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Curriculum Intent

Lessons are centred on developing a range of knowledge, skills and techniques that not only prepare students for GCSE Drama and beyond, but also allow students to explore issues and life experiences in a safe and supportive environment.

Drama aims to develop students’ imagination, creativity, confidence, clarity of communication, and understanding of the world around them. Students also develop their powers of critical analysis and self-awareness through acting, improvisation and role play, devising, performance and careful evaluation of their own and others’ work. 

Drama lessons also have an important role to play in the personal, social and emotional development of our students.

Key Stage 3

Overall, the KS3 curriculum aims to build on the foundation of skills in Year 7, developing students’ understanding and appreciation of different performance styles and genres which make strong links to KS4.  In addition, students are also taught how to respond to live theatre by developing their evaluation and analytical skills.  Students explore a range of practitioners through theory and performance, build upon their physical theatre and storytelling skills, experiment with different play texts and create topical devising performances for an audience.

Key Stage 4

Building upon the knowledge and skills learnt in KS3, GCSE Drama continues to provide opportunities for students to:

  • Collaborate with others to generate, develop and communicate ideas
  • Think analytically and evaluate effectively
  • Gain the confidence to pursue their own ideas
  • Reflect and refine their efforts
  • Develop a range of theatrical skills and apply them to create performances
  • Develop as creative, effective, independent and reflective learners who are able to make informed choices in process and performance
  • Work with visiting practitioners to develop and extend knowledge, skills and application

The written exam paper includes a variety of question styles and asks students to combine what they have learned about how drama is performed with their practical experience and imagination.  They must tackle the paper from the perspective of a performer, designer and director based on a set play and a live theatre production they have seen.

Key Stage 5

A Level drama builds further upon GCSE in a similar format where students can expect a course which is varied and stimulating, but also very challenging.  Students practically explore a range of play texts which aim to challenge their performance skills through a variety of challenging and contemporary practitioner styles.  In addition, for the devising component, we encourage students to explore a range of stimuli based on topical issues which encourage students in taking risks.The written paper also offers an opportunity for students to explore contemporary theatre and Elizabethan theatre.  Overall we encourage students to develop a range of theatrical skills and apply them to create thought provoking performances and in the process create creative, effective, independent and reflective learners who are able to make informed choices in process and performance.

Where can Drama take me?

Whatever the future holds, students of GCSE and A Level Drama emerge with an extensive toolkit of transferable skills, applicable both in further studies and in the workplace. Careers using drama: actor, barrister, costume designer, director, drama therapist, teacher, stage manager, TV/film producer, youth and community worker, arts administrator, journalist, TV presenter, set designer, theatrical producer, writer….the list is endless!

Drama Curriculum & Assessment Overview