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KS3 Drama Overview

"Research reveals the positive impact that Drama in education has on a student’s physical, emotional, social and cognitive development. Studying creative Drama has huge personal benefits for students."

Drama develops:

Self-confidence: taking creative risks in class and performing to an audience empowers students to trust their ideas and talents. The confidence gained through drama benefits their general schooling, applies to their career and life development.

Imagination: Making creative choices, thinking of new ideas and interpreting familiar material in fresh new ways is essential to Drama and the development of our imagination. As Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is far more important than knowledge.”

Communication Skills: Drama enhances verbal and nonverbal expression of ideas, skills essential for career and life development. Students are made more aware of how their physical presentation can affect the way others see them.

Empathy: through dramatic role-play students ‘walk in the shoes of others’ promoting tolerance and compassion of others’ feelings and viewpoints. Drama promotes the ability to work successfully as an individual and as part of a group using practical, creative and critical skills - all vital if we are to make a valuable contribution in future work.

Year 7

  • Introduction to Drama basics – warm-ups; trust, safety, respect; architype/stereotype characters; role play; vocal and physical skills.
  • Mime: Creating illusion through use of the body – body language, expression, gesture and communication.
  • Masks & Movement – an introduction to masks; the use of neutral masks and how they help in physical expression; animal characteristics
  • ‘Ishi, the last Native American’ – Improvisation focusing on a true story; concepts of racism, justice, multi-culturalism and the outsider.
  • Devising – how drama is created through using depiction from a given stimulus; still image, soundscape, prepared improvisation.

Year 8

  • Voice in performance – breathing, projection, articulation, characterisation, interpretation.
  • Storytelling – through learning about others oral traditions we learn about people and their culture; the skills needed for effective storytelling; narrating; African tales.
  • Dramatic Elements – still image; thought tracking; cross-cutting; and marking the moment.
  • Music in Drama – musicals; soundtracks; song in theatre; mood, ‘Don’t Like Monday’s’ (The Boomtown Rats) and ‘Shock Headed Peter’ (by The Tigerlillies). Improvisation from song stimuli to develop role play characters and student script writing.
  • Theatre in Education – how theatre can help to address a social issue to initiate change; an introduction to Brecht’s Epic Theatre and techniques; creating a drama based around a theme e.g. Child Labour around the world. Yr. 9

Year 9

  • Improvisation: spontaneous and prepared; character types and status; ‘stand-up’; improvised performance.
  • Creating a character: Who am I? Where do I come from? What do I want? Introduction to Stanislavski; creating a character, hot-seating and preparing a monologue for performance.
  • Dramatic Elements review –still image; thought tracking; cross-cutting; hot-seating; marking the moment plus Augusto Boal and Forum theatre.
  • What is a Theatre Company? – research the different roles within a theatre company, i.e. Director, Designers, Marketing, etc. Devise, design and stage a performance (of the student’s choice).


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