A script will be used for this topic. Students will focus on exploring how to develop characters from the play and illustrate the relationships between them using ‘page to stage’ techniques.


By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to: identify the status of the characters throughout the play; state the key events of the ‘play within a play’; use diary extracts as a stimulus for creating a scene; rehearse and perform an original fairy tale in the style of Sparkleshark.

Most students will be able to: use elements of drama to show status in a scene; read parts of the play using voice to create character; use responses given during hotseating to develop their understanding of the characters; apply their knowledge of the ‘play within a play’ to create an original performance.

Some learners will have progressed further and will be able to: use role on the wall to gather information about the key characters; evaluate how other pupils have used elements of drama to portray status; use voice, language, gesture, movement and body language to create well rounded characters.

Key Assessments

Students will consider the assessment objectives for the end of topic assessed performance. Peer assessment will be used to evaluate performances and targets will be discussed as a class.

How to help your child

During the opening 4 lessons students will be reading and performing a different section of the play. Parents could support their child by discussing with them what new information they have discovered about the events of the play and the characters.