Key Stage 3

 

Year 7
Drama is introduced through English lessons during Year 7 when exploring Speaking and Listening. This gives students foundation skills in performance and confidence development, ahead of the full drama curriculum that they will receive in Year 8. 
All Year 7 students are actively encouraged to participate in our extracurricular programme in order to prepare themselves for the commencement of the full academic provision. 
 
Year 8
Students in Year 8 are timetabled two 50-minute lessons of Drama over the two week timetable, this is taught by a subject specialist teacher. This year focuses on building core knowledge of key drama strategies and conventions of theatre, through exploration of script, devising and collaborative problem solving. There is a key focus on supporting students with the development of confidence, team work and resilience over the course of the year. Practical exploration sits at the heart of the Year 8 curriculum. 
 
Key Topics:
An introduction to Drama
Devising – Social Media
Greek Theatre 
Live Theatre Review
 
Year 9
Throughout Year 9 students are introduced to the key skills required to succeed at GCSE level. We continue to build on our previous learning during two 50 minutes lessons a fortnight and girls are taught by a subject specialist teacher. The girls develop their critical thinking skills and become more confident with their evaluative work over the course of the year. Students are encouraged to develop their independence in drama and are given opportunities to creatively develop sophisticated work, which reflects their views of the world around them. There are a range of enrichment opportunities available to Year 9 students; these have included trips to The Globe Theatre, workshops led by industry professionals and a range of other exciting opportunities. 
 
Key Topics:
Devising – Practitioners and Physical Theatre 
‘The Crucible’ by Arthur Miller 
Epic Theatre: Bertolt Brecht 
Live Theatre Review

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