During Years 7 & 8, students receive 12 double lessons per year in this subject. These lessons teach students skills in drama and performance as well as introducing skill areas relevant for GCSE, such as lighting and stage management.
The aim of Key Stage 3 is to develop students’ awareness of the basic elements of creating, performing and evaluating. This is done mainly through practical work, using a variety of stimulus themes including anti-bullying, disasters of the world and evacuation.
- Use a variety of skills and resources to explore ideas through the medium of drama;
- Work imaginatively as individuals, in pairs and in groups;
- Use props, set, lighting and make-up in their creative work;
- Use scripts, texts and poetry;
- Explore historical, social and cultural influences.
As well as developing their performance skills and their knowledge and appreciation of the subject, drama enables students to mature into capable independent learners. Drama greatly enhances literacy skills. Reading is improved through the use of different texts and speaking & listening skills are honed through rehearsal and performance. In common with other subjects, students learn how to evaluate their own work and the work of others, using the appropriate subject language. They can do this, for example, by taking on the role of the director. Students often video their work to watch it back to help them to develop and improve.
During Key Stage 3, homework is set every week and is accessible through Show My Homework. Homework ranges from written and learning tasks to performance preparation.
Ms J Love
Miss L Keery