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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Commedia dell’arte

KS 4

Author: Tania du Bois

In this scheme looking at the genre of Italian commedia dell’arte, KS4 students explore the physicality of the stock characters, understand lazzi, how commedia plays were structured and the six...

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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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After Juliet by Sharman Macdonald

KS 4

Author: Karen Hart

This scheme invludes a variety of techniques to help create a good understanding of the play and main characters. It will also be helpful for students in the creation of well-rounded characterisations...

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The Tempest

KS 4

Author: Alicia Pope

This scheme of work uses Shakespeare’s The Tempest as a springboard for KS4 devising work. It focuses on different areas of the text examining the characters and themes and suggesting ways in which...

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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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Bram Stoker’s Dracula, adapted for the stage by Liz Lochhead

KS 4

Author: Lucy Rix

Liz Lochhead’s adaptation of Dracula has recently appeared as the pre-release material for IGCSE Drama in summer exams 2023. It makes some changes from Stoker’s original novel in that Mina and Lucy...

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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 Crucible by Arthur Miller

KS 4

Author: Alicia Pope

Written in 1953, The Crucible is a dramatisation of the real events that took place during the Salem Witch Trials in the 1600s. The play tells the story of a small Puritan community fuelled by fear...

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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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