Performance

The Performance faculty aims to provide learners with opportunities to be creative and expressive.

Performance Overview:

Learners will challenge themselves through their development of subject knowledge, but also the improvement of physical, social and psychological skills.

The Performance faculty is made up of Physical Education, Music, Performing Arts, Dance and Health and Social Care.

Physical Education:

Our mission is to inspire, energise and educate students for healthy lifestyles through maximum participation in a wide range of activities, thus developing communication, social and life skills.In order to do this we boast a varied curriculum which includes games activities, outdoor activities, athletic activities, dance and gymnastic activities. We also run an extensive extra-curricular programme which covers a wide range of activities from football, rugby and netball to lacrosse, golf, taekwondo and fitness training.

The school competes locally, regionally and nationally in a range of sports and takes pride in developing the sporting status of the school. We also promote a "taking part" mentality where we encourage pupils to both compete and/or participate for enjoyment.

Facilities at the school are excellent and include a 3G astro-turf, multi use sports hall and a brand new fitness suite. All facilities provide a fertile ground for learning and allow for our diverse curriculum.


Music

The aim in Year 7 is to engage learners in the joys of appraising music from all eras and cultures effectively; through performing, improvising and listening. Activities range from designing, creating and performing on a 'Diddly Bow' guitar to exploring pitch and rhythm using voice and percussion in our Stomp-style topic "Junk It".

In Year 8, we prepare learners for KS4, building upon prior knowledge, exploring the musical elements and learning to recognise all forms of notation through composing for and performing on various acoustic and electric instruments. Activities range from creating a radio advert with voice over on Garageband to developing band rehearsal techniques, in our studio, in the topic "Be A Star".

‘Where words fail, music speaks.’
Hans Christian Andersen

How will I be assessed?

Learners complete a baseline test at the beginning of each year and then each topic is completed with both a performance and written assessment, culminating in eight formal assessments at KS3.

Learners have weekly home learning that is delivered and completed on Google Classroom; this provides a fully immersive musical experience, with links to YouTube and example work, as well as being a live update on progress and deadlines for parents and carers.

How can I stretch my learning?

There are an increasing number of extra-curricular opportunities available for all learners, including peripatetic instrumental lessons, a weekly lunchtime concert open to all and a termly Showcase that, in December 2016, saw 46 learners perform in our 4D interactive hall to a 250-strong audience.

Each year we deliver a full-scale production with all musical accompaniments performed by our learners. In recent years we have been lucky enough to have our productions written and scored by our Music Teacher, Mr Rowbotham. This year's spectacular is a science fiction Star Trek-style 'television' show; 'A Journey To A Void', including radio advert 'breaks' composed by our KS3 learners.

We are developing a music technology club for learners wishing to become proficient composing music on Garageband and we will to continue to expand the department to give learners as many opportunities to perform as possible.

 

Pearson BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music

What will I study?

BTEC Firsts in Music can help you take your first steps towards a career in the music industry. You’ll learn essential skills from performing and composing to producing, sound engineering and promoting a new track, album or concert.

How will I be assessed?

The course is made up of four units, each worth 25% of the final grade:

Unit 7: Introduction to Music Sequencing - 100% Coursework Deadline: June, Year 9

Unit 1: The Music Industry   - 100% Exam Deadline: May, Year 10

Unit 2:  Managing a Musical Product - 100% Coursework Deadline: December, Year 11

Unit 5: Introducing Music Performance - 100% Coursework Deadline: April, Year 11

How can I stretch my learning?
  • Check Google Classroom regularly for live updates of rehearsals, concerts, Showcases, home learning and coursework deadlines.
  • Complete all research, coursework and home learning within deadlines.
  • Immerse yourself in music, in and out of school, rehearsing constantly and enjoying the feeling of increasing accuracy and independence.

Performance, rehearsal and revision sessions every week:

Monday lunchtime - lessons/support after school - rehearsals/support

Tuesday lunchtime - lessons/support after school - rehearsals/support

Wednesday lunchtime - gigs after school - rehearsals/support

Thursday lunchtime - lessons/support

Friday lunchtime - lessons/support


BTEC Sport

What is BTEC First Award in Sport?

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport has been designed primarily for young people aged 14 to 19 who may wish to explore a vocational route throughout Key Stage 4, but it is also suitable for other learners who want a vocationally focused introduction to this area of study. It has been developed to:

  • encourage personal development through practical participation and performance in a range of sports and exercise activities
  • give learners a wider understanding and appreciation of health-related fitness, sports and exercise through a selection of optional specialist units
  • encourage learners to develop their people, communication, planning and team-working skills by having the opportunity to select from optional units available in the qualification structure
  • provide education and training for sport, leisure and recreation employees
  • give opportunities for sport, leisure and recreation employees to achieve a nationally recognised level 1 or level 2 vocationally-specific qualification
  • give full-time learners the opportunity to progress to other vocational qualifications, such as the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Sport or Sport and Exercise Sciences, or on to GCE AS or A level, and, in due course, to enter employment in the sport and active leisure sector
  • give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

 The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport has been designed to provide an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of sport. The qualification builds on learning from Key Stage 3 for those who may wish to explore a vocational route throughout Key Stage 4. It also provides a good introduction to Sport for learners in post-16 education, and brings together learning at levels 1 and 2 to ensure that every learner taking the qualification completes it with a level of understanding and skill on which to build at a later date.

In addition to this, the qualification provides opportunities for learners to develop the communication skills needed for working in the sport sector, as they progress through the course. This can be achieved through presentations and in discussions where they have the opportunity to express their opinions. The qualification provides opportunities for learners to focus on the development of personal, learning and thinking skills, and English and mathematics knowledge and skills, in a sport-related context.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport also provides the starting point for a route to employment into many diverse areas of sport, including junior level roles in the sport and active leisure sector, such as recreation assistant or Sports Leader.

How will I be assessed?

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport includes an externally assessed unit in the core to introduce externality into vocational programmes of study. This will assist learners as they progress either into higher levels of vocational learning, or to related academic qualifications such as GCEs and GCSEs. The assessment approach for the internally assessed units in the qualification structure enables learners to receive feedback on their progress throughout the course as they provide evidence towards meeting the unit assessment criteria.

Evidence for assessment can be generated through a range of activities, including workplace assessment, role play, practical performance and verbal presentations. 

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport is taught over 120 guided learning hours (GLH). It has core and optional specialist units. Learners must complete the two core units, and a choice of optional units to reach a total of 120 GLH.

This BTEC First Award has units that your centre assesses (internal) and a unit that Edexcel sets and marks (external).

 Core units:

1 Fitness for Sport and Exercise (Externally Assessed with an online Exam)

2 Practical Sports Performance

Optional specialist units:

3 The Mind and Sports Performance

4 The Sports Performer in Action

5 Training for Personal Fitness

6 Leading Sports Activities


BTEC Performing Arts

What will I study?

BTEC Firsts in Performing Arts can help you take your first steps towards a career onstage or behind the scenes. You’ll learn essential skills such as acting, stage management, production and set design.


How will I be assessed?

The course is made up of three units. The two core units are worth 25% of the final grade and the optional third unit is worth 50%:

CORE Unit 2: Preparation, Performance and Production - 100% Coursework Deadline: June year 10

OPTION Unit 3: Acting Skills - 100% Coursework Deadline: December, year 11

OPTION Unit 7: Production Skills for Performance - 100% Coursework  Deadline: December, year 11

CORE Unit 1: Individual Showcase - 100% Exam            Deadline: May, year 11

 

How can I stretch my learning?
  • Check Google Classroom regularly for live updates of rehearsals, concerts, Showcases, home learning and coursework deadlines.
  • Complete all research, coursework and home learning within deadlines.
  • Immerse yourself in drama, in and out of school, rehearsing constantly and enjoying the feeling of increasing accuracy and independence.

Performance, rehearsal and revision sessions every week:

Monday after school - open rehearsals/support

Tuesday after school - production rehearsals

Wednesday lunchtime - gigs


BTEC Health and Social Care

BTEC First Award in Health And Social Care?

The Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care could provide a starting point of a route into employment in many of the diverse areas of nursing, social work, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and dieticians.

During the course learners will have the opportunity to:                   

  • gain a broad understanding and knowledge of health and social care sector
  • have a more focused understanding of health and social care through the selection of optional specialist units
  • develop a range of personal skills and techniques, through the selection of units that are essential for successful performance in working life
  • achieve a nationally recognised level 1/level 2 health and social care qualification
  • support progression into a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic course or into an apprenticeship.                               

The course requires that learners complete 2 mandatory units and 2 optional units, each worth 25% of the final grade:

Core Units:

Unit 1 - Human Lifespan Development - externally assessed - 1 hour written exam.  

Unit 2 - Health and Social Care Values

Optional Units:

Unit 4 - Social influence on Health And Wellbeing

Unit 6 - The Impact of Nutrition on Health And Wellbeing


The internally assessed core unit and 2 optional specialist units are assessed via a range of internally assessed activities.  Evidence for assessment may include assignment and project work, case studies, workplace assessment, role play and presentations. The learning activities will reflect the nature of work within the health and social care sector by encouraging learners to research and carry out assessment in the workplace, or in simulated working conditions, wherever possible.


Dance

At Matthew Moss learners within key stage 3 participate in dance as part of a rotation within the CPA faculty. Dance is a healthy form of exercise and learning dance within school encourages an active lifestyle whilst also building confidence and self-esteem. Dance provides learners with an opportunity to experience a range of dance styles whilst also developing their knowledge and understanding of dance techniques. Learners are encouraged to experiment with their own creative ideas through the skill of choreography both working individually or as part of a group. Performance is an essential aspect of dance at key stage 3 and all learners are taught the skills to be able to perform in front of an audience, which is the key aspect of assessment at this level. Peer and self-evaluation is another key aspect to dance education, enabling learners to identify areas of improvement and develop upon their critical thinking, problem solving and existing skills. Overall, Dance education teaches the values and skills of creativity, problem solving, risk taking, making judgments and higher-order thinking skills and enhances pupil confidence and self-esteem.

Mr S Dainty

Head of Performance

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