Performing Arts Curriculum

Staff members with responsibilities

Mr M. Coe - Subject leader for Music and Drama

Mr M. Harrison - Music Teacher

Key Stage 3 Curriculum - Drama

We deliver a rounded experience in drama at Key Stage 3, allowing students a grounded introduction to the exploration of themes, issues and styles of theatre using drama techniques, vocal and movement skills. A wide variety of stimulus is used as a catalyst in which pupils respond creatively, building up their knowledge and application of performance skills, analysis and evaluative skills. Experiences can range from being selected to be a contestant in a Reality TV Show called ‘The Haunted Mansion’, imagining you are performing a stock character in a soap opera or focusing on the clarity of your voice in a radio play.


Key Stage 3 Drama Curriculum Overview
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Years 7, 8 and 9 Topics

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Theatre Makers, Stage and Sets Pantomimes – History and practice Radio Plays – The Archers
The Haunted Mansion Soap Operas – History and practice Stanislavski – Practitioner Study
Homelessness – TIE ‘Running Away’ Live Theatre Analysis Design and Acting Skills - Aladdin Mask Work – Monologue work

Key Stage 4 Curriculum - Drama

The Eduqas GCSE in Drama is an exciting, inspiring and practical course. The specification promotes involvement in and enjoyment of drama, as performers and/or designers. Additionally it provides opportunities to attend live theatre performances and to develop skills as informed and thoughtful audience members. Through following this specification, learners will be given opportunities to participate in and interpret their own and others' drama.

There are 3 components to complete in order to gain the qualification. Learners have the option to work practically as performers and/or designers in Components 1 and 2.

For Component 1 you will work in a group on an original piece of Drama based on a choice of 4 stimuli. As well as researching the educational or political issue you want to present to an audience you will also keep a portfolio of evidence of your contributions and ideas towards the group piece. This component makes up 40% of your course.

For Component 2 you will perform extracts from a play or present and implement your design skills to play extracts. This component makes up 20% of your course and is assessed entirely practically.

For Component 3 you will sit a 90 minute written exam in which you will answer questions on a set text that will have been studied practically and theoretically as part of the course. On the same exam paper you will answer a question on live theatre. This component makes up 40% of your course.

Key Stage 4 Drama Curriculum Overview
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Qualifications gained

GCSE Drama (Grades 9-1)

Further progression

Students can progress from this qualification to:

• 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.

Job Opportunities

Key Stage 3 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.

Key Stage 3 Music Curriculum Overview

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.

Key Stage 4 Music Curriculum Overview
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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.