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Curriculum Statement: Drama

Core Values

Our curriculum is underpinned by our core values;



The Drama Department at Pewsey Vale School is a creative environment where all students work practically to develop a wide range of performance skills, many of which are transferrable to other areas of their lives and learning. Pupils will work in groups to practically explore a range of styles, genres and texts which promote consideration on a variety of sociocultural, political and historical themes. Responding to live theatre is an important part of Drama and all individuals will be encouraged to develop their critical analysis and evaluation skills as part of the course. As part of their learning on theatrical design, pupils will investigate how sound, lighting, costume, props and set are used to communicate meaning within performance. Knowledge of theory is embedded through written work at intervals throughout each topic. At KS3 pupils receive a single Drama lesson per week. KS4 pupils receive two double lessons each week.


An assessment will take place at the end of each project. Students will be assessed against Key Stage three assessment matrices for Drama. Drama teachers will award grades and interim levels to students for individual pieces of work. During the course of their study these levels can go up and down as students explore new performance skills, as well as new genres and styles of theatre. We will always encourage pupils to attend after school rehearsals to develop their practical work in order to accelerate progress.

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Students are required to bring writing and drawing equipment to lessons. Each pupil is given a book or folder to record and store their classwork in.

Extra-Curricular Activities

A range of extra-curricular activities for Drama are available to all pupils at KS3 and KS4 including opportunities to support transition events for primary schools and to participate in Christmas and summer performances. A Drama club runs at intervals throughout the academic year; pupils should see the notice board in the Drama studio or speak to their Drama teacher for further details. The subject leader can also supervise and support after school rehearsals for any pupils who wish to extend their class work outside of lessons.

Suggested Extension Activities

Observing live performances in any form or style and at any theatre will be beneficial to your son or daughter and can help to engender ideas for their own practical work. Local theatres often offer a diverse range of theatrical performances to cater to all interests. A number of cinemas also stream live events from The Globe Theatre which can be a more affordable way to view theatre. Pupils could also join amateur dramatics groups or attend events which promote creative, critical and performing arts such as dance, music, circus and spoken word.

GCSE Drama

Examination Board: WJEC Eduqas
Specification: Drama (9-1)

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Students will work collaboratively to complete a series of projects which will enable them to develop their creative visions for theatre and to refine their skills for scripted and devised performances, or design. Pupils will frequently be expected to undertake research projects inside and outside of the classroom to extend their contextual knowledge of performance themes. All pupils, including design candidates, will also be expected to learn lines and commit time to attending group rehearsals after school hours throughout KS4. All pupils are required to watch a range of live theatre performances which will inspire them creatively and afford them the opportunity to practice responding to live theatre. The Subject Leader will run a number of trips to the theatre from throughout KS4.

Component 1: Devising Theatre (40%)

Maximum number of marks awarded – 60. This component is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Pupils will work from a given stimulus to create and develop ideas to communicate meaning for performance (AO1, 30 marks); this is assessed through the portfolio of supporting evidence. Each group will apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions (AO2, 15 marks); this is assessed through the performance or design (realised in performance). Candidates will also analyse and evaluate their work(AO4, 15 marks); this is assessed through a written evaluation completed under exam conditions.

Component 2: Performing from a Script (20%)

Maximum number of marks awarded – 60. This component is assessed by a visiting examiner.

Each pupil will be assessed on their ability to apply performing or design skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance, interpret a script and their ability to contribute as an individual to a live performance.

Component 3: Responding to Live Theatre (40%)

Maximum number of marks awarded – 60. This component comprises of two sections and is externally assessed.

Section A assesses comprehension of the characteristics of a performance text including: the social, cultural and historical context in which the text was created and how meaning is communicated through a wide range of indicators. Section B assesses each pupil’s response to live theatre as an individual and an audience member. This includes analysing and evaluating how meaning is communicated through an actor’s use of performance skills, use of design elements (set, props, staging, costume, hair and make-up, lighting, sound and special effects), style and form.

Year 11

Autumn Term



Home Learning


Component 1 – Devising Theatre

Devised performance to an audience

Learning lines and researching around the performance themes. Writing sections for their portfolio. Pupils will also be required to attend after school rehearsals for this component.

Spring Term



Home Learning


Component 1 Assessments

Portfolio; controlled assessment.

Complete portfolio and amend notes for controlled assessment

February – March

Component 2 – Performing from a Script

Scripted performance to an audience

Learning lines and researching around the performance themes. Pupils will also be required to attend after school rehearsals for this component.

March - April

Component 3 – Responding to Live Theatre

Responding to exam style questions

Design a set for a performance of DNA on each different style of staging

Summer Term



Home Learning

April - July

Component 3 – Responding to Live Theatre

1.5 hour formal written exam

Revision on the GCSE set text. Drafting notes for Section B of the exam.


Drama Resources

Individuals with long hair should bring hairbands to tie their hair up for performances. It is strongly advised that individuals wearing skirts should bring shorts or trousers to change into for lessons, particularly at KS4.

Students are required to bring writing and drawing equipment to lessons. Each pupil is given a book and a folder for use in lessons. At KS4, some pupils wish to record notes in a separate notebook which they can take home to use as a revision tool; pupils can choose to provide their own notebook or purchase one from the Drama department at a cost of £1.00.


Students are regularly assessed using the grading criteria provided by the exam board. Pupils will have access to their own individual copy of the grading criteria and will use these frequently in lesson to review their progress. Assessments are reported to parents/carers at intervals during the academic year.

Home Learning

All homework for GCSE Drama will be provided on Classcharts. Revision packs will be issued to each pupil at KS4 to help them to structure their revision.

Useful resources
















Books, Articles and other Resources:

Gojimo (digital application)

National Theatre: All About Theatre – National theatre(book)

Stage Lighting: The Technicians' Guide: An On-the-job Reference Tool with Online Video Resources - 2nd Edition – Skip Mort (book)

WJEC/Eduqas GCSE Drama (new spec from sept 2016) – Garry Nicholas (book)


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