Key Stage 3
Lessons in Drama are one hour and taught once a fortnight
In years 7 and 8 students take a practical approach to drama. They learn a broad range of skills and concepts that underpin drama. In every year from Year 7 to Year 13, students will study a full play text which is appropriate to their age group – developing literacy skills alongside learning how to adapt a text for performance.
We start with a practical introduction to Drama through basic skills and storytelling, with a focus on musical theatre using songs from the musical Matilda. We then move on to Theatre Design, which is a component of the GCSE, so students explore the key skills needed for set and costume design. The rest of the year focuses on devising and performing their own work using a range of explorative strategies and performance styles. Students explore age appropriate texts, which are fun and engaging, such as Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes.
We start with Shakespeare – students learn the key skills of physical theatre and characterisation, and apply this to understanding and performing scripts. Students then study a play “Orpheus” by Ted Hughes, which introduces students to the genre of Greek Theatre. Students perform scenes to show their understanding which are assessed. Students then progress to learning about more complex theatre styles, completing a unit on Commedia Dell’Arte – an Italian improvised performance style which is the foundation for comedy and pantomime today.