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Drama - Year 7

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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Drama for Year 7 students, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.

Subject Key Concepts              

#1 Professionalism        #2 Empathy       #3 Versatility      #4 Creativity

#5 Theatre is Reflective       #6 Culture and Theatre       #7 Experience and Practice 

Please click here for Subject Key Concepts.

Curriculum Overview for the Year 


Topic/Key Concepts

Specific Knowledge

Specific Skills



Bread and Butter


·         Developing the habits and expectations of young professionals.

·         Know the basic skills and conventions for effective drama and good story telling.



Key Concepts: Professionalism, Theatre & Culture and Experience & Practice.


Habits of Mind: Imagination, Discipline and Collaborative



·         Identify and apply the key acting skills.

·         Identify and define a selection of theatrical conventions.

·         Know the areas of the stage space.

·         Work collaboratively to create, rehearse and perform drama.




Silent Movies


·         A study of mime, melodrama and silent movies of 1920’s.


Key Concepts: Professionalism, Creating Theatre & Culture, and Experience & Practice


Habits of Mind: Persistence, Inquisitive and Collaborative


·         Develop the application of skill to meet the style requirements of mime.

·         Explore the character types used on melodrama.

·         Analyse the conventions evident in silent movies and draw comparisons with mime and melodrama.

·         Work collaboratively to create, rehearse and perform a piece in line with these performance styles.




Danny the Champion of the World


·         Explore the steps and approaches to interpret text for performance.

·         A study of a scripted adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Danny the Champion of the World.


Key Concepts: Professionalism, Versatility, Empathy, Theatre is Reflective and Experience & Practice


Habits of Mind: Discipline and Imagination



·         Know how to approach script for performance.

·         Develop application of skill to meet the style requirements when working with scripts.

·         Use the text to inform the portrayal of role.

·         Work collaboratively to prepare text for performance with lines learnt.

Useful documents:

Please click here for a PDF of curriculum overview.

While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Mrs Spurling if you have any questions.

Please click on the questions below to find out more.

How are groups organised?

Classes are mixed ability.

Drama is taught as part of an Arts Carousel which is rotated three times in the year. Students have eight lessons in the Arts over a fortnight.

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

Successful students in Drama will enjoy working practically and imaginatively. Students will be enthusiastic about trialling and developing emerging skills and techniques.

How will students learn at this level?

  • Practising different skills
  • Evaluating the work of peers
  • Watching performance examples
  • Reflecting on your work in a logbook

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

Unit 1:

Students will complete a carefully supported performance assessment and a written assessment at the end of the unit.

Unit 2:

Students complete a performance of drama they have created. Logbooks are assessed for analytical ability.

Unit 3:

Students complete a performance of scripted drama. Logbooks are assessed for analytical ability.

When do key assessments take place?

Each unit is assessed at the end of its teaching in the carousel cycle.

How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

  1. Discuss with you the acting technique of those you watch in films or on television.
  2. They may be able to take you to the theatre and encourage you to consider the conventions you have seen used.
  3. Helping you to learn lines with confidence

What equipment do students need for this subject?

Essential school equipment

How does this subject link to other subjects?

  • English: Using text and literacy skills
  • Maths and Science: Analysis and evaluation

What websites or resources may be helpful to support students’ learning?


What extra-curricular or enrichment opportunities are available for students in this subject at this level?

You can involve yourself in any of the following. Please see the Drama Department to check days, times and venues:

  1. KS3 Drama Club
  2. Technical Theatre Club
  3. School Production
  4. Open Mic
  5. The Project

You will also get the opportunity to go on a trip to see a piece of live theatre.

What sort of careers can this subject lead to?



What does student work look like in this subject at this level?


How does this subject support a broad and balanced curriculum, meeting the needs of all students, and developing traditional core skills?

  1. Drama allows students to explore the perspectives of others. In year 7 it covers a range of topics spanning a number of time periods and themes.
  2. All students in year 7 will have opportunity to explore drama. The careful build of skill and convention allows all students to access the curriculum and grow confident.
  3. Students will increasingly learn to analyse the work of themselves and others. They are expected to develop discipline and control in all aspects of their study.

How does this subject promote creativity, critical thinking, practice, perseverance and resilience, and making links?

  • Students are developing work with imagination. They are rewarded for creative work and original thinking.
  1. Students are increasingly developing their ability to critically reflect on their own work and that of others. They learn to analyse application of skill or convention and audience impact.
  2. Year 7 drama involved students working with all members of their class. Students will learn to compromise and work successfully to achieve shared outcomes.

How does this subject encourage enrichment and the development of cultural capital, deep learning, and inclusivity?

  • All students in Year 7 will get to engage with drama. Students will get opportunity to apply their learning to enrichment activities and vice versa. Students will develop an understanding of the discipline of performance.
  1. Students are frequently asked to recall and reuse learning.
  2. Opportunity for contribution from all. Creating a safe environment that allows all students to explore a creative response to differing stimulus material.