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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.