KS3 Acting


‘Acting is serious fun!'

Acting is taught in Years 7 and 8 at Key Stage 3 for one lesson a week and is offered as an option at Key Stage 4.

Throughout the course at Key Stage 3, students will explore issues using Drama strategies, mediums and elements. Work is mostly done in groups to promote teamwork, leadership and communication skills. Students are formally assessed twice a term and are expected to evaluate their work , log progress and the work of others.

Assessment without levels

The following document highlights the skills required to meet each grade using our new Assessment Without Levels system. 

Year 7 Drama Assessment Levels 

Year 8 Drama Assessment Levels

Curriculum Content and Skills




Year 7



Autumn 1 and 2 : The Basics/ Skills/Individual Improvisation & Group Improvisation: Students through a series of workshops will develop self-confidence and basic Improvising tools and techniques. Using these acquired skills students will participate in a scenario based group ‘polished’ improvisation which will be performed live and videoed foe evidence and analysis. Students will develop these skills over the duration of a half term/term which will evidence development and progress

Spring 1 : Genre’s & Styles through History : Students through both practical and theoretical practice will develop and range of performance tools and techniques through a variety of texts and stimuli. Students will gain an understanding of how theatre has changed and developed throughout history and explore a range of genre’s and styles. Students will participate group devising, creating, directing and performing original pieces of work.

Spring 2:British Values: Students will develop and range of devising tools and techniques. In small groups they will plan, develop, direct and perform their original scripts from a given stimulus of British values

Summer 1 :Bullies’ : Students will practice and perform a short play by Ann Cartwright ’Bullies’. Students will investigate key themes and methods how to ‘tackle the text’, learn lines and to create characterisation.

Summer 2 : Developing the actors voice- Children’s stories: Students will investigate the actors ‘vocal tool kit’. These essential tools explored and assessed by students recording ‘Children’s stories’ for a regional children’s radio station. 

Up-dated 02/2019

Year 8 

Autumn1: Conventions & Practitioners: Students will develop and range of devising tools and techniques through the light of key practitioners. They will gain an understanding of how the key conventions and methods of theatre practitioners can enhance and create an innovative performance through their own exploration of a variety of tasks. Student will participate group devising, creating, directing and performing original pieces of work.

Autumn 2/spring 1 : Exploring roles within Performance and Creative Arts: Students will gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities within the Creative Arts through their own exploration of a variety of tasks. Student will participate group devising, creating, directing and performing original work from a stimulus.


Spring 2 Show Reel :students develop range of Improvising tools and techniques. Student will participate in solo, group and dialogue practised scenario’s to perform a short improvisation ‘show reel’ in which will be recorded.


Summer 1 : Script writing based on stimulus: In small groups they will investigate concepts, develop, direct and perform their original scripts.


Summer 2 ;Blood Brothers:Through practical workshops students will investigate, practice and perform a short dialogue from the Willy Russel’s smash hit musical Blood Brothers. Students will investigate key methods how to ‘tackle the text’, learn lines and to create characterisation.

Updated 02/2019

Drama Staff
Mr D Watkins                                             Assistant Headteacher / Head of Performing Arts
Miss H. Scott                                             Teacher of Drama / Teacher of English / Teacher of Vocational Studies
Miss K. Norman                                         Teacher of Drama / Teacher of English
                                                                                    








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