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Drama At KS3

Drama in years 7 – 9 is aimed at developing students’ basic skills and knowledge about acting and theatre. The curriculum is largely practical, with written work focusing on responding to theatrical styles and genres, and being able to evaluate their own work. The curriculum is taught on a rotation with other Creative and Performing Arts subjects. Students will have a Drama rotation twice a year for 7 – 10 weeks. During that time they have 100 minutes of Drama each week, in a double lesson.

Drama covers 4 main areas of learning:

1. Creating: create and develop ideas to communicate meaning for theatrical performance

2. Performing: apply theatrical skills to performing

3. Responding: show knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed   and performed

4. Evaluating: analyse and evaluate your own work and the work of your peers


Each of these areas will be developed and assessed throughout the 3 years of study, and this will continue into Key Stage 4 for those who choose Drama as an option. Assessment is through teacher observation, peer and self evaluation, and written work.

The following skills and topics will be covered at Key Stage 3:


Rotation 1: Skills / Practitioners / Theme Based Drama

Rotation 2: Script & Skills

Year 7

Introduction to basic drama skills: mime, still image

Darkwood Manor: atmosphere and tension, empathy, creating a role (hotseating, role on the wall, writing in role), thought tracking, soundscape, responding to teacher in role

‘Ernie's Incredible Illucinations’: Understanding and exploring how a script is used.

Year 8

Verbatim Theatre

I Don't Like Mondays or Let Him Have It: conscience alley, marking the moment, narration.

‘Sparkleshark’: Stanislavski techniques for realistic development of character; creative use of space and props, line learning

Year 9

Physical Theatre, non-naturalism

Ensemble work: using 'The Curious Incident' and study of Frantic Assembly to devise physical theatre scenes.

'Hard to Swallow' by Mark Wheeller. Exploring the script using Physical Theatre.

Homework is set once a fortnight. The purpose of this is to develop understanding and knowledge of the topic being studied. It includes tasks such as research on theatre companies, writing in role, explaining key drama terms. It is important that students are able to spell these key terms correctly, and spelling practice is incorporated into their work books.


Course Description

Drama at Carter is an exciting way to broaden your knowledge about the professional acting world and build up a key skills base that can be transferred to any subject. Drama is a practical course with theoretical elements which enables you to gain a widely accepted qualification in Performing Arts. It is a two-year course where successful students will gain the equivalent of one GCSE pass. It is taught over 1 option block and each student will complete 3 units covering all aspects of Performing Arts (Acting). This will include a variety of styles and genres, allowing students to broaden their understanding of theatre and the skills needed to put on a performance.   

Final Examination

The students will be continually assessed on a regular basis throughout the year. The students are required to study three units. Performing Arts is by its very nature a practical subject and you will be expected to rehearse and perform right from the start, along with exploration of three styles of theatre through practical and theoretical research. Students will also perform one scripted performance and a devising piece. They will be required to keep a rehearsal log throughout, along with research into the roles and responsibilities of each performance piece and research into 3 styles of theatre and practitioners.


Description of each component studied is below:

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts ​

  • You will develop your understanding of the performing arts by examining practitioners’ work and the processes used to create performance. ​
  • You will research into 3 different performance pieces that have differing theatre styles.  You will look into: ​
  1. The roles and responsibilities of all involved when creating a performance from page to stage. ​
  2. Theme, purpose of piece and the style of theatre. ​
  3. You will take part on workshops in order to understand the bullet points above. These experiences will need to be written up as part of your coursework. ​

Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts​

  • ​You will develop your performing arts skills and techniques through the reproduction of acting, ​ dance and/or musical theatre repertoire. ​
  • You will rehearse a scene (minimum of 2 minutes) and every lesson you will: ​
  1. Set targets​
  2. Note down what you worked on in your rehearsal EG Projection, Voice, body language, facial expressions etc.​
  3. Make notes on your progress- strengths and weaknesses​
  4. Review your progress giving information about how you have improved or what you need to do to improve. ​

Component 3: Performing to a Brief​

You will be given the opportunity to work as part of a group to create a workshop performance in response to a given brief and stimulus from the exam board.


Assessment takes place through assignment briefs which will require you to generate various forms of evidence. These forms of evidence include:

Rehearsal/production notes  
Video or audio recordings  
Research Projects  


You may wish to study Performing Arts or Drama, Dance and Theatre Studies in more depth at A Level. The skills you learn on this course are transferable to any industry and might include such fields as retail, travel and tourism, theatre management, event organisation, sales and marketing or any career that involves meeting people face to face.  For further information please contact Miss Hogg.     


If you would like to discuss the work that we do or further information about the Drama curriculum then please contact Miss L Hogg at hoggl@carter.poole.sch.uk


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