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KS3 Drama

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Key Stage 3 Course Information Page

Course Name : KS3 Drama

Curriculum Content

The Key Stage 3 performing arts curriculum engages students practically and aims to develop an interest and participation in order to increase self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

As students progress they will develop knowledge and understanding through creating, performing and responding.

The Building Blocks of Drama: learning the essential skills, vocabulary and techniques of theatre and performance.

Comedy- From Greek to Melodrama: character focused comedy through time. Students will explore how to work as a team todeliver a performance for an audience and create a sense of character on the stage.

Devised performance: Using a selection of properties, students will create an original piece of performance using imagination, devising techniques and stage craft. This scheme will enable students to apply the skills taught more independently.

Seeking Survival: A story of immigration, self-discovery and communication. Students will explore the issues that surround their everyday lives and think about the ways that communities function in society.

Mime and physical theatre: Can we use, adapt and manipulate our bodies to create not just story but a whole new world? Students will manipulate their bodies in space to create meaning for an audience using a range of stimuli.

Room 13: Script adapted by Joe Standerline of the mysterious novel Room 13. Students will attempt to unravel the mystery of the room, and determine the identity of its sinister inhabitant. This scheme will enable students to develop their reading and writing skills and explore the playwright’s intentions.

The Women in Black: Focusing on how playwright’s intentions can be fulfilled through a performance of a scripted piece of drama and how to create dramatic tension using staging/lighting/costume.

Monologues and Duologue: Students will discover the extent of their versatility as a performer in a range of areas, including: character portrayal; voice; speech; movement; emotional range; ease with different text styles.

Theatre in Education: TIE plays a vital role in exploring current and difficult issues for young people. Students will explore the genre of T.I.E and will create original performances for a younger audience.

The schemes in Year 9 will aim to encourage more creative and independent learners, with a focus on the skills required to be successful at GCSE level.

 

How classes are grouped

Year 7 and 8 are set based on their CAT scores.

Year 7 and 8 are set based on their CAT scores.

Year 9 students are in mixed ability sets.

Assessment (including homework)

Assessment is continuous and will include formative and summative elements in order to promote independent learning.

The baseline assessment in Year 7 will highlight any high potential students and they will be monitored throughout the year.

Students who wish to improve their skills or confidence may be invited to lunchtime clubs in order to support their further development.

Students will be given support with homework tasks, suitable roles in performance and team work, and also extra guidance where necessary.

Students receive homework tasks when appropriate, which may involve learning lines and key vocabulary, rehearsal, self-reflection, research, extended writing and theory exam questions.

Students will also complete one homework project a year.

Assessment is continuous and will include formative and summative elements in order to promote independent learning.

The baseline assessment in Year 7 will highlight any high potential students and they will be monitored throughout the year.

Students who wish to improve their skills or confidence may be invited to lunchtime clubs in order to support their further development.

Students will be given support with homework tasks, suitable roles in performance and team work, and also extra guidance where necessary.

Students receive homework tasks when appropriate, which may involve learning lines and key vocabulary, rehearsal, self-reflection, research, extended writing and theory exam questions.

Students will also complete one homework project a year.

Assessment is continuous and will include formative and summative elements in order to promote independent learning.

The baseline assessment in Year 7 will highlight any high potential students and they will be monitored throughout the year.

Students who wish to improve their skills or confidence may be invited to lunchtime clubs in order to support their further development.

Students will be given support with homework tasks, suitable roles in performance and team work, and also extra guidance where necessary.

Students receive homework tasks when appropriate, which may involve learning lines and key vocabulary, rehearsal, self-reflection, research, extended writing and theory exam questions.

Students will also complete one homework project a year.

How to support your daughter

Ensure completion of homework. This may include offering access to the internet or trips to the library where possible. Remember students can use the school library and computers at lunchtime.

Encourage your daughter to participate in extracurricular activities including theatre visits where possible. Attend performances where possible to broaden students understanding of the performing arts.