Our aim in Drama is to help pupils to explore the world around them and to ignite their creativity, passion and interest in drama and the theatre.

Pupils are given the opportunity to develop their understanding of drama practitioners and performance styles. They will experience live theatre and have the opportunity to be involved in Academy productions. Pupils will consider aspects of theatrical design, including costume and set design, music and lighting.

In Drama, pupils are required to make independent decisions and be self-critical, but also take into consideration the thoughts, feelings and ideas of others.

Drama at KS3
Year 7 Year 8
  • Still image
  • Role-play
  • Character
  • Mime
  • Thought-tracks
  • Soundscapes
  • Split-scene
  • Devising drama
  • Working in groups
  • Introduction to Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare’s language
  • Shakespeare insults
  • Seven Ages of Man (Montage)
  • Romeo and Juliet (Stage Fighting)
  • Hamlet (Physical Theatre, Building Atmosphere)
  • Macbeth (Soundscapes, Mime, Narration)
  • The Tempest (Character, Humour)

Formal Assessment takes place at the end of each Half-Term.

Drama at KS4 (GCSE)
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Introduction to Drama
  • Drama Practitioners (Stanislavski, Brecht, Grotowski, Artaud)
  • Performance Styles (Naturalistic, Non-naturalistic, Surrealist, Greek, Physical Theatre)
  • Genre (History, Epic, Commedia Del ‘Arte, Monologues)
  • Approaches to Devising
  • Approaches to Performing a script (‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’)
  • Research
  • Creating a Portfolio
  • Evaluating Live Performance
  • Introduction to the Stages of Devising
  • Devising Drama Practice Assessment
  • Creating a Portfolio
  • Evaluation of Live Performance
  • Real Component 1 (Devising Drama) Assessment (worth 30%)
  • Exploration of Exam Text for Section A
  • Mini-mock – Presenting and Performing Texts
  • Development for Component 2 – Presenting and Performing Texts
  • Component 2 – Assessment by Visiting Examiner
  • Practical Exploration of Exam Text
  • Exam Section A Practice
  • Practice of Exam Section B – Evaluation of Live Performance
  • Summer Examination

Examination Board: OCR

Component 1/2 – Devising Drama
Overview Focus
  • Non-examined assessment
  • 60 marks
  • 30% of GCSE
Pupils explore a stimulus provided by the exam board, working in groups to create their own devised drama based on their exploration.

Pupils can work as either performers or designers creating a portfolio and a final performance.

Component 2/3 – Presenting and Performing Texts
Overview Focus
  • Non-examined assessment
  • 60 marks
  • 30% of GCSE
Pupils explore a text and perform two scenes to a visiting examiner.

Pupils can work as either performers or designers completing a pro forma and a final performance showcase.

Component 5 – Drama Performance and Response
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 30 mins)
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of GCSE
Section A contains questions based on the study of a full text from a list set by the exam board.

Section B contains an extended response analysing and evaluating live theatre.

Enrichment Offer

All pupils are given the opportunity to audition for the Academy annual production. They are also invited to attend after school Drama Club.

Useful Resources and Revision Support