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KS3 Drama

The Curriculum Vision for Drama

In Drama, we aim to support students during their transition into confident, creative and independent young people, equipped with the key skills they need to support them throughout their lives.

Lessons are taught through a variety of mediums such as performance, movement, technology and writing. The lessons provide student with plenty of time to reflect on themselves, as individuals, and the work they produce. Drama is a fantastic medium for students to develop life skills such as personal presentation, public speaking, organisation, leadership skills and empathy.

As a curriculum subject, Drama aims to teach students about the way theatre is made, the historical evolution and how to evaluate work. Lessons are supplemented with a varied selection of extra-curricular activities such as the chance to be involved in the production of a school performance or to attend exciting trips or workshops. By the time students have completed their Drama curriculum, they will be well-rounded individuals who have a greater understanding of the world around them.

All schemes of work cover a term and are approximately 9-10 lessons of work.

Year 7 – Learn key techniques and theatre history

Fairy tales – In this topic, students develop key performance skills as well as develop their social skills through group work. Students will gain knowledge about topics such as areas of the stage, how to begin and end a scene/performance and playing a basic character.

Theatre History – The aim of this topic is to provide students with the knowledge of how theatre and Drama has progressed and evolved over time in Europe. Eras covered are Greeks, Morality Plays and Melodrama.

Shakespeare – This topic concludes students’ cultural tour of theatrical history by teaching students how to interpret Shakespeare’s works. Providing a practical insight into his work, so that students are enthused when presented with Shakespearian texts either in Drama or English. All schemes of work cover a term and are approximately 9-10 lessons of work.

Devising 1 – Students finish the year with a devising project, using all of the skills and knowledge that they have gained over the year.

Year 8 – Develop key techniques

Loop dialogues – Refresh the students’ use of key performance skills and develop the use of expression in the voice.

Harry Potter – Students will use the world of Harry Potter to experiment with ways to use abstract theatrical skills such as physical theatre and soundscape to create performances. Students will experiment with ways to build an atmosphere within a performance.

Homelessness – The exploration of this social issue develops students’ empathy and their understanding of the lives of others. Students will research the topic and create a docudrama around the issue of homelessness.

Commedia Dell’Arte – This form of theatre requires students to use all of the skills, knowledge of making and confidence they have acquired over the last 2 years. Commedia is relevant because it is a major influence on many different contemporary theatrical forms including pantomime.

Devising 2 – Students finish Year 8 by creating original performances that combine all of the skills and knowledge gained over the previous 2 years as a celebration of their hard work.