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Cirencester Deer Park School

Cirencester Deer Park School


We aim to use Drama as a tool to help develop our pupils into confident, creative individuals. The subject covers:

  • Personal Development, such as analysis, questioning and acceptance of others
  • Social Development, such as team work and negotiation, communication and presentation skills
  • Creative Development, such as the fostering of original ideas.

Find out about each Key Stage in Drama:

KS3 Drama 

Drama incorporates Creating, Performing and Appraising skills. Pupils will learn through a range of topical based schemes of learning, in which pupils will have the opportunity to explore and develop these three important skills, as well as several key transferrable skills, such as building confidence, teamwork and listening and learning from others.

We aim for all pupils to embrace drama and enjoy learning in this practical approach.

Drama lessons cover a range of diverse and challenging topics and texts at all stages.

Year 7
Fairy tales
Greek Theatre

Year 8
The Detectives
Theatre Lighting
Script Work
Physical Theatre
Darkwood Manor

Year 9
Playwright: Stanislavski
Desert Survival
Theory - Theatre Reviews
Script Work

Year 7


  • Building confidence at Deer Park
  • Introducing key drama skills
  • Appreciating performance at all levels of experience
  • Introducing reflective analysis

Fairy tales

  • Introducing drama strategies
  • Understanding stock characters
  • Understanding themed story lines
  • Developing reflective analysis


  • Further introduction of drama strategies
  • Developing key skills in drama
  • Exploring a topical issue
  • Evaluating your own work and the work of others

Greek theatre

  • Exploring Historical myths and facts
  • Practical exploration of amphitheatres
  • Understanding of the use of masks in a performance
  • Evaluating your own work and the work of others


  • Understanding the key skills needed for mime
  • Understanding how to perform a mime effectively
  • Developing the use of mime to communicate effectively in everyday situations
  • Evaluating your own work and the work of others


Year 8

The Detectives

  • Developing subtle acting skills
  • Independent work with drama strategies
  • Developing use of dramatic elements
  • Evaluating your own work and the work of others

Theatre lighting

  • Knowledge of how to use theatre lighting
  • Theatrical terminology introduced
  • Understanding the role of a lighting technician
  • Creating work whilst considering lighting

Script work

  • Developing understanding of stage directions
  • Developing strategies on how to learn lines
  • Exemplar work ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’
  • Exploration into creating an atmosphere

Physical Theatre

  • Introduction to physical acting
  • Exemplar work ‘Attraction’
  • Use of physical games to build confidence
  • Experiencing creating abstract performances

Darkwood Manor

  • Developing independent performance work
  • Developing creativity with set and location
  • Developing the use of dramatic mediums
  • Evaluating your own work and the work of others

Year 9


  • Introduction to playwrights
  • Research based topic
  • Presenting information
  • Use of Stanislavski’s method in performances


  • Historical myths and facts
  • Use of real-life situations and topics to base drama on
  • Introduction to Soundscape
  • Introduction to thought tunnel performances

Desert Survival

  • Exploration of other performance styles based on previous skills studied
  • Performances using physical theatre, docudrama and targeted audiences
  • Evaluation of news presenter performances
  • Independent use of dramatic strategies, mediums and elements

Theory – Theatre reviews

  • Introduction to descriptive writing in drama
  • Applying previous knowledge to written work
  • Developing more detailed vocal skills
  • Evaluating professional theatre performances
  • Evaluating your own work and the work of others

Script writing

  • Developing understanding of information given in a script
  • Developing an interpretation for a role
  • Developing creative script writing skills
  • Evaluating your own work and the work of others

KS4 Drama 

At Key Stage 4, we build on the skills and knowledge taught in Key Stage 3. The GCSE specification we follow is the AQA specification which we believe builds on the skills and philosophy acquired through Key Stage 3, whilst developing the pupils’ interest in Theatre.

During the course pupils will explore texts, understand the making of characters and how they interact in their relationships with other characters and the audience. As part of the course they will work with professional theatre practitioners. This will give the opportunity to refine performance skills. Pupils will be expected to perform to audiences such as a primary school or parents, go on at least one live theatre trip and attend rehearsals which will take place out of lessons.

Assessment is in three forms: Practical Class Work, Performance and Final Written Exam.

Component 1 - Final written Exam 40%

Section A: multiple choice. Section B: four questions on a given extract from the set play Blood Brothers. Section C: one two part question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production.

Component 2 - Devising log and performance 40% Process of creating devised drama, performing the work, and analysing and evaluating it.

Component 3 - Practical coursework 20% Practical performances of two extracts from a play.