Drama

Drama is a popular subject which helps students grow in confidence, be creative thinkers, develop their communication skills and improve their theatrical skill. This subject is studied from year 7 once a week with the option of taking it as a GCSE in year 10 and A-Level in year 12. The curriculum mixes the exploration of key issues whilst experimenting with a range of performance styles and genres. The ability to work as part of a group, in pairs and independently is vital in Drama as is a willingness to take risks and encourage others to do so. The course helps you develop sophisticated skills in analysing body language, voice, movement and language when evaluating your own and the work of others. The curriculum covers current affairs and issue based theatre which is relevant to young people.

At KS3 students explore a range of theatre styles and genres, developing their knowledge of the history of theatre and the impact that has on modern day theatre. They will study a range of scripts and also create their own performances from a range of stimuli. This will support students into GCSE and A-Level and will provide them with the tools needed to succeed in the exams. At GCSE and A-Level students will create their own pieces based on a stimulus. They will also take part in a scripted exam, bringing to life various extracts from a play, exploring character and technical skill. Students will also complete a written exam, this enables students to be critical and creative thinkers, working from the perspective of a director, designer, actor and audience member.

Year 7  |  Year 8  |  Year 9  |  Year 10  |  Year 11  |  Year 12  |  Year 13

Year 7

Autumn Term
Bullying and Pantomime

Looking at a range of drama skills through the topic of bullying. Exploring the stock characters used in pantomime.

Spring Term
Cave in and ‘The Tempest’

Issued based Drama exploring a range of skills. Working with Shakespearian text exploring characters.

Summer Term
Greek Theatre

Exploring the history of theatre, using chorus and scripts to bring to life class Greek myths.

Year 8

Autumn Term
‘The Stones’ & ‘Macbeth’

Issue based drama explored various drama skills. Working with Shakespearian scripts to explore character.

Spring Term
Physical Theatre & Melodrama

Looking at using movement to convey meaning, exploring the stock characters from Victorian Drama.

Summer Term
Ann Frank & Genre

Issue based drama looking at character, exploring various genres through different styles.

Year 9

Autumn Term
‘Slow Time’ & Theatre in Education

Looking at issue based drama through various drama skills, creating performances to educate a range of audiences.

Spring Term
Devising

Creating a range of performances based on various stimuli, exploring style and genre.

Summer Term
‘I Love you Mum, I Promise I Won’t Die’ & ‘DNA’

Script work exploring blocking, character and Drama techniques.

Year 10

Autumn Term
Devising & ‘DNA’

Exploring a range of stimuli and devising pieces based on this. Studying the set text ‘DNA’ in preparation for the written exam.

Spring Term
Devising

Creating an exam performance based on a stimulus.

Summer Term
Devising

Creating an exam performance based on a stimulus and writing a reflection on the journey undertaken to create the pieces.

Year 11

Autumn Term
‘DNA’

Exploring the set text ‘DNA’ for the written exam from the perspective of an actor, director and designer.

Spring Term
Scripts & Live Theatre

Performing a scripted exam piece and reviewing a live show for their written exam.

Summer Term
‘DNA’ & Live Theatre

Written exam based on the set text looking at how to act, direct and design specific extracts, live theatre review.

Year 12

Autumn Term
Devising & ‘Colder Than Here’

Exploring a range of stimuli and devising pieces based on this. Studying the set text ‘Colder Than Here’ in preparation for the written exam.

Spring Term
Devising

Creating and exam performance including a practitioner based on a stimulus.

Summer Term
Devising

Creating and exam performance including a practitioner based on a stimulus, writing a reflecting on the journey undertaken to create the pieces.

Year 13

Autumn Term
‘Antigone’ & ‘Colder Than Here’

Exploring the set texts for the written exam from the perspective of an actor, director and designer.

Spring Term
Scripts & Live Theatre

Performing a scripted exam piece including a practitioner and reviewing a live show in the written exam.

Summer Term
‘Colder Than Here’, ‘Antigone’ & Live Theatre

Written exam based on two set texts looking at how to act, direct and design specific extracts, live theatre review.