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 G block where GPA1 and GPA2 are used for lessons. The other is the APA3 which is just off the main corridor in A block. 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

Subject Leader

Mrs Horvath

Miss Bickerstaffe

Ms Christie

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 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

● Stories

● Script and spies

● Silent Movies

Year 8:

● Greeks

● Shakespeare

● Physical Theatre

● Script

● World Theatre

● TV & Film

● Childhood

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


•History of Theatre

•Interpreting Text

•The role of the Director

•Creating a Character

•Live Performance Analysis

•Text 1 In Holland Stands a House

•Styles and genres

•Theatre in Education


•Devising portfolio submission

Year 11:


•Rebuilding the team

•Skills and strategies

•Component 1 - Devising

•Exploration of script

•Component 2 performance

•Writing about Drama

•Set text study

• Designer and actor set text preparation

• Revision

How is it assessed?




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


Coursework performance of a key extract and a monologue


20% of the qualification – 48 marks



Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice Exam


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


There is no year 12 course currently offered at Chellaston Academy.

Year 13


Year 13 Edexcel Specification


Component 1: Devising (*Component Code: 9DR0/01)

40% of the qualification

80 marks


Content overview

● Devise an original performance piece.

● Use one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli.

● Centre choice of text and practitioner.

● Performer or designer routes available.


Assessment overview

● There are two parts to the assessment:

1) a portfolio (60 marks, 40 marks assessing AO1 and 20 marks assessing AO4)

The portfolio submission recommendations are:

- can be handwritten/typed evidence between 2500–3000 words or recorded/verbal

evidence between 12–14 minutes or

- can be a combination of handwritten/typed evidence (between 1250–1500 words)

and recorded/verbal evidence (between 6–7 minutes).

2) the devised performance/design realisation (20 marks, assessing AO2).


Component 2: Text in Performance (*Component Code: 9DR0/02)

20% of the qualification

60 marks


Content overview

● A group performance/design realisation of one key extract from a performance text.

● A monologue or duologue performance/design realisation from one key extract from a

different performance text.

● Centre choice of performance texts.


Assessment overview

● Externally assessed by a visiting examiner.

● Group performance/design realisation: worth 36 marks.

● Monologue or duologue/design realisation: worth 24 marks.


Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (*Paper Code: 9DR0/03)

Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes

40% of the qualification

80 marks


Content overview

● Live theatre evaluation – choice of performance.

● Practical exploration and study of a complete performance text – focusing on how this

can be realised for performance.

● Practical exploration and interpretation of another complete performance text, in light

of a chosen theatre practitioner – focusing on how this text could be reimagined for a

contemporary audience.

● Centre choice of 15 performance texts from two lists on the next page.

● Choice of eight practitioners.


Assessment overview


Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation

● 20 marks, assessing AO4.

● Students answer one extended response question from a choice of two requiring them to

analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen in light of a given


● Students are allowed to bring in theatre evaluation notes of up to a maximum of

500 words.


Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text

● 36 marks, assessing AO3.

● Students answer two extended response questions based on an unseen extract from the

performance text they have studied.

● Students will demonstrate how they, as theatre makers, intend to realise the extract in


● Students answer from the perspective of a performer and a designer.

● Performance texts for this section are not allowed in the examination as the extracts will

be provided.


Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text

● 24 marks, assessing AO3.

● Students will answer one extended response question from a choice of two based on an

unseen named section from their chosen performance text.

● Students will demonstrate how their re-imagined production concept will communicate.



Long Term Plan

Long term plans for Drama can be downloaded here.