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At Lincoln Academy we all value the importance of the Performing Arts. A solid base of knowledge, skills and understanding in music and drama ensure that our students gain the zest to be creative and also appreciate the creativity of others throughout their life. Students are increasingly confident performers who take pride in their creations.  They articulate the value of all aspects of producing a final product and its specific place in social, historical and economic contexts. Coherent understanding is built upon the three threads of performing arts; creating/composing, performing/presenting and listening/appreciating.  Our curriculum adds to each of these concepts in a hierarchical approach.


Our recovery curriculum supports students' academic progress by acknowledging potential missed learning opportunities, supporting student wellbeing and facilitating enrichment.  We continue to develop students resilience and sense of achievement fostering their ambition and celebrating their successes.


Year 7 Music


Music is taught every week to all students in Years 7 

Module 1 – STOMP!

•    Reading and writing rhythm
•    Ensemble skills
•    Creating and performing through ensemble work
•    Duration, Tempo, Texture, Structure  

Module 2 – Find Your Voice – The Sea Shanty  

•    Whole class vocal work 
•    Beatboxing  
•    Part singing 
•    Pitch, dynamics 
•    Soundtrap remix 

Module 3 – Oriental music 

•    Pentatonic scales
•    Improvisation 
•    Drone 
•    Music taught through the aural tradition 

Module 4 – Instruments of the Orchestra  

•    Keyboard skills 
•    Deeper listening skills 
•    Articulation, Timbre, Texture  
•    Keyboard orchestra

Module 5 – The Blues  
•    Blues scale
•    12 bar blues 
•    Improvisation
•    Historical, social, cultural influences
•    Band skills  

Module 6 – The Blues Legacy 

•    Rock ‘n’ Roll performance 
•    RnB 
•    Motown funk and soul 
•    Keyboard skills 
•    Vocal skills 
•    Basslines 

Year 7  Drama


Drama is studied alongside English in Year 7. Students are given the opportunity to experience the texts studied in their English lessons through the practical application of drama skills. 


Greek theatre 

•    Greek myths and legends  
•    Greek theatre devices such as chorus movement and dialogue
•    historical context of theatre beginnings 
•    reading and interpreting scripted works 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

•    character exploration including social and cultural influence
•    plot development 
•    stock characters
•    historical context of theatre developments


Year 8 Music


Music is taught every week to all students in Years 8 

Module 1 - Pop goes the classics part 1 


•    Students perform a piece of music from a lead sheet. 
•    Using different chord sequences on Piano & Guitar 
•    Bass – sustained root notes and rhythmic interest   
•    Drum kit – 4/4 beats including fills  
•    Vocals - lead and backing    

Module 2 - Pop goes the classics part 2

•    Learning to play Pachelbel’s Canon using keyboards. 
•    Improving awareness of notes on the keyboard and hand coordination.
•    Timing within an ensemble
•    Chord creation and recognition
•    Understanding major and minor chords
•    Knowledge of baroque features such as instrumentation, texture and compositional devices. 

Module 3 - Pop goes the classics part 3 

•    Revamping a ground bass
•    Arrange and sequence a backing track.
•    Write and record a rap using technology
•    Composing to a brief  

Module 4 – The 4 chord trick 

•    Reading music 
•    Using feedback to improve performance
•    Improving confidence in live performance. 
•    Accuracy of rhythm and pitch 
•    Listening to performances and giving feedback.
•    Drum kit, bass, keyboards, Vocals 
•    Opportunities to write and arrange music

Module 5 – Melody and Chords 

•    Using notation software 
•    Reading music notation 
•    Creating a chord sequence 
•    Using chords to create melodies. 

Module 6 - Reggae Performance  

•    Syncopation 
•    Reading rhythm
•    Independence in an ensemble. 
•    Keyboard – syncopated chords 
•    Bass riff 
•    Drum kit 4/4 syncopated beat
•    Vocals 

Year 8 Drama


Drama is studied alongside English in Year 8. Students are given the opportunity to experience the texts studied in their English lessons through the practical application of drama skills. 

War Poetry  

•    tableaux 
•    mime
•    multimedia 


•    character exploration 
•    plot development 
•    stock characters
•    understanding Shakespeare’s England including historical, social and cultural influences

Year 9

Students in Year 9 develop and extend the knowledge, skills and understanding grounded in Years 7 and 8 in an increasingly creative way.  This allows opportunity for students to develop their confidence and imaginative skills during practical activities.  Students become progressively independent as they explore and master technique as well as appreciate and evaluate the work of others.

Teachers encourage and support creativity.  They scaffold learning through a mixture of techniques that include modelling of creative processes through demonstration, sharing and evaluating ideas and directed research for planning.  Stimuli, including from the wider world, helps students explore and express their own thoughts.  This inspires creative thought processes that students continue to develop. 

Year 9 Music

Module 1 - History of Music 

•    Basic elements revisited
•    Practical exploration of musical periods from Baroque to Romantic  
•    Portfolio of typical features - Appraising 

Module 2 - World Music 

•    Ensemble skills 
•    Musician skills 
•    Samba band
•    Salsa 
•    African drumming 

Module 3 & 4 Live Lounge – Working as a musician 

•    Develop practical skills for the industry 
•    Gain knowledge on how the industry works 
•    Watch and appraise performances from professionals 
•    Develop a live performance for an audience 

Module 5 - Film Music 

•    Sibelius composition 
•    Music theory 
•    Minimalism – Sibelius Composition 
•    Portfolio of typical features - Appraising 

Module 6

•    Grime – DAW Composition 
•    EDM – DAW composition 
•    Sampling 
•    Arranging 
•    Live recording 
•    Portfolio of typical features - Appraising 

Year 9 Drama

Modules 1 and 2

•    Pitching a product
•    Designing 
•    Developing ideas 
•    Voice techniques 

Modules 3 and 4

•    Devised work
•    Developing ideas from a stimulus
•    Team work 
•    Production design 
•    Performance opportunity 

Modules 5 and 6

•    Scripted performance 
•    Stage directions
•    Voice techniques
•    Body language  
•    Performance opportunity 

Year 10 and 11 Music

BTEC Technical Award in Music Practise

Year 10 and 11 Drama

GCSE Drama