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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Using puppetry in distance-learning

KS 2

Author: Kent Suss

This scheme of work introduces primary-age students to techniques of puppet-building and performance. Making puppets and using them in spontaneous or planned dramas is fun, and is invaluable for...

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Commedia dell’arte

KS 3 KS 4

Author: Jo Smith

This scheme of work has been written during lockdown, and has been taught as home learning lessons with students completing all tasks and activities remotely. The section on home learning encourages...

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Approaching live theatre reviews

KS 4 KS 5

Author: David Porter

Watching live theatre is one of the best ways of teaching students about performance, acting, design, directing, staging, lighting, special effects and the genres of theatre. While not every school...

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Developing devised work inspired by Paper Birds

KS 5

Author: Zeena Rasheed

This scheme dives into the work of Paper Birds Theatre, a contemporary, dynamic, distinctive company started in the 1990s by Kylie Perry and Jemma McDonnell. They call themselves story collectors,...

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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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Verbatim Theatre

KS 5

Author: Naomi Holcombe

By the end of this scheme of work, learners will have understood what Verbatim Theatre is, through a practical exploration of four texts (London Road; Deep Cut; The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later;...

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Site-specific performance

KS 5

Author: Gail Deal

Site-specific Performance is an optional unit worth ten credits to be delivered over 60 GLH. It can be delivered for the Extended Diploma in Performing Arts and for the dance and acting pathways. This...

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Qu’est-ce qu’il y a au zoo? What is at the zoo? Using dramatic techniques to teach primary languages

KS 2

Author: Joseph Mees

This scheme of work uses the Dramalang® SMILES approach to language learning, which consists of Song, Mime, Improvisation, Learning Games, Expression and Stagecraft. The learners will be introduced to...

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The power of words: Exploring writing through drama

KS 3

Author: Louise Tondeur

This scheme of work combines drama and creative writing activities, with the aim of creating stories, poems and performance pieces. Drama and creative writing work well together because you can use...

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Melodrama and commedia dell'arte

KS 3 KS 4

Author: Vickie Smith

The aim of this scheme of work is to allow the students to explore melodrama and commedia dell’arte; they can use a lot of what they learn in their work in a physical way in the future and it helps a...

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