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Year 9

Curriculum Map

Half term

Unit of work

Home Study

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Thematic Skills Workshops: Law and Order

Spring 1

Spring 2

Exploring the Performing Arts

  • Research different types of theatrical performance.
  • Focus on three contrasting theatre companies and research their performances on You Tube and dedicated websites.
  • Mindmap the key features of three theatre companies; the style and way they work.
  • Devise a short piece of theatre 5 mins showing the influences of one of the theatre companies you have researched.

Summer 1

Summer 2

Preparation, Performance and Production

Exploration and research of performance material.

Development and shaping of the material using research and explorative practical work.

Structured rehearsal and review.

Perform as a group demonstrating sustained and effective use of performance skills and techniques.


  • Research the playwright
  • Research past performances of the piece, including You Tube clips.
  • Research thematic links.
  • Complete your actors’ log after each lesson.
  • Watch Michael Caine’s “Acting Sessions” on You Tube.
  • Watch National Theatre workshops on You Tube
  • Independent rehearsal time.
  • Line learning





Btec Tech Award Level 1 / 2 in Performing Arts (Acting)

Btec Performing Arts (Acting) is a practical, engaging and stimulating course, which allows you to develop a range of skills and techniques in DRAMA and ACTING. This course will provide you with a multitude of opportunities to perform and learn in a practical environment.  

Drama is all about understanding what it is like to put yourself in somebody else’s shoes.  You will play many parts in different imaginary situations. You will have the opportunity to create your own work as well as look at plays written by other people.  You will develop your improvisation and acting skills to a higher level. You are expected to complete portfolio tasks which enable you to reflect on the work of yourself and others; and to track to the progression of your Drama skills.


Component 1 – Exploring the Performing Arts  30%

Aim: get a taste of what it’s like to be a professional actor.

Assessment: internally assessed assignments: practical and written portfolio

During Component 1, you will:

  • Explore performance styles, creative intentions and purpose

 • investigate how practitioners create and influence what’s performed

 • discover performance roles, skills, techniques and processes.

Component 2 – Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts  30%

Aim: to develop your skills and techniques as an actor

Assessment: internally assessed assignments: practical and written portfolio

During Component 2, you will:

• take part in workshops, classes and rehearsals

• gain physical, interpretative, vocal and rehearsal skills

• apply these skills in performance

• reflect on their progress, their performance and how they could improve.

Component 3 – Performing to a Brief  40%

Aim: consider how practitioners adapt their skills for different contexts, and put this into practice in a performance.

Assessment: externally assessed task, where you work in groups of between 3 and 7 members to create a performance based on a set brief.

To achieve this aim, you will:

 • use the brief and previous learnings to come up with ideas

• build on their skills in classes, workshops and rehearsals

• review the process using an ideas and skills log

• perform a piece to their chosen audience

• reflect on their performance in an evaluation report.