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Drama Intent Statement

The aim of the Drama Department at Abbey Park School is to enrich students through creative learning and open them up to the power of dramatic arts. We want students to understand the importance and place of Drama as an art form in their lives and the wider world, as well as Drama as a process towards performance.

Drama is a vehicle for development in a variety of areas. Whilst students are encouraged to develop an interest in, and skills directly related to Theatre, they also develop a host of soft-skills that can be transferred to later learning and future careers.

Abbey Park School has specialist Drama teachers who have industry experience as performers and Theatre practitioners who deliver a varied and impactful curriculum. Drama is introduced in year 7 and taught weekly until year 9. Drama can be taken as a GCSE subject in years 10 & 11.

Through teaching Drama at Abbey Park School, we aim to build confidence and trust. Develop self-awareness, giving students the tools to learn to cooperate and work with empathy and tolerance with their classmates. We aim to develop students who can explore and reflect on their own lives, (through a variety of wider world and moral issues). Students practice critical awareness, through evaluation and reflection. They are encouraged to be adaptable and creative in their approach to tasks.

The topics of study covered include a wide range of cultural and dramaturgical based subjects from Hillsborough in year 9 to Silent Movie in year 7. Play texts also provide stimuli for learning as does classic Theatrical eras such as Shakespeare’s Elizabethan period.

Pupils are guided through their topics via their PLCs (personalised learning checklist), which outline all the content covered in each topic. As each SOW is completed students perform their work to camera; the recording of the videoed performance is self-assessed and peer evaluated. This reflection is completed in written form in the students’ drama books where they complete a detailed assessment sheet. The use of WWW & HTI gives an opportunity for the students to identify what they have learned and action improvement. A mid-point homework is set in KS3 allowing the students to reflect on their learning as a half way checkpoint.

All students are expected to participate in the creative and performance process. We aim to create a safe and supportive learning environment which embraces the student’s creativity whilst adhering to the discipline of highly structured learning within APS drama department.


KS3 and KS4 Drama Curriculum Maps

Click below in 'Related Documents' to view curriculum maps.


APS Drama Curriculum Map KS3 & KS4 (197KB)

Curriculum Map which includes Unit of Work, Knowledge and Skills and Assessment broken down into Terms.

Covid-19 adaption to Curriculum

Within the academic year 2020-2021 and the re-opening of schools curriculum areas have made adaptions to their offer due to the different working and learning conditions.  Below are the curriculum plans in light of being Covid-19 safe and working within our C-19 safety requirements.




C-19 Drama Curriculum Planning - T5&6 2021 (136KB)

Curriculum plan for term 5 and 6 in response to C-19 and return to school

C-19 Drama Curriculum Planning - T3&4 2021 (163KB)

Curriculum plan for term 3 and 4 in response to C-19 and return to school

C-19 Drama Curriculum Planning - T1&2 2020 (117KB)

Curriculum plan for term 1 and 2 in response to C-19 and return to school