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Stewards Academy

Stewards Academy

Science Specialist


Subject Intent

Drama in education allows pupils to use the creative side of their brains. It tackles important life issues and develops pupils’ empathy. Drama encourages critical thinking by asking pupils to give positive feedback and constructive criticism when watching another pupil’s work. This form of communication is imperative to the pupil’s development of life skills. Drama lessons encourage young people to build positive relationships with their peers and take them on a journey of self-discovery. It promotes leadership skills and confidence building which will help pupils flourish outside of our school community. Drama allows pupils to have a voice and express their emotions openly where necessary. It encourages imagination, interpretation, ideas, thought and opinions. There is no right or wrong answer, allowing pupils to always feel successful in their practice and gives them ownership of their personal achievements.


The overarching aim for Drama is to enhance and perfect the pupils desire to become a confident performer. It develops imaginative thought and embeds an understanding of how to interpret a play-text.

The curriculum for Drama aims to ensure all pupils:

  • can use key vocabulary and drama terminology to express their opinions verbally and in written form.
  • can work successfully as a team to produce thought-provoking drama in response to stimuli.
  • can work independently to implement the vocal and physical skills needed to create a character different from themselves.
  • develop the habit of reading plays and show an understanding of style, genre, form and content.

Key Stage 3

All schemes of learning link to building confidence and self-esteem. Theatre history is an important concept at KS3 and developing vocal and physical skills that will support their learning if opting for GCSE Drama at KS4.

Year 7 Unit Titles

Year 8 Unit Titles

Year 9 Unit Titles

  • Introduction to Drama
  • Melodrama/ Pantomime
  • Interpreting a play-script: Chicken
  • Exploration of a theme: Darkwood Manor and building tension


  • Introduction to devising
  • Exploration of a theme: Social media
  • Interpreting a play-script: Face/ Ernie's Incredible Illucinations
  • Exploration of a theme: Displacement
  • Response to stimulus
  • Practitioner
  • Technical skills
  • Interpreting a play-script: Noughts and Crosses
  • Evaluation of a live performance
  • Introduction to Brecht


 Brief description of the department's homework policy for pupils in year 7, 8 & 9

We ask pupils to review their knowledge organiser to consolidate what they have learnt in class and prepare for their knowledge and understanding test.

They will be asked to learn lines for play script units and prepare relevant items such as music, props, costume for an assessment piece.


Key Stage 4

AQA Drama.

Pupils are given stimulus to devise theatre and play texts to read to interpret drama. They will use the vocal and physical skills developed in KS3 to perform as characters different from themselves.

The pupils will learn how to evaluate live theatre and how to write about the work they are producing and what impact it has on an audience.

Component 1    

What is assessed:

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre.
  • Study of one set play.
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers.

How will it be assessed:

  • 1 hour 45 minute written exam.
  • 80 marks. 40% of GCSE


Component 2: Internally assessed, externally moderated

What is assessed:

  • Process of creating devised drama.
  • Analysis and evaluation of own work.

How will it be assessed:

  • Devised performance (20 marks.)
  • Devising log (60 marks.)
  • 40% of GCSE.


Component 3: Externally assessed 

What is assessed:

  • Performance of two extracts from one play.

How will it be assessed:

  • Performance of each extract 20 marks (40 marks in total.)
  • 20% of GCSE.


Please provide a brief description of the department's homework policy for pupils at KS4

Line learning.

Rehearsals outside of lessons.

Written evaluations.

Exam questions.