KS3 Drama

Course Introduction


Drama is a subject which allows students to grow in confidence and explore the world through use of their creativity. It promotes and supports students’ ability to work as part of a team as well as giving them an environment whereby they can express themselves safely and freely. As students’ progress, they should develop a critical engagement with Drama, allowing them to devise pieces which push the audience to think. They should be able to explore topics and themes using skills they have acquired as well as devise and perform works based on stimuli and already published texts.

Drama is a highly practical subject and students should build on their previous knowledge and skills through performing and devising. Students are expected to try develop their understanding of spatial awareness, vocal delivery and how to present themselves appropriately in a wide variety of environments. Students are also expected to use terminologies appropriately and appreciate and be able to effectively critique performances of their own and of those around them.


Student Objectives

To gain an understanding of drama strategies, elements and mediums.

To develop analytical and appraisal skills and to be able to communicate ideas.

To increase confidence in working as part of a team

To develop physical and perceptual skills.

To develop confidence to be able to perform to an audience

To develop an understanding of drama in a social and historical context.

To create a lasting enjoyment of drama.


 Course Content


Year 7

Autumn 1: Bullying

Autumn 2: Little Red Riding Hood

Spring 1: Circus

Spring 2: Creative Movement

Summer 1: Choral Speaking

Summer 2: Pop Culture


Year 8

Autumn 1: Two Worlds

Autumn 2: Pantomime

Spring 1: Slapstick

Spring 2: Commedia Del Arte

Summer 1: Script

Summer 2: Pop Culture


Year 9

Autumn 1: Hit and Run

Autumn 2: Shakespeare

Spring 1: Hillsborough

Spring 2: The Riots

Summer 1: Frantic Assembly

Summer 2: Pop Culture




The students will be levelled at the end of each unit of work. This will be completed in line with the school policy. Feedback will be given to the students verbally and via the VLE during the units. Students will self-assess at the end of each lesson in accordance to the ‘reach for the stars’ policy within the department. Targets will also be written by the students at the end of each half term and these will be written into their planners.


What it leads to in KS4


GCSE Drama – The course gives students a chance to extend their learning within Drama. We follow the Edexcel specification and this allows students to explore themes and texts throughout the course. Unit One allows students to explore a theme or a topic through the use of drama strategies and mediums. Unit Two allows students to explore a text through the use of Drama strategies, mediums and elements as well as complete a review of a live piece of theatre. Unit Three allows students to devise or perform a scripted piece under the guidance of a brief set by the exam board.