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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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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Our Day Out by Willy Russell

KS 4

Author: Karen Hart

Our Day Out, Willy Russell’s much-loved play about poor children from Liverpool, proved so popular after being shown on TV in 1977 that it was converted into a full-length stage musical. Its themes of...

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Practically exploring play texts: Equus – key scenes from Act 1

KS 5

Author: Rhianna Elsden

This scheme of work explores key scenes in Act 1 of the play text Equus, offering ideas on how to work with play scripts practically, with both on- and off-text ideas and activities. The activities...

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Developing strategies to deal with the demands of AQA Section B

KS 5

Author: Mat Walters

Section B of the AQA written exam can present a real challenge for students and they must be well prepared for lighting, sound, costume and set design questions. This scheme of work focuses on knowing...

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The Vikings are coming!: Using Julia Jarman's The Time-Travelling Cat and the Viking Terror to explore the past imaginatively

KS 2

Author: Helen Day

Julia Jarman’s Time-Travelling Cat books offer a unique way for young people to access history, as they follow heroes Topher and Ka both in modern times and as they travel to other eras. The...

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Woyzeck by Georg Büchner

KS 5

Author: Alicia Pope

Woyzeck by Georg Büchner is one of the nine set texts for Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice in the Pearson A level syllabus. These set texts form the basis of Section C: Interpreting a...

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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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A guide to creating the working notebook for AQA A level Drama and Theatre

KS 5

Author: Mat Walters

The working notebook is the written section of the devising unit for AQA A level Drama and Theatre, Component 2: Creating Original Drama. It is marked by teachers and then moderated by the exam board....

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Exploring the Performing Arts – Berkoff

KS 4 BTEC

Author: Jo Smith

This scheme is designed to be used as part of the delivery of the BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Performing Arts (Acting) qualification. Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts requires students to...

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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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