Notre Dame Catholic College
and Sixth Form

I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”

– Oscar Wilde

Performing Arts

Our performing arts curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated, rounded and expressive citizens. It introduces students to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human imagination, creativity and achievement.

Miss J Hart

Miss J Hart

Head of Performing Arts

Our Performing Arts curriculum is carefully designed to:

  • give all students’ fun, practical and inspiring experiences so that they can enjoy all aspects of dance and drama (OPENING DOORS)
  • give every student the opportunity to develop their potential and nurture and encourage them to continue their development throughout their school life
  • develop students who have a strong awareness of the cultural importance of Performing Arts and have benefited from opportunities to experience all aspects of dance and drama through extra-curricular and enrichment activities, educational visits and regular access to authentic material (OPENING MINDS)
  • build confidence through performance and devising and develop self-discipline through rehearsal and preparation
  • have a comprehensive understanding of Performing Arts terminology, which includes the ability to apply it in new contexts and the ability to use and understand these terms confidently in the discussion and evaluation of practitioners work and their own choreography and theatrical compositions
  • are able to progress readily to the next stage of their learning in dance or drama
  • develop students’ transferable skills that they can use in all other areas of their learning.

 

Year 7, 8 and 9 Curriculum Content

Our three-year Key Stage 3 curriculum is designed to develop passionate, imaginative and inquisitive individuals, who see the world from an artistic perspective, enjoying and exploring dance and drama of various styles and genres from an array of different traditions and cultures. The curriculum is broad and ambitious and is rich in practical skills development. It prepares students to become independent and creative individuals and allows them to develop their knowledge and skills in the three main components of dance and drama: exploring performing arts, developing skills and techniques in performing arts and responding to stimuli.

 

Year 7Unit/Topic
Autumn DanceTo learn develop and embed the basics of street dance technique
Autumn DramaWelcome to Drama / Greek Theatre - To understand what drama is through practical exploration of drama conventions used and the development of performance skills
Spring DanceTo learn develop and embed the basics of contemporary dance technique
Spring DramaFrom Page to Stage: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - to understand how social context can influence the playwrights themes, characters and imagery in a play
Summer DanceTo learn develop and embed the basics of musical theatre dance technique.
Summer HT2Responding to a given stimuli - to understand how drama is made through the exploration of a given stimulus
Year 8Unit/Topic
Autumn DanceBreak Dance - To learn and develop the basics of break dance technique.
Autumn DramaThe Twits: Physical Theatre -To explore physicality through the text and to explore how language and imagery is used to create the drama.
Spring DanceMusical Theatre - To develop and embed skills within musical theatre dance technique.
Spring DramaAmerican Literature ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck - Exploring the historical contexts in which texts are set and the impact on the writer’s craft.
Summer DanceContemporary - To develop and embed skills within contemporary dance technique.
Summer DramaRomeo and Juliet - Exploring the writer’s use of language, character and structure
Year 9Unit/Topic
Autumn DanceHip-Hop Dance - To learn and develop the basics of hip-hop dance technique
Autumn DramaWoman In Black - to explore the way tension and atmosphere is created in The Woman In Black
Spring DanceMusical Theatre - To continue to develop and embed the basics of musical theatre dance technique.
Spring DramaBlood Brothers / Our Day Out - Pupils will explore key scripted extracts, including monologues and duologues from the script.
Summer DramaDystopian Fiction – Noughts and Crosses - Exploring how writers create dystopian worlds and the impact on society today.

Year 10 and 11 Curriculum Content

At Key Stage 4 students will specialise in either dance or drama and will be encouraged to engage critically and creatively with a wide range of performance styles and disciplines, practitioners and set texts. They will learn about the key features that contribute to these such as practitioners’ roles, responsibilities, skills and techniques.

 

Year 10 Unit/Topic
AutumnExploring Performing Arts - Learners will develop their understanding of the performing arts by examining practitioners’ work and the processes used to create performance.
SpringExploring Performing Arts - Learners will develop their understanding of the performing arts by examining practitioners’ work and the processes used to create performance
SummerExploring Performing Arts 3-Learners will develop their understanding of the performing arts by examining practitioners’ work and the processes used to create performance.
Year 11Unit/Topic
AutumnExploring Performing Arts 30% of total course
SpringExploring Performing Arts 30% of total course
SummerResponding to a Brief 40%

Key Stage 4 Performing Arts students follow the Performing Arts BTEC Level 1/2 Performing Arts specification . For further details, please follow the link below.

Download Full Performin Arts Specification

 

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Oliver
Former Notre Dame student, went on to study English Literature at University of Cambridge