Turing House
KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 7 Drama
Term 1Introduction to Drama   
Pupils will explore the rules of a drama classroom before looking at the difference between devised, improvised and scripted drama and building their confidence to perform for their class.
Assessment: In groups, pupils perform a short scripted piece with a devised ending.Key Words and Terms
Term 2Exploring a Genre: Pantomime  
Pupils will look at the British history of panto before exploring conventions of a traditional pantomime and the characteristics of stock characters.
Assessment: In groups, pupils perform a short scene from a pantomime with a focus on characterisation.Key Words and Terms
Term 3Devising Theatre: Bullying   
Exploring the theme of bulling, pupil will devise a whole class performance looking at several devising techniques and theatrical conventions along the way.
Assessment: Whole class performances will be recorded and evaluated by the pupils. Assessment focuses on team work and focus.Key Words and Terms
Term 4Exploring a Genre: Mime and Masks  
Using Trestle masks, pupils explore mime and mask work. They learn what makes effective mask work and put this into practice in a range of scenes. We will study history of mime and masks in theatre and the work of Famile Floz.
Assessment: In groups, pupils devise and perform a short mime, using masks to help create characters.Key Words and Terms
Term 5 and 6Page to Stage: Chicken   
In this unit, we explore the play ‘Chicken’ by Mark Wheeler. Written for young teens, the play’s central theme is Road Safety, so pupils investigate this hard hitting theme, alongside themes of peer pressure and relationships, learning drama and performance techniques along the way.
Assessment: In groups, pupils perform a short scene from the play using techniques taught in class.Key Words and Terms