During years 7 & 8, students receive 12 double lessons per year in this subject. Not only do these lessons teach students skills in Drama and Performance, they also introduce new skills areas that are relevant for the KS4 curriculum (Lighting & Stage Management).
Key Stage 3- The aim of KS3 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 material including anti-bullying, disasters of the world and evacuation. Students also learn about Shakespeare and study ‘Macbeth’. Students learn about local playwright Willy Russell and study his play, ‘Our Day Out’.
Students will: 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; and 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 by taking on the role of the director. Pupils 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 contained within your child’s work booklet. It is also accessible through SMHW. Homework ranges from written and learning tasks to revision for end of unit tests.
Ms J Love – KS3 Teacher
Miss O Mason – KS4 Teacher