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Key Stage 3 - Performing Arts (Drama and Music)

Key Stage 3 - Drama

Introduction  

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

Pantomime: 

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  

Shakespeare: 

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  

Melodrama:  

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  

 

 

Devising:  

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.