CAPA - Physical Education, Performing Arts and Music

Physical Education

Welcome to PE, we have 4 teachers of PE in the Academy; Mr Jamieson (Head of Faculty), Mrs Garside (2nd In Faculty), Mr Thompson, Mr Proffitt and we have our own PE apprentice Miss Jackson who also supports in delivery of lessons.

We believe PE plays an important part in the lives of students at St Peters Academy. It develops self-confidence, values, independent learning, and working as part of a team and gives them opportunities to take part in a wide range of sporting activities. Through teaching a variety of activities at KS3, we fulfil the objectives of the National Curriculum programme of study. We then increase their ability and knowledge in KS4 with our option pathway and GCSE courses.

Core PE (Years 7-11)

All students have PE lessons throughout their time in the Academy. Groups are divided into ability groups in order for pupils to be able to progress together and have the right level of challenge. The department strives to follow the 4 aims of the national curriculum for physical education which are that all pupils:

§ develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities

§ are physically active for sustained periods of time

§ engage in competitive sports and activities

§ lead healthy, active lives.

Pupils at the Academy follow the National Curriculum by teaching tactics and strategies in games play, technique and performance in other sports, they are taught dance through Performing Arts lessons by specialist dance teachers, analyse performances and take part in competitive situations. They also take part in regular fitness tests and training to improve their health.

Pupils have the options to take a pathway in Key Stage 4

Leadership where leadership skills are developed in order to deliver small activity sessions can be delivered either to pupils lower down the school or in primary schools these pupils also feed into our school sports partnership primary events where they help to deliver competitions.

Performer which is a competitive and developmental lesson in which pupils play competitive game situations.


Recreational activities which promote healthy and active lifestyles and are focused around ‘fun’ activities focusing on participation rather than performance.

Examination PE (Years 9-11)

Over the years we have delivered a range of qualifications ensuring we meet the needs of our pupils.

The course we currently deliver across all cohorts is the OCR Cambridge National in Sports Science. The 4 units we delivery are Injury in Sport which is an examined unit, Effects of Exercise on the Body, Principles of Training and Technology in Sport; these units are assessed through coursework.

The Department runs an extensive extra-curricular programme with clubs running before school, at lunchtimes and after school. Clubs are run by members of the PE department, governing-body qualified coaches, School Sports Coordinators and by other members of our Academy community. Teams are also run in a wide range of sports.

A new programme of after school clubs is published each half term. The following activities are offered during the year:

  • Football (Boys / Girls)
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Table Tennis
  • Rugby (Boys / Girls)
  • Cricket
  • Badminton
  • Rounders
  • Cross Country
  • Dance
  • Athletics
  • Fitness Suite
  • Boxing


Performing Arts

Performing Arts at St Peter’s unlocks our students’ imagination, creativity and physicality.  Through a varied programme of Dance and Drama units at Key Stage 3, all students have the opportunity to develop their communication skills and confidence; skills needed for life, not just education.  As well as this they will learn new skills and gain knowledge about performing arts techniques, styles and companies. 

In Year 9 students can opt onto Key Stage 4 Performing Arts in which they gain a BTEC in Performing Arts.  Throughout the three years students will delve deeper into the various disciplines of Performing Arts and participate in a wide variety of dance, drama, vocal and technical workshops.

Curriculum content:

Key Stage 3

Autumn Term


Spring Term

Summer Term

Half term

Half term

Half term

Half term

Half term

Half term






Street Dance


Peer Pressure








Tinsel Truths




Current Affairs


Musical Theatre



Key Stage 4

Year 9 (Introduction to Performing Arts)

Autumn Term


Spring Term

Summer Term

Half term

Half term

Half term

Half term

Half term

Half term

Performer in Training


The Performing Arts Industry



Devising Plays


Unit 1 –


Unit 2 –

Preparation, Performance and Production

Unit 4 –

Dance Skills

Unit 5 –

Musical Theatre




There is Music in every child. The teacher’s job is to find it and nurture it

At St. Peter’s CofE Academy, there are musical opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom.

All our lessons are designed to link to the different areas of the OCR GCSE Music specification.

Area of Study 1: My Music

Students in all years learn how to prepare performances on different instruments exploring the art of communication through singing, time keeping and making music.

Area of Study 2: The Concerto through Time

In Year 7, students learn how to read and write music learning how to write for mood and image. Students use different instruments and sounds to compose their own Concerto pieces.

Area of Study 3: Rhythms of the World

In Year 7, students work together to write and perform their own Samba carnival pieces which are performed outside in the Summer.

In Year 8, students work in our Mac suite to write their own Bhangra pieces.

Area of Study 4: Film Music and Video Games

In Year 7, students learn how to identify different instrument sounds and study how these are used in animated films.

In Year 8, students study music and sound effects used in popular and iconic films.

In both years, students learn how to identify the use of instrumentation in their favourite video games and use our mac suite to write their own music for a self-designed video game.

Area of Study 5: The Conventions of Pop

In Year 7, students take on the role of Elvis Presley by learning how to play and move to Rock and Roll music.

In Year 8, students learn the history of the Rock Anthem and begin to work together as Rock bands.


Students who opt for Music at GCSE begin their course in Year 9





Listening Exam

40% of final grade


Solo Performance

15% of final grade


Group Performance

15% of final grade


Composition to set brief

15% of final grade


Composition in any style

15% of final grade



BTEC Level 2 (First Award in Music)

Unit Outline:

Unit 1 The Music Industry

Unit 2 Managing Music Product

Unit 4 Introducing Music Composition

Unit 5 Introducing Music Performance


Completion of the BTEC First Award is broadly equivalent to one A*-C GCSE grade

Unit 1 The Music Industry is worth 25% and is assessed by exam

Unit 2 Managing a Music Product is worth 25% and is assessed by coursework

Unit 4 Introducing Music Composition is worth 25% and is assessed by coursework

Unit 5 Introducing Music Performance is worth 25% and is assessed by coursework

Further Information:

BTEC Music is based on the practical skills of performance and a knowledge and understanding of the musical profession. The course allows a great deal of freedom, particularly in the music you choose to perform and compose.

Unit 1 enables learners to gain awareness and an underpinning knowledge of the basic structure of the music industry, taking into consideration some of the roles undertaken by those working in it. Students will also consider the roles of people working in these organisations, specifically exploring those involved in the administration, promotion, performing and production of music events and products.

Unit 2 enables learners to manage the planning, delivery and promotion of a live concert, CD, or other music product. The success of their music product will rely heavily on the planning and development process.

Unit 3 enables learners to develop a portfolio of ideas, some of which will be developed and one of which will be completed. They will discover a range of compositional techniques and produce contrasting musical ideas to develop their compositional expertise. An idea might take the form of a short melodic motif, a chord progression or a rhythmic idea. Ideas can be short or long – they will consider the different ways in which these ideas could form the basis for a complete piece of music. Students will learn to play/sing both confidently and accurately to an audience with a level of expression and interpretation in their work.

Throughout the course students will explore repertoire for their chosen instrument and will make decisions as to which pieces they intend to prepare for performance. Students will be taught by qualified and successful peripatetic Music teachers. They will have access to a free twenty-minute lesson once a week on an instrument of their choice. Students will have the opportunity to perform as a soloist and as part of a small ensemble.


Concerts, Beatles Museum Liverpool, recording studios.

Possible Career Destinations:

BTEC music is a very useful subject for anyone interested in any kind of career in music, either performing, composing or recording. It also provides a pathway onto the BTEC Level 3 Certificate and further undergraduate musical courses.

Extra- Curricular

We have a number of qualified visiting staff who teach one-to-one lessons in various instruments 

Lessons are available to all students at a low price made payable half-termly.

These lessons are paid for by St. Peters for students who opt for Music in Y9.

We also have a thriving Academy Choir ran by our Worship Coordinator and Student Welfare Officer, Maria Rubin.

There will be opportunities to visit Theatre’s and Pop Museums with the Performing Arts Department.


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