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Key Stage 3 - Performing Arts (Drama and Music)

Key Stage 3 - Drama


Drama is viewed as an academic subject here at The Heathland School and we operate a skills based approach which aims to inspire every pupil and nurtures their creativity. In KS3, Drama is split into 6 key learning strands: Rehearsing, Physical Skills, Vocal Skills, Staging Skills, Theatrical Techniques and Analysis. These areas are explored in a variety of topics looking at both classical and contemporary styles of theatre.

Year 7 Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


Introducing the key skills for acting and the 5 key sections of a narrative structure. Practical exploration of a traditional British theatrical style of Pantomime.  

Epic Theatre and Brecht: 

First steps into the world of the revolutionary German theatre practitioner. Looking at creating meaningful theatre in the form of Epic theatre  


An action-packed introduction to the famous bard. Students explore Shakespearian language and what it takes to take a script from page to stage.  

Year 8 Autumn Term  

Spring Term  

Summer Term  


Revisiting Pantomime and using it to springboard into a variety of exaggerated performance styles including Victorian Melodrama, Clowning, Commedia Dell’ Arte and Farce  

Physical Theatre: 

Experimenting with non-naturalistic storytelling without words, and beginning to incorporate the methods of a contemporary company, Frantic Assembly, to create drama 

Naturalism and Stanislavski:  

Introducing another key theatrical practitioner, and building a toolkit of techniques that he used to create layered and fully believable performances  


Year 9 Autumn Term  

Spring Term  

Summer Term  

Puppetry and Mask: 

Exploring how stories can be told beyond the constraints of an actor using puppets and masks to broaden skills and expand knowledge of how theatre is made 



Script Work:  

Building on how scripts are structured and taking a sneak peek into GCSE Drama work. Students will further their understanding of scripts by beginning to analyse their content and themes  




In preparation for GCSE study, students will refresh their knowledge of a number of theatre styles covered across Key Stage 3 to create an original piece in concept, content, and structure. 



Key Stage 3 - Performing Arts: Music

Key Stage 3 - Music


The overarching aim for Music at Key Stage 3 is to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. We explore a range of music from across the world and pupils are challenged to consider the different cultures, beliefs and history that can inspire them.  

Year 7 Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Introduction to Music: 

 Introducing the key skills for musical performance and appreciation including singing, body percussion and basic theory 

Programme Music: 

Programme Music: introducing tonal language and analysis through the works of influential Western composers.

Composing Programme Music:

using a visual stimulus to practically explore composition on live instruments  

African Drumming:

practical exploration of a culturally relevant musical style focusing on rhythm and live performance  4 Chord Songs: using conventions of popular music to create and engage with ensemble work 

Year 8 Autumn Term  

Spring Term  

Summer Term  


Songwriting, Structure & Melody:

developing compositional techniques and harmonic language by writing their own songs 

Fusion & their musical roots:

discovering a range of musical traditions and experimenting with fusion

Music and the Medi

a: understanding film music and looking at how music can be used to sell a document

Composing Music for Media:

creating their own piece of film music


Year 9 Autumn Term  

Spring Term  

Summer Term  

Exploring 20th century Music:

analysing how the styles and technologies in Music have developed over the 20th and 21st Century 

The Music Industry:

developing an understanding of how the Music industry is structured and works in the 21st Century 


Planning and developing Musical Skill:

working as an ensemble to plan and create a musical product to a given brief. Pupils can take on any role from the Music industry   



Planning and developing a musical product:

using studio equipment and techniques to record their own music. Using editing and mastering techniques to complete the recording of their music to be released onto a year group album