Curriculum Summary

Lower school Drama (Key Stage 3) consists of 3 main areas:

  • Performing (Devised and Scripted)
  • Directing
  • Evaluation (Self and Peer)

Pupils have Drama once a fortnight which is an approximate amount of 18/20 drama lessons a year. Within these lessons they are encouraged to work both individually and in varied group sizes. They will work in groups of ability, friendship and at random.

All pupils will be expected to perform each lesson and the type of evaluation varies throughout the year. There will be formative and summative assessment taking place and all pupils will have to assess themselves and their peers both verbally and in written format.

They learn to use theatrical terminology in an increasingly detailed way and the Units of work are designed to last approximately half a term each. At the end of each term pupils perform a Level Assessed (LAP) where they are given a Teacher level. They are encouraged to use costume, props, music and any other technical effects that are appropriate.



  • An Introduction to Drama
  • Creating a Character
  • The Evacuees
  • Melodrama
  • Greek Theatre
  • The Party/Anti-bullying



Adrian Mole by S.TOWNSEND

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by W. SHEAKSPEARE

Walking With Shadows by B. MYERS

Being A Teenager


Extra Curricular

  • A Year 7 and 8 Drama club runs from November to April
  • The school production is open to Year 8 and 9 pupils. (Auditions are held in April)
  • School Talent show
  • Theatre trips


The GCSE (Key Stage 4) syllabus is built around the WJEC scheme of work; it has three main units throughout the 2 years of study.

In Year 10 pupils study:

  • Voice
  • Movement
  • Gesture
  • Facial expression
  • Emotion
  • Character motivation
  • Monologues
  • Stanislavski
  • Brecht
  • Genre
  • Staging
  • Devising
  • Scripted text
  • Crash by Sera Moore Williams (Set Text)
  • Exam technique


  • Self*
  • Peer*
  • Written*
  • Verbal

*These types of evaluation are part of controlled assessment and final exam.

The course is assessed in three areas:

UNIT 1 (A) (40%) A group DEVISED PROJECT based on the theme 'Handbags and Gladrags’. The performance is performed in school but filmed and moderated by the WJEC. All pupils are individually assessed. (Pupils write the script in the summer term of Year 10 but perform the exam in November)

UNIT 1 (B) (20%) CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT. Pupils have to evaluate their UNIT 1(A) performance under exam conditions. They have three mains sections: devising; performing and evaluating. (NOVEMBER/DECEMBER)

UNIT 2 (20%) Pupils have to perform a scene from a SCRIPTED PLAY for a visiting examiner from the WJEC in April/. (All pupils are assessed individually)

UNIT 3 (20%) A WRITTEN EXAM at the end of Year 11 on the set text, Crash. There is also a 10 mark question which evaluates their UNIT 2 performance. For further information on the GCSE DRAMA syllabus visit www.wjec.co.uk/drama


Extra Curricular

  • A Year 7/8 Drama club runs from November to April. (GCSE pupils lead the club.)
  • The school production is open to Year 10/11 pupils. (Auditions are held in April)
  • School Talent show
  • Theatre trips