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Performing Arts

Time AllocationCurriculum
Students study Performing Arts for two 1 hour periods per week in both Year 7 and Year 8. 

For Performing Arts, two form groups are split into three mixed ability teaching groups to facilitate practical lessons. 

Course Content
In Years 7 and 8 pupils rotate between music, drama and public speaking. This facilitates an opportunity for pupils to access and develop a variety of techniques across the Arts. Each module lasts for half a term and pupils are assessed on their written and practical abilities. 

Year 7 

Year 8 


  • Folk Music (Performance and analysis)
  • Programme Music (Composition and analysis)


  • Intro to Drama (Creating and Performing)
  • Intro to Public Speaking - (Group Presentations/Adverts)
  • Responding to Live Theatre Production - Peter Pan


  • Piano Skills and Music Notation (Performance and music theory)
  • Blues (Improvisation/composition and analysis)



  • Monologues/Duologues
  • Devising for a stimulus /text (Dark Heart)


Formal Assessment
Each module will take half a term. Progress over the 5/6 week period will be measured against students' individual starting points from the baseline assessment and will conclude with a final assessment. In Music, this will usually combine performing, composing and listening skills relevant to the topic; in Drama the recording and evaluation of a final performance; and in Public Speaking, creating, performing and responding.

Pupils will be given one homework task per week that is linked to the Area of Study.