01202 676789


Childline CEOP BH14 9JY Google Map


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

‘Mr Holgado’: Staging positions, blocking, script conventions, line learning

Year 8

Physical theatre, non-naturalism

Transformations: using Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’ and Berkoff’s adaptation

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

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

Year 9

Verbatim theatre

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

Greek Theatre: use of mask, chorus, staging, comedy & tragedy. Theseus & The Minotaur. ‘Oedipus Rex’

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 one 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, producing 2 group performances, and 2 solo ‘auditions’ as part of assessment.   Students will also be required to write an application letter and keep a rehearsal log.


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  
Portfolios / Scrapbooks 
Group performances (assessed internally)  
Individual Showcases (assessed externally) 
An application letter (assessed externally)

Your final BTEC qualification will be a Distinction, Merit or Pass.   



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 Ms Linscott.     

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


KS3 Drama Curriculum.pdf 393KB KS3 Curriculum Overview
©2018 Carter Community School

Carter Community School is part of United Learning. United Learning comprises: UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee. VAT number 834 8515 12.
Registered address: United Learning, Worldwide House, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SB. Tel: 01832 864 444
Financial Accountability and Freedom of Information  | Terms, Cookies and Privacy

United Learning