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Harlington Upper School

Arts and Physical Education

Art Subject Leader: Mrs C Cross

Drama Subject Leader: Mrs C Maiello / Mrs  R Gibbs

Music Subject Leader: Mrs E Carroll

PE Subject Leader: Mrs S Wareing

Performing Arts (Dance) Subject Leader: Miss S Mead

Duke of Edinburgh Award Leader: Mr R Golding

 

The Arts and PE faculty

This vibrant faculty consists of six main subject areas: Art, Drama, Music, Dance, Outdoor Education, and PE. There is an impressive range of courses on offer within the school day. The PE curriculum is second to none and the creative arts thrive in terms of diversity and quality. Excellence is not just a feature of the classroom. The wide range of extra-curricular provision ensures that any student with an interest in the arts or sport will find plenty of opportunities to enjoy and excel through participation or competition.

 

Curriculum Information

Subject

Art and Design

Qualification

GCSE

Exam Board

Edexcel

Course Leader

Mrs C. Cross

Course Summary

The course consists of two components; component one includes a portfolio of work in your sketchbooks and final outcomes which is your coursework and makes up 60% of your grade, component two includes the controlled assessment representing your examination work and final outcomes which make up 40% of your overall grade. At the end of the course your work is displayed for final moderation by the examiners.

What will students learn?

 

Year 9

 

 

 

Learners will use Natural Forms as a source of inspiration for their own work. Over the course of this scheme they will be expected to:

Be able to work from first-hand observation of a wide range of natural objects. To be able to explore a range of different materials in order to develop their skills and understanding. To be able to make purposeful images in order to generate ideas and to present their sketchbook work with care and purpose. To research and understand the work of others and to reflect upon this work in order to come up with ideas of their own. To be able to study examples of the different artefacts from both given resources and their own investigations. To develop, modify and refine their ideas for an outcome based on natural forms and to use a range of techniques and processes in order to create it.

What will students learn?

 

Year 10

 

The course is designed to develop your own practical skills and ability. It will help you to understand and to gain knowledge of how ideas, meanings and feelings are put across in Art. We look at how these ideas relate to the lives of artists and to your own experiences. Students studying Art GCSE need to be ‘practitioners and critics’ (you need to be a ‘thinker’ about art and a ‘maker’ of art at the same time). The first project will be based on your identity, allowing you to explore the meaning of art whilst looking at yourself.

What will students learn?

 

Year 11

 

The course is taught through a number of projects over the two years. The projects are based on interesting themes and we encourage you to explore the themes in depth. To help you develop your ideas you will experience a variety of ways of working, discover new techniques and find out how to use many different materials. You will be helped to explore how artists, designers and craftspeople have developed their own ideas and you will be able to try these in your own work.

You will be shown how to draw from observation to build skills and confidence in manipulating the formal elements. Your sketchbook will be an important record of your ideas over the two years it forms an important part of your final assessment. Homework assignments will be directly related to your coursework.

How will students be assessed?

 

Year 9

Year 9 students will be assessed at the beginning of the school year with a baseline test. This will consist of a timed test of the students’ ability to draw from observation whilst using pencil. Throughout the year students will be given feedback and assessment grades are given after each assessment criteria has been met (approximately every 6-8weeks).

How will students be assessed?

 Year 10

Throughout the year students will be given feedback and assessment grades are given after each assessment criteria has been met (approximately every 6-8weeks). The feedback will be graded /18 which will give an indication of the level they are working at between 1 and 9.

How will students be assessed?

 Year 11

Throughout the year students will be given feedback and assessment grades are given after each assessment criteria has been met (approximately every 6-8weeks). The feedback will be graded /20 which will give an indication of the level they are working at between A* and U. At the end of the year students will have an exam consisting of 12 weeks preparation time and 10hrs to produce a final outcome.

Resources (e.g. useful links)

 

 

www.studentartguide.com

www.tate.org

www.pinterest.co.uk

 

 

Curriculum Information

Subject

Music

Qualification

GCSE

Exam Board

Edexcel

Course Leader

Mrs E Carroll

What will students learn?

Year 9

Students will re-vist and develop skills in note reading, notation, keyboard and singing skills, listening and analysing skills. Students will also develop their composing skills through studying topics such as reggae and pop and film music whilst also exploring music from the “Classical” genre

What will students learn?

 

Year 10-11

Students will, through the studying of a number of set works, develop their analysing, score reading, performing and composing skills in preparation for the course work and exam units.

The Course is divided into 3 areas; Performing, Composing and Analysing

Edexcel GCSE Music (9-1) – Specification Overview

Component - PERFORMING

30% of total GCSE Minimum of 2 performances;

One solo – minimum 1 minute in length

One ensemble – minimum 1 minute in length.

The total minimum performance time is 4 minutes across the solo and ensemble pieces. Minimum of 2 pieces. Solo and ensemble performances are each worth marks each. Total of 60 marks.

Component - COMPOSING

30% of total GCSE 2 compositions

1 to set brief – minimum 1 minute long

1 free composition- minimum 1 minute long

In total the 2 compositions must be a minimum of 3 minutes in length.2 pieces. 30 marks each - Total of 60 marks.

Component - APPRAISING

40% of total GCSE 4 Areas of Study with 2 set works in each:

Instrumental Music – 1700-1820

Vocal Music

Music for Stage and Screen

Fusions

1 Exam – 1 hour 45 minutes 80 marks

How will students be assessed?

Year 9

Students will have an initial base line test when they enter Harlington and then will be assessed throughout the year both formatively and summatively, through written and performance tasks.

How will students be assessed?

Year 10/11

Students will be assessed in accordance to the examining boards mark schemes. In year 10, students will undertake mocks in all areas of the course and in Year 11 will complete their composing and performing course work and sit a formal exam as dictated by Edexcel

Resources (e.g. useful links)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zpf3cdm
CGP GCSE Music practice books and core study book
Music Department intranet resources
Auralia and musition

 

Curriculum Information

Subject

Physical Education

Qualification

GCSE

Exam Board

Edexcel / Pearson

Course Leader

Mrs S Wareing

Course Summary

The GCSE PE course is aimed at those students who have a strong interest in the theoretical study and practice of sport. A proven record of achievement in practical sport and current club, district, county representation is a correlative factor of success in this qualification.

The course is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of the key theoretical concepts supporting sport performance. There is a strong focus on theory delivery with strengths in Science, Mathematics and English being an advantage.

Students can progress from this qualification to further study physical education at A Level and vocational courses such as the BTEC Nationals in Sport.

What will students learn?

 

 

 

 

 

Component1: Fitness and Body Systems [Theory] 36% of qualification

Topic 1 – Applied anatomy and physiology

Topic 2 – Movement analysis

Topic 3 – Physical Training

Topic 4 – Use of data

Component2: Health and Performance[Theory] 24% of qualification

Topic 1 – Health, fitness an well-being

Topic 2 – Sport psychology

Topic 3 – Socio-cultural influences

Topic 4 – Use of data

Component3:Practical performance[Practical] 30% of qualification

· Skills in both individual and team activities

· General performance skills

Students will experience a carousel of sport activities but can only be assessed in a sport that features on the exam boards set list of sports.

Component4: Personal Exercise Programme (PEP) 10% of qualification

[Coursework] - Practical and Written

· Performance analysis

· Planning a personal exercise programme (PEP)

· Carrying out and monitoring the PEP

· Evaluation of the PEP

How will students be assessed?

 

 

Assessment of Theory:

Topic tests - these are regular tests that aim to assess the students understanding and recall of each topic.

Unit tests – significantly more detailed tests that cover a wider range of subject content – a number of topics.

End of Year 10 examination - this will assess the students understanding and recall of all subject content covered up to this point. It will also familiarise the student with the format and demands of a final written exam paper.

The student will sit 2 exams – one for Component 1 and one for Component 2.

Mock examination (Year 11 – December) - this will assess the students understanding and recall of all subject content covered up to this point – usually the complete subject content list. It will further familiarise the student with the format and demands of a final written exam paper with a chance to act on feedback from the end of Year 10 exam. The focus of this exam is high quality/scoring responses and pace.

The student will sit 2 exams – one for Component 1 and one for Component 2.

Final written examinations (Year 11 – May)

Two exams will be sat:

Exam 1 - Component 1: 1 hour 45 minutes(36% of the qualification)

Exam 2 - Component 2: 1 hour 15 minutes(24% of the qualification)

Practical assessment: (30% of the qualification)

Assessment of practical skills and their application will be continuous throughout the course in each practical lesson and extra-curricular clubs and competitions.

The student’s final assessment will be their highest scoring three sports from the set list of activities produced by the exam board.

· One must be a team activity

· One must be an individual activity

· The third sport can be a free choice (team or individual)

It is important to note that if a sport does not feature on the set list a student can not be assessed in it.

Absence, illness and injury should be avoided as these will have a negative impact on progress and the final grade received.

Coursework assessment:(10% of the qualification)

During Year 10, students produce a Personal Exercise Programme (PEP), and will analyse and evaluate their performance.

Resources (e.g. useful links)

 

 

 

 

Textbook: Scott, T. Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Physical Education, (2016) Pearson Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-292-12988-4

Revision: Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Physical Education (2016) ‘Revision Guide’

ISBN: 978-1-292-13512-0

CGP GCSE Edexcel Physical Education GCSE (9-1) ‘Revision Guide’

ISBN: 978-1-782-945-338

 

Curriculum Information

Subject

PE

Qualification

BTEC Level 1/ Level 2 First Award in Sport

Exam Board

Pearson/ Edexcel

Course Leader

Mr A Bennett

Course Summary

The BTEC Sport course offers students the opportunity to study sport in both a practical and theoretical way. It is conducted over 2 years and there are four Units of study.

Students complete an externally assessed On Demand test as well as three Units which are internally assessed units.

 Unit 1. Fitness for Sport and Exercise- Core unit - Externally assessed

Unit 2. Practical Sports Performance - Core unit- Internally assessed

Unit 3. The Mind and Sports Performance - Optional unit - Internally assessed

Unit 5. Training for Personal Fitness - Optional Unit - Internally assessed.

 The skills learnt in studying a BTEC First will aid progression to further study and prepare learners to enter the workplace in due course. In the sport sector, typical employment opportunities may include working as a coach or as a fitness instructor. These qualifications are intended primarily for learners in the 14–19 age group.

What will students learn?

 

Year 10

 

Students will learn about the rules and regulations of their chosen sports. They will apply their knowledge into sporting situations and also analyse their own performance. They will be assessed practically in two sports and be required to perform to a good standard.

 Students will also study the impacts of fitness training on their sporting performance. They will take part in a fitness training programme in order to develop their own physical performance. They will study the principles of training and apply those to their individual needs.

What will students learn?

 

Year 11

 

Students will study in greater detail the principles of training and the different types of training. They will explore and develop their knowledge of different fitness testing procedures and how to carry these out safely and effectively. Students will then be examined using an external On Demand test.

 Finally the students will complete their final unit on the psychological aspects of sports performance. They will study different theories relating to personality and anxiety and how these may or may not benefit sports performance.

How will students be assessed?

 Year 10

 Students will be assessed by completing several assignment based activities. They will be given set pieces of work to complete.

The practical performance will be assessed by the production of a performance video and accompanied by a written assignment.

How will students be assessed?

 Year 11

 Students will be assessed with an On Screen test for Unit 1. The students will be entered when they are completely prepared for this test.

 Students will complete the final Unit with three further written assignments and tasks.

Resources (e.g. useful links)

 

 

 

 

Textbook: Adams, M et al ‘BTEC First – Sport’ -Pearson Education – 2012

ISBN – 978-1-4469-0161-8

Revision book: BTEC First – Revise BTEC Sport – Revision Guide- Pearson Education – 2014 ISBN – 978-1-4469-0670-5

www.brianmac.com

www.pearson.co.uk

 

 

Curriculum Information

Subject

Dance

Qualification

BTEC Level 1 / Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts

Exam Board

Edexcel / Pearson

Course Leader

Miss S Mead

Course Summary

 The BTEC Level 1 / Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts course is aimed at those students who have a strong interest in dance performance and the appreciation of planning choreography in a variety of styles.

 The course is designed to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in Jazz, Contemporary and Commercial styles. Assessment is internal and external and students are required to perform in two showcase events with regular attendance to rehearsals during in and after school.

 This course allows performance projects to develop communication and teamwork skills as students devise duets, trios, group pieces. Students are required to perform to an audience on a regular basis this enhances their confidence and expression in dance.

 Strengths in English would be an advantage, the theoretical aspect of this course includes independent completion of:

 

· Performance logbooks

· Training diaries

· Letter of application

· Evaluations for each assessment

Students can progress from this qualification to the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts.

 

What will students learn?

 

Year 10 & Year 11

 

 Unit 1 – Individual Showcase (Practical & Theory)

External Examination - 25% of qualification

Topic 1 – Letter writing (in response to an external Job advert)

Topic 2 – Motif workshops

Topic 3 – Choreographic techniques

Topic 4 – Performance skills workshops

Topic 5 – Exam preparation Solo 1 and Solo 2

 Unit 4 – Dance Skills(Practical & Theory)

Internal Assessment - 50% of qualification

Topic 1 – Choreographic techniques for group performances

Topic 2 – Jazz exercise sequences

Topic 3 – Jazz motif development – prop use

Topic 4 – Skills audit, Logbook, Training Diary and evaluation - Jazz

Topic 5 – Contemporary exercises sequences

Topic 6 – Contemporary motif development – stimulus

Topic 7 – Skills audit, Logbook, Training Diary and evaluation – Contemporary

Topic 8 – Performance preparation

Topic 9 – Showcase performance

Topic 10 – Participation & live performance in dance skills project L3showcase piece

 Unit 2 – Preparation, Performance and Production (Practical & Theory)

Internal Assessment 25% of qualification

Topic 1 – Planning a live stage performance

Topic 2 – Role allocation

Topic 3 – Choreographic processes

Topic 4 – Production – costume, make up & hair, set & lighting

Topic 5 – Staging and performance skills

Topic 6 – Showcase performance

How will students be assessed?

 

Year 10 & Year 11

 Assessment

 Unit 1 – Individual Showcase

 Internal mock assessments - these are regular performances to enhance students movement memory and performance skills in preparation for the exam. Additionally students will sit practice written tests to develop their confidence in their letter of application. (July year 9 / Oct / Dec / Feb)

- External exam – letter of application (2 hours) (March)

- Solo performance 1 (theme released by the exam board) (March)

- Solo performance 2 (theme released by the exam board) (March)

 Unit 4 – Dance Skills

 Internal mock assessments – these are regular group based performances to enhance students choreographic techniques, movement memory and performance skills. (April / June / Oct )

- Internal Draft Jazz (May)

- Internal Draft Contemporary (July)

- Internal Final Jazz performance (Oct/Nov)

- Internal Final Contemporary performance (Oct/Nov)

- Showcase of best performance (April)

Theory coursework

1. Initial skills audit Jazz & Contemporary

2. Training Diaries Jazz & Contemporary

3. Logbooks Jazz & Contemporary

4. Evaluations Jazz & Contemporary

Unit 2 – Preparation, Performance and Production

 Internal mock assessments – regular performance of the storyline to enhance students development and production of the piece. Areas to evaluate include choreographic techniques, movement memory and performance skills. (Dec /Feb / March )

- Internal Draft (Jan)

- Internal Final – performance at the showcase evenings(April)

Theory coursework

1. Process logbook

2. Draft Evaluation

3. Final Evaluation

 

 

 

 

Curriculum Information

Subject

Drama

Qualification

GCSE

Exam Board

Edexcel (1DRO)

Course Leader

Mrs Maiello/Mrs Gibbs

Course Summary

Who should choose this subject?

 

· Students who are interested in performing themselves and watching professional actors performing plays at the theatre.

· Students who want the opportunity to develop social and communication skills and to learn about the art of performance.

· Students who are committed to working closely with others and using their creative ideas.

· Students who can communicate their practical ideas through written coursework.

 

What will students learn?

 

Year 10 and Year 11

 

Students will have opportunities to develop:

· Creative and imaginative powers and practical skills for communicating and expressing ideas, feelings and meanings in drama.

· Investigative, analytical, experimental and interpretative capabilities, aesthetic understanding and critical skills.

· Understanding of drama forms and awareness of contexts in which they operate.

· Knowledge and understanding of drama within a social, cultural and historical context.

· Communication of a range of drama forms through written coursework,


Trips and Workshops

Students will have the opportunity to

· Visit the Fortune Theatre to see The Woman in Black in Y10

· Visit Milton Keynes Theatre to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time in Y11.

· Research visits to support component 2.

· Take part in a workshop with professional actor Sean Jones.

· Participate in the whole school show.

· Participate in public exam showcases to parents.

 

How will students be assessed?

 

Year 10 and Year 11

Mixture of Practical and written assessment throughout the course. Written coursework is completed under controlled conditions. Written Exam at the end of Y11.

Assessments

Component 1: Understanding drama

What is assessed? (Written, 40%)

· Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre

· Study of one set play from a choice of six

· Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

How is it assessed?

(Written exam 1hr 40, open book)

The exam will include:-

Section A - Multiple choice questions (4 marks)

Section B - Four questions on a given extract from the set play chosen (46 marks)

Section C - One two part question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (30 marks).

Component 2: Devising drama (Practical, 40%)

What is assessed?

· Process of creating devised drama.

· Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer or designer)

· Analysis and evaluation of own work.

How is it assessed?

The practical comprises devising a log (60 marks) and a devised performance (20 marks). This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.

Component 3: Texts in practice (Practical, 20%)

What is assessed?

· Performance of two extracts from one play (students may contribute as performer or designer (25 marks each). Free choice of play but it must contrast with the set play chosen for Component 1

How is it assessed?

Performance of extract 1 and performance of extract 2

Each extract is worth 25 marks. This component is marked by AQA.