In Drama at KS3, students study a range of topics including:

  • Skills development
  • Devising
  • Script performance
  • Shakespeare
  • Theatre history

Year 7 students are introduced to a range of basic Drama conventions and skills to develop their knowledge which enables them to produce a variety of performances.

In year 8 students explore more complex Drama skills and conventions and apply this knowledge to practical performances.

In year 9 the curriculum is designed to create a pathway into KS4. As a result, students have greater autonomy to produce more sophisticated performance which incorporate both new skills and ones learnt in previous years.

Autumn 1

Skills and conventions

Autumn 2


Spring 1

Theatre history

Spring 2


Summer 1

Set text

Summer 2

Theatre styles

Year 7 Skills and conventions

Introduction to common Drama techniques, such as freeze frame, thought tracking and flashback. Students also learn about the effective use of a performance space.


Students learn how to use both spontaneous and rehearsed improvisation effectively.


Students learn about melodrama, stock characters and Victorian theatre. They also explore a Melodrama-style script.

Elizabethan Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Students learn about Elizabethan theatre. The focus is the Mechanicals’ scenes and how to incorporate visual comedy. Students use props to aid their performances.

Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations by Alan Ayckbourn

Students explore a whole text including how to interpret stage directions, breaking the 4th wall and creating a performance as a whole group.

Physical theatre

Students learn how to incorporate physical theatre techniques into a performance. They also develop their use of lighting to create mood and atmosphere.

Year 8 Skills and conventions

Exploration of Drama techniques which will be developed throughout the year. Scenarios, improvisation, and scripts are used to help demonstrate students’ understanding of the techniques and how to apply them.



Students are shown Picasso’s Weeping Woman as a stimulus. Students are taught how to build up a devised performance. Each week students are given a new scene and performance style or convention to add to their piece.

Commedia Dell ‘Arte

Students learn about Commedia Dell ‘Arte as a performance style within the history of theatre. Students perform the stock characters using both written scenarios and scripts. Students workshop the use of masks.

Jacobian theatre:


Students learn about Jacobean theatre.

Students will explore the witches’ scenes, learning about Indonesian shadow puppets and creating their own. They use lighting to create atmosphere.

Butcher,Butcher  by Mark Wheeler

Students explore specific scenes from the text. Each lesson students perform a different scene, incorporating different performance styles as well as adding  sound / soundscapes into their scenes



Students learn about archetypal characters, different genres, and silent movies. Students film their own silent movies in their chosen genre in front of a green screen.


Year 9 Skills and conventions

Further exploration of Drama techniques which will be developed throughout the year. Scenarios, improvisation, and scripts are used to help demonstrate students’ understanding of the techniques and how to apply them within a GCSE level text.



Students are exploring documentary and verbatim theatre. They are guided to build up a documentary-style devised performance. Students are given a factual stimulus to use to create new scene. They use different performance styles or conventions to add to their piece.

Modern Drama

Students explore Face by Benjamin Zephaniah. Selected scenes are explored such as prologue and chorus/ensemble work. Students explore the use of masks to portray multiple characters.


Shakespearian style:

Romeo and Juliet

Students explore gangs, as a theme. Students learn about using animal studies to create believable characters. Students perform specific scenes using their knowledge of animal characteristics.

Blackout by Davey Anderson

Students explore Blackout by Davey Anderson. Each lesson students are given a different part of the monologue as a starting point. Students create “off script” performances, exploring the social issues raised in the monologue.


Naturalism to realism

Students learn about naturalism and how this evolved into realism. Students learn about Stanislavski as a practitioner and how to apply his methods of acting, using a GCSE level text.


At KS4 students are given the option to Study GCSE Drama

Autumn Spring Summer
Half term


Half term


Half term


Half term


Half term


Half term


Year 10


Component 1

Learning about effective devising

Component 1

Practice devising performance / logbook.


Watch live performance

Component 2

One scripted extract in Groups + Trinity exam

Section A –

Job roles

Component 3

Set text

Component 3

Set text + written summer exam

Component 1

Begin final Devising piece for exam

Year 11


Component 2

Completion of Devised performance and logbook

Component 3

Scripted –piece 1

+ live performance evaluation

Component 3

Scripted –piece 2 +

External exam

Component 1

Exam preparation

Section A set text

Live evaluation

Component 1

Set text + written exam

Subject Leader/s

Mrs J Brooks