Drama Department Key Stage 3 Curriculum map


There is no National Curriculum for the teaching of Drama, the college has created its own diverse and engaging curriculum in the form of topics to teach both drama skills and develop the moral compass of its students. At Keystage 3, students will study and explore:

Year 8

  • A range of explorative strategies
  • Story building and narrative
  • Movement and physicality
  • Group performance
  • A range of presentation genres
  • The life and works of Shakespeare
  • Historical events
  • Spoken language to have a clear focus on developing formal presentation skills

Year 9

  • Stage craft
  • A further work of Shakespeare
  • Developing the range of explorative strategies
  • Creating drama for purpose
  • Empathy
  • Performance skills both as ensemble and solo performers
  • Post 1914 literature
  • Historical events
  • Building capacity to work in controlled / timed conditions to prepare for demands of GCSE
  • Spoken language to have a clear focus on developing formal presentation skills


Assessment takes place throughout the academic year, with formal assessment at the end of each topic, progress will be recorded and tracked each term ensuring all key skills are taught and assessed.

All tasks will assess the performance skills, spoken language and the understanding of those skills and the topic explored. A range of tasks across the academic year will address wider reading skills – structure and organisation of texts; writers’ use of language; writers’ purpose and context and comparisons.

KS4 GCSE Study in Drama

Drama is offered as part of the Option choices of the college’s GCSE Pathway.
The Assessment Criteria is:
AO1 Create and develop ideas to communicate meaning for theatrical Performance

AO2 Apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance

AO3 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and performed

AO4 Analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others.

The course is divided into three components.

Component 1 – students study a theme and respond to stimuli to create their own piece of drama. The focus of their work is the use of the Explorative Strategies and the elements and mediums of Drama. Students then create a written portfolio that details the process.

Component 2 – students study a script and create two pieces of drama that are externally assessed by a visiting examiner in the Spring of Year 11.

The exam is Component 3. Students study a set text and explore the characters, plot and the staging of the play. The written exam comprises of five questions on the text and a further two questions about a play they have seen performed live.

Explorative strategies:

  • Still image
  • Thought-tracking
  • Narrating
  • Hot-seating
  • Role play
  • Cross-cutting
  • Forum theatre
  • Marking the moment

The drama medium:

  • The use of costume
  • The use of masks and/or make-up
  • The use of sound and/or music
  • The use of lighting
  • The use of space and/or levels
  • The use of set and/or props
  • The use of movement, mime and gesture
  • The use of voice
  • The use of spoken language

The elements of drama:

  • Action/plot/content
  • Forms
  • Climax/anti-climax
  • Rhythm/pace/temp
  • Contrasts
  • Characterisation
  • Conventions
  • Symbols