English & Literacy

Year 7

In Drama, Year 7 students are introduced to Drama Conventions which they then apply to a number of genres and scripts. They focus on developing confidence in creating work, performing and evaluating their work and the work of others.

Topics Covered

Introduction to   Drama

  •   Tableaux.
  •   Mime. Pantomime
  • Stereotypes
  • Physical/vocal        exaggeration
  • Staging/Audience        awareness
  • Script work – performing using a script.
Silent Movies  
  • Development of mime.
  • Characterisation; placards; music.
  • Story-telling techniques: looking at Charlie Chaplin and Mr Bean.
  • Filmed performance & peer/self assessment.
Darkwood Manor  
  • Tension/suspense
  • mood/atmosphere
  • Narration
  • Soundscape
  • Hot seating
  • Body as props/objects



Year 8

In Year 8, Drama students continue to develop their understanding of various Drama Conventions through improvisations, devising their own work and script work. They will focus on improving their creating, performing and evaluating as they begin to negotiate more complex elements of Drama.

Topics Covered

  •   Teacher in role
  •   Statues/sculpting
  •   Tableaux
  •   Physical and vocal characterisation
  •   Story telling

Adverts: create   an advert for a new product:

  • Improvisation skills
  • Role play
  • Story boarding
  • Writing a script
  • Filmed assessments
Script/themes:   Macbeth  
  • Explore the story of Macbeth through dramatic techniques.
  • Investigate the main themes of the play: putting them into a contemporary context.
  • Strategies of Drama: Using a script




Year 9

In Drama, year 9 students explore and perform a range of Drama Conventions through the study of a variety of plays and texts. They also focus on both realising a performance from a script, and devising their own unique performance from a range of stimuli.

Topics Covered

Script work:

  •   DNA & The Stones.
  •   Character development.
  •   Sub text.
  •   Intention of playwright and expectation of   audience.
  •   Unit and objectives.

Boy – A case of   murder:

  • Hot seating.
  • Improvisation.
  • Issue based Drama.
  • Character analysis.
  • Script development.
  • Exploring the themes in Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
  • Monologues and        soliloquies.
  • Stage fighting.
  • Comedy vs Tragedy.
  • Performing        Shakespeare.

Topics Taught in Year 7

Novel Study including Private Peaceful and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas


Grammar for Writing

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Topics Taught in Year 8

Novel Study - Gothic Fiction

Writing to Argue

Non Fiction



Topics Taught in Year 9

Novel Study including Face / Of Mice and Men

Persuasive/Informative writing





Topics Taught in Years 10 and 11

Of Mice and Men

Persuasive Writing Coursework

Descriptive Writing Coursework

Reading Response Coursework

Language Exam Skills

An Inspector Calls.


Topics Taught in Year 12 – English language

Creating Texts Coursework

An Introduction to Language Study

Categorising Texts

Language and Power

Language and Gender


Topics Taught in Year 12 – English Literature

The Kite Runner

The Poetry of WH Auden

The Poetry of Robert Browning

The Great Gatsby

The Taming of the Shrew

The Importance of Being Earnest


Topics Taught in Year 13 – English Literature



Wuthering Heights

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Comparison of Own Chosen Texts


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