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Year 8 Curriculum Information - Drama
Topics Covered

Year 8 is a progression year where students continue to devise, but also explore and are introduced to scripted dramas and themes and issues.

Topics include:
  • The Lesson: We respond to a poem by Roger McGough and present news bulletins, dramas and monologues about the key events
  • Scripted Drama: Students are introduced to a play or plays and explore plot, characters and meaning
  • Theatre Practitioners: Students are introduced to theatre practitioners and their specialist techniques, traditions and theories.
  • Introduction to Performance and Devising: Students devise their own dramas for performance, using stylised theatre techniques and stage combat.

Assessment is focused on three key areas:

  • Making (The rehearsal process)
  • Performing (Sharing good work with the class)
  • Responding (Evaluating performance work)
  • Students are assessed at every stage of their work: in their contribution to discussion and rehearsals; in their performance; in their written reflections and in their ability to evaluate their own and others’ work.
  • Students will receive structured and detailed feedback every three weeks on how to improve and move forward. They will also receive individual targets to enable them to progress and be challenged. Verbal feedback is always given throughout lessons.
  • Students are required, as part of the assessment process, to reflect on their work and to analyse the work of their classmates.
Special Requirements/Equipment
  • Students will take part in a warm-up activity, a rehearsal or performance session and a class or small group discussion.
  • In the course of a year, students will be required to work in pairs, small groups, as a whole class and individually. The focus of our work is largely practical, with written reflections on the practical exploration elements.
  • Students are required to use the language of drama with increasing confidence in both discussion and written work.
  • Our best advice to those who want to improve in Drama is to see and take part in as much live theatre as possible.
Home Learning
  • One homework task is set each fortnight, in line with students’ homework timetables and whole school policy.
  • Home-learning will be available via the Show My Homework website.
  • Students may be asked to write in role, script scenes and evaluate their own and others’ practical work.
  • Students are also asked to conduct research, consider design elements such as lighting plots or sound cue sheets, learn lines and find or make props.
Reading List

Drama students: explore plays, poems, stories, newspaper articles, diary entries and song lyrics; read for information and conduct independent research

Though we don’t use a textbook at KS3, your son/daughter would benefit greatly from regular theatre trips.

Useful Websites
  • National Theatre
  • Shakespeares Globe Theatre
  • Frantic Assembly
  • Love 39 Steps
  • NSDF
  • Drama UK
  • History World
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