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Information for Performing Arts KS3

All students follow a taught course of Performing Arts in Years 7, 8 and 9 as part of the Arts rotation. Each student receives 15 lessons of Performing Arts in each Academic year.

This page outlines the topics taught in each term through Key Stage 3 (years 7 to 9), along with an overview of how assessments will take place.


Year 7

Unit 1 – Introduction to Drama

Unit 2 – Contemporary Contact

Unit 3 – Musical Theatre

Students study basic drama skills including improvisation, characterisation, freeze frames and use of props.


Students are introduced to safe contact work, exploring a range of different types of movement within the contemporary genre. The unit also explores the use of stimuli in choreography, focusing on a literary stimulus. Lessons include observation of professional works by Motionhouse and Russell Maliphant.

This unit combines the techniques and skills learnt in Units 1 & 2, exploring the multidisciplinary use of Dance and Drama within the genre of Musical Theatre. Students are exposed to a range of professional works.


Year 8

Unit 1 – Styles of Dance

Unit 2 – Darkwood Manor

Unit 3 – Creating a Performance Piece

Unit 4 – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

This unit focuses on three styles of Dance; Contemporary, Capoeira and Jazz. Students learn technical exercises and observe performances of each style before choreographing a group routine in the style of their choice.

Students are introduced to the genre of Physical Theatre and create a series of mini-performances, based on the fictional house ‘Darkwood Manor’. Techniques explored included hot-seating, mime and devising.

Students are given a brief to create a whole class performance in response to a stimulus. This unit includes learning extracts of set movement, creating small sections of choreography and refining work for performance. Focus is placed on the development of technical and interpretative performance skills.

This unit focuses on practical and theoretical study of the hit West End musical ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’. The work establishes cross-curricular links with PSHE, and students are able to select key areas of interest for their assessment work from acting, dance, costume, set and directing.


Year 9

Unit 1 – Addiction

Unit 2 – The Hillsborough Disaster

Unit 3 – Preparation for BTEC Performing Arts

This unit focuses on creating a piece of group choreography using a set stimulus. Students learn a set phrase of movement, develop contact work and create movement based on a poem. For this unit students also learn a set warm up week by week, on which they are assessed.

Students study the events of the Hillsborough disaster and use factual information to create an expressionistic Drama piece. An emphasis is placed on devising and script-writing, in addition to using sources to collate information as part of the rehearsal process.

This unit guides students through a series of mini tasks in order to prepare student for KS4 level study. This includes observation and analysis of professional work, learning and exploring extracts of repertoire and creating work in response to a brief.


Assessment takes place at the end of each unit. Students are required to perform excerpts of their work for their peers, and complete theoretical work such as research projects to support their practical learning in preparation for KS4 BTEC Performing Arts.


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