Welcome to Drama

Performing Arts (Drama) Key Stage 3

Year 7

Lessons are based around half termly units that introduce and develop skills in spatial awareness, observation, communication, voice and movement. All students will learn about the basics of drama through games and group activities. They will also understand the origins of storytelling whilst acting out and creating their own scenes. Students will have the chance to gain knowledge of the stage and script work as well as performing roles. There is also significant work on vocal projection and clarity of speech. Students are assessed at half term based on three criteria; creating (devising), performing and evaluating.

Schemes of work

  • Introduction to the Performing Arts
  • Introduction to Mime
  • Morphing Objects and Improvisation
  • Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Melodrama – Victorian Theatre and Silent Film

Year 8

Students have half termly units that concentrate on developing the use of movement, voice, performing roles and evaluating their own and others work. Students will be working on individual performances in the monologue unit as well as a varying number of group task units. Students are expected to be developing confidence, communication and evaluative skills to create their own work and recreate plays. Students are assessed half-termly at the end of each unit based on three criteria; creating (devising), performing and evaluating.

Schemes of work

  • Radio Play (Speech and Drama)
  • Monologues
  • Developing a Script (Dragon’s Den)
  • Using a Script and Designing (Talkin’ WWIII Blues)
  • Superheroes
  • Greek Theatre

Year 9

Students have half termly units that will develop the use of the voice, musicality and characterisation. Lessons also further enhance performance and evaluating skills alongside preparing students for GCSE Drama. Students can work on a number of varying areas of a performance as performer (acting, singing and dancing) or costume, lighting or set designer.  They are expected to be developing in confidence to create, perform and evaluate their own work and provide constructive feedback to others. Students are assessed half-termly at the end of each unit based on three criteria; creating (devising), performing and evaluating.

Schemes of work

  • Musical Theatre (West Side Story)
  • Physical Theatre
  • West Side Story
  • Commedia Dell’Arte

Extra-Curricular Clubs

  • Drama Project (led by Year 11’s culminating in a whole school production) – Monday lunchtimes and Wednesday after school. Open to all years.
  • Vocal Group – Tuesday lunchtimes. Open to all years.
  • Singing/Ensemble Group – Wednesday lunchtimes. Open to all years.
  • Musical Theatre Club – Thursday after school. Open to all years.

School Productions

  • Students will perform in assemblies to their teachers and peers, intimate productions in the Drama Studio with invited audiences and at community events locally.
  • A large-scale, full school production/musical annually.
  • King Arthur’s students work in conjunction with Wincanton Youth Theatre primarily forming the Youth Production Team which includes lighting, sound technicians, set construction and promotion.
A Diaphragm Imagination Practitioner T
Abstract Didactic Individually Program Tableau(x)
Allegory Director Irony Projection Tempo Rhythm in movement
Alienation Discuss Issues Prologue Techniques
Alliteration Double-take K Promenade Tension
Amphitheatre Down Stage (DS) Kinesics Prompt Text
Analysis Drama (movement & gesture) Props Theatre
Antagonist Dramatic L Proscenium Arch Theatre in Education
Anti-hero Duologue Language Protagonist Theatre of the Absurd
Aphorism Dynamics Lighting Proxemics Theatre in the round
Applause E Lighting Effect (LX) Pun Theme
Apron Effective Liturgical Drama Puppets Through line of action
Artistic Emotion M R Tone
Audience Entertain Mask Rehearsal Traverse
Audition Epic Melodrama Rehearsed Improvisation Thought tracking
Auditorium Epigram Metaphor Repetition U
B Epilogue Method of Physical Action Restoration Unison
Believability Evaluation Mime Rhyme Up Stage (US)
Back cloth Exercise Mirroring Rhythm V
Black comedy Explore Mise-en-scene Role Verbal
Blacks Expressionism Monologue Romantic Vocal
Blocking F Monosyllabic S Voices Off
Body movement Facial Expression Montage Satire Voice Over
Burlesque Farce Mood Scatological Humour Volume
C Finale Morality plays Script W
Centre Stage (CS) Flash Back Movement Set Wardrobe
Character Flies Multi-media Simile Warm Up
Chorus Fourth wall Music Slapstick Wig
Circle of Attention Freeze N Soliloquy Wings
Clarity Freeze-frame Narration Sound Wit
Cliché Front of House (FOH) Narrative Sound Effects (SFX) Word play
Comedy Frozen Narrator Spect-actor
Commedia dell’ Arte G Naturalism Spectator
Communication Gels Non-sequitor Speech
Concentrate Genre O Spontaneous Improvisation
Context Gesture P Stage Left (SL)
Cooperation Gobo Pace Stage Right (SR)
Corpsing Greek Theatre Pantomime Staging
Costume H Paradox Stimulus
Creativity Hot-seating Parody Strike
Cue House lights Performance Style
Cyclorama Humour Physical Theatre Subplot
D I Play script Subtext