“The Drama curriculum inspires, challenges and empowers students. Our aim is to nurture creative and expressive ways of devising, rehearsing and performing. Opportunities for support are available during lessons and in various formal and informal extra-curricular sessions especially in key stage 4. Students showcase their work in performances in the safe and supportive environment of the drama studio. We believe in opportunities outside of the school community enrich the learning we do inside it and so trips and visits to theatre and digital streaming of theatre have an important role in our vision.

We believe it is essential that all students engage in a wide range of experiences which stimulate creative, imaginative and expressive responses. Embedding the basic foundational knowledge to succeed in performing, variety of dramatic styles, watching and reviewing the work of diverse practitioners will lead to more sustained independent inquiry led by the student and supported by the teacher. We hope to create confident, creative individuals with a range of transferrable knowledge that will help them thrive in society and the world of work of the future.”

Devised pieces of drama form the backbone of our work here at the Lakes. The ability to respond to an initial idea (or stimulus) and create an original piece of Drama is one of the hardest and yet most rewarding aspects of the subject. Year 7s learn how to structure these pieces using primary Dramatic techniques (Freeze, Mime, Aside) and basic acting skills (Vocal and Physical). Year 8s learn how to communicate meaning within the pieces they develop, focuses include style and theme. When students choose to take Drama in Year 9 they have the opportunity to expand in greater depth both their practical knowledge and ability develop original pieces of Drama.

Throughout their time in Drama lessons we also provide students with the knowledge of how to understand and appreciate the work of professional theatre looking at scripted performances. Year 7 benefit from ‘Peter Pan goes wrong’ by Mischief theatre. Year 8 ‘A midsummer nights dream’ By Shakespeare which we look at productions from the RSC and Globe theatres. Year 9 Saw a live performance of ‘Woman in Black’ this year.

KS4 Benefits from an extremely rich BTec Tech level from Pearson. We study 3 plays a contempory, a Classical and a Musical; students then develop their own scripted performances from these and final complete the course by finishing where we started by creating an original piece of drama.

Drama Curriculum Year 7 - Year 9
  Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Year 7Topics/Themes Curriculum ContentInduction
Acting skills
Facial expression
Pied piper developmentPeter pan goes wrong study and evaluationCrime piece followed by Spontaneous ImprovDevised performance
Key Assessment TasksMime assessment last week. Boy who cried wolfAssessed performance.
AO1 & AO2
Improvisation to stimulus
Performance AO1 & AO2 Written evaluation of own acting AO4Written evaluation performance AO3NoneFinal performance assessment AO1 & AO2
Year 8Topics/Themes
Curriculum Content
Devised DramaT.I.E. and naturalismMidsummer night's dreamDevised DramaDevised Drama
Write up and Monologue
Local stories devised and terrible old man
AO1 & AO2
Key Assessment TasksNoneWritten review sheet
Homework watch ‘soap’
Performance for purpose
Watch study and written responses AO3 and AO4Performance AO1 & AO2Performance AO1 & AO2 (Monologue) AO4Performance AO1 & AO2
Year 9Topics/Themes
Curriculum Content
Devised Drama and stage fightStage fight and scene in contextBlue remembered hills theatre reviewScripted Drama study and performance Beasts and BeautiesScripted Drama study and performance Beasts and BeautiesDevised Drama
Key Assessment TasksAO1 & AO2
Pure performance
AO1 & AO2 performanceWatch study and written responses AO3Written description of performance and performanceWritten description of performance and performancePerformance and CW overview sheet
Drama Curriculum Year 10 - Year 11
  Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Year 10 BtecTopics/Themes
Curriculum Content
Key skills terminology
Theory. Theatre Technology. Introduction to Woman In black.
Comp 1 WIB and AntigoneComp 1 Phantom of the opera or little shop horrors.Component 2 devising and scripted practicalComponent 2 devising and scripted practicalComponent 2 devising and scripted practical
Key Assessment TasksCw writtenCW written submitted march.actingActing and written CWPerformance mock Written CW June end!
Year 11 GCSETopics/Themes
Curriculum Content
Scripted component 2Scripted component 2Live performanceComponent 3 devising prepComponent 3 devising to a briefx
Key Assessment TasksnoneInternal exam octLive performance evaluationactingActing design 8hrsx
Drama Curriculum Year 12 - Year 13
  Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Year 12Topics/Themes
Curriculum Content
A level terminology
Theory. The Trial
Devised Practical
Based on Trial
Devised Practical and Written
Based on Trial
Key skills terminology
Theory. Introduction to ADDOAA and Live theatre
Mock exam
Live Theatre
Assignment of Scripted Intro to Woyzeck and summer reading
Key Assessment TasksHW reinforcing theoryPerformance AO1 & AO2CW written and performancePractice questions
CW written
Mock exam
CW written
None work experience and learn lines
Year 13Topics/Themes
Curriculum Content
Brecht with Woyzeck
Live performance and ADOAA MockWoyzeck and Brecht Final planRevision tasksx
Key Assessment TasksnoneExternal exam Performance AO1 & AO2Live performance evaluation and ADOAA MockMsndpractice questionsx