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Music and Drama


The Music department is focused on ensuring that all students, regardless of musical ability, have access to a range of musical opportunities to help them achieve their full potential. The key areas of listening and appraising, performance and composition are explored throughout the curriculum in order to develop student’s interests and offer new challenges.

Key Stage 3

Students at Key Stage 3 have one lesson per week of Music.  The Key Stage 3 curriculum aims to motivate young students into participating in practical work using a range of instruments, understanding musical notation, learning about and experiencing different genres of music. The department uses tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments, electronic keyboards, guitars and ukuleles for practical work.


Bridging Unit – Beatles Performance Project

Keyboard Project


Chromatic Music


Band Project (Musical Futures)


Ground Bass and Chords

The Blues

African Drumming

Hip Hop and Rap

Band Project (Musical Futures)



Music in Adverts



Band Project (Musical Futures)

Key Stage 4

In GCSE Music, students follow the AQA syllabus where the 3 components of Listening, Composing and Performing are examined. 

  • Unit 1: The Listening & Appraising unit is the only formal exam for this qualification and covers the study of the elements of music as well as Music in the Western Classical Tradition, Popular Music and World Music. 
  • Unit 3: The Performance unit allows students to choose 2 pieces with the advice of their instrumental teacher, to perform on an instrument/voice of their choice (1 solo, 1 ensemble). These are recorded in school.
  • Units 2 and 4: The composition aspect is split into 2 controlled assessments where students compose their own music using either their instrument or the ICT software available.  Students are prepared for this through the areas of study in Unit 1.

Extra-curricular activities

Percussion Group / African Drumming


Band Time

Jazz Band

Keyboard Club

Composers Forum

GCSE Coursework Catch-up


The Drama Department is committed to providing an engaging curriculum in which successful learning for everyone is achieved. Within Drama students will learn the skills to express themselves confidently, creatively; with feeling and imagination. Along with engaging in activities that will help them to develop a range of transferable skills such as teamwork, confidence, presentation, speaking and listening, meeting deadlines, empathising with others, decision making, literacy and working independently.  

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 students attend one Drama lesson a week where they begin to develop the necessary skills to progress to GCSE Drama. Students study and create pieces of work from a number of scripts along with engaging in role-play and a range of dramatic techniques.


Mime / Silent Movie (Skill)

Melodrama (Skill)

Demon Headmaster (Script)

Macbeth (Script)

Evacuees (Role Play)

Beowulf (Role Play)


Urban Legends (Skill)

Charlotte Dymond (Role Play)

Stage Combat (Skill)

Romeo and Juliet (Script)

Our Day Out (Script)

Ricky Brown (Role Play)


Let Him Have It (Devised)

Room 13 (Scripted)

Dramatic Tour (Skills)

Key Stage 4

In GCSE Drama students play many parts in different imaginary situations and have the opportunity to create their own work as well as look at different theatre practitioners and playwrights. GCSE Drama is an ideal course for students who want to study a subject that is both practical, theoretical and creative.

Some of the topics that are covered include:

·      Devised project – creating your own scripted drama

·      Scripted project- creating a performance based on an excerpt from a chosen play

·      Practical examination performance

Extra-curricular activities

Drama Theatre Group

Theatre Trips

School Productions

Christmas Pantomime

GCSE Catch-Up

If you wish to receive copies of the actual material we use in class, we would happily make that available on request.

Advice for Parents

  • Encourage students to spend quality time on their homework.
  • Encourage students to spend quality time practicing their instrument.
  • Use online resources (details to follow) when a question on their homework is difficult.
  • Help create a revision timetable on the run up to exams.

Revision Schedule

  • Course work catch up sessions run afterschool on a Tuesdays.
  • Staff are available for help with homework/revision questions before school, break time and lunch time.

GCSE Information and Useful Documents

Students at Newfield take AQA GCSE Music.  The course specification can be found via the AQA website at http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/music/gcse/music-4270   

You will also find past exam papers and lots of other useful resources on their website.

Lots of other useful resources can be found in the links section to the right

The music exam are always taken in June. 


  • BBC Bitesize website is full of practical revision advice with online quizzes and exam questions. Excellent music theory advice and sections relating to the strands of Western Classical, Popular Music and World Music.
  • Music at School website has lots of online revision games relating to music history and music theory.
  • Miss Ward Music revision website covers the content of the AQA GCSE in Music very thoroughly, and can be a useful revision source for students.