All students receive Drama education at KS3 and it is considered a vital part of the curriculum. Through Drama, students gain confidence and communication skills needed for both creative performance and interaction in all other areas of school life.

The aim is to instill in the pupils the basic skills of drama, from simple role-play techniques through to the more extended application of specific techniques and forms in the subject.

In Key Stage 3 students study a number of topics to develop their drama knowledge and understanding of drama skills. Drama at Key Stage 3 is taught in units of work that cover a variety of skill, ideas, and practitioners which will build a solid foundation for success at KS4

Students are required to work independently with peers to complete practical tasks in lessons. They regularly evaluate the work of others in class to help improve understanding, and are formally assessed once a term.

General Aims of Drama at KS3

For pupils to:

  • Understand and demonstrate the basic and social skills necessary for meaningful Drama to take place, such as listening, observation, concentration and co-operation.
  • To work in mixed groups of varying size, developing the ability to negotiate and make decisions as part of a group
  • To understand how to use the performance space through movement and voice when communicating meaning of narratives.
  • Show a developing ability to devise, improvise and create believable characterisations.
  • Learn how to adapt body language and voicings to suit characters unlike themselves.
  • Understand that the process of Drama has its own worth and that performance is not always part of the activity it can contribute to students learning across the curriculum.
  • Reflect upon and respond constructively to their own work and that of others in class, with an awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses.
  • Develop a variety of physical conceptual skills in relationship to the practice of Drama.

At the start of Year 10 students complete an ‘Introduction to GCSE Drama’, which helps bridge the gap between KS3 and KS4 and recap the key performance skills needed at GCSE level.
The GCSE course explores drama both in theory and practice. Pupils will begin by exploring a range of theatre practitioners; this will then inform pupils to devise their own performances using a range of performance styles.

The students will explore a chosen set text for component 3, which will; be explored practically for the written exam questions. As part of this unit pupils are also required to evaluate a live theatre review and complete an exam question based on the performance.

Students will start and complete component 1 in year 10, which explores students devising a short performance based on their chosen stimulus and theatre practitioner.

Finally, Pupils will then prepare for an external assessed acting performance this will be assessed by the teacher in year 10 and a visiting examiner in year 11.

GCSE Drama Specifications