Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, students will be working on a practical introduction to drama. This will require the students to use their own self-control, concentration and co-operation skills in order to develop confidence and become effective communicators, within groups and to an audience. Physical and vocal skills are addressed alongside leadership opportunities and a creative organisation of ideas.

These skills will be developed through imaginative responses to a range of stimuli, for example, stories, poems, social issues, scripts and props/costumes.

Students are also required to peer assess and self-reflect, analysing their own progress and the achievements of others, using verbal communication with clarity.

Topics and skills covered include:

Year 7


Still images

Physical theatre


Creating characters


Hot seating

Issue based drama (e.g. bullying)

Year 8

Physical Comedy

Spoken drama -including improvisation and creating characters.

Script work – expression through words and voice

Characters within play scripts –e.g. ‘Blood Brothers’

Rehearsal processes

Techniques for improvised drama (narration, cross cutting, thought tracking)

Key Stage 4 Performing Arts Curriculum (Drama and Dance)

At Key Stage 4, students can choose to specialise in a drama or dance pathway and follow a BTEC vocational course.

BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts (from 2019 onwards) offers the study of the performing arts industry and the creative roles within it.

Year 9

A foundation year where students develop more advanced skills.

Drama pathway – character acting, script interpretation and devising drama pieces from a stimulus.

Dance pathway –performance skills for contemporary dance, basic choreography skills, devising dance from a stimulus

They learn to work as a performance team and visit live performances, using this to help practice their analysis skills in verbal and written form.

Year 10 and 11

BTEC Tech Award – units are completed across 2 years.  Drama or Dance pathway.

Students study 3 components.

Component 1 – Exploring the Performing Arts (internal assessment) 30%

During Component 1, students will take part in research, practical work and written tasks to explore:

performance styles and creative intentions

performance roles, responsibilities and skills

performance techniques, approaches and processes

how practitioners create and influence what’s performed

Component 2Developing skills and techniques (internal assessment) 30%

During component 2, students will:

gain physical, interpretative, vocal and rehearsal skills during workshops and classes

apply their technical, stylistic and interpretative skills in performances

reflect on their progress and use of skills in performance, as well as how they could improve

Component 3 – Performing for a brief (externally assessed) 40%

Working in groups of 3-7 members, students will create a performance in response to a set brief.

They will:

use all skills and techniques learnt so far to create ideas

take part in workshops and rehearsals

keep a skills log

perform a piece lasting 10-15 minutes for a chosen audience (filmed)

reflect on the performance in an evaluation report

Contact Mrs Morgan Head Of Performing Arts for further information.

  • Headlands School
  • Sewerby Road
  • Bridlington
  • Y016 6UR
  • Headlands School
  • Sewerby Road
  • Bridlington
  • Y016 6UR