to include in a letter of application and how to prepare audition pieces.