Head of Department: Mr Jennings

Drama is a very popular subject here at Abbeyfield School which gives students lots of opportunities to build self-confidence and develop co-operative skills. We support them in their development of creativity and provide the students with an understanding of the craft of drama.



We have created a well –structured programme to support students in developing their skills and self-confidence. Students can join us feeling apprehensive about drama and performing so the schemes tackle these concerns through lots of confidence building and team work. Students are taught how to improvise and develop ideas around a central theme; working towards a more formal presentation of a drama. They are introduced over the key stage to a variety of different performance styles and an increasing range of dramatic texts. Lots of opportunities are built into the schemes to give students support in interpreting material and developing their own explorations. Students receive regular written, verbal and leveled feedback to help them progress and they are assessed under the following criteria of: Creating, Performing, Evaluating

Year 7

  • Unit 1 – Introduction to Drama: Students will be introduced to the rules and routines of Drama, they will participate in simple drama exercises focusing on the following: Concentration, Cooperation, Communication, Tableaux, Levels, Status, Gestures, Body Language, Facial Expressions, Proxemics, Mime and Improvisation.
  • Unit 2 – The story of Crookham: Students will develop their skills learnt in Unit 1 by exploring the story of Crookham. This unit will encourage students to develop their characterisation skills and challenge them to relate to life in a different period. Other skills covered in this unit are Improvisation, Hot Seating, Still Image, Role-Play, and Multi-roling to name a few.

Year 8

  • Unit 1 – Comedy: Students have the opportunity to experiment with many different types of comedy in this unit such as Black Comedy, Slapstick Comedy and Stand-up Comedy. Students are also introduced to key features such as the rule of three, upping the stakes and timing which go across all comedy genres. They will also explore parody in more detail (a key feature of physical comedy) looking at buffoonery and clowning.
  • Unit 2 – What’s the Story?: This scheme is intended to allow students to explore and develop techniques in dramatisation. Each section of the scheme is based on different “texts” varying from scripts to props and images. When working with these texts students should “mine” them for information, transforming them from source stories to performance texts that communicate the story (including narrative/ character and themes as appropriate) to the audience.

Year 9

  • Unit 1 – Stolen Lives: In this unit students get the chance to explore many issues people face in the world today and are encouraged to make considered choices in a wide variety of situations. Topics covered could be hostage situations, crime and punishment, child soldiers, school shootings and the moral stand taken by Antigone. Students will work with Brecht’s and Boal’s techniques and experiment with Cross Cutting, Sense Memory, Soundscapes, Physical Theatre, Actioning Text, Coral Work and Hot Seating.
  • Unit 2 – Too Much Punch for Judy: This unit offers students the opportunity to work with a very popular play text. Too Much Punch for Judy explores the dangers of drink-driving and the impacts it can have on those affected. Students will use a variety of skills and techniques to interpret the text in different ways with a key focus being Physical Theatre.

Key Stage 4 – Performing Arts