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Thirsk School

& Sixth Form College


    Throughout Key Stage 3 drama lessons, students will develop their powers of self expression, self awareness and self confidence. In addition we develop the following skills: working in groups, listening, communication, constructive criticism, empathy for others and awareness of each other’s efforts and achievements .

    We study the following topics :

    Year 7

    • North American Indians, an abstract look at their culture through movement.
    • bullying: theatre in education piece.
    • slow motion fights: Using “Blood Wedding”  DVD as resource.
    • storytelling
    • introduction to script work.

    Year 8

    • instant talks
    • park bench
    • refugees
    • role play

    Year 9

    • homelessness  ( to cover hot seating / role play / monologue )
    • street crime scene  / London riots
    • investigative drama
    • issue based presentation

     Assessment :

    • each student is formally assessed at the end of each unit of study, using Arts Council Guidelines
    • as an on-going informal process, students will be assessed half termly, where work in progress and attitude to learning will be focused on
    • peer and self assessment is an integral part of the learning process throughout Key Stage 3
    • all assessments can be based on work in progress, final performance or concluding evaluation

    Learning beyond the classroom :

    • observe people in any situation!
    • go to the theatre to see “live” performances of any genre
    • be involved in extra curricular Drama experiences both in and out of school, including Dramathon, and school productions

    Teaching KS3 Drama are :

    Mrs N Stimson - Head of Year 9