Schemes of Work

Twice each term, Drama & Theatre publishes five online schemes of work written by experienced teachers and examiners, which are available exclusively to our Full Membership, Digital Membership and Schemes of Work subscribers. They cover Key Stages 2-5 across a variety of exam boards and specifications, providing indispensable content for your classroom teaching.

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Theseus and the Minotaur

KS 2

Author: Patrice Baldwin

This scheme of work is based on the Ancient Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. It uses drama strategies to help students engage with settings, characters, key moments and scenes, in ways that...

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Somebody at the Door

KS 3 KS 4

Author: David Porter

A knock or ring at the door, followed by someone opening it, may allow a range of joys, miseries, crimes, regrets, fears, happy memories or surrealism into an existing situation.

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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

KS 3

Author: Donna Steele

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a Gothic literature classic. It is a set text on the AQA GCSE English Literature syllabus, and giving students a practical introduction to the novella will...

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Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Twits, Fantastic Mr Fox and Revolting Rhymes

KS 3

Author: Alicia Pope

This scheme of work is based on Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and the play texts of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox and The Twits.

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The pitfalls to avoid in devising drama

KS 3 KS 4

Author: David Porter

As they progress through the Key Stages, students learn how to devise or improvise their stories and make up the characters to people the worlds they create.

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The Hobbit: Exploring Tolkien’s world through drama

KS 2

Author: Helen Day

The Hobbit has everything a book needs to captivate young minds: adventure, colourful, mystical characters, and a fantasy world brought masterfully to life by the author.

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Seen through the eyes of a horse: Exploring Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty through Drama

KS 2

Author: Helen Day

Black Beauty, first published in 1877, is as much a children’s classic today as it ever was. Loved by generation after generation, it is a brutally frank ‘autobiography’ of a horse, and explores the...

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Scripted work: The Railway Children by E. Nesbit, adapted for stage by Mike Kenny

KS 3

Author: Tania du Bois

This scheme of work uses the script of The Railway Children that was performed at Waterloo Station, and has been created to build on the script-based skills learnt either earlier in KS2 or in the...

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Developing character: Backstories and subplots

KS 3 KS 4

Author: David Porter

You may take the Stanislavski view that actors should live in the world of their characters to present realism on stage. Or the Brechtian approach that an actor demonstrates a character without...

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Immersive Theatre Needs a Lifejacket

KS 3 KS 4

Author: David Porter

Immersive theatre is all the rage nowadays. Exam students present their versions of set texts as ‘immersive’. Younger students are encouraged to draw the audience in, involving them more.

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