Intent of Curriculum

In Performing Arts and Music our intent is to engage and energise the students to want to perform and hone their skills to a professional standard, enjoying their learning and learning to work collaboratively with others to shape and rehearse their work with clear targets in order to improve their self image.  They will learn both the creative and technical side of the subjects, including the language of Performing Arts and Music in order to access the next stage of their education and/or extra-curricular studies.  Our curriculum builds on the skills that students bring from other subjects and also includes a rich opportunity for individual peripatetic studies in instrumentation and stage craft.  Performing Arts and Music aim to provide a life-long love affair with the arts and encourage students to explore the wider world of performance work and the culture that surrounds it.  Throughout the courses, students will also gain the transferrable vocational skills of confidence, teamwork, communication skills, time management, self management, self discipline and creativity which will allow them to flourish in the competitive world of work.

Implementation of Curriculum

In Performing Arts and Music the curriculum is delivered through both high quality practical and theory work with access to expert peripatetic music lessons in a range of instruments and skills.  Performing Arts and Music provide access to the professional world of performance with their links to professional theatres and musical practitioners across the City and beyond allowing the students to get first-hand knowledge of the world of work within the performing arts community.  Our curriculum provides students with opportunities to explore the demands of the performing arts world and allows them to experience the thrills and perspiration needed in order to perform to a high standard.  Students are offered the chance to study, explore and experience a wide range of professional performance work and to incorporate these experiences into their own creative 'voice'.  They are encouraged to aim high and to develop both their aspirations but also their skills and knowledge of present day practices as well as historical contexts.  In Music they develop the skill to play and instrument or sing to a high standard with plenty of opportunity for public performance.  In Performing Arts they study 'Acting For The Camera', 'Musical Theatre Skills and Performance' and 'The Audition' with a high degree of creative and collaborative control.  Assessment is used as a meaningful discussion between teacher and student, not only to measure progress, but also to develop the next steps for further improvement.

Impact of Curriculum

In Performing Arts and music the curriculum will make a positive and lasting impact to the social and educational outcomes of every student who chooses the course, no matter of their starting point.  We belive that this will happen knowing that the PA and Music staff deliver a demanding and rigouress course that caters for the individual to a high standard.  Quality assurance is regularly measured in order to deliver a high degree of education that takes into account students' previous and extra-curricular learning.  These quantitive and qualitative measures include;

  • Achievement and Attainment outcomes
  • Standards in learning through both practical work and written planning and evaluation
  • Observations of teaching standards and scrutinising both written and practical work
  • Opportunity to perform both in school and in the wider performance world outside of school
  • Destination data
  • Attendance to lessons and extra-curricular sessions
  • Student voice, enthusiasm and commitment
  • Subscription to Music and Theatre trips/workshops


Music lessons at Babington Academy are designed to be exciting and engaging and develop learners into becoming all-round, skilled, modern musicians. Working in an environment that stimulates creativity, students have the opportunity to make music every lesson, whether that be through performance, composition or listening to music. We believe that music learning is most effective when young people are making music and when their existing passion for music is reflected and built upon.


The KS3 Music Curriculum: Musical Futures

Students in Year 7 and Year 8 study music on a rotational basis and learn through the Musical Futures method; a method that is a tried-and-tested, yet innovative, approach to music learning, based on a pedagogy that is driven by the musical culture of the participants. It brings real-world music learning processes into the classroom, engaging and inspiring all and promoting inclusion and diversity.

‘Just Play’ (Year 7 and 8)

Just Play builds foundational skills, both instrumental and musical, through participation in a whole-class ensemble. Many of the pedagogical principles of informal learning and non-formal teaching have been embedded throughout Just Play, in particular: that students learn music aurally and the approach has been developed using music that many students will recognise, like and engage with.


The KS4 Music Curriculum: Level 2 Rock School Live Practitioners in Music Performance

Students study Music through the Rock School Live Music Practitioners vocational qualification at Level 2 for KS4. It is a practical approach to music learning and embeds skills built upon in KS3. Students must complete a total of 20 units for the course and the implementation and completion of these units is spread over two years, starting in Year 10, where the first official unit is completed. Students must also complete an externally set, controlled assessment, completed over 30 hours, with the value of 8 credits.

The current unit schedule is as follows:

Year 10:  Unit 204ta: Instrumental Study – 8 credits.

This unit aims to enhance the learner’s capacity to understand how to maximise their development as an instrumentalist, to recognise success and to encourage improvement in areas which require further work through objective and reflective self-assessment. The purpose of this unit is to facilitate the learner’s ongoing development as an instrumentalist, based around their own goals and objectives using structured planning and reflection of personal development. This will in turn facilitate the capacity to use their instrument as their primary tool for creating and/or performing music.



Year 11: Unit 201ta: Musical Knowledge – 4 credits

The aim of this unit is to build the learner’s musical knowledge and give them the ability to articulate their thoughts and feelings about music using the appropriate industry & theoretical language whilst drawing upon knowledge learned within this unit.

Learners will study musical styles and the various distinctive traits that comprise them. Through study of this unit learners will build a wider contextual and theoretical knowledge of contemporary music. This knowledge will be demonstrated through the ability to identify and analyse the key stylistic and musical elements present within contemporary music.


Students taking this option at KS4 level should have a good understanding of music and be able to play a musical instrument.


Extra-curricular music activities

There is a wide range of music-making activities to engage with here at Babington Academy:

  • Instrumental lessons
  • Babington Choir
  • Brass ensemble
  • Steel pans
  • Keyboard club (coming soon)