Performing Arts

Head of Faculty: Mrs J Astley-Jones

The Performing Arts faculty is a combination of Music, Music Technology & Drama.

The Performing Arts Faculty at Denbigh offers a broad spread of Music and Drama Skills at Years 7-9. This includes performing and studying important aspects of each subject. At Years 10-11, students can choose Music and Drama as option subjects and if continued at Years 12-13, Music, Music Technology and Theatre Studies courses are available. The Performing Arts Faculty are instrumental in running lessons on a range of different instruments as well as planning, organising & producing popular annual events like the Talent Contest, Schools Shakespeare and the School Production as well as donating time after school to provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities where students can further develop their skills.

Music:

Music is a powerful form of communication. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. It is an integral part of culture, past and present, and helps students understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.

The teaching of music at Denbigh develops the student's ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and encourages active involvement in different forms of music making, both individual and communal. Students will study, create and perform music across a broad range of genres and cultural backgrounds. Music helps to increase self-discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment. The extra curricular programme complements the Years 7-9, Years 10-11 and Years 12-13 curriculum.

Curriculum:

Please click on the relevant year group to find information about curriculum delivery timeline, subject to change.

 
 

Music Technology:

Music Technology is the study and application of Technology within music. Modern music and its distribution is heavily reliant on technology and has been ever since people began to record musical performances. At Denbigh, the Years 7-9 & Years 10-11 curriculum is supplemented by the use of technology including computer software, keyboards and basic recording. At Years 12-13, there is the option to do a full A level course in Music Technology which gives students access to a full and deep study of technology and music production.

Curriculum:

Please click on the relevant year group to find information about curriculum delivery timeline, subject to change.

 
 
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Year 10

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Unit 1
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Unit 1
Winter
1st half term
  • Unit 2
Winter
2nd half term
  • Unit 2
Summer
1st half term
  • Unit 2 & 3
Summer
2nd half term
  • Unit 3 & Trial Exams

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Year 11

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Unit 3
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Unit 4
Winter
1st half term
  • Unit 4
Winter
2nd half term
  • Unit 4 & Exam
Summer
1st half term
  • Portfolio Review
Summer
2nd half term
  • Study Leave

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Year 12

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
Component introduction and foundation knowledge/skills.
Autumn
2nd half term
Extension of component knowledge and skills.
Winter
1st half term
Developing practical and exam skills.
Winter
2nd half term
Practical projects and exam practise.
Summer
1st half term
Exam Preparation and practical work completion.
Summer
2nd half term
Year 12 exams.
Skills development for Year 13

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Year 13

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
Further Sequencing and recording skills. Mixing Skills
Autumn
2nd half term
Practical portfolio. Mixing Skills.
Winter
1st half term
Practical portfolio, History and Development of Music Technology
Winter
2nd half term
Completion of practical portfolio.  Examination skills.
Summer
1st half term
Exam preparation
Summer
2nd half term
Study Leave

Drama:

Drama is an effective way for students to study, practise and develop valuable life skills. Communication, interaction, cultural differences, behaviour, citizenship and social responsibility are just some of the topics embedded within the study of theatrical performance. In Drama programmes of study are designed to allow students to develop a creative and imaginative response to a given stimulus. Students work individually, in pairs or in bigger groups to explore Drama skills on different levels. Students also study plays and theatre practitioners. Students will also study the history of the theatre and technical skills such as lighting, sound and set design. The Extra-curricular program supplements the Years 7-9, Years 10-11 and Years 12-13 curriculum.

Curriculum:

Please click on the relevant year group to find information about curriculum delivery timeline, subject to change.

 
 

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Year 7

Term Topic Remarks
Autumn
1st half term
  • Introduction to Drama
Design Basics
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Greek Theatre
Understanding Greek Tragedy, Performing an extract from Antigone
Spring
1st half term
  • Physical Theatre
Using the body to communicate non-human/inanimate objects. Performing an extract from Metamorphosis
Spring
2nd half term
  • Devising Drama
Using various stimuli to create drama – painting, poem, historical event.
Summer
1st half term
  • Devising Drama
Using various stimuli to create drama – real person, song lyrics, newspaper article.
Summer
2nd half term
  • Devising Drama
Using various stimuli to create drama – instrumental music. Creating own piece of drama using any of the stimuli used during the course of this unit.

 

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Year 8

Term Topic Remarks
Autumn
1st half term
  • Epic Theatre
Introduction to Epic Theatre Style. To understand the differences between Epic Theatre and Dramatic Theatre. Exploration of audience response
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Epic Theatre
Perform an extract from an Epic Theatre text, design effective set, costume, lighting and sound using the principles of Epic Theatre
Spring
1st half term
  • Introduction to Performing Shakespeare
Understanding the language of Shakespeare and how to use it. To identify themes and how these appear throughout the play. Characterisation.
Spring
2nd half term
  • Performing Shakespeare
Preparing an extract of a Shakespeare play for performance. Designing set, costume, lighting and sound for a Shakespeare play.
Summer
1st half term
  • Devising Drama
Using various stimuli to create drama – painting, poem, historical event.
Summer
2nd half term
  • Devising Drama
Using various stimuli to create drama – instrumental music, a picture. Creating own piece of drama using any of the stimuli used during the course of this unit.
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Year 9

Term Topic Description/ Learning objectives/ Assessment details
Autumn
1st half term
  • Naturalism and introduction to GCSE Drama
Understanding theory behind a naturalistic acting style – Stanislavski. Exploring naturalistic characterisation. Explore a naturalistic text.
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Naturalism
Perform an extract from a naturalistic text, design effective set, costume, lighting and sound for a naturalistic performance.
Spring
1st half term
  • Introduction to Symbolism
Understanding how symbols can be used to communicate meaning. To identify motifs and how these can appear throughout a performance. Creating a symbolic performance.
Spring
2nd half term
  • Devising Drama
Using various stimuli to create drama – painting, poem, historical event.
Summer
1st half term
  • Devising Drama
Using various stimuli to create drama – real person, song lyrics, newspaper article.
Summer
2nd half term
  • Devising Drama
Using various stimuli to create drama – instrumental music, a picture, prose. Creating own piece of drama using any of the stimuli used during the course of this unit.

 

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Year 10

Term Topic Remarks
Autumn
1st half term
  • Introduction to GCSE Drama.
  • Introduction to Devising Component 1
Format of the course planning for success. Using various stimuli to create drama – painting, poem, historical event, real person, song lyrics.
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Devising Drama
Using various stimuli to create drama – newspaper article, instrumental music, a picture, prose and sculpture.
Spring
1st half term
  • Creating Devised Drama for Component 1
Using the OCR Pre-Release material to devise a piece of Drama for Component 1 and accompanying portfolio.
Spring
2nd half term
  • Devising Drama Creating Devised Drama for Component 1
Using the OCR Pre-Release material to devise a piece of Drama for Component 1 and accompanying portfolio.
Summer
1st half term
  • Explore Text for Performance – Component 2
Exploration of Antigone for performance – workshops on practical exploration of the text.
Summer
2nd half term
  • Preparing text for Performance – Component 2
Selection of 2 extracts for performance to a visiting examiner. Choosing skill to be examined.

 

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Year 11

Term Topic Remarks
Autumn
1st half term
  • Preparing text for Performance – Component 2
Preparing extracts for performance. Visiting examiner visits to assess.
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Preparation for Component 3 written examination
Exploration of set text – Death of a Salesman.
Spring
1st half term
  • Preparation for Component 3 written examination
Exploration of set text – Death of a Salesman.
Answering examination questions.
Spring
2nd half term
  • Preparation for Component 3 written examination
Exploration of set text – Death of a Salesman.
Answering examination questions.
Section B – Live review – practice.
Summer
1st half term
  • Preparation for Component 3 written examination
Exploration of set text – Death of a Salesman. Answering examination questions.
Section B – Live review - practice

 

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Year 12

Term Topic Remarks
Autumn
1st half term
  • Introduction to AS Drama.
  • Introduction to Components 1 and 2
  • Interpreting Drama and Process
  • Performance
Exploration of set text and live review.
Introduction to practitioners.
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Components 1 and 2
  • Interpreting Drama and Process
  • Performance
Exploration of set text and live review.
Selecting texts for performance. Preparing extracts for assessment.
Spring
1st half term
  • Components 1 and 2
  • Interpreting Drama and Process
  • Performance
Exploration of set text and live review.
Preparing extracts for assessment. Preparing portfolio of evidence.
Spring
2nd half term
  • Components 1 and 2
  • Interpreting Drama and Process
  • Performance
Exploration of set text and live review.
Preparing extracts for assessment. Preparing portfolio of evidence.
Summer
1st half term
  • Components 1 and 2
  • Interpreting Drama and Process
  • Performance
Exploration of set text and live review.
Performing extracts for assessment. Submitting portfolio of evidence
Summer
1st half term
  • Components 1 and 2
  • Interpreting Drama and Process
  • Performance
Exploration of set text and live review. Performing extracts for assessment. Submitting portfolio of evidence.
Summer
2nd half term
  • Introduction to A level
Introduction to set texts and requirements of the course. Selection of texts for performance, exploration of topics for devised performance.

 

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Year 13

Term Topic Remarks
Autumn
1st half term
  • Components 1, 2 and 3.
Exploration of new set text, recap work done at AS on other set text and live review.
Creating original drama – component 2
Making theatre – practical examined unit
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Components 1, 2 and 3
  • Interpreting Drama and Process
  • Performance
Exploration of new set text.
Creating original drama – component 2
Making theatre – practical examined unit
Spring
1st half term
  • Components 1 and 2
  • Interpreting Drama and Process
  • Performance
Exploration of set text and live review.
Preparing extracts for assessment. Preparing portfolio of evidence. Preparing devised piece.
Spring
2nd half term
  • Components 1 and 2
  • Interpreting Drama and Process
  • Performance
Exploration of set text and live review.
Preparing extracts for assessment. Preparing portfolio of evidence. Preparing devised piece. Submit for assessment.
Summer
1st half term
  • Components 1
Preparation for examination.
Summer exam.

 

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Year 7

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Rhythm
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Melody
Winter
1st half term
  • Rock & Pop Ensemble
Winter
2nd half term
  • Rock & Pop Ensemble
Summer
1st half term
  • Stomp
Summer
2nd half term
  • Musical Clichés

X

Year 8

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Reggae
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Programme Music
Winter
1st half term
  • Blues
Winter
2nd half term
  • Minimalism
Summer
1st half term
  • Radio Show
Summer
2nd half term
  • Music and Sport

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Year 9

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Musical Fusions
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Electronic Dance Music
Winter
1st half term
  • Cover Songs
Winter
2nd half term
  • Song Writing
Summer
1st half term
  • Musicals
Summer
2nd half term
  • Music for Film & TV

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Year 10

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Introduction to GCSE Vocal Music Set Works
  • Performing
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Vocal Music Set Works
  • Developing Musical Ideas
Winter
1st half term
  • Compositional Techniques and Strategies
  • Performing
  • Vocal Music Wider Listening
Winter
2nd half term
  • Methods of notating scores
  • Instrumental Music
Summer
1st half term
  • Performing
  • Musical Contexts
  • Instrumental Music Wider Listening
Summer
2nd half term
  • Performing
  • Free Composition
  • Music for Stage and Screen

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Year 11

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
Revision of Year 1 Material
Free Composition
Performing Music for Stage & Screen Wider Listening
Autumn
2nd half term
Performing
Technical Control and Coherence: working to a set brief
Music for Stage and Screen
Winter
1st half term
Performing
Composition to a Set Brief
Fusions Set Works
Winter
2nd half term
Performances
Composition to a Set
Brief
Fusions Wider Listening
Summer
1st half term
Performances
Composition to a Set
Brief
Fusions Wider Listening
Summer
2nd half term
Revision

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Year 12

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Unit 3
  • Unit 2
  • Unit 1
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Unit 3
  • Unit 2
  • Unit 1
Winter
1st half term
  • Unit 3
  • Unit 2
  • Unit 1
Winter
2nd half term
  • Unit 3
  • Unit 2
  • Unit 1
Summer
1st half term
  • Unit 3
  • Unit 2
  • Unit 1
Summer
2nd half term
  • Unit 3
 
 
 

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