The curriculum aims to encourage and develop students’ creativity, critical thinking and communication skills through a range of challenging and thought-provoking topics. Students will gain a better understanding and appreciation of this art form, through research into key works, practitioners and artists, as well as develop and build upon a wide range of practical skills.
Programmes of Study
An exploration of theatrical devices and performance techniques will form the basis of students’ learning in Year 8, when they will study mime, improvisation, movement, expression and characterisation, amongst other conventional techniques. A scheme of work based upon Commedia dell’arte will provide much opportunity for cross-curricular learning, as well as a more detailed look into how Drama is intrinsically linked to Dance and Music.
In Year 9, students will first study key practitioners through a range of script work that focuses upon theatrical devices and performance techniques. Students will then be encouraged to devise their own performances in small groups, working from a given stimulus and alongside research undertaken into Theatre in Education.
Marking and Assessment
Refer to ARR policy (Firefly)
A baseline assessment will take place at the beginning of the term, followed by a half term informal assessment. A more formal assessment of students’ work will take place at the end of term, in the form of a performance task. Throughout the term, there will be regular monitoring of students’ work during lessons, as well as feedback on classroom and home learning tasks. Verbal feedback will be given to guide students in their practical learning and there will be much opportunity for peer and self-evaluation.
Mrs. E. Woods - Teacher of Dance, Drama and P.E.
Careers and Progression
Many employers are impressed with qualifications in Drama because Drama students leave education equipped with a whole host of excellent employability skills.
Following Drama and Performing Arts qualifications at KS4, students often take A levels in Drama and Theatre or a Btech in Performing Arts. There may also be the opportunity to study at a specialist Drama or Musical Theatre school. Studying Drama at degree level is also a favoured choice.
Careers with a drama education span a whole host of employment opportunities - performing, acting, directing, drama therapy, teaching to name but a few. However, as stated earlier, Drama students are very highly regarded by many top brand employers, simply because of the range of skills you have to offer. Therefore, you may be offered employment in a wide variety of job sectors.
Dance and Drama Key Stage 3 Curriculum Plan