Drama – Key Stage 4

Year 9

Half TermTopics to be coveredKey skills covered
Autumn HT 1Introduction to the elements of Drama- Students will explore: Freeze frame, marking the moment, thought tracking, narrating, forum theatre, hot seating through a topic called “Who am I?” which gives students an opportunity to reflect on what makes them unique1. Elements of Drama
2. Performing to an audience
3. Performing skills
4. Team work and collaboration
5. Devising and improvisation
Autumn HT 2Silent Movies - an introduction to mime. Students will explore ways of communicating with characters and audience which do not involve speaking. They will study a range of examples and recreate their own silent scenes1. Physical theatre
2. Mime
3. Facial expression
Spring HT 1Shadowfall - Students will work through a script which allows them to create a new scene each lesson. This script explores the theme of dramatic tension and allows all students to play a role within the play1. Understanding of how to create dramatic tension
2. Understanding of how to use a script
3. Collaboration and team work
4. Understanding of soundscape
5. Performance of a whole text
Spring HT 2Melodrama - Students will devise their own performances (one scene each week) using the guidance of a scene-by-scene plan which will be provided. They will be creating their performance using the key melodrama characters. Each lesson will require them to use a different skill when devising their next scene1. Understanding of how to use stage combat safely
2. Understanding of devising
3. Understanding of collaboration and team work
4. Understanding of heightened acting
5. Performance of a whole text
Summer HT 1Curious incident of the dog in the night time - Students will read and then practically explore the whole text. They will take part in a series of 6 lessons which will build on their knowledge of a whole text. It will also be drawn on later in their GCSE course when they are required to compare the text they studied with another contracting text (Written exam)1. Understanding of how to direct a published play
2. Understanding of different themes within the text
3. Understanding of collaboration and teamwork
4. Understanding of different forms of acting
5. Performance of a whole text
Summer HT 1Billy Elliot the Musical - Students will watch the live recording of the Billy Elliot as an example of musical theatre performance and how serious and powerful this style of acting can be (going against the ‘jazz hands’ stereotype!) They will then write a review on the performance and then direct a scene of their choice in a different way. This can be a monologue, duologue, song etc. 1. Understanding of how to direct a published play
2. Understanding of different themes within the text
3. Understanding of collaboration and teamwork
4. Understanding of different forms of acting
5. Performance of a whole text

Year 10

Half TermTopics to be coveredKey skills covered
Autumn HT 1Introduction to Devising.
1. Analyse and evaluate the devising process and performance.
2. Performer or designer routes available.
Students will be taught how to write a supporting portfolio. (written or verbal)
1. Non-routine problem solving – expert thinking, metacognition, creativity
2. Systems thinking – decision making and reasoning
3. Critical thinking – definitions of critical thinking are broad and usually involve general cognitive skills such as analysing, synthesising and reasoning skills
Autumn HT 2Component 1: Devising
1. Create and develop a devised piece from a stimulus
2. Performance of this devised piece or design realisation for this performance
3. Analyse and evaluate the devising process and performance
4. Performer or designer routes available
1. Non-routine problem solving – expert thinking, metacognition, creativity
2. Systems thinking – decision making and reasoning
3. Critical thinking – definitions of critical thinking are broad and usually involve general cognitive skills such as analysing, synthesising and reasoning skills
Spring HT 1Component 1: Devising (continued)
1. Create and develop a devised piece from a stimulus
2. Performance of this devised piece or design realisation for this performance
3. Analyse and evaluate the devising process and performance
4. Performer or designer routes available
1. Non-routine problem solving – expert thinking, metacognition, creativity
2. Systems thinking – decision making and reasoning
3. Critical thinking – definitions of critical thinking are broad and usually involve general cognitive skills such as analysing, synthesising and reasoning skills
Spring HT 2Component 2: Performance from Text
1. Read and explore performance text
(Suggestion; An Inspector Calls)
2. Read and explore supporting text
(Suggestion- Blood Brothers)
1. Communication – active listening, oral communication, written communication, assertive
communication and non-verbal communication
2. Relationship-building skills – teamwork, trust, intercultural sensitivity, service
orientation, self-presentation, social influence, conflict resolution and negotiation
3. Collaborative problem solving – establishing and maintaining shared understanding,
taking appropriate action, establishing and maintaining team organisation
Summer HT 1Component 2: Performance from Text
1. Students will either perform in and/or design for two key extracts from a performance
text
2. Centre choice of performance text
3. Performer or designer routes available
1. Communication – active listening, oral communication, written communication, assertive
communication and non-verbal communication
2. Relationship-building skills – teamwork, trust, intercultural sensitivity, service
orientation, self-presentation, social influence, conflict resolution and negotiation
3. Collaborative problem solving – establishing and maintaining shared understanding,
taking appropriate action, establishing and maintaining team organisation
Summer HT 2Component 2: Performance from Text (with performance to visiting examiner)
1. Students will either perform in and/or design for two key extracts from a performance
text
2. Centre choice of performance text
3. Performer or designer routes available
1. Communication – active listening, oral communication, written communication, assertive
communication and non-verbal communication
2. Relationship-building skills – teamwork, trust, intercultural sensitivity, service
orientation, self-presentation, social influence, conflict resolution and negotiation
3. Collaborative problem solving – establishing and maintaining shared understanding,
taking appropriate action, establishing and maintaining team organisation
4. Adaptability – ability and willingness to cope with the uncertain, handling work stress,
adapting to different personalities, communication styles and cultures, and physical
adaptability to various indoor and outdoor work environments
5. Self-management and self-development – ability to work remotely in virtual teams,
work autonomously, be self-motivating and self-monitoring, willing and able to acquire
new information and skills related to work

Year 11

Half TermTopics to be coveredKey skills covered
Autumn HT 1Controlled Assessment - Unit 2B - Review of Live Performance1. Understanding of key features of production
2. Critical analysis of strengths and weaknesses
3. Review of performance as a whole
4. Review of individual characters, scenes, set, costume
Autumn HT 2Character Development Workshops in preparation for Unit 3 - practical exam1. Understanding of how to create a character
2. Character development in relation to specific character
3. Reading of whole script
4. Application of explorative strategies
Spring HT 1Rehearsals begin for Unit 3 practical exam1. Understanding of how to create a character
2. Character development in relation to specific character
3. Reading of whole script
4. Application of explorative strategies
Spring HT 2Rehearsals for practical exam1. Understanding of how to create a character
2. Character development in relation to specific character
3. Reading of whole script
4. Application of explorative strategies
Summer HT 1Rehearsals for practical exam1. Understanding of how to create a character
2. Character development in relation to specific character
3. Reading of whole script
4. Application of explorative strategies
Summer HT 2