KS3 Curriculum Intro:

Students are introduced to drama conventions these are used to create effective performances. They will work in groups using their creative talents to organize and develop a number of different performance pieces. They are given the opportunity to develop a number of social skills, these include, communication skills, negotiation skills, respect and self-confidence, as well as specific drama skills, for example improvisation, freeze frames and character work. Pupils work individually and as part of a group and begin to learn how to evaluate their own work and the work of others. Students are assessed every term.

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Y7

Introduction to drama

Name games, team/confidence building and a baseline assessment. Building learning Power strategies resilience. Managing distractions is a focus of this term.

Friends and friendship

Students will explore issues relating to friendship and to raise moral and social awareness of inter-personal relationships. Using drama strategies to explore and communicate issues relating to friendship. Building learning Power strategies of reflectiveness, resilience, working in groups and collaboration.

Bullying

Students explore the context of bullying and will look at possible solutions. Students will consider the concept of status and how to demonstrate this in performance. Students will develop an understanding of performance techniques and demonstrate these, including speaking clearly, facing an audience. Students will develop social skills and the Building learning Power strategies of resilience, working in groups and collaboration.

Frankenstein

An introduce to the drama conventions of still image/freeze frames, mime and thought tracking. Exploration of the story helps develop empathy and an understanding of disability. Building learning Power strategies of reflectiveness , resilience, working in groups and collaboration.

The Island of Manon

 

Students will develop characterisation skills. The students will also develop an empathy with people in war torn countries. Building learning Power strategies of reflectiveness, reciprocity, working in groups and collaboration.

 

Rama and Sita

Develop the skills of mime, still image, improvisation and storytelling.

Deepen understanding of how to develop characters.

Introduce an appreciation of the Hindu religion and a cultural awareness

Building learning Power strategies of reflectiveness, working in groups and collaboration.

Animal rights

Students are encouraged to question attitudes towards animals and the environment. They will be developing their skills of debate and discussion and working on presentation skills and vocal skills in a documentary style performance.

Building learning Power strategies of resourcefulness, reflectiveness , reciprocity, working in groups and collaboration.

Y8

Assessment

Students are observed over 3 lessons. Using a piece of text they explore themes and devise a piece of drama.

Building learning Power strategies of resourcefulness, reflectiveness , reciprocity, working in groups and collaboration. Managing distractions is a focus of this term

Musical theatre

Students will explore musical theatre and work with text to create a performance. Students work on developing group work stills, learning lines and using space. Students will focus on the Building learning Power strategy of reflectiveness.

Darkwood Manor

Students will develop an awareness of how to create atmosphere. Deepen understanding of how to develop characters and use spontaneous improvisation.

Building learning Power strategies of resourcefulness and reciprocity.

The factory

Students will learn how to develop characters. They will consider and understand the appropriate way behaviour in various formal situations. Students research and consider the future and their aspiration for a career. They have to prepare a presentation.

Students will focus on the Building learning Power strategy of reflectiveness and resurcefulnes.

Story telling and Greek theatre

Explore a text and students gain knowledge and understanding of what makes a good storyteller. Students will learn a story or a script for a performance. Put drama into an historical context. Introduce the drama conventions use in Greek theatre.

Eating disorders

This scheme issues around our relationship with food. It opens up a healthy debate about image and confidence. Building learning Power strategy of reflectiveness and resourcefulness. Focussing on empathy and listening.

Y9

Assessment

Expectations and rules are introduced. Students take part a variety of confidence building and team activities. Students will be observed over 3 lessons. Using a text they will devise a piece of drama. Building learning Power strategies of resourcefulness and reflectiveness. Managing distractions is a focus of this term

Missing

Students will learn to create and use contrast to create tension and have an emotional impact on the audience. Students will create characters and use timing in a way that creates tension and has an emotional impact on the audience. Building learning Power strategies of resourcefulness, reflectiveness ,and reciprocity. Students will use noticing skills and creative skills to explore this theme.

Shakespeare

Students will develop their skills in interpretation a script in preparation for GCSE. Students will be encouraged to use explorative strategies and appreciate the importance of the elements of drama and drama mediums to communicate meaning. Building learning Power reflectiveness.

Alcohol

Using a GCSE script

Students will create a performance based around a set or prop. They will design the lights and sound first and then fit the play to the set. Building learning Power strategies of working in groups and collaboration.

Melodrama

Place drama in an historical context.

Introduce the conventions of Melodrama. Building learning Power strategies of resourcefulness, working in groups and collaboration.

Soap Opera

Encourage questioning of people’s attitudes. Introduce the conventions of soap opera. Use the drama skills developed over the 3 years including, freeze frame, mime, improvisation and development of characterisation skills. Students use other Expressive arts areas within the final performance or video.

Building learning Power strategies of resourcefulness, reflectiveness , reciprocity, working in groups and collaboration.

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