Mrs H Brogden - Head of Performing Arts: brogdenh@maghullhigh.com

Mrs L Middleman - Teacher of Drama: middlemanl@maghullhigh.com

Miss S Cassidy - Assistant Headteacher/Teacher of Drama: cassidys@maghullhigh.com

Mrs L Lindley - Assistant Headteacher/SENCO/Teacher of Dance & Drama: lindleyl@maghullhigh.com


The drama curriculum at Maghull has been designed to be practical, engaging and creative. It will provide opportunities to understand and create drama as a practical art form in which ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through informed artistic choices. The main purpose of our curriculum is to allow learners to study the subject in an academic setting, interrogating this art form and applying their knowledge and understanding to the process of creating and developing drama, and to their own performance work. It will prepare learners for the study of GCSE drama or performing arts courses, as well as developing those skills that are transferrable to other curriculum areas and to support the requirements of future employment. 

At the heart of drama is the development of these skills in all young people; engagement, communication and oracy, creative imagination, clarity of expression, autonomy, leadership confidence and cooperation. There is more to drama than being able to perform on stage. Opportunities are embedded for students to be able to hone and develop performance talent but equally important is the ability to understand the purpose of the theatre we create. Methodologies of theatrical practitioners are introduced throughout the key stages to enable students not only to ‘re-enact’ but to shape their own unique ideas with a greater understanding of the need for style, intention, theatrical form and to learn to celebrate individual and unique perspectives.

Our curriculum will help create independent learners, critical thinkers and effective decision makers – all personal attributes that can make them stand out as they progress through their education and into employment. Our schemes of learning provide a challenging curriculum to ignite and engage learners’ creativity, passion and interests. The non-written assessment allows learners to explore their own interests and develop their skills in performance and design. It also provides freedom for learners to experiment and take risks with their work while developing their own style. Our curriculum has been designed to ensure an inclusive approach, allowing all learners to achieve their potential. We have looked closely at creating assessments, including written outcomes, which stem from teaching and learning and the study of drama, ensuring that the focus is on what enables all learners to make the best possible progress in the subject.

What are the key concepts that have to be mastered for pupils to be successful in this subject?

 1. Exploring Play Texts

2. Developing Performance skills

3. Devising Theatre

4. Exploring Theatrical Design Elements

5. Exploring Live Theatre

Curriculum Overview of the Year

Key Stage 3

Scheme of Work Overview:

Year 7        Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

Year 8        Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

Year 9        Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

Key Stage 4

Scheme of Work Overview:

Year 10        Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

Year 11        Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

Cultural Capital

The curriculum is structured based on the expectations for A Level drama and theatre; key concepts and skills required by the end of year 13 are fed down into schemes of work from Year 7 upwards. This is designed to raise expectations and standards from the start of Key Stage 3 and ensure that drama knowledge is being understood both practically and theoretically. A linear curriculum is in place at Key Stage 3. Year 7, 8 and 9 will all study the work of a key theatre practitioner during Autumn term, explore a text through performance during Spring term and put their skills into practice in Summer term, through exploration of a social, historical and cultural topic. This linear structure allows students to return to key concepts throughout the key stage but build on them to advance their knowledge further as the years progress. 

Extra-curricular opportunities in drama are created to enable students to develop and build on expertise learnt in lessons. Clubs and activities are varied to allow all students to participate in an area of interest. Alongside weekly drama clubs provide opportunities for students to audition to be part of groups with more challenging expectations. The Spotlights Academy is for those students who present talent in drama and wish to develop ability across the performing arts, with an interest in learning about the professional industry. Students are also able to audition for the annual school production, where the expectation is that all cast members develop performance talent and professionalism. These clubs/events are not only to encourage enjoyment in the arts but also for students to learn about professional expectations and performance discipline. Students are also able to apply to become a drama ambassador, taking on a leadership role within the department and developing their own knowledge by planning and delivering drama club sessions.  

An Equitable Curriculum: Removing Barriers to Learning

All pupils have equality of access to the curriculum.  Staff consistently promote an ethos of high expectations for all pupils.   

The individualised teaching ensures differentiated responses for individual, and groups of, pupils.  Any individual support needed is identified and implemented.  Individual pupil’s progress is tracked and any barriers to further progress identified. For instance, staff carefully consider the suitability of texts.

The schemes of learning support teaching that ensures at least good progress for all pupils and groups.

For further information regarding the drama curriculum please contact Mrs H Brogden (Head of Performing Arts)    brogdenh@maghullhigh.com

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