Miss L Blackford
Lead Teacher of Drama

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Drama aims to develop confidence, communication skills and a range of social skills as well as introduce young people to the art form itself. The work is largely practical and pupils are expected to work with each other in varying sizes of group from pairs to the whole class.

In years 7, 8 and 9 pupils are introduced to a range of drama techniques and strategies which are used to explore issues, ideas and texts. These techniques and strategies are added to, developed and revisited throughout key stages 3 and 4. They provide the basis for further study of the subject at post 16.

The content and stimulus for the work can range from classical plays to pictures, poetry through to current, topical issues.

Pupils are assessed continually on all aspects of the work in lessons using the guidelines issued by the Arts Council. Performance is just one area of assessment; the processes of creating and evaluating work are equally important.

Homework is given when appropriate. Occasionally this will be written, but often it is a ‘thinking’ homework where pupils are required to plan some work in preparation for the next lesson. As pupils progress through the key stage they will be asked to arrange a short 10 minute rehearsal in the drama studio during break or lunchtimes. They are required on these occasions to get their planner initialled by a drama teacher to show that they have done their homework.

Year 7 Autumn Term
Baseline Assessment – ‘The Newcomer’ Evacuees Drama Techniques

Year 7 Spring Term
Poetry and Soundscape Introduction to physical theatre – Macbeth

Year 7 Summer Term
Old Age and Memories Work on a play text

Year 8 Autumn Term
Crime and Punishment History topic – War and Remembrance – ‘In Flanders’ Fields’.

Year 8 Spring Term
Advanced Soundscape and Poetry – Shakespeare’s ‘TheTempest’ History Topic – ‘Slavery’

Year 8 Summer Term
Work on a play text – ‘Antigone’ by Sophocles Introduction to Devising

Year 9 Autumn Term
History topics – ‘Munich Air Disaster’– World War One and after – ‘A Land Fit for Heroes?’

Year 9 Spring Term
From Page to Stage – practical work on ‘Romeo and Juliet’.‘Outsiders’ – The Life of John Merrick.

Year 9 Summer Term
Exploring and Staging Scenes from a Contemporary Play(e.g. Bound by Beartrap theatre Company)


Pupils follow the Edexcel syllabus. This builds upon the work done in Key Stage 3 using and adding to, the strategies already learnt. In addition pupils develop their understanding of how drama is structured and staged. Homework will focus initially upon practical rehearsal of work in progress. As the course progresses pupils will be given written tasks in order to prepare for the written Documentary Response required for coursework.

Unit 1

Examination Requirements

DRAMA EXPLORATION, Exploration of a theme, topic or issue

Assessed Work

6 hour practical workshop
Documentary Evidence (2000 words)

Weighting : 30%

Unit 2

Examination Requirements 

EXPLORING PLAY TEXTS Exploration of the action, characters, ideas, themes and issues of a published play text. Watching a professional, live performance

6 hour practical workshop
Documentary Response (1000 words)
Written response to live theatre (2000 words)

Weighting : 30%

Unit 3

Examination Requirements 

DRAMA PERFORMANCE Working in small groups to create an original piece of drama

Assessed Work

Performance of finished piece in front of an audience and a visiting examiner

Weighting : 40%

Year 10 Autumn Term

Introduction to the course. Explorative strategies, drama medium and elements.· Introduction to Key theatre Practitioners (Stanislavski, Brecht and Artaud).· Man Down (A project covering the skills required for the practical workshops and the final practical examination).

Year 10 Spring Term

Mock Unit 1 – Exploration of theme (e.g. ‘Conflict’, ‘Between the Wars’, ‘Outsiders’).·  Mock Unit 2 – Exploration of extracts from a playtext – e.g. ‘Metamorphosis’ by Steven Berkoff.

Year 10 Summer Term

Coursework – Unit 2.‘Exploration of a full length published play’.Performance Project in preparation for Unit 3.

Year 11 Autumn Term

Short Performance Project to develop devising and performance skills.

Coursework – Unit 1.Exploration of a theme, using a variety of stimuli (e.g. the theme of Freedom using information on press freedom, material from Amnesty International’s website and the short story ‘The Pedestrian’ by Ray Bradbury)

Year 11 Spring Term

Preparation for the final practical examination – devising, rehearsing and staging an original piece of drama

Year 11 Summer Term

Final technical and dress rehearsals for practical examination.