Curriculum - Drama


The Drama department is a busy and lively one full of lots of events and performances for you to get involved in. We believe that you can learn lots of skills about working with other people, being confident, patient and analytical by studying Drama, as well as being able to express yourself creatively.


You can find the department in two main areas of the school. The first is the Music and Drama block where MD1 and MDS are used for lessons. The other is the PAS which is just off the main corridor. Staff are around to be seen for help at most times of the school day so come and ask questions and get involved! There are enrichment, extension and intervention sessions on Tuesdays after school too where you can get involved in improving or adding to your class work. School and year group performances happen throughout the year and you can always come to us with ideas for clubs and activities that you want to see happening.








The Department

Miss Jones

Mrs Bird

Miss Smith

Subject Overview

Drama at Chellaston is taught with a skills based approach. That means that we treat the subject as an Art form and we learn lots of performance techniques and creative skills to be able to make and perform pieces. We take you through the subject's rich history and look at how this can affect the work we produce now. We evaluate and respond to performance work to see how to improve it and to celebrate effective work.


However, in order to achieve this, we develop key skills that will help you to become a more employable and more well rounded human being. We explore communication, cooperation and concentration. We develop group and team skills, analytical and self reflective skills as well as stimulating your imagination and creativity!


Drama is a subject where you can achieve LOTS if you approach your studies in the right way. Here we have outlined what you can expect of us and what we in return expect of you.

You can expect:


  • A full and vast Drama curriculum delivered in an energetic and fun way.
  • Teachers that are always available for help and support both within and outside of lessons
  • Excellent preparation for practical exams and written coursework
  • Opportunities to get involved with and/or perform in a variety of contexts
  • To learn drama skills and invaluable interpersonal qualities
  • To gain a highly respected qualification


We expect you to:


  • Arrive prepared for lessons having the right equipment and having completed any homework tasks set
  • Listen when you are asked to – by teachers and classmates, in order to maintain an atmosphere of respect. FOCUS!
  • Try hard at all times. Your effort determines your level/grade
  • Concentrate and try hard with written work. The written elements help you to chart your progress and reflect on your exploration and achievement.
  • Co-operate with all members of the class – no matter what personality or ability.
  • Be open and honest with your Drama teacher!



KS3 Drama

Year 7:

● Basics 1 Getting Started on the stage

● Basics 2 Status and improvisation

● Darkwood Manor

● Vampires

● Script and spies

● Stories

Year 8:

● Greeks

● Shakespeare

● Silent Movies /

● Physical Theatre

● Script

● World Theatre

● TV & Film


Year 9:

● Crime and Punishment

● Leaving Home

● Skills in Industry

● Soaps

● Script

● Final Assessment


GCSE Drama

Year 10:


  • Basic skills and Teamwork
  • Being An Actor
  • Skills and Strategies
  • Voice
  • History of Theatre
  • Interpreting Text
  • The role of the Director
  • Creating a Character
  • Live Performance Analysis
  • Text 1 (Mock) In Holland Stands a House
  • Styles and genres
  • Theatre in Education
  • Devising
  • Devising portfolio submission



Year 11:


  • Rebuilding the team
  • Skills and strategies
  • Unit 1
  • Writing about Drama
  • Exploration of script
  • Mock Unit 2
  • Writing about Drama
  • Unit 2
  • Devising
  • Devising
  • Devising



How is it assessed?


Current Year 11:


● 12 hours of practical workshop examination.

● Unit 1 – Theme based 6 hours

● Unit 2 – Text based 6 hours

● 3 pieces of written coursework.  (Response and Live evaluation)

● Final performance piece.  This concentrates on you as a performer – technique and ability to communicate ideas.  Worth 40%

● No final written exam.  What you don’t have - stress of revision and timed conditions.  What you do – made up in rehearsals,   performances, time, energy and theatre trips.


Current Yr 10:


Component 1: Devising   40% of the qualification – 60 marks

• There are two parts to the assessment:

1) a portfolio covering the creating and developing process and analysis and evaluation

of this process (45 marks, 30 marks assessing AO1 and 15 marks assessing AO4).

2) a devised performance/design realisation (15 marks, assessing AO2).


Component 2: Performance from Text


20% of the qualification – 48 marks


Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

40% of the qualification – 60 marks

Section A: Bringing Texts to Life

• 45 marks, assessing AO3.

• This section consists of one question broken into six parts (short and extended responses)

based on an unseen extract from the chosen performance text.

Section B: Live Theatre Evaluation

• 15 marks, assessing AO4.

• This section consists of two questions requiring students to analyse and evaluate a live

theatre performance they have seen.




A Level Drama

Year 12


You are starting our new specification! See the resources on Firefly and Long Term Plans available to you. You will be assessed on a Devising project this year and develop the skills for your performances as actor and written exam next year.

Year 13 GCE AS Drama and Theatre StudiesEdexcel How is the course assessed? Unit 1Studying two texts practically and writing course work to accompany and reflect on that. Writing an evaluation on a live piece of theatre.40% AS 20% Full A level Unit 2Performing in a staff directed piece or offering a design skill for it.Performing a monologue or duologue or offering a design skill for it.60% AS, 30% Full A level Unit 3Devising an original piece and writing a supporting written evidence document.40% A2, 20% Full A level Unit 4Final written exam. Studying one play from the perspective of a director and looking at how to rehearse and stage it. Watch a piece of theatre and writing about how it would have been performed in it's original historical context.60% A2, 30% Full A level A2 Unit 3: Exploration of Dramatic Performance *Unit code 6DR03Internally assessed marksContent summary:This unit requires the creation of a unique and original piece of theatre. The knowledge and understanding gained in the AS units can now be applied to a created production.Students will be assessed on both the process of creation and the finished product inthe form of a performance to an invited audience.Assessment:Students will be assessed on the research and development of their work as well as the final performance in front of an identified audience. They are also required to complete an evaluation on both the process and performance of their work.Written evidence will be required reflecting the research and development work as well as a video/DVD of the final performance.A2Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context *Unit code 6DR04Externally assessed marksContent summary:This externally examined written unit requires the detailed study of one set play textand one prescribed historical period of theatrical development.Assessment:This externally assessed unit takes the form of a 2-hour-and-30-minute written paper in three sections. Sections A and B require students to explore one play, from a choice of three set play texts, from the point of view of a director in both an academic and practical way.In Section C a selection must be made of one from a choice of three historic periodsof theatre history. A live performance of a play from the chosen period must beexperienced and evaluated and a comparison made with the original staging conditions of the play.  

Flight Path

The table below shows the Flight Path of targets our students will aim for in their journey throughout Key Stage 3. Meeting these challenging targets will represent outstanding progress that is significantly above the National Average. We hope that in some circumstances, students will exceed these targets. However, these do not always reflect the ability and potential of students in a practical subject where very different skills are required. You may find that you are doing very well but are quite a long way away from your target. Ask your teacher for more advice of how to get better.

Long Term Plan

Long Term Plans for Drama can be downloaded here