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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Exploring performance styles in Musical Theatre

BTEC KS 5

Author: Heidi McEntee

Exploring Performance Styles is one of the three units which sit within Module D: musical theatre Skills Development from the new BTEC Level 3 in Performing Arts Practice (musical theatre)...

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Cuckooing: Making a drug gang drama

KS 3 KS 4

Author: David Porter

To call someone ‘cuckoo’ or claim they’re in ‘cloud-cuckoo land’ is to say they’re dotty, obsessive, unrealistic or eccentrically mad, but it now has a new meaning. Popularised in the past decade, the...

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Looking at the theme of despair

KS 3

Author: Karen Hart

This scheme of work looks at feelings of despair using a variety of mediums: illustration, music, film and poetry. A loss of all hope is a prevalent theme in drama and literature, and the many ways it...

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Who is the rainforest for?

KS 2

Author: Paul Bateson

Who is the rainforest for? is a cross-curricular scheme of work, providing opportunities for exploring Drama, Geography, Science, Literacy and SMSC. It uses the dramatic technique ‘mantle of the...

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Danny the Champion of the World

KS 3

Author: Alicia Pope

This scheme of work is based on the play script of Danny the Champion of the World adapted by David Wood from Roald Dahl’s novel. The play is divided into nine mini-plays that can be stand-alone...

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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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