Schemes of Work

Twice each term, Drama & Theatre publishes six 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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Cuckooing: Making a drug gang drama

KS 3 KS 4

Author: David Porter

To call someone ‘cuckoo’ or claim they’re in ‘cloud-cuckoo land’ is to say they’re dotty, obsessive, unrealistic or eccentrically mad, but it now has a new meaning. Popularised in the past decade, the...

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Looking at the theme of despair

KS 3

Author: Karen Hart

This scheme of work looks at feelings of despair using a variety of mediums: illustration, music, film and poetry. A loss of all hope is a prevalent theme in drama and literature, and the many ways it...

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Danny the Champion of the World

KS 3

Author: Alicia Pope

This scheme of work is based on the play script of Danny the Champion of the World adapted by David Wood from Roald Dahl’s novel. The play is divided into nine mini-plays that can be stand-alone...

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Characters as seen by others

KS 3 KS 4

Author: David Porter

In general, people struggle to see both themselves and others accurately. In drama, this can be a gift and this scheme of work explores how characters see others, which helps develop the depth of...

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Artificial Intelligence

KS 3 KS 4

Author: Karen Hart

What does it mean to be alive? This scheme of work looks at different types of artificial intelligence, from the robots of old sci-fi comics and films, to the convincing humanoids being developed...

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Small-space drama

KS 3

Author: David Porter

Many drama teachers are familiar with taking lessons in dining halls, gyms, cramped classrooms, corridors, playgrounds or other unsuitable spaces. The secret is to make the most of the challenges of...

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The Night Bus by Anthony Horowitz

KS 3

Author: Karen Hart

Introduction This scheme of work looks at the themes of being lost, being missing, of feelings of concern and worry, and builds these themes into a performance of the short story The Night Bus by...

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Exploring Shakespeare's plays and language using three of his major tragedies

KS 3

Author: Rhianna Elsden

This scheme offers a wide range of activities to enable teachers to explore Shakespeare’s plays and his language with KS3 students. It offers ideas on how to work with three texts (Romeo and Juliet;...

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Year 9 Drama: The biggest challenge of all

KS 3

Author: David Porter

Year 9 isn’t simply a phase, it’s a vital stage on students’ life journeys. Drama can positively contribute to it. Year 9 drama is often seen as a huge challenge, bringing KS3 to a close with...

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Horrible Histories

KS 3

Author: Alicia Pope

Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories markets itself as ‘history with the gory bits left in’ and it doesn’t disappoint. The irreverent collection of books and the TV series, along with various stage shows...

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