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Performing Arts

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

Grouping: 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 have a variable ratio of Drama to Music. 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


  • MUSIC: Introduction to Musical Elements
  • DRAMA: Introduction to Drama
  • MUSIC: Blues Music
  • DRAMA: Story Telling


  • MUSIC: African Music
  • DRAMA: Radio Plays
  • MUSIC: Rock Music
  • DRAMA: Physical Theatre


  • MUSIC: Film/Programme Music
  • DRAMA: Soap Opera
  • MUSIC: Four Chord Song Writing
  • DRAMA: Bullying – silent movies


Formal Assessment: Each module will usually take half a term. Progress over the 5/6 week period will be measured against their 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 and in Drama the recording and evaluation of a final performance.

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