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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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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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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Theatre Through the Ages

KS 3

Author: Vickie Smith

This scheme of work is designed to explore a range of different theatre styles through the ages. It includes lessons on Greek Theatre, Morality plays, Commedia dell’arte, Naturalism and Theatre in...

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A Guided Tour of the Asylum

KS 3 KS 4

Author: David Porter

Theatre has always been the cradle of experiment, innovation and adaptation. This scheme is a way in to several kinds of student drama experiments, with alternatives for those who are not yet ready to...

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The Beauty Manifesto by Nell Leyshon: Reading and exploring a set text with Year 9

KS 3

Author: Jennifer Hulland

We introduced The Beauty Manifesto as our Year 9 scripted text last year because of the play’s timely focus on the pressure that society places on young people to conform to certain ideals of...

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Shakespeare character work

KS 3

Author: Alicia Pope

This scheme of work uses a range of Shakespeare’s characters as a basis for exploration and a springboard for devising.

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Ways into Creative Writing and Drama

KS 3 KS 4

Author: Louise Tondeur

This scheme of work, involving six 120-minute sessions, uses both Creative Writing and Drama.

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