Within Evolve – Music, Drama, Dance & Media all work collaboratively to equip students with a range of skills for life, future education and employment whilst also providing access to a wealth of unique cultural experiences. An outstanding provision of learning opportunities throughout the whole school is provided to promote progression in the Arts across all 5 years, in and out of curriculum time.

The learners develop strong performance skills, which prepare them for differing roles within the Performing Arts industry.

Learners are encouraged to enjoy, take ownership of their studies and develop high levels of confidence to support improvement in different subjects or vocations. The School has an excellent record for ex-students finding work within the Performing Arts industry, from actors working at the BBC within a couple of years, to musicians, dancers and other performers finding positions around the world, from stages to cruise ships, theatres and on film. Current production graduates are already finding work from local venues.

The learners are given guidance in several fields from approachable and dedicated industry specialists, with relevant experience, contacts of all specialisms and a wide knowledge of the Performing Arts industry. Supporting the department with creativity, bringing additional specialists within music, dance, acting, production, film and design to the school.

Learners focus on literacy in practical ways, developing feedback through self and peer assessment. Using Performing Arts activities to help develop fitness and health. Responding to challenges and personal skills are focused to help develop the learners in all subjects and activities within their life.

Staff in Evolve

Miss Booth – Lead Subject Teacher
Mr Bamford – Teacher

The Evolve Curriculum

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 7

Focus:

Introduction to the Performing arts industry: Styles, Specialisms*, Educational and Employment.

Projects:

  • Christmas Show Performance – Project 1
  • Continents project 1
  • “Xtend” linked skills development challenge

 

*Specialisms include; Music, Music tech, Dance, Acting, Production.

Focus:

Development of personal skills: Mindset, Confidence, Organisation, Independence and Team Work.

Projects:

  • Devised Performances – Own topic/theme – Project 2
  • Continents project 2
  • “Xtend” leading / teaching project (linked to DoE award, volunteering opportunity assessed in Year 9)
Focus:

Development of Industry Skills; Dance, Music Performance & Technology, Acting, Musical Theatre Skills, Production Skills.

Projects:

  • Carnival /  Celebration
  • Summer show / Performances – Project 3
  • Continents project 3
  • Musical year 7-11 “Xtend” project.
  • Summer target setting project 1

Year 8

Focus:

Working in the performing arts industry: Styles, Specialisms*, Routes into Education and Employment, Role Modelling, Rights and Responsibilities of PA industry and PA in Charity

Projects

  • Confidence Characterisation– Project 1
  • Christmas Show/ Performance – Project 4
  • Charity linked Continents project 4
  • Year 7 Reflection Project – self and peer assessment of year 7 assessments.
  • “Xtend” linked skills development challenge
  • “Xtend” Musical year 7-11 ongoing.
Focus:

Development of personal skills: Linked to Year 9 Option increase in expectations; Challenging yourself, Mindset, Confidence, Organisation, Independence, and Team Work.

Projects

  • Time management / Improvisation project
  • Devised Performances – Own topic / theme based project – project 5
  • Specific full group Dance, Music, Acting short project
  • Continents project 5 (independently devised)
  • Student led workshop project
  • “Xtend” Musical rehearsal and performance
Focus:

Development of individual Industry Skills related to chosen specialisms; Further styles of Dance, Music Performance / Technology skills, Further Acting / Response to direction skills, Musical Theatre Skills and Production Skills in a vocational context.

Projects

  • Carnival / Celebration
  • Summer show / performances – Project 6
  • Continents project 3
  • Specific full group Dance, Music, Acting short project
  • Musical year 7-11 “Xtend” project.
  • Summer target setting project 2

 

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Exam Board
Year 9 Focus

  • Introduction to RSL (Rock School)
  • Introduction to RSL individual exams
  • Introduction to further education within PA
  • Group Icebreaking and teamwork

 

Projects/Activities

  • First KS4 project – “Choice”
  • Icebreaking activities such as interviews, group tasks, tasters in Drama/Dance/Music
  • Specific full group Dance, Music, Acting short project
  • Continents project (independently devised)
  • Christmas group/solo project.

 

  • “Xtend” linked skills development challenge
  • “Xtend” Musical year 7-11 ongoing.
Focus

Development of specialism skills in different environments. Multi Specialism projects for testing students’ knowledge and techniques developed in KS3.

Also focus on personal skills, challenging yourself and mind-set.

 

Projects/Activities

  • Differentiated performance and production projects relevant to learner and specialism. Group performances with production support. Skills classes – focusing on all learners confidence, organisation and communication skills.
  • Student led workshop project

 

  • “Xtend” Musical rehearsal and performance
Focus

Skills. Focusing on individual skills, setting targets for long, medium and short term. Understanding the value of non-timetabled sessions, taking ownership of individual skills. Skills sessions for each specialism throughout term three focussing on what is necessary and relevant.

 

Projects

  • Summer project – Relevant to the chosen theme of the summer performance (previous years; Film, Tribute etc.)
  • Recording and production prep for summer performance.
  • Practical venue rehearsal sessions.
  • Reflection sessions

 

  • Musical year 7-11 “Xtend” project.
RSL Level 2 Certificate in Creative & Performing Arts
Year 10 Focus:

Upcoming exam introduction (Term three)

Routes into work, the benefit of “Shadowing”

Working in the performing arts industry: Styles, Specialisms, Routes into Education and Employment, Role Modelling, Rights and Responsibilities of PA industry and PA in Charity. This is linked to the first project for year 10 – the Christmas project and is independently run by the students choice (past examples include year 10 creating a Sophie Lancaster tribute performance)

 

Projects:

  • Planning a road map through the PA industry
  • Short performance project based on skills
  • Christmas performance project related to rights, responsibilities and charity.
  • Reflection on past development project (early term 2)

 

  • Musical year 7-11 “Xtend” project.
  • Continents project (independently devised)
Focus:

Reflection on skills development and choice of exam. Over a few weeks at the beginning of term two, examples of different specialisms undertaking the same exam as the learners are shown – some video, some tutor based.

Also focus on responding to peer and tutor feedback, the development of personal skills, challenging yourself and mind-set.

 

Projects:

  • Letter writing project for exam
  • Technical demonstration project
  • Ongoing focus on skills development through setting relevant short, medium and long term targets relevant to personal and technical skills.
  • Mock exam – attempt of exam in house before term 3 official exam.

 

  • “Xtend” Musical rehearsal and performance
Focus:

Exam – Learners studying the BTEC will undertake an exam in year 10 and 11 – this is an audition based challenge, involving choice of specific material related to a theme

Musical start for final project. In year 10, after the exam (start of term 3), learners choose the material for final project in year 11 (see “xtend” musical year 7-11)

 

Projects:

  • Complete the exam, audition sessions, and help with written and practical aspect. All relevant to specific learner and their specialism
  • Musical – Brainstorming of possible choices.
  • When choice is made, parts are given an audition date and students are given a short amount of time to prepare
  • Production prepare for musical.
  • Reflection and plan for September project

 

  • Musical year 7-11 “Xtend” project.
BTEC Performing Arts – Level 2 first award – Drama / Dance / Music / Musical Theatre / Production
Year 11 Focus:

Musical – the musical is the main body of coursework and assessment for Year 11. The teaching and learning aspect is specific to the learner’s choice, but takes place from Year 7 all the way up to Year 11, allowing some learners to experience 5 musicals before being assessed in Year 11.

Depending on the nature of musical, timetable sessions revert to rehearsal, brain storm, reflection, prop and costume development, research etc. Previous years include “Rock of ages”, “We Will Rock You” and “The School of rock” which had differing levels of necessary prep.

 

Projects/Activities:

  • Students will be collaborating on one project between term 1 and 2, this will include lots of small projects within that link to the source material e.g.
  • Character development sessions
  • Music workshops
  • Production brain storms
  • Whole group Health and Safety project
  • Rehearsal skills in action
  • Response to feedback
Focus:

Musical performance and exam

The musical is finished and performed during term two. This will be followed by the necessary coursework and reflection work.

 

Exam

Some learners may have a grade they are happy with from Year 10, however we may have the opportunity to re-sit.

 

 

Projects/activities:

  • Full technical and dress rehearsals
  • Musical performances
  • Production sessions
  • Reflection and coursework sessions
  • Exam prep and rehearse.

 

  • “Xtend” Musical rehearsal and performance
Focus:

The focus for term three is reflection on the learners developed skills, preparation for the exam (if sitting) and finishing any outstanding coursework for BTEC

Students re-sitting the exam will be given mock opportunities in the run up to their audition, enabling learners to have a more tailored focus – i.e. if they need to improve the performance, written or choosing element of the exam, they are given specific help.

 

Projects/activities:

Reflection of skills development for musical

Final “routes into education and work” project, linked to a local networking session

Exam re-sit

Students who wish to perform at the summer show are also given time to rehearse if required. This is not an assessment but it is an open project for those who wish to perform one last time.

BTEC Performing Arts – Level 2 first award – Drama / Dance / Music  /Musical Theatre / Production

 

Useful Evolve links:

We would encourage all students to spend time at home reviewing their learning and trying to work through any misunderstandings or areas of difficulty, before then discussing them in school with their teacher.

The following links will help students to find information and other learning resources to support their learning:

Lower School “Can-do” skills document

Performing Arts BTEC specification

http://www.thestage.co.uk