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Curriculum at KS3

Drama is studied in Years 7-9 for one hour a week.

Year 7

Year 7 introduces basic performance skills such as narrative, characterisation and structure. Students learn techniques such as physical theatre and mime. They study drama from different periods in history and different cultures for example ancient Greek theatre and Commedia Dell Arte. Students are introduced to script and some basic rehearsal techniques.

Year 8

Year 8 builds on the work explored in year 7. Students explore issues through the medium of drama and are introduced to a range of new explorative strategies and study movement, masks and melodrama. Students are introduced to Elizabethan theatre and Shakespeare through the play Romeo and Juliet. They also study and dramatise the poem Beowulf.

Year 9

Students look at a range of contemporary plays such as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time and Our Day Out. They begin to study a wide range of theatrical styles and mediums such as Theatre of the Absurd, Realism and Epic theatre. They study a range of practitioners from different cultures and periods in history such as Harold Pinter, Samuel Beckett, Constantin Stanislavski and Bertolt Brecht.

Drama at KS4

BTEC Tech Level 2 Award

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts

During Component 1, you will:

  • explore performance styles, creative intentions and purpose
  • investigate how practitioners create and influence what’s performed
  • discover performance roles, skills, techniques and processes.

Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts

During Component 2, you will:

  • take part in drama workshops, classes and rehearsals
  • gain physical, interpretative, vocal and rehearsal skills
  • apply these skills in performance
  • reflect on your progress, performance and how your skills could improve

Component 3: Performing to a Brief

To achieve this aim, you will:

  • use the brief and previous learnings to come up with ideas for a performance
  • build on drama skills in classes, workshops and rehearsals
  • review the rehearsal process using an ideas and skills log
  • perform a piece to their chosen audience
  • reflect on their performance in an evaluation report

You will be assessed for each unit and can gain a Pass, Merit or Distinction

You can progress to A Levels or a level 3 Performing Arts Course at college