Purpose of study

The Performing Arts involve Drama and Music.  Together, they provide pupils with the opportunity to engage the mind, the body and emotions in a collaborative expression of humanity.  Through study and performance, students explore key themes and ideas.  They discover their own voice, grow in confidence and develop empathy and ethical insight into the tensions and paradoxes of the human condition.  A high-quality performing arts curriculum engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of performing arts and their talent as performers so as to increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with the performing arts, allowing them to create, and to observe with discrimination to the best in the performing arts.


The curriculum for performing arts ensures that all pupils:

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate performance works across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the best of what has been produced, though and said across the performing arts
  • Learn to perform through each of the arts, including opportunities to:

-        Adopt, create and sustain a range of roles and respond appropriately to others in role

-        Improvise, devise and script drama for one another and a range of audiences, and to rehearse, refine, share and respond thoughtfully to drama and theatre performances

-        Sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others

-        Have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of excellence

  • Understand and explore how performing arts works are created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions.
  • Develop skills of critical reflection, collaboration, creativity and communication: key competencies for success and fulfilment in further study and in life beyond school.

Attainment targets

By the end of key stage 3, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the programme of study.


Performing Arts – Key Stage 3

Pupils build on their previous knowledge and skills through performing, creating and observing. They develop their performance, accuracy, expressiveness and capacity to empathise, improvise and respond.  Pupils understand dramatical and musical structures, styles, genres and traditions, identifying the expressive use of drama approaches and musical dimensions. They should observe with increasing discrimination and awareness to inform their practice. They should use technologies appropriately and appreciate and understand a wide range of contexts and styles.

Pupils are taught to:

·         Play and perform confidently in a range of solo and ensemble contexts using their acting skills and voice, playing instruments musically, fluently and with accuracy and expression

·         Improvise and compose/script; and extend and develop performing arts ideas by drawing on a range of dramatical and musical structures, styles, genres and traditions

·         Use staff and other relevant notations appropriately and accurately in a range of musical styles, genres and traditions

·         Identify and use the inter-related dimensions of drama and music expressively and with increasing sophistication, including use of tonalities, different types of scales and other musical devices

·         Watch and listen with increasing discrimination a wide range of drama and music from great writers and performers, composers and musicians

·         Develop a deepening understanding of the drama and music that they perform and to which they watch and listen, and its history.



Performing Arts – Key Stage 4

Under development


Extra-curricular opportunities – detail TBD



Accredited qualification TBD