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Stewards Academy

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A key focus for Drama is enjoyment: we want pupils to enjoy what they do and feel positive about their achievements.

Drama is an ideal subject to support the development of the 5Rs. We expect pupils to develop their skills in listening, concentration and cooperation in order to help make them more effective learners and participators.

To support this we find group work is an integral part of Drama. Pupils are encouraged to be supportive of their peers in preparation of their work and when performing.

There are also opportunities for pupils to work on monologues and duologues during KS3 and develop understanding of some technical areas including lighting.

All pupils are expected to show their work regularly. They are given opportunities to be creative and imaginative with their ideas whilst exploring new techniques and topics.

Key Stage 3

Pupils are taught in mixed ability tutor groups and have two lessons a fortnight. They will explore the following units:

Year 7

Year 8

  • Introduction to Drama
  • Greek Theatre
  • ‘Sparkleshark’ play-script
  • Theatre Practitioner: Stanislavski
  • Devising unit
  • Greek Theatre
  • Melodrama
  • ‘Blood Brothers’ play-script
  • Theatre Practitioner: Brecht
  • Devising unit: TIE

Extended homework projects may include:

  • Role on the wall activity and character development
  • Organising and bringing in props and costumes for their assessment work
  • Rehearsing for assessment work
  • Learning lines for assessment
  • Research tasks
  • Watching live performance

Key Stage 4

Students follow the AQA GCSE Drama specification. There is a focus on the knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre and how this can be applied both to practical and written work. Students have the opportunity to experience live performances throughout the course and are encouraged to do so often.

Pupils will work for extended blocks of time on a devising unit and script performance (mocks in year 9 and year 10). Final assessments of these units will take place in the summer term of year 10 and autumn/spring of year 11.

Component 1: Understanding drama (written)

What’s assessed:

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
  • Study one set play from a choice of six
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

How it’s assessed:

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Open book
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of GCSE


  • Section A: multiple choice (4 marks)
  • Section B: four questions on a given extract of the set play chosen (44 marks)
  • Section C: one questions (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (32 marks)

Component 2: Devising drama (practical and written unit)

What’s assessed:

  • Process of creating devised drama
  • Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer or designer)
  • Analysis and evaluation of own work

How it’s assessed

  • Devising log (60 marks)
  • Devised performance (20 marks)
  • 80 marks in total
  • 40% GCSE

This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA

 Component 3: Texts in practice (practical)

What’s assessed

  • Performance of two extracts from one play (students may contribute as performer or designer)
  • Free choice of play but it must contrast with the set play chosen for Component 1

How’s it assessed

  • Performance of Extract 1 (20 marks) and Extract 2 (20 marks)
  • 40 marks in total
  • 20% of GCSE

This component is marked by AQA