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Curriculum Intent

Throughout the Drama curriculum, we intend to equip all of our students with the necessary skills to be confident, creative, communicators.


During Key Stage 3 we build a Drama ‘Toolbox’ of making, performing and responding skills, to assist students when they perform practically as an individual or within a group. This armoury will be linked to a variety of social ideas, dramatic styles and forms of theatre. We also develop and foster the imagination through devising and stimuli. This includes building character, exploring dramatic structure, mood & atmosphere as well as developing verbal presentation skills.


At Key Stage 4 and 5, the aims of this subject are incredibly clear. We are proud that the learning offers students the opportunity to explore drama as a practical art form in which ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through choices of form, style and convention.  Students also develop their ability to create, perform and respond to drama informed by their theoretical knowledge of drama and theatre. We endeavour to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of what makes effective Drama by studying practitioners and watching and evaluating productions as well as demonstrating students’ own skills in regards to design, characterisation and direction. Students gain experience of acting and production design whilst encountering a range of stimuli as a basis for dramatic exploration, and explore other theatrical skills such as make-up, costume, set design and lighting.  Self-devised work is an important part of the course, as are frequent visits to the theatre.  Throughout, students learn how to review their own work and that of others with a positive critical awareness, using appropriate specialist terminology.  They learn to identify thematic and technical links between theatre of different genres, periods and cultures. In Drama you need imagination as well as an ability to create work in a group. This is a kinaesthetic and problem solving subject that requires students to be a team player, prepared to work with anyone and develop leadership skills.


Drama enables students to be confident to manage, organise and help people. It prepares individuals for working in the Arts, whether it is working for the BBC, designing, script writing or performing, and other creative industries.


Key Stage 3

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
  • Introduction To Drama
  • Darkwood Manor
  • Greek Theatre
  • Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations
  • Melodrama
  • The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty
  • Improvisation
  • Silent Movies
  • Shakespeare Shake-up
  • Blood Brothers


Key Stage 3 assessemnt

  • Assessments take place at the end of each unit and are based on a range of practical, performance based and creative written tasks


Key Stage 4

GCSE Drama Edugas C690QS

Year 10 Year 11
  • Theatre Practitioner exploration: Stanislavski, Brecht, Knee High,
  • Devised theatre based on variety of Stimuli.
  • Analysing Live Theatre


  • Examination text DNA exploration and
    preparation for unit 3 exam.
  • Performance examination preparation based on performance or design skills
    for specific script.
  • Analysing Live Theatre


Key Stage 4 assessment

  • Assessments in class take place at the end of each unit, at the end of each half term and are based on a range of practical, performance based and creative written tasks.


Key Stage 5

Edexcel Drama and Theatre Studies 60183020

Year 12 Year 13
  • Theatre Practitioner Exploration
  • Study the Play ‘100’
  • Devised Theatre
  • Live theatre Evaluation
  • Dr Faustus Play exploration
  • Monologue /Duologue work
  • Practical performance and design
    Skill focus
  • Live theatre Evaluation


Key Stage 5 assessment

  • Assessments will take place after each area of study and will be both practical and written in style.


Curriculum enrichment outside of the classroom

  • Annual whole-school production
  • Weekly Drama Club with performance opportunities throughout the year
  • Glee Club (Musical Theatre)
  • Comedy Club
  • House Performing Arts
  • External theatre trips

A level Drama and Theatre Studies - please see the Sixth Form section of our website for further information: sixth-form-subject-information

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