Drama is an essential part of development for all students; harnessing the ability to understand themselves and the world around them. The very core of the subject is centred on the development of communication and articulation skills which feed into every aspect of the students’ lives, equipping them to be expressive and empathetic within society. Drama empowers students with self-awareness and confidence which are transferable skills essential to presentation and public speaking. Drama is accessible for all students regardless of their ability, which makes it an extremely effective learning medium in all aspects of their education. Through a robust and inclusive curriculum, students not only develop knowledge of performance, but also knowledge of the technical aspects of theatre, giving them a pathway into the industry should they choose. Drama not only gives pupils greater opportunities to develop their emotional intelligence and resilience, but also provides a safe space in order to grow confidence in their everyday lives.

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KS3 Drama

Year 7

Term 1 - Introduction to Drama

Establishing disciplines for practical drama work and collaborative group work. Developing concentration, cooperation and control. Understanding basic performance skills; awareness of facial expression and body language to portray meaning.

Term 2 - Silent Movie

Understand the concept of situation comedy and melodrama. Develop skills in mime and exaggerated, physical acting style. Use group work and time-management skills. Develop confidence in performing in front of an audience by having the vocal aspect removed, allowing them to concentrate on physical movement.

Term 3 - Ernie's Incredible Illucinations (script work)

Develop skills in interpreting and performing a scripted piece. Use imagination in off text improvisations. To learn how to read a play script and learn lines for performance.

Term 4 - Ernie's Incredible Illucinations (script work) continued...

Develop skills in interpreting and performing a scripted piece. Use imagination in off text improvisations. To learn how to read a play script and learn lines for performance.

Term 5 - Tempest

Use physical theatre skills, soundscape and group work to create atmosphere of the opening ‘tempest’. Understand the plot, characters and themes. Develop skills in using the language of Shakespeare in performance.

Term 6 - History of Theatre

Move through the history of theatre from Greek theatre to Shakespeare, Melodrama and finally Musical Theatre.

Year 8

Term 1 - Physical Theatre

Use non-naturalistic techniques to present a story in an imaginative. Understand convention of physical theatre and develop skills of narration, ensemble work, soundscape and chorus work.

Term 2 - Brecht / Grimm Tales

Understand how to apply physical theatre style through the retelling of a Grimms Brothers’ fairy tale. Introduce the work of the practitioner Brecht and his techniques such as placards, multi-rolling, stereotype and direct address.

Term 3 - Commedia Dell'Arte

History of theatre – Commedia Dell’ Arte. Introduce stock character, lazzi, non-verbal comedy techniques and exaggeration to create a universal comedy.

Term 4 - Script Work - Commedia Influenced

Applying the techniques learned from Commedia Dell’Arte to a script – ‘Alota Chocolata’. Assessment based on script work and interpretation in light of physical comedy skills.

Term 5 - Mystery Pictures

Process Drama based on the theme of mental health. Developing understanding of world around them. Use of teacher in role, role-play, empathy and development of abstract Drama techniques.

Term 6 - Macbeth

Understand the plot and themes of Macbeth. Learn the basic principles of set, sound, costume and make-up design. Create own interpretation to create an original and imaginative setting for the play.

Year 9

Term 1 - Script: DNA

GCSE script introduction – National theatres play DNA. Themes of peer pressure, guilt, responsibility. Use status, ensemble, split stage, atmosphere to recreate and interpret key moments.

Term 2 - Monologue / Duologue

Develop a monologue or duologue taken from the text studied in term 1. Focus on presentation skills and public speaking. Skills in interpreting script for an audience creating character and intention.

Term 3 - Theatre Review

Links with GCSE Drama – live theatre review. Using analytical skills to identify use of production elements in the ‘mise-en-scene’ and evaluate the effect. Identify different design elements of theatre – Lighting, Sound, Costume, Set, Staging, Props/stage furniture.

Term 4 - Bloody Shakespeare

Explore some of Shakespeare’s most gruesome plays and use stage skills to express the full potential of the key moments.

Term 5 - Script: Blood Brothers

Links to GCSE script work. Understanding how to interpret a character from a script. Develop understanding of the context of the play and explore vocal and movement skills in playing the same character at different ages.

Term 6 - Drama Revision

Use team work skills and demonstrate a variety of expertise learned in Drama over KS3 such as storytelling skills, evaluating skills, analytical skills, design skills and performance skills.

GCSE Drama

Year 10

Term 1 - Development of Monologue

Term 2 - Grimm Tales Performance

Frantic Assembly techniques to create atmospheric and emotive drama in retelling of Hansel and Gretel.

Terms 3 & 4 - Inspector Calls

Study of Inspector Calls from the point of view of a theatre maker.

Term 5 - Devised Performance

Term 6 - Devised Portfolio

Year 11

Term 1 - Devised Performance

(carried over from lockdown absence in Yr 10)

Term 2 - Devised Portfolio (30% of GCSE)

Carried over from lockdown absence in Yr10

Term 3 - Scripted performance rehearsals for Component 2 - Live Performance Examination (20%)

Live theatre viewing for Section C of written examination - Digital Theatre performance in place of live theatre visit due to Covid19 restrictions.

Term 4 - Exam Preparation, Exam Question Skills / Practise Live Theatre

Term 5 - Exam (dates TBC)

A Level Theatre Studies

Year 12

Term 1

Focus on exam questions for Live Theatre - live theatre viewings where possible depending on availability of digital performances.

Study of Component 3 exam - section 2 plays in light of designer skills.

Study of three practitioners – Artaud, Brecht and Stanislavski.

Begin Component 2 practise – monologues and duologues.

Terms 2 & 3

Study of chosen play for section 2 of component 3 written exam. Practise of component 2 group performance in light of practise component 2 assessment criteria.

Rehearse monologues and duologues in light of practise component 2 assessment criteria.

Term 4

Begin Component 3 section 3 exam criteria – study of  set play text ‘Antigone’ in light of the practitioner ‘Brecht’.

Term 5

Mock Exam preparation.

Component 1: Devised project and 2500-word portfolio

Term 6

Completion of devised project recorded performance (10%) and completion of portfolio (30%)