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Drama is proud to be a thriving department within the school encouraging children to grow in independence and confidence so they can succeed within their chosen elements whatever they may be.

We are proud to be teaching pupils the key skills they need to survive and stand out beyond life at Banovallum.

Through our extensive programmes in Key Stage 3 and 4 and many successful extra-curricular activities we offer life enhancing education.

Key Stage 3 

In Year 7 and 8 Drama Lessons we liaise with the PSHE department to bring a broad curriculum of drama skills, as well as enhancing pupil’s personal, social, and health education and introducing them to the key concepts of Citizenship.

Pupils work practically during lessons in small groups often producing short performances each lesson to be analysed.

Assessment tasks place at the end of every half term when pupils perform a five minute piece of theatre on the half term’s topic. Rehearsal, Performance and Responding skills are tested as well as engagement with the content of PSHE/Citizenship Learning.

Skills Taught:

  • Team Work
  • Creativity
  • Imagination
  • Self Management
  • Independent Learning
  • Confidence
  • Vocal Articulation
  • Reflective Practitioners 

Topics Covered:

  • Drugs Education
  • Sex Education
  • Bullying
  • Global Citizenship
  • 9/11
  • European Union
  • UK Politics

Key Stage 4 

Year 9

In Year 9 Pupils take part in an introduction to BTEC where PSHE related topics are still explored.

Students look at two scripts – AC/DC By Claire Dowie and Hard To Swallow by Mark Wheeler. They have the opportunity to explore written work, live theatre and performance to a BTEC Standard.

Year 10/11


BTEC First Award in Performing Arts


The Aim of the course is to introduce you to the basics of theatre craft and performance. You will gain an understanding of what is dramatically effective and how to convey meaning on stage within a vocational setting.


If you are interested in drama and performance this is an option for you. From the start of the course you are challenged and pushed. You will be taken to see professional pieces of theatre which will help you produce better work yourself. It is a very exciting course full of opportunities to explore complex ideas and learn how to communicate through the medium of drama.


  • You will need to have focus and concentration
  • You will need to perform in front of audiences
  • You will need good speaking and listening skills
  • You will need to be Imaginative
  • You will need to be willing to take risks 

Course Content:

The course is split into three units as follows –

Unit 1 – Showcase – External Assessment

Consisting of a practical performance in the style of a real life audition and a formal letter of application to accompany the audition process.

Unit 2 –Preparation, Performance, Production

  • Take part in rehearsals for a play.
  • Take part in the performance of a play.
  • Keep a running logbook of progress.

Unit 3 – Acting - Take part in acting workshops

  • Take part in rehearsals for a play.
  • Take part in the performance of a play.
  • Keep a running logbook of progress.

What will you study and when?

The majority of Year 10 will be spent building up your core skill sets and taking part in various projects that could include the following – Monologues, Scripted Work, TIE, Devising etc. From the Summer of Year 10 the Acting Unit will then be completed.

During Year 11 Unit 2 will be completed between the September and Christmas terms and then the final months of Year 11 will be spent completing the Externally Assessed Unit 1 Showcase. 

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