St Bees School

KS3 Drama

KS3 Drama


Course Overview

Drama at Key Stage 3 (KS3) introduces students to the vast, creative world of the dramatic arts.

Through practical and theoretical study, learners develop an understanding and enjoyment of drama, developing group and individual skills and studying ways to communicate ideas and feelings to an audience.

They learn how to discover the performance possibilities of a text and other stimuli, and devise dramatic material of their own. Learners also develop their performance skills.

What Students Will Learn

While studying Drama, KS3 students will:

  • develop practical skills in performance, both as an individual and within a group
  • understand the artistic choices made by actors, directors and designers in presenting performances for an audience
  • learn about theatrical styles and genres
  • explore how to develop their own ideas in creating original drama
  • explore the elements of practical drama
  • learn how to work with extracts from published plays as an actor, director and designer
  • learn how to devise, develop and structure their own original dramatic material
  • learn how to evaluate their contribution to the devising process and the success of their performance
  • explore how to use staging and design as part of a dramatic performance
  •  understand what individual and group performance skills are and how they are applied to create a character and communicate meaning to an audience.


Topics and Modules Covered

Year 7
Introduction to drama
Going into Space
Year 8
Silent Movies
Chinese Theatre
Lord of the Flies
Haunted Manor
Year 9
War of the Worlds
Blood Brothers
Issue and theme-based content such as guns in America & Homelessness

Pathways to Further Learning

The study of Drama in KS3 gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the creative arts and learn how to express emotion in order to create a believable performance. Some Drama lessons will be of a practical nature and others will be more focused on the theoretical side of drama.

It's a fantastic introduction to Drama and will lay the foundations for those looking to study the subject at a higher level at IGCSE.