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Music & Performing Arts


Performing Arts enriches all of our lives every day and we view it as an invaluable subject to offer to all at KS3/KS4. Music and Drama provides opportunities for pupils to express themselves, build confidence and resilience, persevere over long periods of time to master complex skills, develop an understanding of the world, and build their own cultural capital.

Performing Arts requires creativity, performance, analysis, aural skills, accomplished writing, an understanding of history and the ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Performing Arts teaches pupils how their one small part fits into the bigger picture to create something beautiful. Performing Arts teaches the discipline of methodically working at a skill over a prolonged period of time, and allows pupils to further broaden their knowledge and experiences of other cultures, study a wide range of genres and styles, and enjoy the wider benefits of studying a practical subject.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Content

In Performing Arts at KS3, pupils study a range of topics covering both Music and Drama knowledge and mastery of practical skills. Lessons have a practical focus, usually based around performing, composing/devising, and listening/appraising, which also links to the key components of KS4 (BTEC Performing Arts and GCSE Music). Context, knowledge and key terminology are intrinsically linked to the practical elements of the lesson. Teachers expertly model these skills, and give immediate and regular feedback to enable pupils’ progress and mastery of skills.

KS3 Subject Overview


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9


Introduction to Performing Arts

Genres (Drama)

World Music (Music)


Vocal Skills

Keyboard Skills and Introduction to Composition (Music)

DNA (Drama)


Peter and the Wolf


Blood Brothers



We Will Rock You

Musical Theatre


Blues and Jazz (Music)

Alice in Wonderland

Introduction to KS4


Romeo and Juliet (Drama)

Lion King

Silent Film


This Term’s Work:

Y7-Peter and the Wolf-Instruments of the Orchestra, keyboard skills, still image, mime

Y8-Horror-Composition to a timed scene, abstract movement and gesture

Y9-Blood Brothers-Vocal skills, keyboard skills, script work, exploring character and themes


Key Stage 4 Curriculum Content

KS4 Subject Overview

Pupils have the option to study GCSE Music and/or BTEC Performing Arts at KS4.

GCSE Music:

Pupils follow the AQA GCSE Music course. As part of this, they will need to perform (as a soloist and as part of an ensemble), compose two pieces of music, and will develop a deeper understanding of a range of styles and genres of music and apply this understanding to listening and analysis.

This Term’s Work:

Y10-Little Shop of Horrors Set Work Analysis, continue with Free Composition

Y11-Little Shop of Horrors Set Work Revision and exam practice, personal performance practice


BTEC Performing Arts:

Pupils will develop skills in Drama and Dance, through performing, devising and evaluating. They will take part in workshops, attend live performances, and develop their own dance and drama performances based on core and optional units.