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Curriculum Mission Statement

At Sandhill View Academy we believe that studying an arts subject is perfect for pupils who are happy to explore ideas in a creative way. Pupils learn how to work with others in a team as well as figure out problems independently. In the arts there is never a ‘right or wrong’ answer. Students are awarded for their development process throughout the course. This approach allows students to develop skills such as, resilience and patience whilst they learn how to develop their skills in acting, physical theatre, developing characters and studying various practitioners. We believe that students need to visit the theatre to see various different styles of plays and musicals.

Remember all the world is a stage

Progression | Further/Higher Education and Careers

Are you wondering how you can express your creativity and love of Drama into a professional career? While pursuing a Drama career typically requires formal education, hard work, dedication and talent, there are many different types of professional opportunities in this field. When you take the time to consider the wide variety of Drama careers that exist, there’s a good chance that you’ll find a few options that just might suit you perfectly.

A GCSE in Drama can lead onto a whole host of further education courses such as: Theatre studies, Theatre Technicalities, acting and performing. These courses and many more are available to study in the north-east at A Level, diploma and degree level.

Curriculum/Course Overview

Performing Arts            
KS3 & 4 Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3  Half Term 4 Half Term 5  Half Term 6
Year 7

Stanislavski and spies

Script work and the BFG

Shakespeare’s Globe theatre


The Tempest

 Musical theatre

Year 8 Script work – The pressure cooker (3D project) Dance Creating your own play – Researching and devising   Shakespeare – A midsummer Night’s Dream Musical theatre
Year 9

Bertolt Brecht – Epic theatre

The Three little

Brecht style

Physical theatre

Frantic Assembly

The curious incident of a dog in the night-time

Devising skills – Devising using stimulus.

Script work – Teachers/Bouncers

Year 10

Blood Brothers- Willy Russell


Devising using stimulus Developing and evaluating Drama Text in practise – Script work  
 Year 11 Unit 2 – Devising skills


  Text in practise Blood Brothers – revisited    

How the subject supports pupils in making progress

At Key stage 3 students are taught skills which enable them to be prepared for further study at Key stage 4. Pupils explore creating and developing a 3 dimensional character, extended scenes and transitions to create longer plays. Year Eight students explore scripts, remembering lines and developing characters to assist them at key stage 4.

In ‘AQA Drama GCSE’ Year Nine will tackle Various devising practitioners and styles. Year Tens develop the devising, analysing and evaluating sections of the drama course. Finally in Year Eleven texts in practise is studied further with mock exam projects linked the ‘Blood Brothers’ script.

KS3 and KS4 follow an assessment structure which encourages experimentation of ideas and pupils will receive a mix of self, peer and teacher feedback in each lesson to make progress.

Assessment & Feedback

Students are assessed using 4 assessment objectives at KS4.

40% is coursework (10% performance and 30% written response, development and evaluation)

20% is externally examined practical performance

40% – Written exam – Understanding Drama in practise.


Mrs. C. Ord – Subject Leader of Performing Arts

Mrs. D. McKenzie  – Teacher of Music (Trust)

Useful Links

• http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zbckjxs