Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 students are provided with a versatile curriculum which allows for continual progress through each year group.

Students have the opportunity to study and perform a Shakespearean play and devise their own performances based on a given source, both of which contribute to developing both the students’ independence and creativity.

Year 7

Students start their course in Year 7 by being introduced to a range of drama activities and dramatic devices that can be applied to a range of group work. Students will experience working in a range of groups sizes, from working as an individual, pair work, small group or even as a class ensemble. Students will create work, perform small pieces of drama and contribute to class discussions and share ideas with those who they work with. The curriculum begins with a skill based unit, they will then explore the story of “The Snowman” through story-telling and physical theatre. In unit three students will create a thematic piece of work based on the theme of bullying. There will be an opportunity to devise a duologue with another student to start the preparation for GCSE and finally students will participate in an actor’s work shop workshop unit which will lead into a whole class performance of an abridged Shakespeare play.

Year 8

Developing on from the foundations built in Year 7, in Year 8 students will experience working in a range of group sizes, from working as an individual, pair work, small group or even as a class ensemble. Students will have a bank of skills ready to use in their work and will continue to work on both devised and scripted performances.

Students will create work, perform small pieces of drama and contribute to class discussions and share ideas with those they work with.

The curriculum begins with a unit which aims to develop student skills in both spontaneous and polished improvisation. This unit will be assessed on a piece of work entitled “The Park Bench”. Building up to the Christmas period students will look at excerpts from the novel “A Christmas Carol” and use physical theatre and prose to create a performance.

In unit three students will create a thematic piece of work based on the theme of bullying and friendship using the poem “Jumble” as a stimulus. There will be an opportunity to devise a duologue with another student to start the preparation for GCSE and finally students will participate in an actor’s work shop workshop unit which will lead into a whole class performance of an abridged Shakespeare play.

Year 9

Throughout Year 9 students will continue to develop on the skills and work completed in Year 7 and 8 but this year will focus on preparing students ready for GCSE. Students will experience working in a range of groups sizes, from working as an individual, pair work, small group or even as a class ensemble. Students will have refined their skills and developed new ways in which they can be used and will continue to work on both devised and scripted performances.

Students will create work, perform small pieces of drama and contribute to class discussions and share ideas with those who they work with.

The curriculum begins with a unit which aims to develop student skills in both rehearsing a given script as well as devising from a given stimulus. This unit will be assessed on a piece of work entitled “Burglars”. Building up to the Christmas period students will look at excerpts from the novel “Flint Street Nativity” and use exaggerated physical and vocal skills to successfully portray the style of the piece.

In unit three students will create a thematic piece of work based on the theme of “Lost” and using a variety of different stimulus as a starting point for their work. There will be an opportunity to devise a duologue with another student to start the preparation for GCSE and finally students will participate in an actor’s work shop workshop unit which will lead into a whole class performance of an abridged Shakespeare play.