The drama curriculum aims to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of drama and theatre and their talent as actors, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. We aim to provide a solid understanding of the principles of drama including performance, devising and analysis. Development of these key skills will allow students to produce a range of outcomes according to the abilities, needs and aspirations of students. These include success in formal qualifications, if chosen, at the end of KS4 and KS5 but also supports the development of transferable skills such as resilience, teamwork and confidence.

The curriculum is broad to cover a range of devising, performance and analytical skills allowing students to develop the necessary skills to become an actor in their own right but also succeed in the academic aspects of drama.  We ensure that all students perform, review and evaluate drama across a range of historical periods and genres. Students learn to use their skills to devise pieces on their own and with others. Students will also understand, explore and perform a variety of scripts from differing genres and historical periods and explore how these are created, produced and performed.

Drama Curriculum Areas of Study Include:

Drama Curriculum KS3 Y7

  • Drama strategies/ performance development
  • Devising: ‘The Witch’
  • Performing: ‘The Plane’

Drama Curriculum KS3 Y8

  • Blood Brothers
  • Physical theatre
  • Shakespeare (Stage combat)
  • ‘Missing’

KS4 Drama – Course studied: RSL Creative and Performing Arts: Level 2 Certificate: Acting

  • Exploration of text: Classic and modern
  • Live performance

KS5 Drama – Course studied: Edexcel A level Drama and Theatre Studies

  • Devising
  • Performing script
  • Analyzing text – example texts studied include ‘Lysistrata’ and ‘Equus’

KS5 Drama – Course studied: RSL Creative and Performing Arts: Level 3

  • Internal Unit- Planning for a career in the Performing Arts Industry
  • External Unit- Performance preparation

Optional units include;

  • Drama in the community (performance work)
  • Approaches to acting (performance work)
  • Elizabethan/Jacobean Theatre
  • Audition techniques unit
  • Vocal techniques unit
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