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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 at Key Stage Three is taught as a discrete, specialist subject.  Pupils are given a broad introduction to the art in terms of:

  • Form: How drama is created. Various skills such as speech and movement techniques, role and basic scenario creation are explored and developed.
  • Content: What is the drama about? Pupils are encouraged to engage with what the drama is about and to explore the ideas, questions and concepts which give the work meaning.
  • Performance: How we use Drama to communicate. This might be to each other, in rehearsal, exploration work, and to others in presented work in informal demonstration and formal performance situations.

The approach taken is either improvisedtext based work or a combination.

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

Year 7
Greek Theatre
Script Work: War Horse
Murder Mystery

Year 8
Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing
Theatre Lighting
Physical Theatre
Script Writing
Peer Pressure

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

Year 7


  • Introducing key drama skills
  • Current topic to explore
  • Informative information for you within the topic
  • Evaluate your own work and the work of others

Greek theatre

  • Practical exploration of amphitheatres
  • Understanding of masks
  • Historical myths and facts


  • Importance of mime
  • How to perform a mime effectively
  • Things to consider when not using your vocals

Script Work: 'War Horse'

  • Introduction to scripted work
  • Promotion of literacy in the scheme of learning
  • Understanding information provided in a script

Murder Mystery

  • Genre based performance
  • Evaluate your own work and the work of others
  • Further key performance skills introduced

Year 8

Shakespeare: 'Much Ado about Nothing'

  • Joint scheme of learning with English
  • Understanding the language
  • Performing Shakespearean language effectively

Theatre lighting

  • Informative scheme of learning on how to use theatre lighting
  • Theatrical terminology introduced
  • The role of a lighting technician
  • Devising work whilst considering lighting

Physical Theatre

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

Script writing

  • Performance based topic
  • Focussing on types of theatre staging
  • Exploration into what makes an interesting scene

Peer Pressure

  • Performance based topic
  • Exploring social pressures
  • Use of drama skills to portray a range of sides to stories
  • Evaluate your own work and the work of others

Year 9

Playwright: Stanislavski

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


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

Desert Survival

  • Double scheme of learning focusing on a range of performance roles
  • Performances using physical theatre, docudrama and targeted audiences
  • Evaluation of news presenter performances

Theory – Theatre reviews

  • Preparation for GCSE Drama written work
  • Evaluating professional theatre performances
  • Applying drama terminology to written work

Script work: ‘Teechers’

  • Develop understanding of stage directions
  • Strategies on how to learn lines
  • Evaluate 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.