Drama at KS3

Year 7

Pupils in year 7 study many diverse topics from poetry to play text. They are introduced to a range of dramatic strategies which are used to explore different themes and issues in more depth. Pupils’ social and personal skills are encouraged and developed through group and individual tasks.

Units in year 7 are:

Introduction to Drama
Based on a haunted house, pupils create their own character and explore life as a villager in “Darkwood” whilst being introduced to a range of basic drama strategies such as Still Image and Thought Tracking.
The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty
This script focuses on the demise of Terry Dumpton who faces cruel taunts from a group of playground bullies which ultimately leads to his death. Pupils use Hot Seating and Improvisation to explore the issues and themes within the play.
The Ratz
The Ratz is based on the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, but places the same dilemmas in a more contemporary context. Using strategies already learned as well as being introduced to new ones, pupils explore and develop the characters and the action of scenes within the play.

Year 8

In year 8, pupils use what they have learned in year 7 as a foundation for their work. As well as being introduced to new strategies they will use and develop existing skills to explore a range of stimuli.

Units in year 8 are:

Private Peaceful
This scheme of work looks at life through the eyes of one boy during World War 1. Pupils are given the opportunity to use more advanced drama strategies such as Choral Speech, Monologue and working as an ensemble to explore the themes and issues during this historic time.
Introduction to Elizabethan Theatre
This takes the pupils back to The Globe Theatre giving them an opportunity to learn what theatre was like back in Elizabethan times. They will study extracts from Shakespeare’s plays and gain an understanding of how they would have been performed as well as being able to identify their relevance in today’s modern society.
Our Day Out
Written by Willy Russell, this play covers a range of themes including class, culture and the education system in Britain in the late 1970’s. Pupils stage scenes from the play as well as being introduced to more complex strategies such as Conscience Alleys, Physical Theatre and Spontaneous Improvisation.