Whilst there are strong links between Drama and English in terms of common elements within the KS3 English Framework, the teaching of Drama at the school in Years 7, 8 and 9 holds its own place within the curriculum, offering students learning opportunities which are unique to the subject, and the schemes of work in Drama focus on promoting students’ creativity and performance skills, as well as their social skills.
There is an emphasis on the development of specific skills relating to self awareness, the presentation of self to others, and the wide variety of physical and verbal means of communication for a particular purpose. Students are taught how to present themselves and their ideas clearly and confidently, interact sensitively with others, and evaluate their own progress closely, setting targets for improvement at the end of each project.
Below are some of the drama skills that students work on at KS3.
- Listening to others
- Suggesting ideas
- Encouraging others
- Being sensitive to others’ wants and needs
- Feeling confident
- Thinking positively
- Staying in a good mood!
- Feeling confident and controlling nerves
- Staying in role
- Speaking loudly and clearly
- Remembering what to say and do
- Using the stage well
- Facing the audience
- Using expressive movement and voice
- Showing clear facial expressions
- Being sensitive to the mood of the piece
- Encouraging others to perform well
During the course of a project, there are many opportunities for students to assess their own individual progress and the progress of other students through verbal evaluations of their practical work. Such verbal discussions and feedback serve to assist students in assessing their own progress throughout a project and to try to improve their standard of work prior to their summative assessment at the end of each project. Homework is generally set at the end of each project and constitutes a full and detailed written assessment of their achievement in the areas of performance skills and group work skills, together with the requirement for them to discuss their last targets and their targets for the future.
Students record on their evaluation sheets their own assessed group work level for each project, the performance level awarded by the teacher, and finally the written evaluation level awarded by the teacher relating to the quality of their written work. If their written evaluation is below the standard they could be achieving, there is also a requirement for them to set a written evaluation skills target. In marking, comments are made which assist students in reflecting on their achievement and targets for the future. Other, shorter homework tasks may be set during the course of a project which relate directly to the development of the work in progress.
Students are assessed in drama in the three areas of groupwork skills, performance skills and written evaluation skills. Each of these areas is marked in national curriculum-style levels 3-8 as follows: