Expressive & Performing Arts Faculty

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Subject: Drama


Ms R Vanstone – Curriculum Leader


Bugsy Malone

During Year 7 and 8 pupils develop their understanding and appreciation of Drama by exploring different musical styles and genres.


The Units of Study

Introduction to Theatre and the study of Characterisation

Pupils will learn about the basic skills of drama, mime, body language, facial expression, still images etc. Then pupils will learn how to develop a character using Stanislavski’s System.


Pupils will learn about the rules of improvisation and each week use different stimuli to develop and devise a performance.

Chaucer and Story-telling

Pupils will explore the art of story-telling and use Chaucer’s Canterbury tales as stimulus.


The Units of Study

The Silent Movie

Pupils will learn about the history of the Silent movie genre and practically explore the conventions and acting style. They will then produce their own Silent Movie, film it and edit it using movie maker.

Voice and Duologue

Pupils will learn about the voice and how this is a very important tool for an actor. They will take part in various vocal exercises. Then they will then apply these techniques to the performance of a duologue. They will write their own and record it for radio.

Dali and Surrealism

Pupils will learn about the genre of Surrealism from a dramatic point of view, using Dali’s paintings as stimulus, material. They will then devise a performance using the conventions of Physical Theatre and Artaud.

Pupils learn through a variety of activities to develop their skills in performing, devising and evaluating with assessments in these areas taking place at the end of each unit of study. Assessments will take the form of Practical performances and written and research tasks.

Pupils are encouraged to visit theatrical performances and take part in drama activities outside of school.

Parents could support pupils by encouraging them to become involved in extra-curricular drama activities at school and reading theatrical reviews.


Pupils opt for one of the EPA subjects and are taught twice a week.

This allows pupils to be more expressive and experimental and although assessment is based on the GCSE criteria the curriculum is free to explore some more vocational skills and activities, theatre trips and visiting practitioners.

The Units of Study

Theatre History

Pupils learn about how the Theatre started from Greek through to Modern day. Pupils are also taught the basics of Stanislavski and Brecht. Assessment is through practical activities with written reflections after each lesson that relate to the GCSE assessment objectives.

Cross-Curricular Project

Pupils team up with the other EPA options to produce a final Christmas performance on a changing theme.

Pupils produce posters for the final performance and sell tickets.

Scripted Performance with Stage Make-Up

Pupils explore a text in detail and focus on language and characterisation. They also approach the script looking at Actioning and blocking and the use of Stage directions. They will also take part in a make-up workshop and apply this knowledge to a final performance of the text.

Stage Management and backstage tour

Pupils will be taken on a backstage tour of a professional theatre and have a visiting Stage manager come in a do a workshop with them.

They will then stage manager their own performance and apply the skills they have learnt. Assessment will be a prompt book and a props and lighting list.

Commedia Dell’Arte and Puppetry

Pupils will learn about the genre of Commedia and will explore Physical Comedy. They will take part in Physical Theatre workshops and create puppets for a final performance. Assessment will be the puppets and the practical performance. They will also have to keep a reflective log book.

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