Drama at KS3

Faculty
Expressive Arts
Department
Drama
Level
Key Stage 3
Head of Faculty
K. Eustace

Students receive one hour of Drama per week in which they explore a different and varied scheme of learning each half term.

Designed to engage the students through subject matter, as well as introducing Drama skills and techniques, while simultaneously developing communication and collaborative skills. Schemes of learning have been developed in order to build on learning in previous years; with an increase in level of challenge ultimately leading to accumulating sufficient knowledge and experience. A high proportion of lessons are practical, with verbal feedback regularly received from teachers and peers.

Curriculum Termly Breakdown by Year

Year 7

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 Darkwood Manor – introductory scheme of work, based around staying in a haunted house. End of unit assessment – Collaboration
Autumn 2 Skills Workshops – exploration of key Drama skills techniques. End of unit assessment – Performance.
Spring 1 Speak Out – vocal techniques, and their practical application. End of unit assessment – Performance.
Spring 2 The Island – students are stranded on a desert island and must work together to survive. End of unit assessment – Collaboration.
Summer 1 The Tempest – exploration of William Shakespeare’s play. End of unit assessment – Evaluation.
Summer 2 Murder Mystery – students create their own murder-mystery plays. End of unit assessment – Performance.

 

Year 8

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 Creating a Role: how to create and develop a character for performance. End of unit assessment – Performance.
Autumn 2 Melodrama & Pantomime: students create their own original pantomime. End of unit assessment – Collaboration.
Spring 1 Physical Theatre: practical exploration of physical theatre techniques. End of unit assessment – Collaboration.
Spring 2 Millions: exploring the issues within Frank Cottrell-Boyce’s play about a boy who finds a large sum of money. End of unit assessment – Evaluation.
Summer 1 Comedy: exploring comedy techniques, scripts, and improvisations. End of unit assessment – Performance.
Summer 2 My Name is…: looking at issues of bullying at various stages of childhood. End of unit assessment – Performance.

 

Year 9

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 Stabbing @ the Disco: exploring issues of peer pressure and knife crime. End of unit assessment – Performance.
Autumn 2 Physical Theatre: practical application of Frantic Assembly’s techniques. End of unit assessment – Collaboration.
Spring 1 DNA: exploration of Dennis Kelly’s play about a gang and the nature of friendship. End of unit assessment – Collaboration.
Spring 2 Music with Meaning: creating original drama, using music as a stimulus. End of unit assessment – Performance.
Summer 1 Duologues: working in pairs on scripts for performance. End of unit assessment – Performance.
Summer 2 Soap Opera: students create and record an original soap opera. End of unit assessment – Collaboration.

 

Extended Learning

Year 7

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
nationaltheatre.org.uk/learning/schools/secondary-and-fe/resources The Tempest (William Shakespeare) Visit the theatre and watch plays! Join Year 7 Drama Club or a Drama group outside of school.

 

Year 8

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
nationaltheatre.org.uk/learning/schools/secondary-and-fe/resources Millions
(Frank Cottrell-
Boyce)
Visit the theatre and watch plays! Join Year 8 Drama Club or a Drama group outside of school.

 

Year 9

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
nationaltheatre.org.uk/learning/schools/
secondary-and-fe/resources
Millions
(Frank Cottrell-Boyce)
Visit the theatre and watch plays! Join Year 9 Drama Club
or a Drama group outside of school.

 

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