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Mathematics - Year 7

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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Performing Arts for students who have chosen this subject, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.

While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Mrs Spurling if you have any questions.

Please click on the questions below to find out more.

Which exam board will students be examined by?


How are groups organised?

Classes are mixed ability and student have five hour long lessons a fortnight

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

Successful students will be creative and enthusiastic about practical work. They will be critical thinkers who enjoy analysing and solving performance problems. They are committed to extra rehearsal during project periods.

What are the key concepts students will study at this level?

  • Performance and/or Technical Skill
  • Performance practitioner and style.
  • Textual Analysis
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Stagecraft
  • Collaboration and communication

What will students learn at this level?


Unit 1: Unlocking Creativity

  • Explore and understand different professions within the performing arts industry.
  • Respond to a brief.
  • Propose a detailed suggestion for a production.
  • You will become an ‘expert’ as a performer or designer.
  • Public speaking and presentation.

Unit 2: The Production/Performance

  • Take responsibility as a performer or designer.
  • Work collaboratively to rehearse and realise a production project.
  • Apply skills and techniques with control and purpose.
  • Analyse your application of skills and techniques.

Unit 3:The Performing Arts Experience

Written exam.

  • Roles and responsibilities in the Performing Arts Industry.
  • Create original theatre work in response to a brief.
  • Review of live theatre seen.

What skills will students develop at this level?

  • Practical skill
  • Creativity
  • Analytical and evaluative skill
  • Communication skills
  • Health and safety
  • Teamwork

How will students learn at this level?

  • Presenting to audiences
  • Reflective portfolio
  • Independent research
  • Watching live theatre
  • Self and peer evaluation
  • Practical projects
  • Exploring genre and style

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

Unit 1 (30%):

Portfolio of evidence and research and a proposal presentation.

Unit 2 (30%):

Log book of development and rehearsal process. Contributing to production as performer or designer.

Unit 3 (40%):

Written exam at lasting one hour and thirty minutes.

When do key assessments take place?

Unit 1: April-June year 10

Unit 2: October – December year 11

Unit 3: Exam at the end of year 11

How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

  • Encourage use of Digital Theatre Plus to watch recordings of theatre.
  • Trips to live theatre.
  • Encourage your child to see A Level and BTEC performances at the school.
  • Come to support at performance presentations.
  • Support with completion of portfolio work and log book.
  • Encourage attendance at Production Arts and Technical Theatre clubs.

What equipment do students need for this subject?

Essential equipment

How does this subject link to other subjects?

  • English: Textual analysis. Realising script.
  • Science: Analysis and evaluation
  • PSCHE: Empathy and cultural differences.
  • Tech: Design

What websites or resources may be helpful to support students’ learning?



What extra-curricular or enrichment opportunities are available for students in this subject at this level?

  • School Production
  • Open Mic
  • The Project
  • Technical Theatre Club
  • Production Arts Club
  • Links to external auditions/opportunities

What sort of careers can this subject lead to?

What does student work look like in this subject at this level?


How does this subject support a broad and balanced curriculum, meeting the needs of all students, and developing traditional core skills?


How does this subject promote creativity, critical thinking, practice, perseverance and resilience, and making links?


How does this subject encourage enrichment and the development of cultural capital, deep learning, and inclusivity?