The Academy’s Performing Arts curriculum gives pupils the opportunity to engage in creative self-expression through both Music/Nasheed and Drama.

Through our Music and Nasheed curriculum, pupils will learn about the different dynamics of music, including pitch, tempo and timbre. Through a range of performances, they will convey and inspire a multitude of emotions and feelings. All pupils will have the opportunity to participate in the Academy’s Nasheed choir.

Our aim in Drama is to help pupils to explore the world around them and to ignite their creativity, passion and interest in drama and the theatre. Pupils are given the opportunity to develop their understanding of drama practitioners and performance styles through evaluating and performing a diverse collection of dramatic texts, which span a range of genres.

Pupils are required to make independent decisions and be self-critical, but also take into consideration the thoughts, feelings and ideas of others.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • Practical texts & text- based performances
  • Mise en scène
  • Genre, character and form
  • Theatre makers in contemporary professional practice
  • Performing & responding to drama
  • Directors’ interpretations of key scenes
  • Devising a theatrical piece of drama
  • Theory and Examples with the elements of Music in: Tempo, Texture, Timbre, Silence, Pitch, Duration, Dynamics
  • Group performances 
  • Use simple notation 
  • Singing in rounds 
  • Understanding the spiritual message of songs in Study
  • Creating and improvising simple tunes
  • Understanding practice and rehearsals
  • Awareness of roles & processes undertaken in contemporary theatre
  • Stanislavski and Brecht and their Naturalistic and Episodic performance styles
  • Sub-text, language and dramatic climax
  • Social, cultural and historical context
  • Evaluate theatrical interpretation through comparison
  • Realise artistic intention when devising drama
  • Use and describe the elements of Music: Tempo, Texture, Timbre, Silence, Pitch, Duration, Dynamics 
  • Performances in a solo, dual and unison 
  • Use advance notation 
  • Performing in an ostinato and canon 
  • Evaluation of performances 
  • Exploring and providing own opinion
  • Composing  
  • Improvisation


Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Introduction to Drama
  • Drama Practitioners
  • Performance Styles
  • Genre
  • Approaches to Devising
  • Approaches to Performing a script
  • Research
  • Creating a Portfolio
  • Evaluating Live Performance
  • Introduction to the Stages of Devising
  • Devising Drama Practice Assessment
  • Creating a Portfolio
  • Evaluation of Live Performance
  • Real Component 1 (Devising Drama) Assessment (worth 30%)
  • Exploration of Exam Text for Section A
  • Mini-mock – Presenting and Performing Texts
  • Development for Component 2 – Presenting and Performing Texts
  • Component 2 – Assessment by Visiting Examiner
  • Practical Exploration of Exam Text
  • Exam Section A Practice
  • Practice of Exam Section B – Evaluation of Live Performance
  • Summer Examination

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

Enrichment Offer

The Performing Arts Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits and theatre trips throughout the year. Pupils who join our Nasheed Choir benefit from regular rehearsals and have the opportunity to perform during school and community events. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.