Key Stage 3
Drama in Key Stage 3 is taught on a fortnightly basis. In year 7 emphasis is put on developing a ‘kit bag’ of skills that can be used across the curriculum. These include; developing self-confidence, improving listening and speaking skills and exercising team skills. The main objective in year 7 is to be able to stand in front of a group of people and communicate effectively without worry and nervousness.
In year 8 the emphasis moves up in to developing specific drama skills, still building on knowledge from year 7, students are introduced to drama techniques and conventions to help create more sophisticated performances.
In year 9 prominence is put on developing skills to support a transition in to GCSE. This includes; memorising scripts, developing knowledge of abstract drama concepts and exploring character motivation.
What will you do?
This course is mostly practical, focusing on Improvisation and Script acting, but includes keeping notes in preparation for the written exam. The emphasis of the course is on devising, performing and evaluating.
The projects we usually follow are:
Acting – this option involves exploring, learning, rehearsing and performing a published script, in groups of 2- 7.
Improvisation – this option involves research, devising, rehearsal and performance of an original piece of theatre focusing on the Comedy genre.
Physical theatre – this option involves researching, devising, choreographing and performing an original piece of drama based on movement.
Theatre in Education – this option involves working with the local infant or junior schools to provide them with educational plays and workshops. In the past some of the plays have been about road safety, healthy eating, anti-bullying and drugs awareness.
How will it be assessed?
Practical coursework 60% – controlled practical assessment (15% rehearsal and 45% performance)
Written examination 40% – one paper of 90 minutes in length