Manor Academy

Achievement, Engagement and Enjoyment.

KS3 Drama


Pupils study drama once a week throughout KS3 and study a variety of topics which explore Drama techniques, characters, themes and plots and through improvisation and script work. Topics are both cross curricular and imaginative and many have links to History, English and RE.

Drama is a key subject in developing Speaking and Listening skills, confidence and teamwork. Pupils are encouraged to develop social skills, confidence, evaluative and reflective skills through discussion and group activities which help them to develop skills which will benefit them in all areas of the curriculum.

The department produces a variety of productions each year: a large scale Musical, plays, dance shows, variety shows, monologue evenings and many more.

We enjoy creating a diverse range of plays and past productions have included Les Miserables, The Crucible, Road, Fame, West Side Story, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe amongst many others.

Other extra curricular projects are run throughout the year for KS3 and KS4 pupils and involve many outside agencies. Gifted and Talented projects are run for pupils from both Key Stages both for drama and collaboratively with other departments.

Dance is also a popular extra curricular subject at Manor and is run throughout the year for both beginners and advanced dancers. Pupils are involved in shows and productions, professional workshops and visits and leadership activities. Dance is also taught through the PE curriculum in KS3.

Units studied and a brief description of their content

Pupils will work on a variety of topics which cover a variety of skills and techniques to build towards becoming reflective and creative practitioners and help them progress towards the requirements of our GCSE and BTEC courses.

Year 7: Sector 7, Waxworks, Tusk Tusk, Ishi, The Plague and Anne Frank.

Year 8: The Latecomer, Bugsy Malone, Storytelling, Evacuation, Old Age, Titanic.

Year 9: Holidays comedy, Slavery and Human Rights, Theatre in Education, Shakespeare, Comedy Scripts, Holocaust and more.

Each year group includes topics which focus on imagination, devising, storytelling and building characters and narrative as well as some script based topics and real life/historical topics which focus on the historical aspect as well as the drama techniques.

Schemes of learning are constantly being adapted and developed to ensure variety and opportunities for progression and extended learning.


Pupils are assessed in three areas within Drama: Creating, Performing and Responding.

Each lesson they are given the chance to develop all three areas and peer/self assess through verbal discussion.

There is also a written element to the course which looks at developing the reflective learner and responding section by evaluating their work and areas for development in more detail. This prepares them for the demands of the GCSE Course where there is a written exam.

Other useful information

Pupils are given opportunities to attend workshops with visiting artists and theatre trips throughout the year to widen their experience. They are also given news of auditions and outside opportunities to develop their talents and give them opportunities to further their experience in the Arts.