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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Have a nice day!

KS 2

Author: David Porter

Have a nice day' is a common American expression meaning bye, see you later, adios or ciao. It's generally used in a well-meaning way, but can also be sarcastic or a means of saying something less...

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Puppet Theatre

KS 3

Author: Naomi Holcombe

The COVID-19 lockdown has produced some serious challenges for drama teachers. We have had to re-think our teaching methods and schemes in light of online learning or socially distanced work settings,...

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Big changes, little changes

KS 4

Author: David Porter

One thing the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown taught us was that big changes lead to little changes; little changes can cause big upheavals and people don't always do change well. It's a rich theme for...

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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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