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Performing Arts

Subject Department and Lead(s)

Subject: Performing Arts


Head of Department: Mr Nathan D Price

Curriculum Area Vision and Intent

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The vision for Performing Arts at THA is to promote an inclusive and challenging environment to support, nurture and reward every performer. The Performing Arts curriculum area is comprised of a collaborative team who ensure the delivery of a well-rounded musical and dramatic curriculum that presents a wider opportunity for students to be successful both within the classroom environment as well as through extra-curricular achievements. We seek to build on three key areas within our curriculum: building confidence, performing and creativity. We also aim to inspire young musicians to make music a part of their future through further study. This furthers our whole-school aim to ‘inspire our young people to be ambitious, curious and capable of achieving their personal best.’


KS3 provision summary

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During Key Stage 3, our pupils begin to develop skills in performing, basic theory skills and compositions.


In Year 7, pupils focus on a chosen musical by looking at both musical and dramatic performances, before moving on to learning about music theory, the elements of music, world music and the instruments of an orchestra. They will also focus on an introduction to Drama, character analysis and roles and responsibilities within the world of theatre. Throughout these topics, pupils develop their confidence to be able to perform a show in front of a live audience, as well as developing their listening skills and abilities to apply new knowledge to set tasks.


In Year 8, pupils begin by looking at the topic of Blues and Jazz before moving on to examine Theme and Variation, which further develops their skills in performance. They will then learn about music production through a ringtone project, where they will learn to use software to create their own ringtone. The year finishes with a look at how music is used in film and other popular culture. Within Drama, pupils will learn about Greek Theatre and Chorus, before moving on to examine two set texts (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and Blood Brothers). This will involve pupils developing their group work skills, as well as focusing on physical theatre.


In Year 9, pupils develop a deeper understanding of their knowledge of musical elements within film music to enhance their aural skills, and music theory to prepare them for the GCSE course. They are given the opportunity to develop ensemble skills through a ukulele group project. This develops their communications skills alongside their musical ability In Drama, pupils will have the opportunity to look at how drama can be used as propaganda through a unit of work on Theatre of Fact, using drama within Theatre in Education to examine contemporary issues before looking at how to respond to a brief, where pupils will have the chance to create their own performances, building on the skills they have learnt throughout Key Stage 3.


Throughout KS3, pupils will be assessed in various ways: through performances, written tests on musical theory and compositions. This allows pupils to become well-rounded musicians and builds on the skills for further study at GCSE.


KS4 provision summary

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Currently for Year 11 only, we follow the Pearson Performing Arts BTEC Tech Award (Level 2). Over the course of this final year, pupils will be finalising their Unit 1 Assignments, which focuses on three musicals studied in class. Unit 2 covers a practical approach, where students rehearse and focus on one song picked from one of the Unit 1 musicals. This is then performed in front of a live audience. Unit 3 is an exam, which requires pupils to respond to a set brief. This is split into four sections; three parts are written (1. Ideas log, 2. Skills log and 4. Evaluation log) with part 3 being the performance itself, which is recorded and assessed externally.


For Year 10, and all following year groups, we will be following the GCSE Music 9-1 Eduqas (Spec. 2016), 2-year course. Pupils cover three main areas over the two years ‘Performing’, ‘Composing’ and ‘Appraising’. Much of the KS4 curriculum is an extension and challenge from the KS3 foundation.


In Year 10, pupils explore forms and devices, film music, music for ensemble, composing using forms and devices, composing for film music and analysing groups from different eras. Through these topics, pupils will learn about music theory in greater depth, and will learn to play an instrument/sing at Grade 3 level as well as developing their aural skills with set works.


For the second year of study, pupils develop a deeper understanding of film music, focusing specifically on techniques and responding to a brief. This will predominantly be coursework that will be submitted as part of their GCSE grade. Pupils will also use their knowledge of forms and devices to perform their chosen Grade 3 or above piece of music on their chosen instrument, which will be assessed. The final area of study will be music for ensemble, where pupils will need to work as part of a group to perform a chosen piece together.


For the GCSE Music course, pupils will have ample opportunity for retrieval practice of all key areas of study required for the highest level of challenge and outcome. Pupils will be supported through individual interventions and will have the opportunity for extra-curricular revision sessions. Pupils will be assessed in line with the Eduqas Assessment framework, which give greater clarity to track their progress. They will have the opportunity to complete at least 2 Mock exams, both for theory and practical performances, to best prepare them for the assessment process and increasing their individual confidence.  



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Mr N D Price

Extra-curricular activities


Exam information and any revision support

GCSE Music 9-1 Eduqas Specification 2016

2-year course (Year 10)


BTECH Tech Award Performing Arts (Pearson)

2-year course (Year 11)


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-Students should speak to their teacher to see which workbooks would be most beneficial to their individual needs.

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