Curriculum >> Key Stage 3 >> Drama
The Drama department in DES
is a lively, busy place where students are encouraged to work together in a
safe, creative environment.
In Key Stage 3 pupils are taught Drama for an hour each week. The aim of Drama
is for students to develop their communication, concentration and cooperation
skills as well as build on confidence and self-control.
The Year 7 course allows students to explore a range of Drama techniques,
develop their communication and social skills and begins to encourage an understanding
of theatre. Core skills developed include individual, pair and group work;
role-play situations; script work; prepared improvisation; techniques such as
thought-tracking and still image; preparation for roles and character
development; and evaluation of work.
In Year 8, the course builds on the work covered in Year 7 whilst introducing
students to more complex Drama techniques. Students will further develop their
communication and social skills and increase their understanding of theatre.
Core skills developed include individual, pair and group work; in-role work,
including spontaneous and prepared improvisation; techniques such as marking
the moment; physical and emotional development of character; and evaluation of
The year 9 course offers pupils the opportunity to expand their knowledge of
Drama covered in the previous years. Students create more in depth character
work and experience theatrical techniques such as Physical Theatre. Students in
Year 9 are encouraged to devise, rehearse and perform a piece of theatre based
on a theme, which culminates in the Year 9 drama festival at the end of Year 9.
Students are encouraged throughout the year to evaluate and analyse their own
work, and the work of others