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‘Building powerful knowledge to grow confident & creative global citizens.’

 

At Lincoln Academy we all value the importance of the Performing Arts. A solid base of knowledge, skills and understanding in music and drama ensure that our students gain the zest to be creative and also appreciate the creativity of others throughout their life. Students are increasingly confident performers who take pride in their creations.  They articulate the value of all aspects of producing a final product and its specific place in social, historical and economic contexts. Coherent understanding is built upon the three threads of performing arts; creating/composing, performing/presenting and listening/appreciating.  Our curriculum adds to each of these concepts in a hierarchical approach.

 

Our recovery curriculum supports students' academic progress by acknowledging potential missed learning opportunities, supporting student wellbeing and facilitating enrichment.  We continue to develop students resilience and sense of achievement fostering their ambition and celebrating their successes.

 

 Drama

Drama is studied alongside English in KS3. Students are given the opportunity to experience the texts studied in their English lessons through the practical application of drama skills.

Year 7 Unit 1 - Greek theatre 

  • Greek myths and legends  
  • Greek theatre devices such as chorus movement and dialogue
  • Historical context of theatre beginnings 
  • Reading and interpreting scripted works 

Year 7 Unit 2 – Pace, Pause, perform

  • Vocal techniques to carry a performance
  • Poetry as a stimulus
  • Mime

Year7 Unit 3 - A Midsummer Night's Dream

  • Character exploration including social and cultural influence
  • Plot development
  • Stock characters
  • Historical context of theatre developments

Year 8 – Unit 4 – Oliver Twist

  • Character building
  • Social class
  • Tableaux
  • Expression

Year 8 – Unit 5 – War Poetry   

  • Tableaux
  • Mime and movement
  • Multimedia
  • Vocal techniques

Year8 – Unit 6 – Macbeth

  • Character exploration 
  • Plot development
  • Stock characters
  • Understanding Shakespeare’s England including historical, social and cultural influences

Year 9 Drama

Students in Year 9 develop and extend the knowledge, skills and understanding grounded in Years 7 and 8 in an increasingly creative way.  This allows opportunity for students to develop their confidence and imaginative skills during practical activities.  Students become progressively independent as they explore and master technique as well as appreciate and evaluate the work of others.

Teachers encourage and support creativity.  They scaffold learning through a mixture of techniques that include modelling of creative processes through demonstration, sharing and evaluating ideas and directed research for planning.  Stimuli, including from the wider world, helps students explore and express their own thoughts.  This inspires creative thought processes that students continue to develop. 

  • Modules 1 – didactic theatre
  • Didactic theatre
  • Physical skills
  • Vocal skills
  • Trust

Module 2 – Drama devices

  • Back story
  • Characterisation
  • Structuring drama  
  • Performance spaces

Module 3 – Room 13

  • Tension and suspense
  • Working from a stimulus
  • Character development
  • Multimedia
  • Physical and vocal skills
  • Script development through improvisation
  • Basic semiotics

Module 4 – The Tempest

  • Plot
  • Characterisation
  • Script work
  • Shakespearian techniques
  • Critique and feedback
  • Performance analysis

Module 5 – Theatre Practitioners and styles

  • Brecht – Theatre in education  
  • Stanislavski – Naturalism
  • Frantic Assembly – Physical theatre

Module 6 -

  • Devised work – script and character development
  • Developing ideas from a stimulus
  • Team work
  • Production design
  • Structuring drama
  • Semiotics  
  • Performing to an audience

Music

Music is taught every week to all students in Years 7 & 8

Year 7  

Module 1 – STOMP!

  • reading and writing rhythm
  • ensemble skills
  • creating and performing through ensemble work
  • chair drumming
  • duration, Tempo, Texture, Structure 

Module 2 – Instruments of the Orchestra  

  • Keyboard skills
  • Deeper listening skills
  • Pitch, articulation, timbre, texture 
  • Types of instrument
  • Sharps and flats

Module 3 – Oriental music

  • Pentatonic scales
  • Improvisation
  • Drone
  • Music taught through the aural tradition

Module 4 – Find Your Voice – The Sea Shanty 

  • Whole class vocal work
  • Beatboxing  
  • Part singing
  • Pitch, dynamics
  • Music arrangement - Soundtrap remix

 

Module 5 – The Blues 

  • Blues scale
  • 12 bar blues
  • Improvisation
  • Historical, social, cultural influences
  • Band skills 

Module 6 – The Blues Legacy

  • Rock ‘n’ Roll performance
  • Elements of Rock ‘n’ roll music
  • Keyboard skills
  • Vocal skills
  • Basslines

Year 8 Music

Module 1 - Pop goes the classics part 1 

  • Students perform a piece of music from a lead sheet. 
  • Using chord sequences on piano & guitar 
  • Bass – sustained root notes and rhythmic interest   
  • Drum kit – 4/4 beats including fills  
  • Vocals - lead and backing    

Module 2 - Pop goes the classics part 2

  • Pachelbel’s Canon using keyboards. 
  • Improving awareness of notes on the keyboard and hand coordination.
  • Timing within an ensemble
  • Chord creation and recognition
  • Understanding major and minor chords
  • Knowledge of baroque features such as instrumentation, texture and compositional devices. 

Module 3 - Pop goes the classics part 3 

  • Composing to a brief  
  • Revamping a ground bass
  • Arrange and sequence a backing track.
  • Write and record a rap using technology
  • Using poetry techniques to create lyrics

Module 4 – The 4 chord trick

  • Reading music
  • Using feedback to improve performance
  • Improving confidence in live performance.
  • Accuracy of rhythm and pitch
  • Listening to performances and giving feedback.
  • Drum kit, bass, keyboards, vocals, ukulele
  • Opportunities to write and arrange music

Module 5 – Melody and Chords

  • Using notation software 
  • Reading music notation 
  • Creating a chord sequence 
  • Using chords to create melodies. 

Module 6 - Reggae Performance  

  • Syncopation 
  • Reading rhythm
  • Independence in an ensemble. 
  • Keyboard – syncopated chords 
  • Bass riff 
  • Drum kit 4/4 syncopated beat
  • Vocals 

Year 9 Music

Students in Year 9 develop and extend the knowledge, skills and understanding grounded in Years 7 and 8 in an increasingly creative way.  This allows opportunity for students to develop their confidence and imaginative skills during practical activities.  Students become progressively independent as they explore and master technique as well as appreciate and evaluate the work of others.

Teachers encourage and support creativity.  They scaffold learning through a mixture of techniques that include modelling of creative processes through demonstration, sharing and evaluating ideas and directed research for planning.  Stimuli, including from the wider world, helps students explore and express their own thoughts.  This inspires creative thought processes that students continue to develop. 

Module 1 – Pop music

  • Ed Sheeran – Looping
  • Texture and layering
  • Arranging a track
  • Samples and found sound
  • Creating your own track using techniques found in modern pop production

Module 2 - World Music

  • Ensemble skills
  • Musician skills
  • Samba band
  • Salsa – Havana
  • African drumming
  • Creating fusions – Afro Celt Sound System

 Module 3- Film Music

  • Sibelius composition 
  • Music theory
  • Portfolio of typical features - Appraising 
  • Music by Has Zimmer and John Williams

Module 4 - Live Lounge – Working as a musician

  • Develop practical skills for the industry
  • Gain knowledge on how the industry works
  • Watch and appraise performances from professionals
  • Develop a live performance for an audience

Module 5 - Minimalism  

  • Sibelius Composition 
  • Looping
  • Melody manipulation and development
  • Composition skills in preparation for GCSE Music
  • Music by Philip Glass and Steve Reich

Module 6 – Ensemble performance

  • Choosing appropriate material
  • Developing a set list
  • Improving ensemble skills
  • Developing instrumental skills
  • Performing to an audience

Year 10 & 11 GCSE Music

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/music-2016.html

Year 10 & 11 GCSE Drama

https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/242630-specification-accredited-gcse-drama-j316.pdf