Key Stage 3

Schemes of work

Pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 will have the opportunity to experience practical Drama lessons for a period of approximately ten weeks, one lesson per week. Drama is offered as an opportunity to allow pupils to develop and enhance their drama skills through a range of activities.

The aim of the course is to develop pupils confidence in their drama abilities, to unlock their imaginations and to develop personal and social skills. Pupils are required to participate in a range of activities, which enable them to use language and actions to explore and convey situations, characters and emotions. Pupils are also expected to create and sustain a variety of roles and to be able to comment constructively on their own and others performances.


Each year group has one theory lesson per rotation which focuses on a more technical or backstage area of Drama. Following this lesson, pupils are given an independent homework task, based on whichever area they have studied in the lesson. Details of the projects can be found below.

At the end of the course, pupils will be given a Key Stage Three Level for their final performance. This will be recorded and also communicated to the English department who will use these levels to form judgements about pupils levels for Speaking and Listening.

The skills and techniques studied will also prepare those pupils who are looking to study Drama at GCSE and offers a clear pathway by introducing the practical and written skills required at a higher level.

Year 7

Topic ‘The Tempest’ by William Shakespeare
Skills Covered
  • Sound effects
  • Creating mood and atmosphere
  • Playing with language
  • Understanding Shakespeare from a performance perspective
  • Role on the wall
  • Improvisation
  • Character moulding
  • Conscience alley
  • Costume Design
Written Project Describe the acting skills you used in two scenes you created and performed in lessons.
Practical Project Design the costume for Caliban.

Year 8

Topic Working With Scripts
Skills Covered
  • Performing scripts
  • Entrances and exits
  • Using movements, gestures, vocal expression and facial expressions
  • Improvisation
  • Monologues
  • Mime
  • Make-up Design
Written Project Describe your acting skills and explain how and why you used them in two scenes you have performed in lessons.
Practical Project Design the make up for one of the characters performed in lessons so far.

Year 9

Topic ‘Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations’ by Alan Ayckbourn
Skills Covered
  • Forum Theatre
  • Sound Effects
  • Actor Objectives
  • Movements
  • Still pictures
  • Levels, proxemics, status
  • Working with a set
  • Off-text improvisation
  • Set Design
Written Project Analyse the acting skills you used in one of your performances.
Practical Project Design the set for one of the scenes from ‘Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations’