Performing Arts Curriculum

Staff members with responsibilities

Mr M. Coe - Subject leader for Music and Drama

Mr M. Harrison - Music Teacher

KS3 curriculum - Drama

We deliver a rounded experience in drama at KS3, allowing students a grounded introduction to the elements, explorative strategies and a variety of stimulus in which to build up knowledge of performance skills. This can range from taking a journey into Greek Mythology, circus skills, creating a living comic strip and exploring well known scripts and writers such as Shakespeare.

Year 7 & Year 8 Topics

Year 7 Year 8
New Kid Time machine
The Door Fairy tales (Girl in da Hoodie script)
Circus The Island
Mythology Teechers (script by John Godber)
Soundscapes Genre / abstract
Superheroes Role play and status

KS4 curriculum - Drama

Students are entered for the Edexcel GCSE drama course. The course consists of three separate components. Students will study the drama medium and explorative strategies as well as performance skills. Devising an original piece of theatre is a requirement of Component 1 as well as performing from well-known playwrights works. The final component is a written exam in which students will write analytically and reflectively referring to a complete set text prescribed by the examination board. Students will also be required to visit a theatre to watch a live performance as part of their exam.

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Qualifications gained

GCSE Drama

Further progression

Students can progress from this qualification to:

• the Edexcel AS and A Level in Drama and Theatre
• related vocational qualifications such as BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts
• Extended Project Level 3 Unit 3 Performance.

KS3 curriculum - Music

Students will develop an understanding into all elements of music from composition to performance in music. Through a varied course structure students will be able to learn and explore music from around the world as well as from throughout history. Music strengthens and can give confidence to a student by giving them opportunities to perform both in and out of the classroom. Along side the knowledge of music itself students will also get the opportunities to see, here and learn a variety of instruments from piano to the drums allowing the practical skills to develop down a variety of different avenues which caters for all.

Year 7 & Year 8 Topics

Year 7 Year 8
Singing module Classical music in context
Graphic notation Structure and form (song writing) Brit pop
Keyboard skills / standard notation Understanding Western classical music
Elements of music Composition – TV theme/jingle
Instruments of the orchestra Development of skill student choice
Music from around the world / scales Blues Music

KS4 curriculum - Music

Students study the Edexcel Music GCSE which consists of three engaging components, assessed through practical performances, compositions and written exam. The course provides key content of musical elements, musical contexts and musical language through the areas of study and set works. Students can conduct in-depth studies into different musical styles and genres, and put them in a wider context. Diverse musical heritage – students will learn to perform, compose and appreciate different types of music, developing critical and creative thinking, cultural, aesthetic and emotional awareness, and the ability to make music individually and as part of a group.

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Qualifications gained

GCSE Music

Further progression

  • further study of music at AS and A Level and to study of AS and A Level Music Technology
  • vocational courses such as the Pearson BTEC National in Music and Music Technology
  • apprenticeships or other training
  • employment in a related sector.