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St Andrew's RC High School

Respect, Happiness,
Confidence and Ambition

S3-4 Drama

Ambition, Confidence, Happiness and Respect.


Pupils will learn to develop confidence communication, learning how to work in groups, problem solving. It is a great way to build team skills though cooperative learning activities. Classes will explore creative thoughts through the use of text, short plays and role play. 

Topics that pupils cover include:

Mime and movement- through a radio play.

Issue based drama.

Theme based drama

Drama skills


National 4 Drama  

Course comprises of 2 units – DRAMA SKILLS and PRODUCTION SKILLS + 1 added value unit of DRAMA PERFORMANCE 

  1. Drama Skills - Pupils must respond to stimulus, interpret role and character and develop an appreciation of structure, form, genre, style and give consideration to the social and cultural influences on drama. They must create and present as an actor and evaluate their own work and that of others.
  2. Theatre Production Skills - Pupils must develop and apply a range of theatre production skills, taking into account staging and performance styles and conventions and give consideration to the social and cultural influences on drama. They must then evaluate their own work and that of others.
  3. Added Value - Pupils must prepare for, participate and reflect on a small scale drama performance in a selected role. They must apply the skills and knowledge developed in the other 2 units and show an understanding of social and cultural influences on drama. Practical element - Performance must be “live” and carried out in front of an audience.

Evaluation - Must show ability to identify two strengths and two areas for improvement and can be presented in any combination of written/visual/oral/multimedia forms. 



  • practical skills in creating and presenting drama
  • drama production skills
  • creativity and the ability to express himself/herself in different ways
  • knowledge and understanding of social and cultural influences on drama
  • the ability to respond to stimuli when creating drama
  • knowledge and understanding of form, structure, genre, style
  • the ability to generate and communicate meaning, thoughts and ideas when creating drama
  • voice, movement and characterisation skills
  • the ability to work collaboratively, sharing and using drama ideas
  • problem-solving and reflection skills Learners will experience:
  • Active and independent learning through self and peer evaluations, reflecting on learning, making independent decisions, responding to feedback
  • A blend of classroom approaches including practical, exploratory and experiential learning; group work and peer learning; internet research; DVDs; visits and field trips
  • Collaborative learning: working in pairs, small groups or larger groups; partnerships with learners and staff in other curricular areas such as History, Media or Health and Wellbeing; partnerships with the wider community and professional practitioners eg theatre companies, community productions
  • Space for personalisation and choice: the course is flexible and adaptable, with opportunities for choosing different production roles, as well as selecting topics for the Added Value Unit (Performance)
  • Applying learning
  • Embedding literacy skills: communicating; reflecting; researching and presenting information; using media and digital technology