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Subject: Drama
Contact: Mrs C Bearcroft & Mr M Yeoman


All students study Drama in Key Stage 3 and may opt to study it at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. Key Stage 3 aims to develop students’ ability to work effectively as a team, understand the importance of team-work, develop confidence and, of course, performance and reflection skills. Students are guided to reflect on their own self-development and explore topics that cross curriculum boundaries e.g. Anne Frank. There is a great deal of flexibility in the Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 programmes with students able to focus on design or performance skills.

Key Stage 3 


Students are taught in ability classes in Years 7, 8 and 9. Each year students study at least one script as part of their drama skills development, and work on refining their performance skills through process drama and skills based improvisation.

Students complete 6 units a year and are assessed each ½ term on these. The units follow a linear progression allowing students to build on their skills throughout the years. Assessment Objectives from Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 sit at the core of our curriculum in KS3 and allow us to prepare studies in a holisitic yet focused manner for studies beyond Year 9.

Curriculum content


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


Introduction to Drama

Darkwood Manor

The Holocaust


Our Day Out (scripted)




Blood Brothers

Titanic Musicals (Bugsy) Musicals


9/11 (devised)



Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time

Silent Movies

Intro to Godber


Assessment Criteria

Please find below the assessment benchmarks for Drama. A child progresses across the grid (from A-I) when they demonstrate a deeper knowledge and wider range of skills in each assessment carried out.

Key Stage 4 


Students may opt to study GCSE Drama at KS4. We follow the Pearson specification. The course is made up of 3 discreet units which enable to students to demonstrate both their practical performance/design skills and also their ability to critically analyse a live performance and play text. Year 10 is primarily about developing skill sets to a suitable GCSE level and includes Component 1 which explores students' abilities to create a piece of devised theatre for performance. Year 11 continues the course with the exploration of our set text, 'The Crucible', whilst preparing students for their Component 2 examination - a live performance for an examiner. At the end of the year students complete a written exam focusing on their ability to evaluate a live performance they have seen as part of the course and an analysis of how they would stage a performance from an extract of the set text. 

Exam board and course

Edexcel (Pearson) GCSE Drama (1DR0)

Curriculum Content


Autumn term

Spring Term

Summer Term





Component 1


Component 3 - The Crucible

Component 2


Component 1


Component 1



The Crucible

(Practical Exploration)

Component 2

Monologues / Group Piece

Component 2

Monologues / Group Piece


Component 3 Written Paper


Component 3 Written Paper


Enrichment opportunities:

Contributions throughout the year to school productions including: Concerts, V Factor, School Production, National Theatre Connections Projects. Trips abroad enhance our students' understanding of the role of the arts on a global platform. Recent trips have included LA, Hollywood, San Fransisco and New York.

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