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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Drama for Year 9 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



Theatre Today

·         Explore and recognise the styles and processes of prominent theatre practitioners, creating today (Frantic Assembly, Splendid Productions, Paper Birds).



Key Concepts: Professionalism, Versatility, Professionalism, Creating, Theatre & Culture, Theatre is Reflective and Experience & Practice.


Habits of Mind: Imagination, Discipline, Inquisitive, Persistent and Collaborative



·         Analysing theatre making processes.

·         Analyse examples of performance.

·         Know and recognise the work of Frantic Assembly, Splendid Productions and Paper Birds.

·         Draw on prior knowledge to recognise the influence of other theatre practitioners.

·         Develop research skills.

·         Create original drama from a given stimulus and taking influence from one of the specified practitioners.

·         Work collaboratively to develop and perform theatre to a professional standard.



Bringing Text to Life


·         Study of The IT by Vivienne Franzmann.

·         Know the process and techniques used to interpret text for performance.

·         Explore the topic of Mental Health and know where to seek help and support.


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


Habits of Mind: Persistence, Inquisitive and Collaborative


·         Analysing text to understand the intentions of the playwright.

·         Discuss and explore mental wellbeing among young people.

·         Understand the role of theatre to reflect social and cultural issues.

·         Apply techniques to realise text in performance.

·         Work collaboratively to rehearse and perform an extract.




Working with Mask


·         Study of key era’s in theatre history that focussed on use mask as a dramatic convention (Greek Theatre, Commedia dell’Arte and Trestle Theatre).

·         Know the social and cultural factors that influenced the production of theatre at these times.


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


Habits of Mind: Imagination, Discipline, Inquisitive, Persistent and Collaborative



·         Analyse the evidence of social and cultural norms influencing the theatre of the time at 3 points in theatre history.

·         Analyse the influence of these theatre styles in the theatre making of today.

·         Develop and apply acting skills in each of these performance styles.

·         Create and perform an original piece taking influence from a chosen performance style.

·         Work collaboratively to draw on drama expertise for effective story telling.

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.

Students will have 3 lessons per 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. Student will research and compete homework to impact their work in class

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
  • Teacher modelling.

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

Unit 1:

Students will complete a performance assessment and an accompanying evaluation for the final performance

Unit 2:

Students complete a performance of play text rehearsed. Logbooks are assessed for analytical ability and evaluation.

Unit 3:

Students complete a performance of their devised work. Logbooks are assessed for analytical ability and evaluation.

When do key assessments take place?

  • Unit 1: November – December
  • Unit 2: March
  • Unit 3. June-July

How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

  1. Discuss with you the acting technique of those you watch in films or on television.
  2. Encourage thorough research to support homework
  3. They may be able to take you to the theatre and encourage you to consider the conventions you have seen used.
  4. 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?

  • Drama allows students to explore a broad history of the origins and development of theatre. As part of this study they will explore the society and culture of significant eras during the development of theatre.
  • All students in year 9 will have opportunity to explore drama all aspects of the work working with all members of their class.
  • Students will increasingly learn to evaluate the work of themselves and others. They will learn to develop their written ability with specific emphasis on performance skill. 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 required to engage with work imaginatively throughout the year. They will be developing problem solving skills and collaborative skills frequently.
  • 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.
  • The final project in year 9 will encourage students to choose and apply skills gleaned over the year.
  • Links can be made with English. Students beginning to learn how to research.

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

  • Students will be reflecting on the different cultures influencing works of theatre. Students will be able to use the skills developed in class in enrichment activities and vice versa.
  • Students are frequently asked to recall and reuse learning. Students are taught and encourage to ask questions about their study.
  • Opportunity for contribution from all. Creating a safe environment that allows all students to explore a creative response. Students will cover a diverse range of performance styles.