Performing Arts

  • Ms Burgess – Assistant Faculty Leader (Music & Drama)
  • Mr Dale – Teacher of Drama 

Key Stage 3


The Music Curriculum

In KS2 students have learnt to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control as a soloist and in an ensemble. They have developed an understanding of musical composition and musical notation and are able to reproduce sounds from aural memory. They can appreciate and understand a wide range of music from different traditions and from great composers and musicians.

KS3 Music curriculum is designed to provide all students with a first class education in a range of instruments which are selected to provide a broad and balanced set of activities, and enable all to succeed, regardless of age, ability or gender. Students will learn to appreciate music from a broad range of countries, cultures and historical periods.

Instruments covered in KS3:

  • Ukulele/guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Drums
  • Vocals

Our aim is to ensure all students are at least “competent” composers, listeners and performers to prepare them for the three main components of GCSE Music in KS4 and provide them with a love and appreciation of music from different cultural backgrounds and historical periods. The most able will become high-level musicians and have pathways into elite level performance.

Extra-curricular activities are used to extend and enhance our curriculum by providing all students with opportunities to participate and excel in our chosen instruments. Students will have a range of performance opportunities throughout the year within the academy. This links to our curriculum aims to allow and give student opportunities to perform at all levels. Our extracurricular provision includes:

  • Droylsden voices
  • Ukulele/guitar group
  • Keyboard group
  • Music Technology club

 All students have opportunities to receive specialist 1-1 peripatetic lessons each week. They receive a half an hour lessons from an instrumental specialist which allows them to work towards graded exams on their chosen instrument. Lessons are available on our 4 main chosen instruments.


n KS2 students have gained knowledge, skills and understanding associated with the artistic practice of drama. Students have rehearsed, improvised, devised and participated in performances, role-plays, and presentations for one another and a range of audiences.  Students should be able to adopt, create and sustain a range of roles, responding appropriately to others in role.

In KS3 students will build skills, knowledge and understanding to enable them to succeed in GCSE Drama, and also to enable them to succeed in life beyond the Academy and continue a career in performing arts, should they wish to do so. Students will develop a drama toolkit of skills, apply these skills in performance, re-enact and shape their own ideas and analyse and evaluate their own and others performances.  

Each year of KS3 is split into 3 key units:

  1. In Unit 1 all students study the work of a key theatre practitioner in order to learn key skills, conventions and methodologies.
  2. In Unit 2 students will develop and apply the skills built in the first term by exploring a text through performance.
  3. In Unit 3, students utilise the skills, knowledge and understanding built in the first 2 terms through exploration of a social, historical and cultural topic.

This structure allows students to return to key concepts throughout the key stage and to progressively build on them to advance their knowledge further as the years progress.

GCSE Music

Students study the Educas Specification which includes units on:

  • Component 1  – Performing – Students will perform on their chosen instrument as a soloist and in an ensemble. (40%)
  • Component 2 – Composing – Students will create two pieces of music. One of these will be linked to brief and one is a free choice piece. (40%)
  • Component 3 – Appraising – Students will learn about the elements of music and pick out key features in different styles of music. These include;  Area of study 1: Musical Forms and Devices Area of study 2: Music for Ensemble Area of study 3: Film Music Area of study 4: Popular Music (30%)

Music Technology

The Level 2 Music Technology course is a practical, hands-on course in which students gain an understanding of a variety of aspects of Music Technology.  They are expected to take part practically and evidence work through a portfolio with a variety of sources of evidence.  Students study sound recording using Logic Pro to develop composition ideas, arranging, location recording and multi-track recording.  The course is ideal for those students wanting to study the recording and non-performance side of Music. The students cover four units over the two years which include:

Unit TitleAssessment% of Grade
Unit 1 – The Music IndustryExternally assessed exam25%
Unit 2 – Managing a music productInternally assessed coursework25%
Unit 5 – Introducing music performanceInternally assessed coursework25%
Unit 7 – Introducing music sequencingInternally assessed coursework25%

The course is graded as shown below:

  • Distinction*
  • Distinction
  • Merit
  • Pass
  • Level 1


In GCSE Drama, students’ complete three components; Devising Drama, Presenting and Performing a Playtext and an Analysis of a Playtext through Live Theatre Performance. Students are able to select a performing or lighting designer route from the start of the two year course.

Performers learn about; acting, use of voice and movement skills. Lighting Designers will learn about; rigging, programming and operation of lights, creating a lighting plot, cue sheet and lantern schedules, in addition to developing a design concept for the stage.
At KS4 there is an expectations of live theatre visits as well as additional rehearsals in the run up to performances. During Year 10 the focus is on devising theatre and in Year 11 on play texts.

Each year there will be a performance showcase or school production in which KS4 students will be encouraged to audition for.

The students will cover four components which include:

Unit TitleAssessment% of Grade
Component 1 & 2 – Devising drama (written feedback and performance)Internally assessed coursework/performance30%
Component 3 – Presenting or performing texts (scripted performance)Externally assessed performance30%
Component 4 – Drama: Performance and response (written exam)Externally assessed formal written exam40%

The course is graded using 1-9 assessment.