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Arts - Drama

Key stage 3

Students learn the skills to perform on a theatre stage including ‘projection, blocking, body language, characterisation, following stage directions and reading from a script. Following this, the students then onto ‘Improvisation’, where they gain the skills to improvise and create a dramatic scene instantly. After learning the skills to improvise, this then develops into a devising unit where students will not only learn the skills to devise, but also how to work and communicate effectively as a group. 


Students begin with Film and TV Acting, choosing a  film scripted monologue and learn portray a character in film and TV as well as understanding shots and angles. Following this comes the 'Historical Theatre Unit' Students learn about Practitioners 'Stanislavski and Brecht'. They use the techniques in their approach to theatre to perform a Shakespeare Monologue. In term three, students move onto multimedia performance. Here, they learn the skills and techniques to develop and devise a show using multimedia. 


Students begin with 'Transmedia', recalling skills learned in the multimedia unit as a starting point and then develop the skills to direct and produce their own Transmedia Performance. Term 2 Students learn about Physical theatre performance, here they will use Physical Theatre to re-create the opening scene in Macbeth. Term 3, Students learn about Musical Theatre and study the text 'Blood Brothers' In this unit, they bring all the skills learned over the last three years to perform a scene from the Beginning and End of the play. 

Key stage 4

GCSE Drama students explore drama as a practical art form in which ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through choices of form, style and convention. Students will create, perform and respond to drama informed by their theoretical knowledge of drama and theatre.


The subject content details the knowledge, understanding and skills that students are expected to develop throughout the course of study.

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