Performing Arts

In Performing Arts we strive to make every child have an appreciation for the arts by inclusion, passion and opportunity. We are dedicated to ensuring pupils’ develop socially, emotionally and skilfully in the Performing Arts by developing confidence and skills.

Pupils’ are expected to take responsibility for themselves and work independently with ample opportunities to work as a team. We encourage participation in all areas of the Performing Arts and will endeavour to nurture a pupils’ interest on an individual basis.

Drama and Music

Performing Arts at The East Manchester Academy aims to develop pupil’s confidence, social development, use of imagination, appreciation of the arts and aspirations.

Curriculum Overview:

  • Year 7: 1 lesson of either Drama or Music on a carousel throughout the year
  • Year 8: 1 lesson of either Drama or Music on a carousel throughout the year
  • Year 9: 1 lesson of either Drama or Music on a carousel throughout the year

Options offered at the end of Year 9

  • GCSE Drama
  • BTEC Performing Arts
  • BTEC Music
  • RSL Production
  • RSL Drama
  • RSL Music

In years 7, 8 and 9 pupils’ follow the basic structure of a GCSE course which ensures smooth transition into Key Stage 4. They will cover a range of skills and techniques including skills of Drama, script and devising work. They will learn about the different styles of Drama and Theatre and learn the art of evaluating live performances which include their own work and their peers. All year groups have the opportunity to be involved in extra-curricular work and performances, LAMDA qualifications, Arts Award qualifications and attend trips to the theatre. There are numerous daily extra-curricular clubs.

Topics Include:


  • Year 7: Haunted House, Evacuees and The BFG
  • Year 8: Slapstick, War, Hamlet
  • Year 9: Theatre in Education, Murder Mystery, Teechers


  • Year 7: Elements to Music, Keyboard, African Drums
  • Year 8: The Blues, Steel Pans, Rap
  • Year 9: STOMP, 4 chord song, Music for Film

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