Key Stage Four

Year 9 – To bridge the gap between KS3 and KS4 we focus on developing the skills and knowledge to ready the students to embark successfully through KS4 by:

  • Developing acting skills and techniques, providing regular opportunities of performing to an audience
  • Develop skills as theatre makers in reflection to a set text
  • To challenge students to collaborate and devise theatre from more challenging, thought-provoking stimuli
  • To enrich the lives of our students by experiencing live theatre
  • To think critically through the analysis and evaluation of both professional work and live theatre.

Year 10 and 11 – To support and ready our students for final assessment and as theatre makers, performers and theatre critics. We intend to develop a lifelong love and application of Drama, enriching the whole student. Providing them with the necessary skills to be successful regardless of their next steps: communication, creativity, collaboration, clarity of expression, autonomy, leadership and confidence.

Year 9

Autumn TermSkills Development, Live Theatre Analysis, Devised TheatreTo introduce the students to KS4 Drama, we explore a range of styles of theatre that requires a higher-level of engagement and collaboration from the students.
Spring TermPage to StageWe dive into the world of acting, stage production and design through the exploration, creation, design, design, analysis and evaluation of a modern play.
Summer 1Mini Component 1Students get a taster for GCSE as they embark on a mini component 1 devising project that will see them devise a piece of theatre from a stimulus applying a range of theatrical conventions and styles. Alongside the devising process, students will create a portfolio of work documenting their journey, analysing and evaluating their work.
Summer 2Introduction to An Inspector CallsIn the final term before starting the GCSE course, students will practically explore key scenes from the GCSE set text, An Inspector Calls.

Year 10

AutumnComponent 3: Theatre Makers in PracticeComponent 3: Bringing Texts to Life; in Year 11 students through a written response will apply their Drama Skills on how a play should be brought to life through the POV of a Director, Actor and Creative Team (Lighting, Sound, Costume, Set). In this Unit, students will produce their own mini production of the set text.
SpringComponent 1: Devising Theatre Component 3: Live Theatre AnalysisStudents start the first of three components of their GCSE course. Students continue their development of knowledge and use of devising techniques and theatrical conventions as they explore a range of practitioners and styles. Then, in groups they respond to various stimuli before devising their own piece of theatre. Students go to the theatre to watch a professional production as they analyse and evaluate it from an acting, design and director perspective.
SummerComponent 1: Devising TheatreStudents go through the final stages of the rehearsal process, before sharing their work to an audience (this is marked/ moderated as part of their course).

Year 11

AutumnComponent 1: Devising Theatre Introduction to Component 2: Performance from a textStudents will then finalise the written element that supports their performance (also part of the exam). Students explore, rehearse and share different extracts from plays before cementing their choice of text they wish to perform for Component 2.
SpringComponent 2: Performance from a text Component 3: Live Theatre Makers in PracticeStudents navigate themselves through the rehearsal process to get their performance from a text to the best possible standard before sharing their performance to a live audience and examiner. Students revisit An Inspector Calls focusing on specific analytical and evaluative elements. Students will attend a live professional performance making notes as they prepare to analyse and evaluate it in their final written exam.
SummerComponent 3: Live Theatre Makers in Practice (exam prep)Final preparation is undertaken for the Summer Exam.