Head of Department

Ms J McSheffrey

Powerful Knowledge

Powerful Knowledge in Performing Arts is the exploration of three Art forms; Music; Dance and Drama and the development of artistic skills, which enables learners to become curious and creative individuals, equipped with the necessary life skills to be good citizens.

Curriculum Intent

The Performing Arts is a learning area that comprises of three related but distinct art forms Music, Dance and Drama.  Whilst often used in interrelated ways, each art form involves different approaches to arts practice and critical and creative thinking that reflect distinct bodies of knowledge, understanding and skills. The curriculum at Kingsway examines past, current and emerging arts practices in each art form across a range of cultures and places.

Each subject focuses on its own practices, terminology and unique ways of looking at the world:

  • In Dance, students use the body to communicate and express meaning through purposeful movement. Dance practice integrates choreography, performance, and appreciation of and responses to dance and dance making.
  • In Drama, students explore various situations and plays thinking what it is like when you put yourself in ‘someone else’s shoes’ and represent emotions and stories through the use of physical and vocal skills
  • In Music, students listen to, compose and perform music from a diverse range of styles, traditions and contexts. They create, shape and share sounds in time and space and critically analyse music. Music practice is aurally based and focuses on acquiring and using knowledge, understanding and skills about music and musicians.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

At Key Stage 3 students are taught Music, Dance and Drama as part of a Performing Arts’ curriculum. They have four lessons a fortnight.

Each year has a particular focus:

Year 7: Learning the basic skills & techniques to structure a piece of Dance, Drama or Music

This is an introduction to Arts. One of the foci of the year is to provide a practical platform for students to develop their Personal and Thinking Skills such as creative thinking and working as a team. It is about developing a student’s confidence as well introducing them to the subjects of Dance, Music and Drama. Basic techniques such as Singing, role play, unison and contrast (Dance) are taught.

Year 8: Developing understanding and use of subject specific styles

We aim to recall and rebuild on the skills learnt in Year 7. The processes students go through to make a piece of dance or drama is made more apparent. Students are also introduced to more styles of theatre and music and the professional work of subject practitioners. Opportunities for Student Leadership is available in most lessons. Some students will develop these leadership skills towards an Arts Award. This is a national qualification offered by the Arts' Council.

Year 9: Developing an appreciation of Professional Works

Pupils will be exposed to more professional work and tasks will demand pupils to think about the creative intentions of the pieces. Pupils’ work will replicate and develop from these pieces. This year forms part of the building blocks towards potential study at Key Stage 4.

Year 7 Curriculum
Half Term 1: Communication

Team Work

Building, structuring and participating in a Dance, a piece of Drama and ensemble singing
Half Term 2: Communication

Mime - Including the History of Mime and appreciation of professional artists

Charlie Chaplin - Use of characterisation and gesture in dance

Rhythm - Use of Rhythm grids
Half Term 3: Fantasy, Myths and Legends

‘The Bogey Man’ - Creating a Narrative Dance‘

The Practical Princess’ - Use of narrator.

Physical Theatre
The Orchestra
Half Term 4: Fantasy, Myths and Legends

The Incas - Learning to develop movement material to make a group dance

Greek Theatre - Ensemble work.

Use of voice

Introduction to Music Notation
Half Term 5: Past, Present and Future

Medieval Times - the exploration of Dance and Drama based in this era and creation of a performance piece

Pop Music - identifying music from different eras
Half Term 6: Past, Present and Future

Space - development of a dance based on the theme.

Making a character

Programme Music - developing a piece of music to represent a time or a place
Year 8 Curriculum
Term 1: School Life Music: Minimalism

Music - identifying and creating music motifs

Dance - creating a motif based on school life

Drama - exploring the play ‘Our Day Out’
Term 2: Musical Theatre

Exploring the history of musicals, including the appreciation of professional repertoire

Learning a dance, scene, song from well known musicals

Exploring the cultural and social context of the pieces
Term 3: Physical Theatre

Music: Chords and Harmony
Using repertoire from professional theatre companies, developing skills and techniques of Physical Theatre and applying it to our own pieces

Music - playing chords and harmonising music
Year 9 Curriculum
Term 1:

Appreciation of Styles and Professional Works
Term 2:

Appreciation of Styles and Professional works
Term 3:

Appreciation of Styles and Professional Works
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