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Stewards Academy

Stewards Academy

Science Specialist


Subject Intent

Drama in education allows pupils to use the creative side of their brains. It tackles important life issues and develops pupils’ empathy. Drama encourages critical thinking by asking pupils to give positive feedback and constructive criticism when watching another pupil’s work. This form of communication is imperative to the pupil’s development of life skills. Drama lessons encourage young people to build positive relationships with their peers and take them on a journey of self-discovery. It promotes leadership skills and confidence building which will help pupils flourish outside of our school community. Drama allows pupils to have a voice and express their emotions openly where necessary. It encourages imagination, interpretation, ideas, thought and opinions. There is no right or wrong answer, allowing pupils to always feel successful in their practice and gives them ownership of their personal achievements.


The overarching aim for Drama is to enhance and perfect the pupils desire to become a confident performer. It develops imaginative thought and embeds an understanding of how to interpret a play-text.

The curriculum for Drama aims to ensure all pupils:

  • can use key vocabulary and drama terminology to express their opinions verbally and in written form.
  • can work successfully as a team to produce thought-provoking drama in response to stimuli.
  • can work independently to implement the vocal and physical skills needed to create a character different from themselves.
  • develop the habit of reading plays and show an understanding of style, genre, form and content.



A key focus for Drama is enjoyment: we want pupils to enjoy what they do and feel positive about their achievements.

Drama is an ideal subject to support the development of the 5Rs. We expect pupils to develop their skills in listening, concentration and cooperation in order to help make them more effective learners and participators.

To support this we find group work is an integral part of Drama. Pupils are encouraged to be supportive of their peers in preparation of their work and when performing.

There are also opportunities for pupils to work on monologues and duologues during KS3 and develop understanding of some technical areas including lighting.

All pupils are expected to show their work regularly. They are given opportunities to be creative and imaginative with their ideas whilst exploring new techniques and topics.

Key Stage 3

Pupils are taught in mixed ability tutor groups and have two lessons a fortnight. They will explore the following units:

Year 7

Year 8

  • Introduction to Drama
  • Greek Theatre
  • ‘Sparkleshark’ play-script
  • Theatre Practitioner: Stanislavski
  • Devising unit
  • Greek Theatre
  • Melodrama
  • ‘Blood Brothers’ play-script
  • Theatre Practitioner: Brecht
  • Devising unit: TIE

Extended homework projects may include:

  • Role on the wall activity and character development
  • Organising and bringing in props and costumes for their assessment work
  • Rehearsing for assessment work
  • Learning lines for assessment
  • Research tasks
  • Watching live performance

Key Stage 4

Students follow the AQA GCSE Drama specification. There is a focus on the knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre and how this can be applied both to practical and written work. Students have the opportunity to experience live performances throughout the course and are encouraged to do so often.

Pupils will work for extended blocks of time on a devising unit and script performance (mocks in year 9 and year 10). Final assessments of these units will take place in the summer term of year 10 and autumn/spring of year 11.

Component 1: Understanding drama (written)

What’s assessed:

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
  • Study one set play from a choice of six
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

How it’s assessed:

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Open book
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of GCSE


  • Section A: multiple choice (4 marks)
  • Section B: four questions on a given extract of the set play chosen (44 marks)
  • Section C: one questions (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (32 marks)

Component 2: Devising drama (practical and written unit)

What’s assessed:

  • Process of creating devised drama
  • Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer or designer)
  • Analysis and evaluation of own work

How it’s assessed

  • Devising log (60 marks)
  • Devised performance (20 marks)
  • 80 marks in total
  • 40% GCSE

This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA

 Component 3: Texts in practice (practical)

What’s assessed

  • Performance of two extracts from one play (students may contribute as performer or designer)
  • Free choice of play but it must contrast with the set play chosen for Component 1

How’s it assessed

  • Performance of Extract 1 (20 marks) and Extract 2 (20 marks)
  • 40 marks in total
  • 20% of GCSE

This component is marked by AQA