Performing Arts Curriculum


We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop their curiosity, confidence, empathy, resilience and communication skills, while exploring skills and techniques in dance, drama and singing‌
  • Consider how people of different cultures and time periods deal with situations differently; increasing their empathy.
  • Develop their understanding of the written word and the format of script writing as well as creative approaches to interpreting and realising texts, dance pieces and music.
  • Regularly reflect on their development of skills and performance by identifying their strengths and areas for improvement and setting themselves targets for which they hold themselves to account.


What will I learn?

Half Term 1: Recipe for Dance: You will learn how to develop basic dance actions, choreography skills and look at professional performances in dance.

Half Term 2: Intro to Pantomime: You will be introduced to the use of basic characterisation skills, creating comedy and how to use freeze frames.

Half term 3: World War Two: You will learn how to create a performance from a historical event, develop my empathy and begin to use props.

Half Term 4: Physical Theatre -Body as a prop: You will learn the features of physical theatre, how to use my body in creative ways and how to make a soundscape.

Half Term 5: Musical Theatre: You will learn how to combine dance, drama and singing within a performance studying a range of musicals. You will develop your skills working with a script.

Half Term 6: Musical Theatre: You will develop practical skills and techniques in dance, drama and singing within a performance. You will rehearse and perform from my script.



What will I learn?

Half Term 1: Professional Repertoire Swansong: You will learn how to create personas through dance, integrate props to your performance and improve your accuracy.

Half Term 2: Script Work: You will learn to understand a script, interpret meaning from a script and learn my lines and work independently.

Half term 3: Fairy Tales: I will learn stock characters, how to create atmosphere and stage set design.

Half Term 4: Theatre in Education: You will learn to explore challenging themes through use of scripts such as Sparkleshark and Missing Dan Noland.

Half Term 5: Physical Theatre: You will learn to tell a story through movement and perform lists and contact work safely.

Half Term 6: Street Dance: You will learn the features of street dance and develop my timing and body control.



What will I learn?

Half Term 1: Professional Repertoire 5 soldiers : You will learn the features of dance theatre and develop my choreography strengths and stamina.

Half Term 2: Professional repertoire, Notes and Crosses: You will learn to explore cultural issues through drama and create believable characters using naturalism.

Half term 3: Science Fiction: You will learn to write a script for one or more characters using emotive language to create atmosphere and tell an apocalyptic story.

Half Term 4: Physical Theatre Frantic Assembly: You will learn to incorporate physical theatre into scripted performances and use drama to communicate important messages.

Half Term 5: Workshop Leadership: You will learn to develop basic leadership skills, communication and teamwork skills and basic lesson planning.

Half Term 6: Stimulus Project: You will use how to use a stimulus to inspire ideas and develop a performance for a target audience.


Years 10, 11

Dance and Drama


What will I learn?
You will develop key skills that show your aptitude in performing arts such as reproducing repertoire or responding to stimuli. You will learn the process that underpins effective ways of working in the performing arts, such as development of ideas, rehearsal and performance. You will learn about the attitudes that are considered most important in the Performing Arts, including personal management and communication.

How will I learn?
You will work creatively in a group to shape and perform in a piece of live theatre and keep a record of your contributions to the devising process. This record will be part of your portfolio which will also include annotated sketches/photographs.
You will learn about physical and interpretive skills by taking part in dance workshops and by watching professional dancers in live theatre performances.
You will practically explore and research a range of dance pieces.
You will take part in theatre visits, discuss what you have seen and learn how to write a performance review.

How will I be assessed?

Component 1: Exploring the performing arts (dance) Internal assessment [30%]
Component 2: Developing skills and techniques Internal assessment [30%]
Component 3: Responding to a brief Externally assessed [40%]

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
BTEC in performing arts could lead on to further study in performing arts, theatre studies, and Expressive Arts at A-level and above, or other related subjects such as English, music, art and design. Career opportunities for students who study performing arts at a higher level include: the media, theatre, television, radio, the film industry, arts administration, drama therapy, education.

Year 12, 13

Performing Arts

QUALIFICATION: BTEC National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts

Why study Performing Arts?
When you study performing arts in 6th form it gives you with valuable skills in articulating thoughts, exploring ideas, sharpening communication skills and providing the ability to work within a group situation both in a practical and academic setting.

You will explore the world through the eyes of people from other times, backgrounds and countries to build empathy, emotional intelligence and understanding.

What will I learn?
You will develop your dance, drama and musical theatre skills by exploring a range of performances through theory and practical sessions. You will explore prominent practitioners in all three fields such as Bertolt Brecht, Christopher Bruce and Stephen Sondheim.

How will I learn?
You will learn by taking part in rehearsals and practical workshops, carrying out independent research and going to see live theatre performances. In devising theatre, you will alternate roles between being playwright/performer in the creation of your own work. You will apply your knowledge, skills and understanding to performances and written coursework.

How will I be assessed?

  • Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners’ Work (Externally Assessed)
    You will research 2 prominent practitioners, their methods, techniques and key performance pieces. This is a written controlled assessment answering 3 essay questions.
  • Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Performance (Internally Assessed)
    You will develop your performance skills in two contrasting performance styles. You will develop a performance for each of these styles. You will keep a journal of your skill development.
  • Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop (Externally Assessed)
    You will work as a part of a group to devise a performance based on a stimulus set by the exam board.
  • Unit 28: Variety Performance (Internally Assessed)
    You will develop your skills in variety acts such as magic, singing, ventriloquism and stand up comedy, culminating in a final performance.

What are the entry requirements?
5 GCSEs at 9 – 4 (or equivalent) including English and Maths 9 – 4 (or equivalent).

You do not need to have taken performing arts at GCSE to do this course but experience of dance, drama or singing is essential.

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
Performing Arts are prestigious qualifications and open up doors to a variety of careers. This course can lead you to study performing arts at university, drama school or a performing arts college. Many students go on to study performing arts at a higher level, and progress to work in theatre, television, film and video.

The course content and the qualification could also be invaluable in journalistic, teaching and legal professions.