​Drama is part of the Arts Curriculum area which comprises of Art, Music and drama. All Arts subjects are offered to all students at key stage 3 and at key stage  4 at Eastlea Community School. Through these creative subject students are able to unlock their imagination, intellect, empathy and confidence. Students ideas, responses and feelings are expressed, communicated and valued providing them with the skills to question and challenge. The curriculum across the Arts is rich, exciting, varied and fully inclusive. We aim to develop a wide range of skills to help support students to be successful across the Arts curriculum and in their lives as a whole.


Drama is an exciting part of the Arts curriculum that provides opportunity for students to be creative, articulate, confident and expressive. Drama is an effective means of developing students’ social and communication skills. In lessons students have a voice and are encouraged to reflect upon personal and wider issues that affect and shape their lives.  

The content of the drama curriculum is;

  • text-based - exploring Alice in Wonderland and Ernie’s incredible illucinations and other plays practically whilst also developing literacy skills

  • issue-based - for example, peer pressure and bullying, helping students to develop their empathy skills.

  • skills-based - for example, learning practical techniques in masked drama, physical theatre and voice work.

Students are assessed through the use of key objectives and the DPR. Assessment focuses on three main areas of Drama learning :

Creating - This area of Drama helps students to develop their creative and collaborative skills through the use of group work. Students are given the chance to lead and motivate one another, to plan and prioritise, to support and help one another. Drama aims to build our students confidence through working collaboratively with their peers where they develop strong working relationships and feel safe to take risks. 

Performing - This area of Drama helps students to develop presentation and communication skills which will assist them in a range of situations from job and university interviews, to speaking at meetings, delivering speeches, and having confidence when meeting new people.

Responding - This area of Drama develops students speaking and listening skills. A large part of Drama learning takes place through discussion of key concepts and evaluation of drama work, through which students are able to develop verbal reasoning skills and the art of constructive criticism.

Year 7 and 8

Students take part in one 50 minute lesson each week. Homework is set once every two weeks using the DPR. The curriculum focuses on key communication skills, including clear speech and vocal projection, as well as developing skills in physical storytelling and non-verbal communication.


Schemes of work for  year 7 include:

  • Autumn term - Greek theatre

  • Spring term - Silent movies and mime

  • Spring term - Commedia del Arte

  • Summer term - Alice in Wonderland


Schemes of work for year 8 include:

  • Autumn term - Ernie’s incredible illucinations

  • Spring term - Improvisation

  • Spring term - Creating your own monologue

  • Summer term - Character studies

  • Summer term - Blood brother


Students at Eastlea Community School select their GCSE options to commence in year 9. From year 9 Drama prepares students for the exam content from the AQA specification. This comprises of;

Component 1 - understanding drama

Students knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre are assessed. They will study one set play from a choice of six as well as analyse and evaluate the work of live theatre makers. In year 11 this is a written exam and is worth 40% of the overall GCSE grade.


Component 2 - devising drama (Practical)

Students process of creating devised drama will be assessed here. They will create and perform a piece of  drama which they will analyse and evaluate. The devising log is worth 60 marks and the performance is 20 marks. Overall this is 40% of the overall GCSE grade.


Component 3 - texts in practice (practical)

Students are assessed through the performance of two extracts from one play. Students have free choice of the play and will work with their teacher in selection of this. This section is worth 20% of the overall mark.


Students take part in 3 lessons per week. Homework is set once a week using the DPR. The curriculum focuses on key communication skills, including clear speech and vocal projection, as well as developing skills in physical storytelling and non-verbal communication. 

Schemes of work for year 9 include:

  • Autumn term - improvisation

  • Spring term - script analysis

  • Summer term  - practitioners (Berkoff, Stanislavski and Brecht) 


Schemes of work for year 10 include:

  • Autumn term - improvisation

  • Autumn term - devising drama

  • Spring term - devising drama

  • Spring term - devising drama

  • Summer term - Live theatre analysis, this includes and theatre visit.

  • Summer term - devising Drama performance.


Schemes of work for year 11 include:

  • Autumn term - devising drama and texts in practice 

  • Autumn term - texts in practice - Blood Brothers

  • Spring term - Acting performance

  • Spring term - understanding drama

  • Summer term - understanding drama and revision 


Interventions takes the form of weekly exam skills sessions during lunch times and after school, specific and targeted feedback during lessons, as well as continuous assessment of work produced through practical performances and set homework tasks.

Students are also encourage to visit Theatres, take part in Educational visits to the theatre, as well as join the Eastlea Theatre Company, to gain more  live performance skills ​


We offer an exciting range of enrichment activities in the Arts Curriculum, these include: 

  • Key Stage 3 Art club where this term they have been doing glass painting.

  • Choir - this is run weekly in the music department by and external vocal coach. All years are welcome

  • Steel Pans -  this is run weekly by an external musician. All year a welcome.

  • Textile club - run weekly across Technology and Art.

  • School band club run twice a week. All year welcome.

  • Street dance run weekly in the dance studio, all years welcome. 

  • Ballet classes run weekly in the dance studio, KS3 only. 

We run regular intervention and homework catch up sessions to support students where needed. 


We have links with the English National Ballet where students have visited Sadlers Wells and they have carried out workshops within the school.  We also have links with Secret Cinema where students visit the sets and take part in workshops. Students make regular visits to a variety of theatre productions.


Please click on the links below: ​


Nicola Teale - Curriculum Team Leader of Arts 

Mary Greanery - Subject Coordinator of Arts 

If you wish to make contact please mark FAO at: 


Please keep an eye out for the latest news on Art interventions, educational visits, events, artist workshops and wonderful examples of our students' artwork! 

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