Subject: Drama

Head of Subject: Miss R Vanstone

In Year 7 students are taught Drama with their mixed ability form. In Years 8 and 9 students are taught in mixed ability classes. Throughout Key Stage 3 Students are taught Drama 1 hour a week. Assessments are completed every half term to track and monitor the progress of students in each subject. Feedback is provided to students in terms of the skills they are working towards or have mastered. Targets for further improvement are then shared with students.

At Key Stage 4 Drama is a subject that is taught as a GCSE option and students that opt to take Drama in Key Stage 4 have 3 hours a week and are working towards one GCSE qualification. They follow the AQA GCSE Drama 8261 specification. They will be awarded a grade 1-9 following their GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 11. Assessments to track progress are set regularly throughout each half term. With feedback being related to GCSE criteria to highlight areas of strength and development throughout the course.

Throughout their time at Hawkley Hall, students are taught the following key skills:

  • Create and develop ideas to communicate meaning for theatrical performance
  • Apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and performed
  • Analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others


Overview of the Drama Curriculum

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are outlined in the table below:

  Autumn 1 Autumn  2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 Miniscripts

Students explore play scripts and what elements are needed to bring a script from page to stage.

Devising Drama

Students learn how to devise drama through the issue of bullying

Physical Theatre

Students develop their knowledge of physical theatre and how it can be used in performances.

Greek Theatre

Students develop their knowledge of Greek theatre and the impact it has had on modern day theatre

Bugsy Malone

Students explore the musical Bugsy Malone – both practically and developing their technical skills


Students learn how symbolism can be used in drama.

8 Mime

Students learn the skills of mime and use them to create a silent movie.

Devising Drama

Students devise a piece of theatre based on homelessness and explore the practitioner of Brecht.


Students explore multi-rolling drama through the medium of school stereotypes and explore the ideas of John Godber

Duologues and Monologues

Students explore the skills needed to perform duologues and monologues.

The Island

Students look to the practitioner of Stanislavski and how to create characters. They also develop their knowledge of technical theatre


Students learn how what status is and explore how it can be conveyed on stage.


9 When I’m 64

Students focus on characterisation skills through a SOW entitled ‘When I’m 64’


Bang Out of Order

Students explore the play ‘Bang Out of Order’ which deals with the issue of teenage gang culture.


Students explore the Hillsborough disaster and use the work of Artaud in doing so.

  Woman In Black

Students develop their knowledge of technical aspects of theatre in greater detail through the play of Woman In Black.

Theatre Appreciation

Students learn to review and evaluate a piece of theatre.

Devised Drama

Students devise a piece of theatre from a stimulus working in theatre companies.

GCSE Exam Board Specifications

The specification code for GCSE Drama is 8261. Click here to view the GCSE specification