Performing Arts

Pupils in a music lesson

Team: Ms I Bebbington-Slater; Mrs L Jackson; Mr A Griffiths; Miss E Mills

The main subject areas covered are Drama, Dance and Music. In all areas there is a strong emphasis on practical creative work and performing to teachers and the rest of the class.

There are opportunities for children to learn and play instruments outside of class lessons. These are supported by the team of instrumental teachers from Wakefield Music Services. In addition there is a range of extracurricular activities: from drama and dance clubs to school production, concert band, soul band, brass band, film and folk and choir.

Curriculum Overview:

Key Stage 3:
All pupils study Music and Drama/Dance one lesson a week in Year 7 and 8.

Drama & Dance:

  • Year 7: Darkwood Manor, Dance Composition, Masked Theatre, Dance From Around the World, Superheroes and Villains, and Musicals.
  • Year 8: Narrative Dance, Drama Stimulus, Contemporary VS Street Dance, ASBO, Dance Stimulus, and In the Media.


  • Year 7: Ensemble skills, Chords and Keyboard skills, cover versions, jingles, World Music
  • Year 8: Ground bass, composing and computer sequencing, Improvisation, Minimalism, Pop Music

Key Stage 4:
In Year 9 pupils can choose to study GCSE Music, GCSE Drama or GCSE Dance.


  • Component 1 – Understanding Music (40%)
    1½ hour exam in the summer term of Year 11. The questions are based on the set works and related pieces from the 4 Areas of Study.
    Area of Study 1 – Western classical tradition 1650-1910
    Area of Study 2 – Popular Music
    Area of Study 3 – Fusion Music
    Area of Study 4 – Western classical tradition since 1910
  • Component 2 – Performing Music (30%)
    1x Solo Performance as an instrumentalist and/or vocalist and/or via technology
    1x Ensemble Performance as an instrumentalist and/or vocalist and/or via technology
  • Component 3 – Composing Music (30%)
    Composition 1: Composing to a brief – done in Year 11
    Composition 2: Free composition – done in Year 10

Here is a recommended wider reading list for KS4 pupils.

The GCSE Drama course acknowledges the important role that drama plays in your life. It helps you develop confidence, self- discipline, excellent communication and team building skills as well as how to think on a creative level.

  • Component 1 – Understanding Drama (Written)
    What is assessed: Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre; Study of one set play from a choice of six; Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers.
    How it’s assessed: Written exam: 1 hour and 45 minutes; Open book; 80 marks; 40% of GCSE Questions: Section A: multiple choice (4 marks); Section B: four questions on a given extract from the set play chosen (46 marks); Section C: one two part question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (30 marks)
  • Component 2- Devising Drama (Practical)
    What is assessed: Process of creating devised drama; Performance of devised drama (pupils may contribute as performer or designer); Analysis and evaluation of own work
    How it’s assessed: Devising log (60 marks); Devised performance (20 marks); 80 marks in total; 40% of GCSE. This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.
  • Component 3- Texts in Practice (Practical)
    What is assessed: Performance of two extracts from one play (pupils may contribute as performer or designer); Free choice of play but it must contrast with the set play chosen for Component 1
    How it’s assessed: Performance of Extract 1 (25 marks) and Extract 2 (25 marks); 50 marks in total; 20% of GCSE

Here is a recommended wider reading list for KS4 pupils.


  • Component 1: Performance and Choreography
    Performance – (30%)
    Pupils to perform a solo which is made up of 3 set phrases taught by the teacher and set by AQA exam board
    Pupils to perform a duet/trio performance (three and a half minutes in duration)
    Choreography – (30%)
    This task requires each pupil to choreograph a dance solo or group dance which includes movement material and selected aural setting in response to a stimulus chosen from the prescribed list set by AQA. – a solo (2 – 2.5minutes in duration) or a group dance of 2-5- dancers (3 – 3.5minutes)
  • Component 2: Dance Appreciation – (40%)
    This component is the written exam paper of one and a half hours. This final exam which assess the pupils understanding of the following elements: Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performance skills; Critical appreciation of their own work; Critical appreciation of six professional works set by the AQA exam board.

How to support pupil learning

Encourage your child to attend one of the wide variety of extra-curricular clubs at lunchtime and after school .They are open to all – Soul Band, Choir, Concert Band, Film and Folk Group and Brass Group. These groups often perform at awards assemblies, celebration evenings, presentation evening, Christmas assemblies and concerts at Christmas and in the Summer. There is a regular dance and drama after school club.