KS3 Curriculum Overview: Drama


Year 7

Autumn Term 1

Introduction to Drama/Melodrama

Ethos links/learning habits

STEM – Creativity, innovation, communications skills.
Character – Students will learn communication skills, teamwork, respect and understanding of different characters linking to individuals within society.
Learning Habit – Social – listening, communicating, planning & organising.

Knowledge & Skills
  • To develop student communication and teamwork skills to create performance.
  • To understand what characterisation is and how stereotypes are formed.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of Melodrama/characterisation in a devised performance.
Assessment

A01, A02, A03, A04
Formative Assessment: Practical & Written

  • Practical performance using a stimulus.
  • Written evaluation focusing on the effectiveness of Drama skills/technique.

Autumn Term 2

Voice & Masks

Ethos links/learning habits

STEM – Short and Long-Term memory skills, creativity, innovation, communication skills.
Character – Students will develop communication skills, teamwork, appreciation for Drama, listening, evaluation and peer assessment skills.
Learning Habit – Social, Cognitive – creating, imagining, innovating, making links and applying knowledge, analysis and evaluation.

Knowledge & Skills
  • To understand key vocal skills and techniques and how this may affect characterisation.
  • To develop body, stage, and audience awareness using non-verbal communication.
  • To understand the rules of mask work and use a mask as a stimulus for a performance.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of voice and mask through the creation of devised performances.
Assessment

A01, A04
Formative Assessment: Practical

  • Practical performance using a stimulus inspired by vocal techniques and masking.

Spring Term

Greek Theatre

Ethos links/learning habits

STEM – Analysis of a piece of drama, evaluation of a scene and its effectiveness using key words.
Character – Students will develop their understanding of Drama forms, historical context and specific techniques that have derived from Greek Theatre and apply them to practical performances. Students will develop their understanding of evaluation and analysis in a performance-based subject.
Learning Habit – Social, Cognitive, Reflective – learning from mistakes, self-regulation.

Knowledge & Skills
  • To understand Greek theatrical techniques and apply then to a devised/scripted performance.
  • To understand the themes that arise in Greek plays.
  • To develop understanding of a different staging types used in the theatre.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of Greek Theatre through the creation of scripted and devised performance.
Assessment

A02, A03
Formative Assessment: Practical

  • Written evaluation focusing on the effectiveness of Drama skills/techniques.

A02, A03
Summative Assessment: Written

  • Practical performance focused on the use Greek theatrical techniques.

Summer Term 1

WW1/War Horse

Ethos links/learning habits

STEM – Analysis of a piece of drama, evaluation of a scene and its effectiveness using key words.
Character – Students will learn to respect for Writer’s craft and responsibility of working in groups to create pieces of drama to reflect the writing in the script.
Learning Habit – Social, Cognitive, Emotional – thinking, concentrating, questioning.

Knowledge & Skills
  • To understand the historical context of the play and how this may affect the characterisation.
  • To understand how the use of Drama techniques can effectively show contrast within a performance.
  • To be able to demonstrate understanding of Drama skills/techniques through a scripted performance.
Assessment

A02, A04
Formative Assessment: Practical

  • Scripted Practical performance applying a variety of Drama techniques.

Summer Term 2

Physical Theatre – Darkwood Manor

Ethos links/learning habits

STEM – Analysis of a piece of drama, evaluation of a scene and its effectiveness using key words. Creativity and innovation.
Character – Students will learn about specific Drama forms (Physical Theatre), and specific techniques to reflect an understanding of performance using non-verbal communication.
Learning Habit – Social, Cognitive, Emotional, Reflective – making links and applying knowledge.

Knowledge & Skills
  • To develop understanding of different theatrical styles such as Physical Theatre.
  • To develop the use of Drama skills and techniques to show tension within a performance.
  • To confidently use Drama terminology when evaluating another performance group.
  • To demonstrate different theatrical styles to a devised performance.
Assessment

A01, A02
Summative Assessment: Practical

  • Practical performance using a stimulus inspired by Physical Theatre and non-verbal communication.

Year 8

Autumn Term 1

Physical Theatre(Frantic Assembly, Off Balance)

Ethos links/learning habits

STEM – Innovative, creativity, imagination and can potentially link to modern day technology, communication skills.
Character – Students will develop communication skills, teamwork, appreciation for different styles of Drama, listening, evaluation and peer assessment skills.
Learning Habit – Social – listening, communicating, planning & organising.

Knowledge & Skills
  • To develop communication, teamwork, and trust skills with their peers.
  • To develop and apply specific Drama techniques of practitioners Frantic Assembly and Off Balance.
  • To build upon students understanding of Drama skills and apply them in a devised performance.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of Physical Theatre, Frantic Assembly or Off balance in a devised performance.
Assessment

A01, A02, A03
Formative Assessment: Practical & Written

  • Practical performance focused on the use of Frantic Assembly or Off Balance techniques.

Autumn Term 2

Shakespeare

Ethos links/learning habits

STEM – Creativity, long and short-term memory. communication skills, analysis, evaluation.
Character – Students will learn develop their confidence, kindness, tolerance, acceptance, understanding others’ perspective.
Learning Habit – Social, Cognitive – creating, imagining, innovating, problem solving, analysis, and evaluation.

Knowledge & Skills
  • To understand how to create effective characterisation using a script.
  • To develop students understanding of Drama techniques.
  • To develop cultural capital and context of Shakespeare plays.
  • To develop understanding of Shakespearian language.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of devising and script work through the creation of performances.
Assessment

A03
Formative Assessment: Written

  • Written evaluation focusing on the effectiveness of Drama skills/techniques.

Spring Term

Stagecraft

Ethos links/learning habits

STEM – Innovative, creative and links to modern day technology.
Character – Students will learn respect for technical theatre craft and responsibility of working in a variety of technical theatre roles to create pieces of drama to reflect the atmosphere and intended effects within a devised piece of Drama.
Learning Habit – Social, Cognitive, Reflective – planning and organisation, learning from mistakes, self-regulation, research.

Knowledge & Skills
  • To develop student communication and teamwork skills to create a devised performance including elements of technical theatre.
  • To develop student understanding of set design, costume, lighting, sound, and theatre staging types.
  • To develop student understanding of technical theatre and how it creates character and how it creates atmosphere.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of technical theatre and devising from a stimulus through the creation of devised performances.
Assessment

A02, A03
Summative Assessment: Practical & Written

  • Practical performance focused on the use of performance and technical theatre elements.
  • Written evaluation focusing on the effectiveness of performers or technical theatre.

Summer Term 1

Practitioner Basics(Brecht, Trestle, Stanislavski)

Ethos links/learning habits

STEM – Innovative, creativity, imagination and can potentially link to modern day technology, communication skills.
Character – Students will develop communication skills, teamwork, appreciation for assorted styles of Drama, listening, evaluation and peer assessment skills.
Learning Habit – Social, Cognitive, Reflective – Making links and applying knowledge, self-regulation, leadership, communicating, listening.

Knowledge & Skills
  • To develop communication, teamwork, and trust skills with their peers.
  • To develop and apply specific Drama techniques of practitioners Brecht and Stanislavski.
  • To build upon students understanding of Drama skills and apply them in a devised performance.
  • To apply current themes and topics to a devised performance.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of Stanislavski and Brecht through the creation of devised performances.
Assessment

AO1, AO2, AO3
Formative Assessment: Practical

  • Practical performance focused on the use of Stanislavski and Brecht techniques.

Summer Term 2

Blood Brothers

Ethos links/learning habits

STEM – Creativity, long and short-term memory. communication skills, analysis, evaluation.
Character – Students will learn to respect for writer’s craft and responsibility of working individually or in pairs to create pieces of drama to reflect the writing in the script.
Learning Habit – Social, Cognitive, Reflective, Emotional – Making links and applying knowledge, creating, imagining, innovating, perseverance.

Knowledge & Skills
  • To develop students understanding of Drama techniques such as marking the moment, cyclical structure, characterisation, and dramatic Irony.
  • To develop personal interpretation of a play text and characters.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of social, cultural, historical context of Blood Brothers.
  • To demonstrate knowledge Drama skills and techniques through the creation of monologues and duologues.
Assessment

AO3, AO4
Summative Assessment: Practical

  • Practical performance of scripted monologues or duologues.

Year 9

Autumn Term 1

Text Exploration Monologues & Duologues:  (DNA)

Ethos links/learning habits

STEM – Links to current topics and roles within society. Creativity, long and short-term memory.
Character – Students will learn to respect for writer’s craft and responsibility of working individually in pairs or groups to create pieces of drama. Students will learn the responsibility of their role in society, peer pressure and the effective of their moral choices within society.
Learning Habit – Social, Cognitive – listening, communicating, planning & organising, making links and applying knowledge.

Knowledge & Skills
  • To develop students understanding of topical themes.
  • To develop personal interpretation of a play text and characters.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of social, cultural, historical context of DNA through the creation of scripted devised performances.
  • To demonstrate knowledge Drama skills and techniques through the creation of scripted performances.
Assessment

A02, A03, A04
Formative Assessment: Practical

  • Practical performance of scripted monologues, duologues, group pieces.

Autumn Term 2

Responding to Live Theatre Productions

Ethos links/learning habits

STEM – Innovative, creativity, imagination, modern day technology.
Character – Students develop their analytical and evaluative skills, appreciation for different styles of Drama through the construction of a live theatre review.
Learning Habit – Social, Cognitive, Reflective – analysis, and evaluation, research, reasoning and making judgements, making links and applying knowledge, questioning and noticing (finding evidence).

Knowledge & Skills
  • To develop analytical and evaluative skills of a live theatre production.
  • To understand how to use a range of Drama terminology to effectively evaluate and analyse director’s choices.
  • To understand how to use a range of Drama terminology to effectively evaluate and analyse aims and intentions of a scriptwriter.
  • To demonstrate knowledge and understanding through writing a live theatre review.
Assessment

A03, A04
Formative Assessment: Written

  • Written evaluation focusing on the effectiveness of Drama skills/techniques within a production.

Spring Term

Applying Stagecraft (Devising Project)

Ethos links/learning habits

STEM – Innovative, creative and links to modern day technology.
Character – Students will learn respect for technical theatre craft and responsibility of working in a variety of technical theatre roles and performance roles to create pieces of drama to reflect the atmosphere and intended effects within a devised piece of Drama.
Learning Habit – Social, Cognitive, Reflective, Emotional – Thinking, perseverance, listening, communicating, planning and organisation, leadership, creating, imagining, innovating, risk-taking, making links and applying knowledge, reasoning and making judgements, self-regulation, research.

Knowledge & Skills
  • To develop student understanding of set design, costume, lighting, sound, and theatre staging types and collaborate to create a devised performance.
  • To develop student understanding of technical theatre and how it creates character and how it creates atmosphere.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of technical theatre and devising from a stimulus through creation of devised performances.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of Drama skills and techniques through the creation of devised performances.
Assessment

A01, A02, A04
Formative Assessment: Practical & Written

  • Practical performance focused on technical theatre elements and performance skills.
  • Written evaluation focusing on the effectiveness of technical theatre.

Summer Term 1

Text exploration (Game Over)

Ethos links/learning habits

STEM – Links to current topics and the dangers of technology within society when uneducated.
Character – Students will learn to respect for writer’s craft and responsibility of working individually in pairs or groups to create pieces of drama to reflect the writing in the script. Students will learn the responsibility of their own safety and understanding of how to use technology in a positive way.
Learning Habit – Social, Cognitive, Reflective, Emotional – Questioning, thinking, analysis, evaluation, creating, imagining, innovation, resilience.

Knowledge & Skills
  • To develop students understanding of topical themes and understanding the challenges and use of social media and living with the digital age.
  • To develop personal interpretation of a play text and characters.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of social, cultural, historical context of Game over through the creation of scripted devised performances.
  • To demonstrate knowledge Drama skills and techniques through the creation of scripted performances.
Assessment

A03, A04
Formative Assessment: Written

  • Practical performance of scripted duologues or group pieces.
  • Written evaluation focusing on the effectiveness of Drama skills/technique.

Summer Term 2

Practitioners: (Frantic Assembly, Brecht, Stanislavski)

Ethos links/learning habits

STEM – Innovative, creative and links to modern day technology.
Character – Students will develop communication skills, teamwork, appreciation for different styles of Drama, listening, evaluation and peer assessment skills.
Students will learn about specific Drama practitioners, historical context, and specific practitioner techniques.
Learning Habit – Social, Cognitive, Reflective, Emotional – Making links and applying knowledge, creating, imagining, innovating, communicating, listening.

Knowledge & Skills
  • To develop and apply specific Drama techniques of practitioners Frantic Assembly, Brecht, and Stanislavski.
  • To build upon students understanding of Drama skills and apply them in a devised performance.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of Frantic Assembly, Stanislavski and Brecht through the creation of devised performances.
Assessment

A01, A03
Formative Assessment: Practical

  • Practical performance focused on the use of Stanislavski, Brecht or Frantic Assembly techniques.

Assessment Objectives

AO1 – Create and develop ideas to communicate meaning for theatrical performance.
AO2 – Apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance.
AO3 – Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how Drama and Theatre is developed and performed.
AO4 – Analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others.

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