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

Performng 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

KS4 students study all Areas of Study in detail through listening, performance and composition.

AoS2:  The Concerto Through Time
            The Baroque Concerto
            The Classical Concerto
            The Romantic Concerto

AoS3:  Rhythms of the World
            African Drumming
            Brazillian Samba
            Indian and Punjabi rhythms
            Greek and Palestinian rhythms
            Calypso steel pans

AoS4:   Film Music
            Music for Film & Story
            Music  for Video Games

AoS5:  The Conventions of Popular Music
            50’s Rock and Roll
            60’s & 70’s Rock Anthems
            80’ Pop Ballads
            90’s & 00’s Solo Artists

Students use listening notes and practical experiences of all areas to of all areas to revise for an external listening exam taken in Y11

Students also record a solo performance, a group or duo performance, a composition set by the examination board and a composition based on any style they wish.

Preparation for final pieces commence in Year 9 but final pieces aren’t submitted until…





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



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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