At Peacehaven Community School, our Drama curriculum embodies our vision to enhance students' cognitive and social-emotional development. By delving into the world of theatre and literature, students immerse themselves in a rich, diverse, and comprehensive curriculum that equips them with a deep understanding of the arts and empowers them to create original work.
Our innovative curriculum not only covers an extensive range of styles, but also encourages students to explore their own capabilities and develop essential life skills. Our drama students become adept in teamwork, collaboration, communication, and adaptability, preparing them for future success in any path they choose.
We wholeheartedly believe in fostering a supportive and inclusive environment, and our Drama curriculum reflects this. With a diverse array of extracurricular activities, theatre visits, and competitions, we continually broaden our students' horizons and strengthen our bonds within the Peacehaven community. As a result, our students leave our Drama curriculum feeling happier and more confident than before.
Our Drama curriculum is a shining example of our commitment to excellence, resilience, and community partnership. We are immensely proud to offer our students a transformative learning experience that will shape them into well-rounded, compassionate individuals, ready to thrive in a changing world.
Chloe Pearce - Head of Drama - firstname.lastname@example.org
In Year 7 and Year 8 students have one hour per week of drama lessons. Over the course of three years, as well as drama skills, students are building skills in empathy, personal confidence, cooperation and communication.
In terms 1 & 2 students will be introduced to basic drama skills. Students learn about still image, improvisation, levels, interpreting script and status. They are also encouraged to enter into the ethos of developing personal skills required in drama such as teamwork, cooperation, flexible thinking and communication.
In terms 3 & 4 students recap skills learnt in terms 1 & 2 continuing to focus on team building, and empathy. We study non-verbal communication and oracy as well as tableau and response to music.
In terms 5 & 6 students will be looking at drama through the eyes of history focusing on World War 2 and using devising methods to respond to the film ‘Carrie’s War’.
In terms 1 & 2 students will be re-interpreting opening scenes from selected Shakespeare plays. They will also learn about the Restoration Period, Oliver Cromwell and the Merry Monarch, and learn how to apply Restoration make-up, continuing the Historical theme from the end of year 7.
In terms 3 & 4 students will be working on devising a piece of drama based on Dorothy Heathcote’s Warden X. Students will need to use their skills of empathy, cooperation and focus and will be working together as a group to create an engaging piece of drama. Students also study lyrics to the song Stan by Eminem creating small group devised work based on their interpretation of the themes in the song.
In terms 5 & 6 students study technical theatre and learn how to use lighting, sound and to create a set design, before moving on to study Blood Brothers by Willy Russell. Students recap techniques stitch as still image, levels and narration as well as working from script and interpreting stage directions.
In terms 1 & 2 students will study and recap drama skills and techniques learnt in Year 7 and 8 as well as developing their skills in how to communicate with an audience. They look at different types of staging and how to select an appropriate staging for specific text.
In terms 3 & 4 students will study verbatim theatre, making their own verbatim piece based on current issues before moving on to physical theatre and learning how to use the body to communicate. Students will create work using the company Off Balance as inspiration. There will be a focus on developing comedy skills as well as focusing on ensemble work and exploring themes.
In terms 5 & 6 students will be participating in an extended technical module making Kabuki masks, special effects make-up, lighting and sound design.
In year 10 and Year 11 students have three hours a week of lessons. They study for the BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts which is the perfect blend of academic learning and practical training. We offer two pathways, acting and production.
In terms 1 & 2 students will study Component One: Exploring the Performing Arts studying Stanislavski and naturalism and practically investigating the play DNA by Dennis Kelly discovering the creative intentions of the author, director and actors as well as looking at their roles and responsibilities.
Students then move on to study physical theatre, studying the practitioners ‘The Sleeping Trees’ and ‘Off Balance’ to investigate creative intentions and roles and responsibilities.
In terms 3 & 4 students will move onto Verbatim theatre and the work of Alecky Blythe. They study the Mark Wheeller play I Love you Mum I Promise I Won’t Die and investigate creative intentions and roles and responsibilities.
In terms 5 & 6 students will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding of the three styles of theatre they have studied before moving on to Component 2: Developing skills in the Performing Arts. Students will take part in workshops and rehearsals keeping logs that show progress and knowledge and understanding of their development
Production students study the same plays and styles but focus on the key skills of sound design, lighting, make-up and set design.
In terms 1 & 2 students will complete Component 2 and will be assessed on either group scripted work or monologues.
In terms 3 & 4 students will be sitting Component 3: Working to a Brief this is set by the exam board and is a devised piece. Students will work in small groups to devise their work.
Production students work closely with the actors on Component 3 and select a key skill to focus on: either sound design, lighting, make-up or set design.
In term 5 students will sit three one hour exams based on their devised work.
Medium Term Plans
Y11 - Responding to a Brief
Homework is set weekly and will be coursework that is part of their final assessment. The expectation is that every student completes their homework on time in order to stay on top of their coursework.
Tasks will be on Google Classroom and are often research based, or will be writing up information learnt in their lesson.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zxn4mp3/revision/1 - Stanislavski
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zwmvd2p/revision/1 - Brecht
making-a-scene-dna-plot/zf6kjhv - DNA
Great theatre is about challenging how we think and encouraging us to fantasise about a world we aspire to
Drama is life, with the dull bits cut out