DRAMA AND DANCE

Drama and Dance Department

At Oakfield students are able to explore and appreciate drama and dance through a range of experiences, which assist in developing communication, confidence, self-esteem and problem solving and thinking skills.

In Key Stage 3 students follow the National Curriculum for English and P. E in drama and dance, which focusses on performing, creating and reflecting.

We offer learners many opportunities to get involved with drama and dance at Oakfield including school shows, workshops and performances.

Drama and Dance at KS3

At Oakfield we follow the National Curriculum for English (Drama) and P.E (Dance) at KS3, where pupils develop knowledge and skills through performing, creating and reflecting.

Pupils improve their skills and knowledge in vocal and movement skills (drama) and physical and interpretative skills (dance), through solo and ensemble work. Pupils explore a range of topics in KS3 that allow pupils to learn and understand the historical, biographical and cultural aspects of the performing arts.

Topics studied in Y7 include; Toys, Mulan, Jabberwocky, Heroes and Villains, and Still Life at the Penguin Café.

In Y8 topics include; Skellig, Bollywood, Guernica, Harry Potter, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.

In Y9 topics include; Hansel and Gretel, Ghost Dances, Parkour, The Hurricane and Blood Brothers.

Drama and Dance at KS4 and KS5

In KS4 and 5 students study BTEC Entry Level 3 Award - L1 Diploma in Performing Arts. Students explore units that look into the three main areas of the arts including Drama, Dance and Music.

The students are able to explore into a range of knowledge and skills in the arts which they bring together to create a final performance for most of the BTEC units. Some units specialise in knowledge and understanding of the arts which can include job roles in the arts industry.

Students have been able to explore into the arts whilst on this course through being part of and watching performances, workshops, tours and exhibitions. Students have performed at the ‘Wigan Disability Arts Festival’, The Lowry and Fred Longworth High School.  The students have also had workshops at Oakfield with the English National Ballet, UCLAN and the Royal Exchange Theatre which included a tour. Students have been to the Lowry Art Gallery to explore a range of exhibitions including the ‘Children’s TV Exhibition’ and Akram Khan’s ‘One Side to the Other’.

Performances

At Oakfield we value and acknowledge the importance of performance for students whether they are part of the performance or part of the audience.

We have had performances at Oakfield including pantomimes and dramas such as ‘Self-Esteem’, ‘Alcohol Awareness’, ‘Transition’ and ‘Cyber-Bullying’. We have close links with the More Than Words Theatre Company who often perform their new creations at Oakfield. Staff at Oakfield have also put on Christmas performances for the students. We have been to performances including ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘The Lion King’, ‘Giselle’ and ‘Flex-N’ a hip-hop group from New York and Manchester which the students got to meet at the end of the show.

Students have also had the opportunity to be involved in performances including IntEnt Week where the Performance IntEnt group performed at Landgate School singing and dancing. The BTEC Performing Arts group have performed at the ‘Wigan Disability Arts Festival’, The Lowry and Fred Longworth High School. The BTEC performance groups and school music and drama groups have also performed at Oakfield including Christmas celebrations to fellow students, parent and carers.

Useful links

http://www.artscouncil.org.uk

http://www.wiganyouthzone.org/welcome/

http://www.communitydance.org.uk/

http://www.northwestdance.org.uk/

http://www.culturehubs.co.uk/arts/

http://www.curiousminds.org.uk/

http://www.northwestdramaservices.co.uk/