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Drama - Curriculum Page

Drama and the Performing Arts are central to providing a wide and diverse range of excellent opportunities, inside and outside the classroom, that enable our young people to develop exceptionally well both academically and personally.  

Through our ambitious curriculum pupils will gain subject specific knowledge alongside skills in Drama and Performing Arts. With rich connections across subject areas, they will interleave knowledge, skills and understanding whilst developing their “soft” skills such as teamwork, confidence, communication, resilience, creativity and problem solving.

All pupils will have the opportunity to participate in Drama at KS3 with the aim that they will build knowledge and skills fundamental to success at KS4, 5 and beyond. They will be provided with the opportunity to engage in a range of extra-curricular clubs, workshops, trips and performance opportunities.

The comprehensive vision for Drama and the Performing Arts is to engage pupils in the arts, develop their wider understanding of the world and culture. 

Subject Leader

  • Mrs Raby

YEAR 7, 8 and 9


We cover a wide range of topics in years 7 and 8 introducing pupils to the world of theatre and helping them to develop their knowledge and understanding of performance and creation of theatre through analysis and evaluation.

Year 7:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Drama, Alice in Wonderland
  • Unit 2: Pantomime
  • Unit 3: Our Day Outby Willy Russell
  • Unit 4: Melodrama
  • Unit 5: William Shakespeare

Year 8

  • Unit 1: Lord of the Flies
  • Unit 2:  Physical Theatre - Darkwood Manor
  • Unit 3: Musical Theatre
  • Unit 4: Mask Work
  • Unit 5: Walking with Shadows

Year 9 Drama

  • Unit 1: Stage Combat
  • Unit 2:  Hamlet
  • Unit 3: Devising: Craig and Bentley
  • Unit 4: Technical Theatre: Macbeth
  • Unit 5: “Junk” by Melvin Burgess
  • Unit 6: Bouncers and Shakers


Each topic is assessed by pupils’ ability to make, perform and respond to their own work and that of theatre professionals. This will include devising and designing from a given stimulus, recall of key information, analysis and evaluation of professional repertory and the study of theatre history. 

Home Learning 

Home learning is set regularly in order to help pupils consolidate or extend their learning. From quizzes, research into plays, historical time periods and playwrights to arranging group rehearsals and developing advertising posters for their plays. All home learning is relevant and aimed at encouraging a passion for the theatre and an appreciation of its importance in the cultural world. 

How Parents and Carers Can Support

  • Encourage your child to ask teachers for help if there any difficulties
  • Encourage your child to attend the theatre; plays, concerts, musical theatre and dance performances.
  • Help and encourage pupils to complete all homework tasks due in
  • Observe and give constructive feedback to any performance preparations
  • Encourage and support pupils in attending extra-curricular activities in and out of school to develop skill
  • Check Teams and planners for work that is due in and any performance dates

Additional Support Available/ Useful Links

Reading List

  • Bouncers by John Godber
  • Shakers by John Godber
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • The Curious Incident of the Doc in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

Assessment Framework - Key Stage 3

Drama Assessment Framework - Key Stage 3

Assessment Schedule

Assessment Schedule - Year 7

Assessment Schedule - Year 8

Assessment Schedule - Year 9

Drama Knowledge Organiser

Introduction to Drama & AIW Knowledge Organiser - Year 7

Lord of the Flies Knowledge Organiser - Year 8

Stage Combat Knowledge Organiser - Year 9

YEAR 10 and 11

Exam Board and Syllabus Code

AQA GCSE Drama - 8261


GCSE Drama develops and broadens pupils’ understanding and approach to theatre. They explore a range of genres and techniques and apply these to both scripted and devised work. There is also an emphasis on their understanding of theatre which is assessed in their written exam.

Year 10 Drama

  • Exploring Naturalism through Stanislavski
  • Exploring Brecht through devising
  • Completion of devising logbook
  • Practical Introduction to Set Text – “Blood Brothers”
  • Theatre roles and terminology – group production project
  • Text in Practice – Blue Remembered Hills

Year 11 Drama

  • Live theatre visits and analysis
  • Texts in Practice – Shakespearean Texts
  • Devising from a stimulus
  • Completion of Devising log
  • Pre public examinations

This specification will help pupils to develop their:

  • Knowledge and understanding of style, genre and social context
  • Performance techniques – interpretation, improvisation, voice, physicality, stage relationships with others
  • Roles and responsibilities within the theatre industry
  • Design skills – interpretation, visual and design impacts and the use of scenic devices
  • Technical abilities – lighting, sound, technology and appropriate equipment
  • Practical skills – from making masks and puppets to make-up
  • Collaboration and communication skills
  • Enquiring and reflective minds
  • Thinking analytically and evaluating effectively


The subject content is divided into three components:

  • Understanding Drama 40% Assessed through a written exam lasting 1 hour and 45mins (80 marks)
  • Devising Drama 40% Assessed through the process of devising theatre and devising log (60 marks) and its performance (20 marks)
  • Texts in Practice 40% Assessed through the performance of up to two extracts from one play (40marks)

Home Learning

It is important to note that there is an expectation that pupils attend theatre trips (when available) and rehearse in their own time to pass the GCSE Drama course.

  • Completion of devising log, requiring research into different plays, styles and genres. ? Practice questions for all sections of the exam
  • Character profiles
  • Script writing
  • Extra rehearsals
  • Performances Access to TEAMS for homework is essential so the pupils must know their login details

How Parents and Carers can Support

  • Ensure pupils attend all theatre trips and visits (when available)
  • Help and encourage pupils to complete all log and written work due in, checking TEAMS and pupil planners for work
  • Observe and give constructive feedback to any performance preparations
  • Encourage and support pupils in attending extra-curricular activities and out of school lessons to develop skills

Additional Support Available/ Useful Links

Reading List

  • Blood Brothers by Willie Russell
  • Blue Remembered Hills by Dennis Potter
  • DNA by Dennis Kelly
  • Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  • The Complete Stanislavski Toolkit by Konstantin Stanislavski
  • Tackling Text (and subtext): A Step by Step Guide for Actors by Barbara Houseman

Assessment Schedule

Assessment Schedule - Year 10

Assessment Schedule - Year 11

Drama Knowledge OrganiserYear 10 - Blood Brothers Knowledge Organisers

GCSE Drama Knowledge Organiser

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The WIZ 2022