Key Stage 3

Drama is taught throughout Year 7, 8 and 9, one lesson a fortnight.
We cover three main areas:


DPM12_027_0029The students work individually or in groups exploring ideas, devising ways to create those ideas in effective Drama. They will then shape and develop those ideas as well as interpreting plays and themes.

The students will then perform their created work to each other. Learning how to present and produce clear performances for an audience.

After watching each other’s work the students will evaluate the effectiveness of the performances. They will apply their learnt knowledge and understanding to explore what was good about it and how it could be improved.
They will learn key skills alongside learning about Drama and Theatre:

  • grow in confidence
  • learn to express themselves and their emotions
  • learn to work in groups negotiating and compromising
  • learn valuable skills of presentation
  • explore and discover more about the world
  • ‘step into other people’s shoes’ and see the world from their point of view – learning empathy

DPM12_012_0001In Drama students have the opportunity to explore and make sense of the world, our lives and our relationships alongside developing specific performing skills and rehearsal techniques.

The students are assessed most lessons using the Drama Learning Objectives Bank descriptors either in an informal or an explicitly formal way. They will be assessed on their ability to make, perform and respond. They self and peer assess during and at the end of most lessons. Every half term they complete a self assessment sheet in which they review the work they have done and set a target to improve their progress.

There is usually no homework for Drama.

Useful websites:

Year 7

Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Introduction to Drama
Learn to work together cooperatively. Focus in the work and establish effective ways of giving constructive criticism to each other
Mr Fox
Develop: still image, working in role, creating tension and climax. Teacher in role. Improvisation. Facial expression, body language. Thought tracking, eye contact and communication
Explore the topic of the children evacuated in the second world war. Create and characterise a role. Work in role and explore ways to play true emotion. Still image, thought tracking and monologue
Haunted and Hunted
Create soundscapes to create atmosphere and mood. Communicating without words, learning to make things clear using expression, body language and tone of voice.
Stage fighting and Elizabethan Theatre
Learn to fight safely on stage and use that learning in a prepared context.
Learn about the stage positions and use of space and proxemics.
Explore the story of Macbeth and find ways to interpret ShakespeareÕs writing in performance. Still image, thought track, role play characterisation.
Greek Theatre
Explore and learn about the staging and style of Greek Theatre. Interpret and perform a Greek myth in the original performance style using large gesture and projected voice.

 Year 8

Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Introduction and recap on learning in Year 7
Michael's story

Explore the story of Brecht's play 'The Caucasian Chalk Circle'. Using still image, thought tracking, playing abstract roles and cross cutting. Also furthering understanding of playing a role and characterisation.
It was Terrifying
Explore a story about a new arrival in school. Develop understanding of effective and meaningful still image, proxemics and translating meaning for an audience. Write monologues and develop this into a fuller, finished piece of Drama.
Work on ways to create effective spontaneous improvisation. Explore the impact of status on character and playing a scene. Explore status and the meaning of status in interpreting a scene in a play.
Private Peaceful
Explore ways to dramatise Michael Morpurgo's book about the first world war. Presenting memories and abstract ideas. Incorporating the use of lights and sound. Develop this into a fuller piece of Drama for performance.
Peer Pressure
Explore the impact and effect of peer pressure on individuals through Drama. Using and selecting from key skills of making effective Drama already learnt.
The Roses of Eyam
Explore this powerful play based on the plague hitting a village. Interpret and use skills learnt earlier in the year to interpret and perform the text.

Year 9

Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
The Riot
Exploring the effect and impact of the recent riots on communities. Culminating in a creation of a news report hearing from all the characters involved.
Explore stories about why young people run away from home. Explore through Drama the causes and impacts of the decision to runaway and create an effective Drama to express the feelings involved.
Explore and interpret the story of a tube suicide on a driver. Find ways to perform the story using monologue and crosscutting plus all the techniques and effects learnt so far.
Working in role as psychiatrists we will explore the story of a young boy Joe who has had a traumatic experience and will not talk. Mantle of the expert and in role work will inform this scheme. They will have to create and maintain a strong role for a sustained period of time in front of an audience.
Romeo and Juliet
Explore the text and ways to interpret Shakespeare in performance
The Wreck of the Mignonette
Exploring a real story and the power and meaning of the law when it goes to trial. Using skills learnt throughout.
Key Stage 4

Please see the relevant section of the options booklet below

Year 10: 2018-2020 Options Booklet

Year 11: 2017-2019 Options Booklet Download

Key Stage 5

Please see the relevant section of the Sixth Form Prospectus

2018 Sixth Form Prospectus Download