Teaching & Learning

Performing Arts

Whatever your hand finds to do, do with your might.

Ecclesiastes 9:10

Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!

Psalm 150:3, 6

curriculum intent

The Performing Arts Department is a vibrant and energetic department, which develops a creative and disciplined approach to the study of Drama, Theatre and Music through a combination of practical and written activities.

Study of Drama, and indeed the Arts, not only enriches knowledge and understanding of a variety of playwrights and theatre practitioners, but also develops the emotional intelligence of the students, producing well-rounded individuals. Students gain a knowledge and understanding of Drama as an Art form, yet also develop skills in leadership, communication, time management, organisation, creativity and self-discipline – all of which will assist students in a variety of career paths. Consequently, Drama is delivered to all students in Year 7 and 8, and as an Option in Year 9 and at Key Stage 4 and 5. 

Through music, we aim:

  • To create an environment that encourages enthusiasm, a desire for learning music, developing our God given talents and achieving success which is for life. 
  • To provide a musical education for all pupils, irrespective of their gender, race, social class, culture or any special need. 
  • To enable pupils to use music as a medium for building confidence, expression and a sense of fulfilment in their wider experiences.
  • To develop personal and social skills, through persistence in practicing and group co-operation in ensembles
  • To foster a sense of responsibility, self-respect and respect for others, leading to a positive contribution to Society.
  • To encourage creativity and self-expression in music, with potential for transferrable skills in building on ideas.
  • To experience musical styles from many cultures from around the world, embracing the diversity and respecting the differences.

To use the mediums of Listening and appraising, along with performing and composing to learn how music is relevant to every culture and influences each age

curriculum overview: drama and performing arts

 

Year 7 Drama

Year 8 Drama

Year 9 Drama

Year 10 VCERT Perf Skills- Unit 1

Year 10 GCSE Drama

Year 11 VCERT

Perf Skills- Unit 2

HT1

An introduction to Drama Adverts · Trust · Team Work · Still Image · Drama Rules

Elements of Theatre History · Greek theatre · Shakespeare · Marking the Moment Scripted Performance

Pressures (Devised) · Freeze Frames · Script · Responding to stimuli Improvised Performances. Written Progress review 1.

Performance roles, responsibilities, skills and qualities in the performance industry

Intro to Course · Drama Skills · Team Building Introduce ‘The Crucible’ Understanding the Play and Characters Practitioner Ref-Stanislavski

LO1: Understand and respond to a live performance production brief

HT2

Pantomime · Stimulus · Rehearsal Skills Improvised performance Assessed.

Oliver Twist (Responding to Stimulus) · Improvisation · Devised Performance Assessment.

Blood Brothers (Script) · Performing to an audience · Characterisation · Hot seating · Group and duo work Scripted Extracts to be Assessed. Written Progress review 2

Performance Industry -national organisations related to employment in the performing arts industry.

Mock Component 2- Devising text Intro Devising And Log Practitioner ref-Brecht Immigration Skills for devising Log

LO2: Understand planning, pre-production and promotion of live performance productions

 

HT3

Anti-Bullying- Abi’s Story/Song Stimulus/Party scenarios · Creating and imagining · Characterisation · Forum Theatre · Response to stimulus · Non-verbal performance Improvised Assessments Assessed.

Brecht-The Threepenny Opera · Continuation of Brecht · Abstract Performance

Written Progress/MYE review 3

Hillsborough (Improvised) · Anti-social behaviour · Hooliganism. · Responding to stimulus · Devised performance to be assessed

Performers-

Investigate the promotion behind performers in the Industry.

MYE: Mock Comp 2 Performance · Devising Logs: Theory and Practical · Return to The Crucible: Theory and Practical

LO3: Understand rehearsal and development of material as a performer for a live performance production

 

HT4

 

Battle cries · Confrontation · Whole class improvisation · Role Play · Duologue Devised Performance Assessment.

Mother Courage and Her Children (Brecht) · Stylised performance · Bridging GCSE skills Scripted Year 9 practical Assessment

Production planning-

Roles and responsibilities

Production practices.

Component 1 prep 2 weeks of prep for ‘Splendid’ performance Prepare Question for section c of Comp 1 Week 4 Introduce Mock Comp 3

LO4: Understand how to present live performance productions to an audience

 

HT5

Script Harry Potter.

Introduction to Practitioners

Scripted performances Assessed.

 End of year 7 performance Exam.

The Riots· Proxemics · Subtext Thematic Performance.

Social Theatre

Game Over-

Devised · Computer safety Stimulus · Staging Set Improvised performances

Rehearsal-

Exploring the rehearsal processes in performance.

Continued Mock Comp 3 Text in Practice -The Crucible, Practitioner Reference- Stanislavski - Mock Practical Exam.

LO5: Understand how to review live performance productions Exam Preparation

 

HT6

 

7 Ages of man · Still Images · Responding to stimuli · TIE Devised Performance Assessment.

The Crucible (Devised) · Thematic exploration, · Persecution · Hysteria · Historical Context. Devised Performances.

Planning of a Performance. Performance in preparation

Prepare for Unit 2 of Performance Skills.

EOY Exam: Comp 1 Full Paper Commence Comp 2: Devising Drama

 

 

 

Year 11 GCSE Drama

Year 12 Perf Arts Btec

Year 12 A Level Drama and Theatre

Year 13 Perf Arts Btec

Year 13 A Level Drama and Theatre

HT1

Practical: Comp 2: Devising

Watch: Oresteia

Theory: Comp 1

Unit 1:

Investigating Practitioners work.

Component 1:

Drama and Theatre Section A Begin teaching selected set text, Antigone

Unit 3:

Group Performance Workshop

Prep for PPE

Component 2:

Creating Original Drama

Devising practical work

Practitioner focus.

HT2

Practical: Comp 2: Theory: Comp 2 Devising Log

Comp 1/Mock Exam

 Devising

 

Unit 2:

Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance

Mock Component 2:

Creating Original Drama

Devising Practical work

Working Notebooks

Unit 3:

Group Performance Workshop

Component 2:

Creating Original Drama

Practical performance exam.

Component 1:Drama and Theatre Recap Section A –Antigone

HT3

Practical: Comp 3: Texts in Practice

Theory: Comp 1

Unit 1:

Investigating Practitioners Work

Component 1:

Drama and Theatre Section C

Live Theatre Review

Written Exam

Unit 19:

Acting Styles

Component 3:

Making Theatre

 Extract 1- (Group Ensemble/Duo)

Extract 2-(Monologues)

HT4

Practical: Comp 3: Texts in Practice: EXAM Watch: Metamorphosis

Theory: Comp 1

Unit 2:

Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance

Component 1:

Drama and Theatre Section B

Second set text ‘Metamorphosis’

Mock Component 3-

1 st and 2nd script  Extracts

Unit 3:

Group Performance Workshop

Component 3:

Making Theatre

 Extract 3- (Group Ensemble)

Practical Exam Performance.

HT5

Theory: Comp 1 17th May: COMP 1 EXAM

Unit 1:

Investigating Practitioners Work

Mock Component 3-

3rd Extract practical Mock Exam

Unit 19:

Acting Styles

Component 1:

 Written Exam Revision

HT6

 

Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance

Component 1: PPE Prep

Written paper

 

 

 Drama Knowledge Books can be found below:

Year 7

Year 8 

Year 9 

Year 10 

 

curriculum overview: music

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

HT1

Rhythm

Rhythmic notation and performance.

Project on Rap music.

World Music 1

African Rhythms, Gaelic Jig & Reel & Spanish Flamenco. Projects in these styles.

Solo Instrument study

Chosen instrument or voice leading to a performance piece.

Concerto Through Time

Baroque/Classical/Romantic styles with the Concerto.

(AoS 2)

Music from Africa and South America

Features of the style and technical language. Composition project. (AoS 3)

HT2

Melody

Staff notation and performance based on ‘Love me Tender’.

Project on melodic composition.

World Music 2

Indian Raga & Tala, Latin Samba, Indonesian Gamelan, & Caribbean Calypso. Projects in these styles.

Song writing

Construction techniques.

Performing Songs

Learn to use music software.

Film Music

Analysing moods created using musical language. Composition project.

(AoS 4)

Pop Ballads 1970’s/1980’s/1990’s

Features of the style and ensemble performances

(AoS 5)

HT3

Musical Timbre

Instruments of the Orchestra & their families.

Project on Peter & the Wolf.

History of Music

Baroque, Classical & Romantic Periods.

Projects in these styles.

Advertising music

Studying advertisement soundtracks, creating musical moods to suit scenes.

Solo Performance

Chosen piece and study of performing techniques.

(AoS 1)

Music from Eastern Mediterranean/Middle East

Features of the style and technical language. Composition project. (AoS 3)

HT4

Pentatonic Scales

Ensemble performance & improvisation. Project on Pentatonic Composition.

History of Music

The birth of the Blues & Jazz styles.

Projects in these styles.

Group Performance

Whole class set performances.

Study leading to a chosen ensemble performance.

Ensemble Performance

Chosen piece and study of ensemble technique.

(AoS 1)

Composition Coursework

Own Brief & Set Brief assignments

HT5

Ostinato/Harmony

Primary chord triads accompanying melodies. Ensemble performances & composition.

History of Pop Music

1950’s Rock ‘n’ Roll, Do-Wop & 1960’s Motown, Britpop. Ensemble Performances.

Theory in Practice

Time Signatures, chords, textures, melodic devices, cadences & structure.

Indian Classical & Bhangra Music

Features of the style and technical language. Composition project. (AoS 3)

Listening Exam Preparation

Past Papers and practice questions.

HT6

Musical Texture

Understanding graphic scores and using them in Performance and Composition

 

History of Pop Music

1970’s Disco & 1980’s Solo Artists. Ensemble Performances.

History of Popular Music

1990 – Present Pop Ballads and Solo Artists.

Rock Anthems 1970’s – 1980’s

Features of the style and ensemble performances.

(AoS 5)

GCSE exams

 

subject specific information: music

 

Staff

Head of Department - Mr. Stanley Carter

Violin - Mrs. V. Parkes

Cello - Mr. C. Doggett

Woodwind – Miss H. Baker

Brass – Mr. S. Router

Piano – Mr. T. Parkes

Drum Kit – Mr. W. Strachan

Voice – Mrs. E. Fromow

Guitar – Mr R. Abji

Introduction

The Music department at Cardinal Newman School is an active, thriving and popular area of the school. We produce regular Concerts across the whole age range and support the Spiritual life of the School by providing music for Masses and Liturgies both in and outside of School. We actively take our musical groups into the local community, representing our School in venues which have included Luton Airport and Arndale Shopping Centre. We are proud of our achievements and good working relationships with both Staff and students.

Aims and Objectives

  • To create an environment that encourages enthusiasm, a desire for learning music and achieving success.
  • To provide a musical education for all pupils, irrespective of their gender, race, social class, culture or any special need.
  • To enable pupils to use music as a medium for building confidence, expression and a sense of fulfilment in their wider experiences.
  • To develop personal and social skills, through persistence in practicing and group co-operation in ensembles
  • To foster a sense of responsibility, self-respect and respect for others, leading to a positive contribution to Society.

Music in the Curriculum

In Years 7 & 8, pupils receive a weekly Music lessons of 60 minutes. This covers the elements of music in Year 7, moving into specific styles of World music and music through history from Baroque to the present into Year 8. The elements of music are taught through the activities of performing, composing and listening to music.

In Year 9 pupils receive 3 lessons per fortnight and begin to improve music performance and composition skills in preparation for GCSE Music. During this time, pupils gain experience in Solo and ensemble performing. Music Technology is introduced into composition, with access to our Apple Mac computers, which are equipped with the ‘Garage Band’ music software.

In Years 10 and 11 Pupils now will receive two lessons per week. They will begin the OCR course in Music to GCSE level. This is currently delivered to a small class of around 8 -12 pupils. Candidates are required to perform Solo and as part of an ensemble, compose music in different styles and complete a written listening paper.

There are 5 Areas of Study for GCSE Music;

AoS 1 My Music

AoS 2 Concerto Through Time

AoS 3 Rhythms of the World

AoS 4 Film Music

AoS 5 Conventions of Pop

By the end of Year 11, all performing and composing coursework, as well as a written listening paper will be completed to achieve a qualification in GCSE Music.

Newman Sixth form has offered A level Music and Music Technology, however at present A level Music is not being taught. If enough candidates come forward in the future, the course will be reinstated.

All classes are practical based and pupil feedback shows that they enjoy music lessons.

Extended Curriculum

At Cardinal Newman, we have an exciting range of active groups/clubs that meet throughout the week, at various times before school, during lunch time and after school. These include;

School Orchestra

Junior Choir

Senior Choir

Keyboard Club

Rock Band

Instrumental Tuition

Instrumental tuition is provided by the Luton Music service, along with a team of privately employed music teachers in the following disciplines;

Violin – Cello – Saxophone - Clarinet – Flute – Voice – Guitar - Drum Kit – Trumpet – French Horn - Piano

Year 7 Curriculum

Elements of Music - Rhythm, Pitch, Timbre, Structure, (using pentatonic) Chords and Texture

Year 8 Curriculum

World Music - African, Indian, Gaelic, Spanish, Latin American, Caribbean and Gamelan

History of Music - Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Blues, Jazz and Popular Music

Year 9 Curriculum

Term 1 – Solo Performing, Song Writing

Term 2 – Film Music, Group Performing

Term 3 – Theory in Practice, Compositional Techniques

Year 10 Curriculum

Term 1 – (AoS 2) Concerto Through Time (Baroque, Classical and Romantic), (AoS 4) Film Music including Gaming Music

Term 2 – Solo Artist’s 1990 - Present, Rock ‘n’ Roll of the 1950’s – 1960’s

Term 3 – Indian and Punjabi Music, Rock Anthems of the 1970’s – 1980’s

Year 11 Curriculum

Term 1 – African, Central and South American Music, Pop Ballads of the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s

Term 2 – Eastern Mediterranean and Middle eastern Music, Coursework completion (60% of total marks)

Term 3 – Revision for written listening paper (40% of total marks)

Knowledge Books can be found below:

 

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