Performing Arts

Dance 

Courses

Key Stage 4 Courses Key Stage 5 Courses
BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts (Dance) BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts (Dance)
GCSE Dance  

Why do we study Dance?

Dance at Barnhill provides students with the chance to express themselves and grow their creativity, teamwork and confidence, in order to develop well-rounded individuals able to apply the skills learnt to ANY subject or CAREER they pursue.

“The body says what the word cannot” - Martha Graham

The Dance Team

Mr A Potts Curriculum Leader of Performing Arts & Programme Leader for Whole School Enrichment
Miss S Bhandari Dance Teacher
Mrs A Gabriel Dance Teacher
Mrs S Smith Dance Teacher

The Dance Programme of Study

At Key Stage 3 students learn how to perform dance, how to choreograph dances and how to appreciate dances both professional dance pieces as well as their own and others work. Students are assessed practically through performance. There are also written elements to the lesson where they are expected to self and peer assess.

Year 7

Students study Dance for one hour per fortnight. Throughout the year students experience a range of dance styles and learn and create dances of many different themes/styles including: Cartoon Capers, Musical Theatre and Bollywood. The theme/style changes on a termly basis. 

 

Year 8

Students study Dance for one hour per fortnight. Throughout the year students experience a range of dance styles and learn and create dances of many different themes/styles including: Street Dance, Musical Theatre and Enter Achilles. 

  • It is compulsory for Dance students (at KS3 and 4) to wear the Barnhill PE kit. Students are expected to dance barefoot for health and safety. If students wish to purchase dance shoes they can be purchased here: https://www.dancedirect.com/uk/dance-shoes or from a local dance shop. Plimsolls/trainers are not allowed.

 

Year 9, 10 and 11

Currently Year 11 students are studying BTEC Performing Arts – Dance. Year 9 this year and next year will undertake GCSE Dance. 

BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts

GCSE Dance

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts (30%)

Explore choreographers and professional performances by watching professional dance pieces and understanding how the different components such as set, lighting etc. work together.

Component 2: Developing skills and techniques (30%)

Develop your skills and techniques as a performer (dancer).

Component 3: Performing to a brief (40%)

You will be given a brief by the exam board and you will have to work in a group to plan, prepare and put on a performance.

 

This course is a combination of both practical and written work.

Component 1: Performance and Choreography

Performance

  • Learn and perform solo set phrases.
  • Learn and perform in a duo/trio.

Choreography

  • Create a solo or group dance and keep a choreographic log of the process.

All are filmed and sent off to the examiner.

Component 2: Dance Appreciation

Written exam of 1 hour 30mins focusing on:

  • Demonstrating knowledge of component 1.
  • Watching and learning about 6 professional dance pieces to describe and interpret them.

 

It is compulsory for Dance students (at KS3 and 4) to wear the Barnhill PE kit. If students wish to purchase dance shoes they can be purchased here: https://www.dancedirect.com/uk/dance-shoes or from a local dance shop. Plimsolls/trainers are not allowed.

 

Years 12 and 13

At KS5 students study a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts (Dance)

You will study four units, three of which are mandatory and one of which is optional.

Mandatory units:

  • Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners Work

Learners investigate the work of performing arts practitioners and develop critical analysis skills and contextual understanding of how practitioners communicate themes in their work.

External assessment: assessed under controlled conditions.

  • Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance 

Learners explore technical performance skills with a focus on developing skills and techniques in at least two performance styles. 

Internally assessed

  • Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop

Learners explore and integrate creative and physical skills and techniques, working collaboratively to create a performance in response to a given stimulus.

External assessment: assessed under controlled conditions.

Optional units:

  • Unit 8: Classical Ballet Technique
  • Unit 9: Tap Dance Technique
  • Unit 10: Jazz Dance Technique
  • Unit 11: Street Dance Technique
  • Unit 12: Contemporary Dance Technique

Assessment:

Styles of assessment (external): set tasks, performance.

Styles of assessment (internal): write up findings of research, case studies, projects and demonstration of practical and technical skills.

 

Important textbooks, resources and websites we use at each Key Stage

Key Stage 3

Music for Year 7 Autumn Term: ‘Fireball XL5’ by Madness
Music for Year 8 Autumn Term: ‘Get Up Offa That Thing’ by James Brown
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBzAJ3eWXjk– Overview of 5 street dance styles

Key Stage 4

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/dance/gcse/dance-4230  This has the videos of the set phrases that we learn in class and all information relating to GCSE Dance.
https://www.jamescousinscompany.com/within-her-eyes ‘Within Her Eyes’ (a GCSE set work we study)
http://www.boyblueent.com/ ‘Emancipation of Expressionism’ (a GCSE set work we study)
http://www.rambert.org.uk/performances/a-linha-curva/ ‘A Linah Curva’ (a GCSE set work we study)
http://stopgapdance.com/productions/artificial-things-2014-stage ‘Artificial Things’ (a GCSE set work we study)
http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/infra-by-wayne-mcgregor ‘Infra’ (a GCSE set work we study)
http://www.phoenixdancetheatre.co.uk/work/shadows/ ‘Shadows’ (a GCSE set work we study)
https://www.artspool-e-learning.com/ GCSE Dance E-Learning Hub

 

Homework in Dance

Key Stage 3:

Homework in dance is set every lesson. The homework will vary from written to practical tasks. For example students may be asked to create a poster or complete some research on a dance style we are studying in class. Or students may be asked to practice the movement learnt in class. It is very important that students practice what is learnt in class in order to make progress as we have a lesson once a fortnight.

 

Methods for practicing:

  • Repetition – going over and over the movement.
  • Teaching a peer/sibling.
  • Drawing or writing down the movement learnt.
  • Making use of the dance studio at break/lunch times to practice by yourself or with a peer.

 

Key Stage 4/5:

Homework is set on a regular basis. Again, it will be a mixture of practical and written homework, such as exam questions, research and attending rehearsals. It is very important that students attend rehearsals in order to improve and make progress and to support the rest of the group if it is a group performance.

 

For GCSE Dance students have access to an online revision tool ‘E-Learning Hub’. Letters are sent out to parents giving further details about this.

Enrichment Opportunities in Dance

As a Performing Arts department we aim to provide students with as many opportunities as possible to watch live performances and perform outside of the school environment. Therefore as a Dance department we offer many extra-curricular activities throughout the year. 

Examples of these include:

  • Rock Challenge (a Dance and Drama competition in Stevenage).
  • Primary Dance Festival at Barnhill.
  • Secondary Dance Festival at Bishopshalt.
  • Performing Arts Showcases run every half term.
  • Theatre trips have included trips to Sadlers Wells, The Roundhouse and West End Theatres to see a variety of shows.
  • Barnhill’s Got Talent
  • And many more!!

Gifted and More Able Students in the Dance Department

We have a Gifted and Talented programme within the Performing Arts curriculum area that has been running for over six years. Each year students are selected by their Dance, Drama and Music teachers to be a member of the Performing Arts Gifted and Talented group. We welcome students at the start of the academic year with a presentation evening where they receive their badge and we share with them the opportunities available to them to develop their gifts and talents.

The aim of the programme is to increase the standard and reputation of all performances and provide these students with the opportunities and experiences to develop and grow. We aim to develop students to be creative, cooperative, confident, cultured, expressive, reflective and self-motivated. 

 

Drama

Courses

Key Stage 4 Courses Key Stage 5 Courses
BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts (Drama) BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts (Drama)

Why do we study Drama?

Drama at Barnhill is an exploration of imagination and self-discovery. We look to build the complete student, one that is not only academically able but confident in themselves and the world around them.

The Drama Team

Mr G Pilkington Subject Leader - Drama
Miss S Bhandari Drama Teacher

The Drama Programme of Study

Key Stage 3 - Year 7 and 8

At Key Stage 3 students learn the value of Drama as a subject to advance confidence. Students will have the opportunity to work with others, learn performing skills and appreciate why Drama is a fundamental part of their Barnhill growth.

Year 7

Students study Drama for one hour per week. Throughout the year students experience a range of Drama activities and learn and create Drama of many different themes/styles including: Ancient Greece, Melodrama and Shakespeare.

Year 8

Students study Drama for one hour per week. Throughout the year students experience a range of Drama activities and learn and create Drama of many different themes/styles including: Talk Shows, Horror and Shakespeare.

 

Key Stage 4 - Year 9, 10 and 11

BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts
 

The Award gives learners  the opportunity to develop sector specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on four areas of equal importance, which cover the:

  •  Development of key skills that prove learners’ aptitude in performing arts, such as reproducing repertoire or responding to stimulus
  • Process that underpins effective ways of working in the performing arts, such as development of ideas, rehearsal and performance
  • Attitudes that are considered most important in the performing arts, including personal management and communication
  • Knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, processes and attitudes in the sector, such as roles, responsibilities, performance disciplines and styles.

This Award complements the learning in other GCSE programmes such as GCSE Drama and GCSE Dance by broadening experience and skills participation in different types of performance activities, with the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills practically, through project work such as developing ideas and performing for specific audiences.

Key Stage 5 - Years 12 and 13

Edexcel Drama and Theatre Studies

Component 1: Devising (Coursework 40%)

Component 2: Text in Performance (Practical Examination 20%)

Component 3:  Theatre Makers in Practice (Written Examination - 2 hours and 30 minutes 40%)

 

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts (Drama)

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education.

All the content of this qualification is mandatory, with two units which focus on:

  • Practical skills and techniques in a range of performing arts disciplines
  • Critical analysis skills and contextual understanding of practitioners work.

Learners will gain a taste and an appreciation of performing arts, through knowledge and experience of the performance process. Learners will also have the opportunity to develop a range 

of skills, techniques and personal attributes which will be valuable across all areas of future study and work.

 

Homework in Drama

Key Stage 3:

Homework in Drama is set every lesson. The homework will vary from written to practical tasks. For example students may be asked to create a poster or complete some research on a Drama topic we are studying in class. Or students may be asked to practice the performance learnt in class.

Key Stage 4/5:

Homework is set on a regular basis. Again, it will be a mixture of practical and written homework, such as exam questions, research and attending rehearsals. It is very important that students attend rehearsals in order to improve and make progress and to support the rest of the group if it is a group performance.

Enrichment Opportunities in Drama

As a Performing Arts department we aim to provide students with as many opportunities as possible to watch live performances and perform outside of the school environment. Therefore as a department we offer many extra-curricular activities throughout the year. 

Examples of these include:

  • Rock Challenge (a Dance and Drama competition in Stevenage).
  • Performing Arts Showcases run every half term.
  • Theatre trips have included trips to the West End to see a variety of productions.
  • Barnhill’s Got Talent
  • Yearly School Production
  • Year 9 Btec Performance
  • And many more!!

Gifted and More Able Students in the Drama Department

We have a Gifted and Talented programme within the Performing Arts curriculum area that has been running for over six years. Each year students are selected by their Dance, Drama and Music teachers to be a member of the Performing Arts Gifted and Talented group. We welcome students at the start of the academic year with a presentation evening where they receive their badge and we share with them the opportunities available to them to develop their gifts and talents.

The aim of the programme is to increase the standard and reputation of all performances and provide these students with the opportunities and experiences to develop and grow. We aim to develop students to be creative, cooperative, confident, cultured, expressive, reflective and self-motivated. 

 

Music 

 

Courses

Key Stage 4 Courses Key Stage 5 Courses
GCSE Music RSL Subsidiary Diploma in Music

Why do we study Music?

Music at Barnhill provides students with the chance to develop new skills, express themselves and their creativity, become great team players, grow in confidence, and learn vital attributes for life. Successful musicians all share the ability to persevere, to focus on a task for a prolonged period of time, to reflect and improve themselves and their work and to communicate effectively with others. Finally, all successful musicians are resilient, and deal with failure in a healthy and progressive way.

Becoming a musician isn’t just about learning an instrument, it’s about becoming a well-rounded individual with the skills and confidence to succeed at both education and life beyond and after school.   

Music GCSE shows variation in study to any admissions officer at any university. Post 16 Music is classed as an academic subject equivalent to English, Geography or History. Music careers aren’t just about “lucky breaks” - music is one of the largest export industries in the UK. There are thousands of advertised jobs in production, theatre, television and radio. Big employers are the BBC, Sky, Gaming Companies, Film Companies and Radio Stations where Music graduates work in fields as diverse as content programming, mixing, sound editing, engineering and development. Music graduates can travel the world employed by international tour deployment companies or live sports broadcasting companies. Outstanding performing graduates are in demand in studios, performance (from cruise bands to show bands) and gaming soundtracks to name a few. Many graduates go on to highly specialist and lucrative fields of music management, broadcast production and music law. 
“Life without playing music is inconceivable for me. I live my daydreams in music, I see my life in terms of music. If I were not a physicist I would probably be a musician” - Albert Einstein“ 

The Music Team

Mr A Potts Curriculum Leader of Performing Arts & Programme Leader for Whole School Enrichment
Mr Mann Music Teacher

The Music Programme of Study

Key Stage 3 - Year 7 and 8

Music plays a huge role in the life of a Barnhill Student. All students study music in year 7 and 8. Their studies feature music from around the world, and involve the students singing, playing keyboard, drums and guitar and learning about the many kinds of music available to them. The students also have the opportunity to widen their horizons with the fabulous technology resources in the music department. 

Throughout their key stage 3 experience, students are encouraged to take part in the many extra-curricular clubs we run, the twice termly Showcase concerts and the end of year School Production. 

 

Key Stage 4 - Year 9, 10 and 11

We currently offer GCSE music at Key Stage Four. We have previously run a BTEC course in music, a BTEC in music technology, and a Vcert in music technology. The decision as to which course we run is made on a yearly basis, dependent upon the interests and abilities of the students.  

GCSE Music

  • Component 1: Performance 

Students complete two performances, totalling at least four minutes in length. 

  • Solo performance
  • Group performance. 

 

  • Component 2: Composing

Students compose two pieces of music, one being completely free, the other based on a brief set by the exam board on the year the students complete year 11

  • Free Composition
  • Brief Composition. 

 

  • Component 3: Listening and Appraising

Students will complete a 1:45 hour listening exam based upon eight set works that they study over the course of the 3 years. The exam encompasses reading music, listening to extracts, and writing an essay. 

 

Key Stage 5 - Years 12 and 13

At KS5 students study either a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or an RSL Subsidiary Diploma. As with GCSE, the decision as to which the student studies is based upon knowledge of the student and their abilities, and their own interests.

In the RSL course, you study two compulsory units:

  • Rehearsal and Performance: this externally assessed unit enables students to learn how to practice, and what to practice, before putting them in front of a live audience to perform an extended set of music. 
  • Planning for a career in music: This internally assessed unit prepares students for life in work, specifically focusing on the skills needed to be a successful, self-employed musician or artist in the performing arts. However, many of the skills focused on in this unit are useful through all employment. 

 

These units make up half of the course. The rest of the course is made up of individual units that can be chosen by the students. This means that the RSL course is ideal for students wanting to personalise their education and have it be as relevant to them as possible. The full list of available units numbers nearly two hundred!!

You will study four units, three of which are mandatory and one of which is optional.

 

Assessment:

Styles of assessment (external): set tasks, performance.

Styles of assessment (internal): set tasks, performance, evaluations.

Important textbooks, resources and websites we use at each Key Stage

Key Stage 3

Barnhill KS3 Learning Booklets, issued at the start of the year.

Key Stage 4

  • Study Guides produced by Rhinegold Education and endorsed by the exam board are available to students at a discounted price of £15
  • Students have access to a recording studio with an isolated control room and 24 track analogue desk interfaced into Logic Pro, using state of the art industry condensing and dynamic microphones. 
  • Students have access to 10 practice rooms with resources ranging from a dedicated drum booth to a world music room complete with a range of instruments from South American, Indian and African cultures.
  • Students are expected to use Barnhill’s virtual learning environment set up at Office 365 One-Note with analysis of set works, exemplars, Individualised Learning Outcomes’ from teachers and student led ‘Independent Learning Targets’ are set, ensuring GCSE music is fully understood by learners.

Key Stage 5

  • Students use an online study environment to support work in class and enable essential independent research and development. Unique resources are made available to students and the department regularly invites guest experts into school.
  • Students have the opportunity to become Senior Music Leaders and have access to all of the advanced music technology and instrumental resources at Barnhill Community High.

Homework in Music

Key Stage 3:

  • Students are encouraged to practice work done in lessons. If no instruments are available at home, students can attend music clubs in either of the two main music classrooms at lunchtime.
  • Students are given regular research tasks to present in class, revision work for mini tests and theory exercises to complete during the year. 

 

Key Stage 4:

Students are given a broad range of homework tasks which are set each week. They include:

  • Essays of features of music history
  • Compositional exercises that can be completed online
  • Aural exercises relating to Question 7 in the GCSE written paper which are completed and graded online
  • Student presentations relating to elements or set works
  • Individualised Learning Outcomes which can be completed on a phone using the free app One-Note at home without a computer
  • Exam practice questions
  • Instrument or Voice practice 

Key Stage 5:

Students are engaged in a pattern of continuous homework, all of which relate directly to Units of study which include:

  • Practice and Rehearsal Logs which are reviewed every three weeks by staff and involve self reflection by learners
  • Presentations on core Unit study following periods of student research
  • Essays
  • Preparation / practice for performances
  • Organisational tasks such as planning a music evening
  • Individualised Learning Outcomes and Independent Learning Targets
  • Coursework during free periods in the Music Studio 

 

Enrichment Opportunities in Music

As a Performing Arts department we aim to provide students with as many opportunities as possible to watch live performances and perform outside of the school environment. Therefore as a Music department we offer many extra-curricular activities throughout the year. 

Examples of these include:

  • Regular Clubs specialising in the instruments our students play
  • Trips to the theatre to watch bands/music/musicals
  • Conference and curriculum specific trips for our GCSE and A Level students. 
  • Performances at Awards evenings, parents’ evenings and more. 
  • Performances from outside providers. 
  • Performing Arts Showcases run every half term.
  • Theatre trips have included trips to Sadlers Wells, The Roundhouse and West End Theatres to see a variety of shows.
  • Barnhill’s Got Talent
  • And many more!!

Gifted and More Able Students in the Music Department

We have a Gifted and Talented programme within the Performing Arts curriculum area that has been running for over six years. Each year students are selected by their Dance, Drama and Music teachers to be a member of the Performing Arts Gifted and Talented group. We welcome students at the start of the academic year with a presentation evening where they receive their badge and we share with them the opportunities available to them to develop their gifts and talents.

The aim of the programme is to increase the standard and reputation of all performances and provide these students with the opportunities and experiences to develop and grow. We aim to develop students to be creative, cooperative, confident, cultured, expressive, reflective and self-motivated.