Performing Arts

Welcome to the faculty of Performing Arts. Performing Arts comprises the three main disciplines of Drama, Dance and Music. All performing arts staff are passionate and committed to providing quality teaching and learning in the three disciplines. We pride ourselves in delivering engaging excellence in all our lessons. The department consists of dedicated and caring staff who strive to ensure all students achieve their potential. Students will perform in front of a variety of audiences and are given opportunities to work with professionals in the industry during workshops and trips. As well as benefiting from weekly drama and music lessons that all Outwood Academy Danum students enjoy; students of drama dance and music can also access a wide range of enrichment activities. We also offer a range of peripatetic lessons from outside professional music staff.

Enrichment opportunities in Performing Arts
• Orchestra
• Dance performance and choreography
• Musical theatre
• Behind the scenes
• Danum Voices
• Ukuele Ensemble
GSCE Intervention for all performing Arts Classes
• Yr 12 Rock & Pop Band
• Yr 13 Rock and Pop Band
• Individual and small group tuition available from our visiting peripatetic music teachers from Doncaster Music Service.
• Pyramid Carol Service at St George’s Minster
• Trax FM Christmas Carol Experience
• Heatherwood Carol Service
• Annual Christmas Cabert
• Doncaster Museum Concert
• I-Sing
• Summer concert
• Whole Academy production once every 2 years

Meet the team


Mrs E Root

Teacher of Performing Arts

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Key Stage 3

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum offers one lesson of Drama/dance each week as well as one lesson of music.

DANCE – In Years 7 and 8 students are involved in a variety of projects that explore a range of Dance styles, such as street dance, African dance, lyrical and contemporary. Students learn important dance terminology and build knowledge on choreography and have the opportunity to perform, choreograph and work on their dance techniques, working in groups and independently to improve their skills.

DRAMA – Year 7 and 8 students learn about a variety of topics, styles and genres such as Shakespeare, script work, mask work, improvisation and physical theatre. During their programme of study they explore the key elements of drama and how to communicate through performance as well as how to analyse and evaluate drama work.
Music-year 7 and 8 students a vast range of musical skills such as the elements of Music, Keyboard Skills , African Drumming, Melody in C using Sibelius 8, Ukulele and Introduction to Blues. Students are also taught basic compositional skills and are encouraged to work with others and analyse their work. Performance is an important element of all schemes of learning thus students are encouraged to celebrate their work by doing so.

If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mrs Burridge via the following email:

Key Stage 4


Teaching and learning will shows students how to:

• Use a variety of techniques
• Experiment with ideas and practical skills
• Work safely and securely
• Rehearse effectively
• Demonstrate technical performance skills.

There will be both written and practical elements to the course as well as external and internally set examinations.
Such skills will be taught through the following units:

Unit 1: Developing Skills for Performance
Unit 2: Prepare and Perform
Unit 3: Performance Production in Practice

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mrs Burridge via the following email:

BTEC Level 1-2 Tech Award in Performing Arts

Students will explore the following learning aims:

• Examine professional practitioners’ performance work
• Explore the interrelationships between constituent features of existing performance material.
• Develop skills and techniques for performance
• Apply skills and techniques in rehearsal and performance
• Review own development and performance.
• Understand how to respond to a brief
• Select and develop skills and techniques in response to a brief
• Apply skills and techniques in a workshop performance in response to a brief
• Evaluate the development process and outcome in response to a brief
Such skills will be taught through the following components:

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts (Internal assessment)
Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts (Internal assessment)
Component 3: Performing to a Brief (External assessment)

For further information please contact Mrs Burridge, Head of Performing arts,

Music GCSE

Overview of the Year for MUSIC at Key Stage 4

WJEC EDUQAS GCSE MUSIC: 3 distinct units: Performance, Composition and Listening.


Key Stage 5 Performing Arts

BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts – Edexcel Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners Work

Students will study the following units:

• Unit 4: Performing Arts in the Community
• Unit 14: choreography for live performance
• Unit 2: Developing Techniques for Live Performance
• Unit 21: Improvisation
• Unit 1: investigating practitioners work
• Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop
• Unit 5: Individual Performance Commission
• Unit 6: Final Live Performance to an Audience

The units will prepare and enable students to prepare for further education in the arts by reading texts, practising extended writing skills, analytical skills, creative development, communication skills, collaborative skills, independence and preparation for assessment methods used in degrees.

Due to the coursework based nature of the course students are expected to produce consistently high standards of work and be able to manage their time well and always meet the deadlines set.

For further information please contact Mrs Burridge, Head of Performing arts,

Key Stage 5 (Music)

EDEXCEL GCE AS Level in Music

You will take part in a public performance of one or more pieces, performed as a recital. Performances can be playing or singing solo, in an ensemble, improvising, or realising music using music technology. The total performance time across all pieces must be a minimum of 6 minutes.

You will create a total of two compositions, one to a brief set by the examination board and one either free composition or also to a brief. Each composition must be at least 2 minutes in duration.

In the 90 minute examination there are two sections in the examination. Section A is marked out of 45 and contains four questions. Three of the questions will be based on extracts from the set works and the other question will be on dictation. Section B is marked out of 35 including one essay question on an unfamiliar piece of music and one essay chosen from three optional questions on a set work.

EDEXCEL GCE AS Level in Music is assessed in the following way:


EDEXCEL A2 Level in Music Technology

Students will create a portfolio consisting of a multi-track recording, a sequenced integrated performance and a composition incorporating music technology (60%).

There is also an examination testing the student’s ability to manipulate and correct recorded music. They will also be tested on their ability to produce a balanced stereo mix.

EDEXCEL A2 Level in Music Technology is assessed in the following way:


If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Ms M Lowry –