Performing Arts

Key Stage 3 Performing Arts

Key Stage 3 Performing Arts include, Music, Drama and Dance.  These are very active Departments whose aim to not only teach students about the academic side of these subject areas and the associated skills to be an active member in them, but also to  nurture, stretch and challenge students’ innate talents resulting in a number of high quality Academy performances throughout the year. 

Music

Term 1 & 2

Year 7

The Elements of Music

Students are introduced to their new music lessons by a ‘back to basics’ approach, including composition, performance, graphic notation and listening.   Students listen to a variety of different music in lessons and ultimately, on completion of this unit, they can explain why music sounds the way it does.

Gamelan

This exciting unit opens up the music of the Far East, in particular Bali and Java. Gamelan is played as a whole group and encourages students to try to work as part of a larger ensemble, a skill they may not have used before.

Year 8

Blues

Our Year 8 students are taught about the history of the African American people and how their plight resulted in one of the most recognisable sounds in history, The Blues.  Students will learn how to play chords and melody in small groups and also improvise around a 12 bar chord structure. This work is usually completed on keyboards.

Recycled Rhythms

Recycled Rhythms finds one solution the problem of recycling in a creative musical way.  Students are encouraged to find and use everyday items, some that may even be broken, to create rhythms and sounds. These activities take place in small groups and whole class activities. The students continue their understanding of music through listening, composition, performance.

Terms 3 & 4

Year 7

Musicals

This unit coincides with the Folkestone Academy musical, and offers the students in Year 7 the opportunity to perform in class as well as in the musical as a member of the cast. Students will look into the history of musicals and learn how they have evolved, as well as focusing on the compositional techniques used by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lionel Bart.

Year 8

Reggae

Reggae gives the students a chance to start to think about forming their own musical groups and song structure. The students are encouraged to perform some famous Reggae Songs and through this understand how Reggae works, and how it links to the earlier unit ‘Blues’.

Term 5 & 6

Year 7 – Samba

Samba is a great excuse to create a real party atmosphere in the classroom. The rhythms of South America are recreated on the schools very own Samba kit, and the students will learn how to perform on a range of instruments. This unit often leads to whole class performances around the School.

Year 8 – Song Writing

This unit aims to consolidate all of the knowledge of the previous units into one task, creating a portfolio of songs. The students’ prior learning through listening, performance and composition will all come together in this final Key Stage 3 unit.

Drama

Terms 1 & 2

Year 7 

Theatre in Education (TIE)    

Students will explore the use of TIE as well as the use of a narrator.  Students will learn to analyse, discuss and evaluate their own and other’s work.  

Year 8

Improvisation      

Students will gain an understanding of improvisation.  They will learn to analyse, discuss and evaluate their own and other’s work.  Students will devise pieces of rehearsed improvisation using various stimuli based on ‘school life’ and ‘war’.  

Terms 3 & 4

Year 7  

Creating atmosphere through soundscapes              

Students will further develop their vocal skills and devise a piece of theatre using soundscapes to communicate and create atmosphere.   Students will continue to analyse, discuss and evaluate their own and other’s work.  Resources used: bullying poems/ letters

Year 8

Stanislavski           

Students will use a range of techniques to create a 3D character, including naturalistic performance.  The students will learn the stages and techniques Stanislavski used in order to create a 3D character.  Students will be expected to evaluate their technique using film and evaluation templates.

Term 5 & 6

Year 7 & 8

Blood Brothers

The students will use Blood Brothers to explore the following: prologue, superstition, class, money and education.   Students will analyse, discuss and evaluate their own and other’s work.   Students will use Music, Dance and Drama to communicate to the audience and will showcase the scenes.       

Dance

Term 1 & 2

Year 7

Introduction to Dance skills and techniques

Dance terminology, performance skills, analysing dance, expectations, assessing dance (peer and self).

Year 8

Dance skills and techniques

Dance terminology, performance skills, analysing dance, expectations, assessing dance (peer and self), choreographic devices.

Term 3 & 4

Year 7

“Swansong” by Christopher Bruce

Professional dance work analysis, performance skills, developing creativity, assessment of dance.

Year 8

“Ghost Dances” by Christopher Bruce

Professional dance work analysis, performance skills, developing creativity, assessment of dance.

Term 5 & 6

Year 7

Musical Theatre dance – “We Will Rock You”

Performance skills, musicality, choreographic devices, assessment of dance, characterisation.

Fusion Dance – Street and contemporary

Performance skills, dance techniques, musicality, assessment of dance, choreography.

Year 8

Musical Theatre dance – “Footloose”

Performance skills, musicality, choreographic devices, assessment of dance, characterisation.

Fusion Dance – Street and Contemporary

Performance skills, dance techniques, musicality, assessment of dance, choreography.