Performing Arts

Key Stage 3


Music is a fun and exciting subject to study, and offers a unique way of communication. Music develops all the different learning model skills and qualities, which can be easily transferred to other subjects.  Students in Year 7 and 8 are timetabled for one hour of Music per week and study a wide variety of music in order to deepen and broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding. These are developed through performing, composing and listening.

Students will focus on developing their instrumental skills on keyboard, ukuleles, singing, guitar and percussion, and will collaborate and work with others as musicians. Many of the units of work are taught using Musical Futures. Homework will often relate to the appraisal of student’s own work and the work of others.

Overview of topics Year 7
Unit 1 – Rhythm and Pulse
Unit 2 – Graphic Scores – Sound and Image
Unit 3 – Chords
Unit 4 – Ukulele
Unit 5 – Chromatics
Unit 6 – Film Music

Overview of topics Year 8
Unit 1 – Blues
Unit 2 – Reggae
Unit 3 – Samba
Unit 4 – Adele and Chasing Cars
Unit 5 – Musical Futures Choice
Unit6 – Song Writing


Within Drama at Key Stage 3 students will research, discuss and use drama techniques to explore character and situations. Students will devise and present scripted and improvised dramas in response to a range of stimuli.

Autumn Term One
Year 8: Silent Movie

Autumn Term Two 
Year 8: The Akili Tribe

Spring Term One
Year 8: What Happened to Lulu?

Spring Term Two
Year 8: The Wrestling Princess

Summer Term One
Year 8: Hazard

Summer Term Two
Year 8: Joyrider

Students in KS3 will be assessed during every praising star cycle, through their own individual response to rehearsal, performance and reflection.

Key Stage 4

Edexcel BTEC Performing Arts Level 1/Level 2 First Award (QAN code 60047859)
This is a very practical course and it is designed to ask students deep and complex questions about the world around them. It allows you to put yourselves in another’s shoes and consider the world with a different perspective. Throughout the course you will be expected to think about situations and issues and explore them through practical drama and through written documentary evidence.

Progress is tracked through every praising stars cycle, and students will receive regular constructive feedback on their work within class time, parent’s evenings and during catch up.

Unit 1 – Individual Showcase
This unit covers what to include in a letter of application and how to prepare audition pieces or presentations that demonstrate your relevant skills and knowledge. 

Unit 2 – Preparation, Production and Performance
Students will learn how to develop a performance piece as a member of a fictional performance company. They will take on a specific performing or production role and will prepare for, and produce, a performance by carrying out tasks that are appropriate to that role.

Unit 3 – Acting Skills
This unit is about starting you on your journey to becoming a professional actor. Students will be introduced to important acting skills and will learn about the specific demands that acting makes on the body and mind. In particular, they will undertake a programme of regular exercises to help you master the techniques that will enable them to control and use voice and body to communicate a character or role. As well as physical skills, they will need to use imagination to create characters or roles.

Further reading and information on the curriculum content studied can be found at:
BTEC Performing Arts

BTEC Performing Arts 2016 (QAN code 60047859)

Further reading and information on the curriculum content studied can be found at:
BTEC Performing Arts 2016

Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Music (QAN code 60068188)

This course has five units. Students study a range of theory and practical music across a range of styles.

Unit 1 – The Music Industry This unit is assessed through an external exam. All aspects of the music industry are studied

Unit 2 – Managing a Music Product This unit is assessed internally. Students work together to create a musical product. They take on all of the roles that this entails

Unit 4 – Introducing Music Composition Students will create their own music in a variety of styles

Unit 5 – Introducing Music Composition Students will perform music in a variety of styles. They will have a number of performance opportunities and will receive instrument lessons in order to develop their musical ability.

Further reading and information on the curriculum content studied can be found at:
BTEC First Award in Music

Department Staff

Mr. D. Hands – Teacher of Music
Mrs. M. Brant–Smith – Teacher of Music
Mr. M. Turnbull – Teacher of Music (maternity cover)