Curriculum overview

Drama is taught weekly to all pupils in KS3, with the option to specialise with three weekly lessons at KS4 and 5 lessons at KS5.


In  KS3 we aim to cater to the talented and to those less outgoing pupils. It is in this way that this highly practical and creative subject may enable all pupils, irrespective of ability,  to grow in expressiveness and confidence. In KS4 & 5 pupils engage in the entire range of theatre practice, whilst reflecting thoroughly on their work.


Year 7 – Topics Taught: The Foundation Skills of Drama

Stage Directions and Stage Sense: Oliver Twist as stimulus

Content and Style: “The Winslow Boy” extract as stimulus.

Exploring issues and themes & devising scenes based on a narrative: “The Terrible Fate Of Humpty Dumpty” as stimulus.

Techniques of persuasion


Year 8 – Topics Taught: Committment to Character

Scripted drama; “The Interview” Social context & script analysis

Scripted drama: “Framed” Analyzing  the characters’ objectives.

Devised Practical Performance: Structuring a play based on a teacher stimulus.

Devised Practical Performance: Poetry as stimulus Analyse “Seven Ages of Man” speech and multi-role a performance.


Year 9 – Topics Taught: Interpreting, Shaping & Structuring Drama

Situation Comedy: “Hearing Aid Sketch” Introducing volume/tone/enunciation

Social Issue Drama “Stone Cold”

Commedia Dell'arte: Physical comedy Exploring and improvising on the stock characters of Commedia.

Public Speaking techniques of persuasion; Speech structure & rhetorical devices; Speech writing

Learning a speech with prompts


Method of Assessment at KS3:

 Pupils are assessed according to NC guidelines. A highly able pupil should be reaching 5b to 5a at the end of year 7, with steady progress to level 7-8 at the end of year 9.  Peer assessment is also embedded in lessons as a means to develop skills in reflection.


Year 10 – Topics Taught: Devised (Unit 1) & Scripted (Unit 2) Practical Performance

The Epic Theatre of Bertolt Brecht 

Action narration Alter ego Back story Chorus/chorus work Collage  
Communal voice Conscience corridor Flashback Forum theatre    
Frame distancing Freeze-frame Hot-seating Improvisation Narration  
Narrator Ranking Role reversal Role transfer Sculpting Soundscape
Split screen Tableau(x) Thoughts in the head or
thought tracking
Transporting a character    


Year 11 – Topics Taught: The Conventions of Theatre through the Study of a Set Text (Unit 3)

Alienation Anti-climax Arena staging Aside Caricature Climax
Composite setting Dance drama Devising/devised work Dramatic irony    
Dramatic tension Fourth wall Monologues Naturalism Physical theatre  
Promenade staging Proscenium stage Realism Subtext    
Suspension of disbelief Theatre in Education (TIE) Theatre-in-the-round Thrust staging    


Method of Assessment at KS4 (include Exam boards and weightings)

We deliver the WJEC specification, for whom Mr. Turiansky is an experienced moderator and examiner.

Weightings for GCSE DRAMA

Devised Practical Performance: 40%
Devised Written Report: 20%
Performance from a Script: 20%
Final Set Text Written Examination: 20%



Year 12 & Year 13 – Topics Taught

In KS5 we aim to deliver either the Performing Arts BTEC to those pupils seeking a vocational path, or the AS/A2 Drama specification for those more academically inclined.

How to support your child’s learning at home

Whilst there is a written element in Drama, a pupil will often be acting from a script that needs to be learned.  A learning homework is therefore not an easy option: pupils need to be fully prepared so that they can take fullest advantage of the lesson time, therefore please make sure your children know their lines.

Useful websites.

BBC Bitesize offers a great deal of information on the practical and reflective sides of Drama.