Dance and Drama

As well as being a fun and active subject for students to study, dance and drama helps to develop an appreciation of character, culture, confidence and creativity. Our curriculum plan is demanding and diverse, and the skills taught can be applied to other academic disciplines, particularly English, media, music, art and the humanities.

We aim to make the course as engaging as possible. From studying The Twits and silent movies in Year 7 to looking at Woyzeck and Shakespeare's performance conditions in sixth form, we are sure that all students will find dance and drama at Burlington Danes a wholly enriching experience. All students will be expected to wear full PE kit and take part in bare feet for the dance units.

KEY STAGE 3

YEAR 7

  • Half Term 1: Silent Movies
  • Half Term 2: The Twits
  • Half Term 3: Thriller
  • Half Term 4: Musicals
  • Half Term 5: History through drama
  • Half Term 6: History through drama

YEAR 8

  • Half Term 1: Greek Theatre
  • Half Term 2: Scriptwork
  • Half Term 3: Contemporary Martial Arts
  • Half Term 4: West Side Story
  • Half Term 5: Protest
  • Half Term 6: Devising Theatre

YEAR 9 DRAMA

  • Half Term 1: Macbeth
  • Half Term 2: Stone Cold
  • Half Term 3: Swansong
  • Half Term 4: Car Man
  • Half Term 5: Let Him Have It
  • Half Term 6: Teechers

YEAR 9 DANCE

  • Half Term 1: Swansong
  • Half Term 2: Urban
  • Half Term 3: The Car Man
  • Half Term 4: Choreography Challenge
  • Half Term 5: Cyber
  • Half Term 6: Written Revision

KEY STAGE 4

DRAMA

YEAR 10

  • Half Term 1: Devising theatre and acting skills (performance for BDA's Black histroy Month Gala)
  • Half Term 2: How to appreciate live theatre and write a theatre review. Development of 'explorative drama skills' (exam unit 1 and 2).
  • Half Term 3: Unit 1: Drama Exploration – ‘Fame’
  • Half Term 4: Unit 3: Performance – Script work skills
  • Half Term 5: Unit 1: Exam
  • Half Term 6: Coursework completion – Documentary Evidence

YEAR 11

  • Half Term 1: Exploration of a set text.
  • Half Term 2: How to appreciate live theatre and write a review. Unit 2: Exam
  • Half Term 3: Unit 3: Performance – Selecting plays in groups and researching characters
  • Half Term 4: Unit 3: Performance – Rehearsing ready for practical exam
  • Half Term 5: Public Performance. Final exam
  • Half Term 6: Study Leave

SIXTH FORM

YEAR 12

  • Half Term 1: Unit 1: Text in Performance – ‘Road’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’
  • Half Term 2: Unit 1: Text in Performance – ‘Road’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’
  • Half Term 3: Theatre Analysis and Reviews. Unit 2: play and monologue rehearsal
  • Half Term 4: Unit 2: play and monologue rehearsal
  • Half Term 5: Unit 2: public performance
  • Half Term 6: Dr Faustus

YEAR 13

  • Half Term 1: Unit 4: group devised performance
  • Half Term 2: Unit 4 Exam: public performance of group devised performance
  • Half Term 3: Unit 3: Shakespeare’s performance conditions
  • Half Term 4: revision of Dr Faustus and Shakespeare’s performance conditions
  • Half Term 5: revision of Dr Faustus and Shakespeare’s performance conditions
  • Half Term 6: Unit 3 written exam

DANCE

YEAR 10- AQA GCSE DANCE

  • Half Term 1: Introduction to GCSE Dance. Focus on basic dance actions. Unit 4a- solo composition task- introduction to motif development.
  • Half Term 2: Unit 2: learning set dance, focus on technical and expressive skills. Introduction to Unit 1- written paper.
  • Half Term 3: Unit 3- Performance piece, working on technique and performance quality and contact work.
  • Half Term 4: Unit 4b- Exploring choreographic stimuli and group choreography.
  • Half Term 5: Finalising all units and revision ready for Year 10 exam.
  • Half Term 6: Year 10 exam, begin GCSE performance piece.

YEAR 11- AQA GCSE DANCE

  • Half Term 1: Unit 3- performance piece- focus on technical and expressive skills. Unit 4b- exploring stimuli and starting choreography.
  • Half Term 2: Unit 4a- learn and develop solo motifs, continue working on group choreography using stimulus.
  • Half Term 3: Revisit Overdrive and Nutcracker for Unit 1, appreciate final professional work. Exam style questions. Rehearsal of all practical units. Record and send off Unit 2 exam.
  • Half Term 4: Rehearsal of all units to external moderation. Create programme note for choreography.
  • Half Term 5: Revision and mock papers in preparation for Unit 1 written paper.

SIXTH FORM

YEAR 12

  • Half Term 1: Unit 1: the dancer as a performer. Unit 2: begin work on performance in a duo/trio
  • Half Term 2: Analysis of professional works for unit 1. Continue work on unit 2- to finalise performance piece
  • Half Term 3: Unit 1: choreography skills and the significance of works. Unit 2: solo question exploration upon receiving the question paper
  • Half Term 4: Unit 1- analysis of professional works. Unit 2- continue developing solo using choreographic skills
  • Half Term 5: Revision of the whole of unit 1 using exam style questions. Rehearsal for the practical exam
  • Half Term 6: Revision of unit 1 until the written exam

YEAR 13

  • Half Term 1: Unit 4: practical workshops exploring various types of stimulus. Unit 4: looking at the area of study
  • Half Term 2: Unit 4: group choreography using a past exam question. Unit 3: practitioners and their techniques
  • Half Term 3: Unit 4: chosen practitioner solo. Unit 3: area of study - Practitioners and Genre. Set work- the form of the dance and its effectiveness
  • Half Term 4: Unit 4: Rehearse. Unit 3: genre and its context. Set work: technique and style of the choreographer
  • Half Term 5: Unit 4: preparation for practical exam. Unit 3: revision and past exam questions
  • Half Term 6: Revision of all of unit 3 until written paper