Drama

As well as being an enjoyable and active subject for students to study, drama helps to develop an appreciation of character, culture, confidence and creativity. Our curriculum plan is demanding and diverse, and the skills taught can be applied to other academic disciplines, particularly English, media, music, art and the humanities. 

We aim to make the course as engaging as possible. From studying physical theatre in Year 7 to looking at Dr Faustus and Shakespeare's performance conditions in sixth form, we are sure that all students will find drama at Burlington Danes a wholly enriching experience.  

KEY STAGE 3 - Drama taught on rotation 

YEAR 7 

  • Performance skills 
  • Physical theatre 
  • ‘The Tempest’ 
  • Dramatic devices taught through the exploration of historical events. 

YEAR 8 

  • How to approach a text 
  • Devising theatre 
  • Acting skills 
  • ‘DNA’ by Dennis Kelle 

YEAR 9 DRAMA 

  • ‘Let him have it’ creating drama using historical events 
  • ‘Hit and Run’ / ‘Homelessness’ creating drama using a newspaper stimulus 
  • ‘100’ exploring the GCSE set text practically and preparing exam answers 
  • Devising theatre using past exam board stimuli 
  • Portfolio work to evidence the devising process 
  • Acting skills – preparing text work for performance. 
KEY STAGE 4 

YEAR 10 

  • Half Term 1: Duologue performance. Devising skills and introduction to set practitioner. 
  • Half Term 2: How to appreciate live theatre and write a theatre review.  Devising piece based on stimulus set by the exam board. Acting skills. 
  • Half Term 3: Devising Portfolio, rehearse devised piece 
  • Half Term 4: Perform devised piece and submit portfolio. Live theatre review. 
  • Half Term 5: Devising evaluation, C1 Complete = 40% Introduction to set text, exam preparation 
  • Half Term 6: Acting skills and set text work 

YEAR 11 

  • Half Term 1: Set text and acting skills 
  • Half Term 2: Exam prep. Rehearsal for C2 (acting)  = 20% 
  • Half Term 3: C2 Complete = 20% 
  • Half Term 4: Exam prep, set text and live theatre review 
  • Half Term 5: C3 Complete = 40% 
  • Half Term 6:  
SIXTH FORM 

YEAR 12 

  • Half Term 1: Devising skills and introduction to set practitioner. 
  • Half Term 2: How to appreciate live theatre and write a theatre review.  Devising piece based on stimulus set by the exam board. Acting skills. 
  • Half Term 3: Devising Portfolio, rehearse devised piece 
  • Half Term 4: Perform devised piece and submit portfolio. Live theatre review. 
  • Half Term 5: Devising evaluation, C1 Complete = 40% Introduction to set text, exam preparation 
  • Half Term 6: Acting skills and set text work 

YEAR 13 

  • Half Term 1: Group performance piece and monologues. Introduction to Dr Faustus and set practitioner. 
  • Half Term 2: Exam prep. Rehearsal for C2 (acting)  = 20% 
  • Half Term 3: C2 Complete = 20% 
  • Half Term 4: Exam prep, set text and live theatre review 
  • Half Term 5: C3 Complete = 40% 
  • Half Term 6: