KS3 Levels

How to be excellent in Drama

Working with other people in a group

  • Listen to other people
  • Put forward your ideas
  • Cooperate with others
  • Help to make the Drama work well

Creating a role

  • Think about the way the character would move
  • Consider how she/he might be feeling
  • Choose the words she/he says carefully
  • Decide how she/he responds to other characters

Using Space and Movement

  • Make your movements appropriate to the task
  • Think about how you use the area you are in
  • Remember to use levels where necessary
  • Create the message through the movement

Finding solutions

  • Solve problems by using a different technique
  • Talk positively in your group about any difficulty
  • Use various Drama forms
  • Work as a team

Presenting your work to others

  • Be dynamic and energetic in performance
  • Concentrate throughout the presentation
  • Use your voice and the space effectively
  • Be aware of your audience

Discussing the Drama Work

  • Make positive and constructive comments
  • Observe the use of Drama Forms
  • Consider how the meaning is made clear
  • Comment on how effectively the piece worked

Writing and responding to Drama work

  • Present your work well
  • Illustrate where appropriate
  • Reflect on the issues
  • In role writing should be true to the character

Key Stage 3 Skills - Year 7

By the end of Year 7 students should:

Group Work: Be able to

  • Work in mixed sex and mixed ability groups
  • Work co-operatively with others
  • Listen attentively

Improvisation: Recognise and respond to

  • Spontaneous
  • Prepared
  • Whole class
  • T.I.R

Role-play: Create and sustain appropriate roles using

  • Language
  • Movement
  • Gesture

Response and Reflection: Be able to reflect on

  • A variety of stimuli
  • The process, through discussion
  • The product, through evaluation

Performance: Perform and spectate with concentration

  • Individually
  • In a pair
  • As part of a group
  • As a member of an audience

Key words and techniques

  • Freeze frames
  • Role play
  • Scene
  • Blocking
  • Sound collage
  • Thought-tracking
  • Sculpting
  • Narrator
  • Flash-back
  • Hot-seating
  • Split-stage
  • In-role writing

Key Stage 3 Skills - Year 8

By the end of Year 8 students should:

Group Work: Be able to

  • Work spontaneously in whole class improvisation
  • Shape and develop the Drama with autonomy

Improvisation: Be able to

  • Operate in improvisations with dramatic awareness

Role-play: Be able to

  • Create and sustain a variety of roles
  • Select and control movement and space

Response and Reflections: Be able to

  • perform and spectate with sustained concentration consolidating Year 7 performance skills

Key words and techniques:

  • Monologue
  • Concept of stereotype
  • Mood
  • Atmosphere
  • Focus
  • Tension
  • Mime/Mask/Movement
  • Realism
  • Movement collage

Key Stage 3 Skills - Year 9

By the end of Year 9 students should:

Group Work: Be able to

  • Show awareness of equal opportunities within the group
  • Demonstrate tolerance to others

Improvisation: Be able to

  • Select and apply skills effectively and with autonomy

Role-play: Be able to

  • Stimuli
  • Process
  • Performance
  • Issues

Response and Reflection: Be able to reflect creatively and thoughtfully on

  • Stimuli
  • Process
  • Performance
  • issues

Performance: Be able to approach performance with dramatic understanding of

  • Form
  • Skills
  • Style and genre

Key words and techniques:

  • Reportage
  • Stylised and symbolic movement
  • Non-realistic form
  • Dream sequence
  • Walk in freeze
  • Word collage
  • Forum theatre
  • Physical theatre
  • Stanislavskian Explorative Strategies
  • Brechtian Explorative Strategies

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