St. Joseph's Catholic College


Curriculum Maps and Overviews

Drama is taught throughout the College and through a number of different extra-curricular clubs. Drama at St Joseph's Catholic College is thriving.

Drama at KS3 

All students study Drama in Years 7 and 8. In Year 7 Drama is taught weekly and the Schemes of work include; Mime, Scrapbook, Story Telling, The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty & Titanic.  In Year 8, Drama is taught fortnightly and the Schemes of work include:  Slapstick Comedy, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights’ Dream, and Willy Russell’s Our Day Out. These Schemes of Work are built on the making and performing of Drama (both text-based and devised) and subsequent analysis and evaluation. In Year 9, students are taught weekly with all Schemes of Work linking directly to the GCSE course.  Topics studied are:  Brecht, Script Work, Monologues based on a theme, Devising Theatre and Semiotics.

Assessment is regular and is based on the Criteria from the Arts Council of England’s ‘Drama in Schools’ document. The course content is practical and progressive, allowing for the gradual development of skills needed for the start of the GCSE OCR Drama Course, should students choose this option in Year 10.

Key Stage 4

Year 10 and 11


Students gain a practical understanding of drama and apply this knowledge to their performances as they develop their practical skills.  Students can choose to be a performer or can take on the role of designer in lighting, sound, set or costume.  Students must choose one role thoughout the component, but can choose different roles throughout the course.

Component 01/02:  Devising drama

Students research and explore a stimulus, work collaboratively and create their own devised drama.  They complete a portfolio of evidence during the devising process, give a final performance of their drama, and write an evaluation of their own work.

Component 03:  Presenting and performing texts

Students develop and apply theatrical skills in acting or design by presenting a showcase of two extracts from a performance text.

Component 04:  Drama:  Performance and response

Students explore practically a whole performance text, and demonstrate their knowledge of how drama is developed, performed and responded to.  They also analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance.

There are two sections:

In Section A, students study one performance text from the following:

  • Blood Brothers - Willy Russell
  • Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller
  • Find Me - Olwen Wymark
  • Gizmo - Alan Aychbourn
  • Kindertransport - Diane Samuels
  • Missing Dan Nolan - Mark Wheeller
  • Misterman - Enda Walsh

In Section B, students analyse and evaluate the work of others through watching live drama and theatre.  Most recently, students have visited local theatres to watch performances of 'The Play that Goes Wrong', Oxford's New Theatre to watch 'Blood Brothers' and trips to the West End and Bristol Hippodrome.

St. Joseph's Drama department works to provide our students with the opportunity to showcase their work, which they achieve through hard work and dedication, to their peers, family and the public.  This is delivered through performances, festivals, competitions and productions.


Course Outlines

Year 7

Students are taught to respond to a variety of stimuli, working co-operatively or imaginatively to select and shape the material to gain maximum dramatic effect.

By the end of the year, students will be able to demonstrate the following skills:

  • An awareness of pace, pause and projection
  • The use of movement with appropriate control, sense of timing and awareness of space, the ability to sustain roles, and the use of dramatic tension.


Year 8

Drama lessons are structured as in Year 7.  By the end of the year, students will be able to demonstrate the following skills:

  • An awareness of non naturalistic techniques
  • Script writing skills
  • A willingness to use spontaneous improvisation

The students will also continue to develop their skills in:

  • Using movement with appropriate control
  • Sense of timing and awareness of space
  • Sustaining roles
  • The appropriate use of dramatic tension


Year 9

Drama lessons are structured as in Years 7 and 8.  By the end of the year, students will be able to demonstrate the following skills:

Devising from a Stimulus

Writing in Role

Using Techniques from recognised Practitioners


The students will also continue to develop their skills in:

Audience Awareness

Experimenting with characters and scripts

This is all in preparation for the GCSE course should students want to continue their Performing Arts journey.


Developing cross-curricular skills within Drama

Within Drama, all students will develop their enterprise skills.  When developing performance skills, students will also develop their group work skills through increased communication and co-operation.  When creating new scripts or devising plays, students will develop their time management skills.  When performing to an audience, students are encouraged to take risks regarding their own level of confidence.

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) are also very important in Drama.  In all practical activities all students are required to act as 'effective participators'.  When acting as an audience member, students are asked to evaluate their peers.  This requires them to be good 'self-managers'.  In order to make good progress in Drama, students must also be 'reflective learners'.  Lastly, drama students must also demonstrate an ability to be 'creative thinkers'.  Students need to be creative when considering how to devise new work, introduce new techniques (such as thought tracking), use of the ‘stage’ and effective use of sound and lighting.

Making effective use of literacy skills is vital to making good progress in Drama.  Speaking and listening skills form the basis of being an 'effective participator' in acting, particularly when performing to an audience.

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