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Drama - KS3

What are the key features of the programmes of study?
In Years 7, 8 and 9, Drama allows students to work imaginatively, creatively and collaboratively. Students become involved in role-play and learn through practical engagement. Lessons follow a variety of themes and issues, which in turn assists students’ learning across the whole curriculum and allows for the improvement of
self-esteem, communication skills and teamwork.  Students will also confidently become aware of how to effectively evaluate work and progress. Developing quality speaking, listening and reflective skills are a focus of all Drama lessons.
What will my child learn?
Students will mainly cover scripted and devised work. Through this, genres of physical theatre, musical theatre, realism, abstract theatre and a study of the history of theatre allows engaging and exciting work to be created. Students will work extensively on acting skills; voice, movement, emotion, meaning, and message. Within this, students will develop refined performance skills and understand what is required to be a successful performer and ensemble. 
In Year 9, students who opt to study Drama spend three hours per fortnight in the department. Devised Theatre is the initial focus in year 9.  Students will study company work, form, structure and audience impact. When moving onto scripted pieces students will look at Musical Theatre, Physical Theatre and practitioners such as Brecht, Stanislavski and Artaud.
What homework and enrichment opportunities will my child have?
Homework is set towards the end of each unit and will generally be a reflection on class work and/or rehearsals. All homework will be uploaded on to Class Charts. Parents and carers can support students by checking the website and talking with their son or daughter about the work.  Students are encouraged to take part in productions and lunchtime clubs.
How is my child assessed?
The Drama Department use three main areas for assessing student progress: Creating, Performing and Evaluating. The teacher will assess progress and understanding and award an overall progress grade in reports.
What equipment is needed?
No equipment is specifically required, students are, however, recommended to wear school trousers or bring leggings/jogging bottoms to move freely. Students are expected to take shoes off for drama lessons.

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