Year 7-8 Curriculum

Drama is studied by all students in Years 7 and Year 8 which they undertake once a week where they learn a variety of Rehearsal, Devising Strategies and Performance Skills that are linked to the components studied at GCSE Drama.

DEVISING STRATEGIES for creating performances

·         Role-Play

·         Still Images

·         Narrating

·         Mark the Moment

·         Cross-Cutting

·         Sound-Scaping

·         Thought-Tracking/Soliloquy

REHEARSAL STRATEGIES for developing performances

·         Hot-Seating

·         Forum Theatre

·         Conscience Corridor

·         Role-on-the-Wall


Year 7-8 Assessment

In Year 7 and Year 8 the assessment framework is based on the following:

DEVISING – Creating their own devised work based on a theme or topic.

PERFORMING- Working in a group of between 3 and 6 to perform a piece of script from a text

WRITTEN REPSONSE – Analysing and evaluating their own work and the work of others


GCSE DRAMA (Pearson Exam Board)

Students can choose to study GCSE Drama in Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11. They complete three components:


Year 9-10 Curriculum and Assessment

Component 1 40% - Devising

• Students will work in a group to create and develop ideas to devise a piece of Drama

• Students will record the creative process that they go through to produce their piece of Drama. They will answer questions to analyse and evaluate their decisions as they go through the process and their final performance.

• They will produce a portfolio which can be made up of:

o    annotated photographs, drawings and sketches

o    annotations and notes

o    audio and or video evidence

o    written responses.


Component 2 20% - Text for Performance

• Students will interpret and explore a performance text, and perform two key extracts from it.

• Students can perform a monologue, or as part of a duologue or group.

• The group can also include up to one designer from each design role. The design roles are set, lighting, sound and costume.


Component 3 40% Theatre Makers in Practice

Section A: Students will practically explore a set text in order to be able to answer short and extended response questions. These questions will focus on decisions made as a performer, a director and a designer. An extract from the chosen set text will be provided in the exam paper

Section B: Two questions requiring students to evaluate a live theatre performance

• Students will be able to take notes in for Section B.


Y11 Curriculum and Assessment

Unit 1 - Drama Exploration 

—  Students will use Drama to explore ideas and issues, based on a variety of stimulus material. Students have the opportunity to use Drama forms to deepen their knowledge and understanding of an idea or an issue and to communicate this understanding through the medium of Drama. Group work is an essential part of the practical coursework.

Unit 2 – Exploring Play Texts

—  Student’s will have the opportunity to explore a play and to gain knowledge and understanding of the ways in which playwrights, performers, directors and designers use the medium of drama to communicate their ideas to an audience.

Unit 3 – Drama Performance (40%) Externally assessed

—  Students will take part in a play that they have created as a group jointly devised and presented by themselves, OR an extract rehearsed from scripted material and jointly directed and presented by themselves based on an assignment brief set by Pearson, the exam board. Group work is an essential element.  Decisions as to how materials and resources are to be used are the responsibility of the students. You can either be examined on your acting skills in the performance or on your design and technical skills (stage design, costume, masks and makeup or lighting and sound). You will perform the play in front of an audience and the examiner will be present at one of the performances.

Post 16 Curriculum and Assessment

A-Level Drama & Theatre (Pearson Exam Board)

Drama & Theatre are offered in the Sixth Form. The course combines practical and theoretical studies about Drama & Theatre. The course has strong practical orientation, combined with written coursework and more theoretical study. Students need to be prepared for working in small and large groups in a co-operative manner, learning how to negotiate, share ideas and arrive at informed decisions. Students are encouraged to express personal opinions and engage in lively and challenging debates. Students will be expected to develop skills of self-discipline and organisation, as they have to produce student generated work, engage in research and attend rehearsals in their own time.


Component 1 - The Devising Process

Students devise a piece of theatre which they then perform.

They will record the process in a portfolio.

Internally assessed and externally moderated


Component 2 - Text for Performance

Group performance from a performance text

Perform a monologue/duologue from a different text

Externally assessed by a visiting examiner

Component 3 - Theatre makers in practice

A Written Exam (2 hours 30 minutes)

Sec A: Live Theatre Evaluation - Evaluation of a piece of live theatre they have seen.

Sec B: Questions on a set text - Must be explored practically.

Sec C: Director’s interpretation - Interpretation of a text as a director.


Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Drama Enrichment and extra-curricular clubs is offered to all students throughout the year. In the Autumn Term there is an Arts Production that is open to all students. In the Spring Term VIBE Drama club work towards a Summer Drama Production. Throughout the year there are a variety of theatre trips and workshop opportunities with visiting artists and theatre companies.



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