Drama – Key Stage 3

Year 7

Half TermTopics to be coveredKey skills covered
Autumn HT 1Introduction to the elements of Drama - Students will explore: Freeze frame, marking the moment, thought tracking, narrating, forum theatre, hot seating through a topic called “Who am I?” which gives students an opportunity to reflect on what makes them unique 1. Elements of Drama
2. Performing to an audience
3. Performing skills
4. Team work and collaboration
5. Devising and improvisation
Autumn HT 2Introduction to international Dance styles - Students will focus on a different country each week and learn about the culture which influenced their traditional style of dance. This will include Bollywood, Jazz, Street, Turkish, Haka etc. 1. Basic dance skills required for performance
2. Understanding of different cultures
3. Range of dance styles and skills
4. Understanding of how dance can improve fitness, flexibility, rhythm and timing
5. Team work and collaboration
Spring HT 1Silent Movies - an introduction to mime. Students will explore ways of communicating with characters and audience which do not involve speaking. They will study a range of examples and recreate their own silent scenes1. Physical theatre
2. Mime
3. Facial expression
Spring HT 2Musical theatre Performance - Students will explore the dance and acting style required for this form of theatre. They will study a range of musicals from a variety of eras and recreate key dance routines and scenes from each1. Heightened acting, facial expressions, gestures
2. Musical theatre style dance
3. Acting through dance
4. Understanding of how dance can improve fitness, flexibility, rhythm and timing
Summer HT 1Shadowfall - Students will work through a script which allows them to create a new scene each lesson. This script explores the theme of dramatic tension and allows all students to play a role within the play1. Understanding of how to create dramatic tension
2. Understanding of how to use a script
3. Collaboration and team work
4. Understanding of soundscape
5. Performance of a whole text
Summer HT 2Melodrama - Students will devise their own performances (one scene each week) using the guidance of a scene-by-scene plan which will be provided. They will be creating their performance using the key melodrama characters. Each lesson will require them to use a different skill when devising their next scene1. Understanding of how to use stage combat safely
2. Understanding of devising
3. Understanding of collaboration and team work
4. Understanding of heightened acting
5. Performance of a whole text