KS3 Drama

Drama is an inspiring and practical subject. Programmes of study promote an involvement in and enjoyment of drama, as performers and/or designers. Additionally, it provides opportunities to attend live theatre performances and develop thoughtful and informed skills as an audience member.


Autumn Term 1 Autumn Term 2 Spring Term 1 Spring Term 2 Summer Term 1 Summer Term 2
The main Drama Skills and Techniques


Assessment focus –

A: performance / storyboard using freeze frame and flashbacks and flash forwards.

B: performance / storyboard of a poem using freeze frame and conscience alley.

C: performance /storyboard of a script extract using freeze frame and thought-tracking / hot seating.




Assessment focus –

A: create a mask design based the study of Ancient Greek Theatre and an evaluation.

B: create a mask design based on the study of Japanese Noh theatre, or Nohgaku (能楽) and an evaluation.

C: create a mask design based on Postmodern Theatre. Example: Saul Steinberg paper bag masks and an evaluation.

Costume and Props


Assessment focus –

A: design costumes for a character from a classic story / play and write an evaluation.

B: design futuristic costumes for a play set in a particular historical context and write an evaluation.

C: design surreal or post-modern costumes for a character.


Styles, Genres and Practitioners


Assessment focus – A: view / perform and evaluate an example of Epic theatre and Brechtian theatre.

B: view / perform and evaluate an example of Stanislavski and Naturalism theatre.

C: view / perform and evaluate an example of Physical theatre and Musical theatre.




Shakespeare and the Theatre


Assessment focus – performance / storyboard of performance from a Shakespeare play.

A: Romeo and Juliet – love, loyalties and emotions.

B: The Taming of the Shrew – gender and misogyny, social hierarchy, identity and marriage.

C: Hamlet – hierarchy, family, revenge, corruption; religion, politics, appearance and feminism.

Scenic / Stage Design


Assessment focus – study, evaluate and create a scenic design.

A: King Kong, the professional scenic designs include a 2,000-pound animatronic puppet.

B: Beetlejuice, the professional scenic designs include a giant sandworm that lives in the walls. 

C: Alice in Wonderland, the professional scenic designs include a surreal ceiling of falling clocks.