What will you learn?
At Key Stage Three, students develop Drama skills to create performances through both scripted and devised work.
Key Stage Three lessons are designed to be highly engaging and 100% practical with no requirement for exercise books for written tasks. In Year 7 and 8 students have one 60 minute Drama lesson per week and in Year 9 students have one 60 minute Drama lesson for two terms rotating with Music and Art. On rotation we work with them for 2 terms at a time, essentially meaning that they only have 4 half terms to complete. T band students in Year 9 will benefit from having one 60 minute Drama lesson for the full year. Throughout Key Stage Three students are taught a solid foundation of Drama knowledge, skills and techniques which are sequenced for progression with increasing depth, complexity and levels of independence. The knowledge and skills developed throughout Key Stage Three also allow students to access the requirements of the BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts in KS4.
Year 7 Topics
- HT1: Introduction to Drama: Core Concepts and Skills Explore core drama concepts and skills and be able to apply them to the creation of a piece of performance.
- HT2: Working with a Script: ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Neil Duffield Explore and perform extracts from this vibrant stage adaptation of Dicken’s classic novel.
- HT3: Devising Skills: ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’
- Introduction to creating devised work from a range of given stimulus from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
- HT4: The Devising Process: Working with a stimulus Explore the processes and techniques required to develop a devised performance from a range of different stimuli.
- HT5: Introduction to Theatre Practitioners: Stanislavski
- Explore the naturalistic performance style and rehearsal techniques of theatre practitioner Stanislavski.
- HT6: Genre and Performance Style: Children’s Theatre
- Explore the features of Children’s Theatre through rehearsal and performances of ‘The Gruffalo’.
Year 8 Topics
- HT1: Performance Style: Physical Theatre Explore the style of Physical Theatre using the work of professional practitioners.
- HT2: Working with Theatre Practitioners: John Godber
- Explore the performance style and techniques of writer and director John Godber through a workshop based approach to his play ‘Bouncers’.
- HT3: Working with a Script: ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell Explore the genre, plot, themes, characters and performance style of ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell.
- HT4: Working with a Script: ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell Apply practical understanding of the genre, plot, characters, themes and performance style of ‘Blood Brothers’ in performance.
- HT5: Working with Theatre Practitioners: Antonin Artaud.
- Explore the performance style and techniques of theatre practitioner Antonin Artaud.
- HT6: Working with Theatre Practitioners: Bertolt Brecht
- Explore the style and techniques of theatre practitioner Bertolt Brecht.
Year 9 Topics
Half-Term 1: Prejudice and Discrimination
Explore case studies associated with racism, homophobia, sexism etc. and explore the impact that these have on people and our society. Pupils develop their emotional literacy, empathy and performance skills through exploration of practical work focused on these issues.
Half-Term 2: Elements of Theatre
Explore technical elements of theatre including staging, lighting, sound and props management.
Pupils will develop their creative design skills with their use of the elements of theatre for a variety of performances.
Half-Terms 3 & 4: Frankenstein
Explore the plot, character and themes of The National Theatre’s “Frankenstein” production.
Pupils will then develop their performance skills through exploration of scripted extracts from the production.