|Drama Y7 KS3|
Drama is currently taught as part of a Physical Education carousel with students rotating through six disciplines every five weeks. Students therefore receive approximately fifteen hours of Drama tuition across three cycles of rotation in each of Y7 and Y8. Through foundation schemes of work, students develop core transferable skills (group work, confidence and presentation skills) as well as grounding in the fundamentals (improvisation, mime, movement and script work) necessary for further study of Drama at GCSE level and Performing Arts at QCF Level 2 (BTEC).
Assessment throughout is via Arts Council levels of attainment. Students receive an attainment level at the end of each rotation, arrived at by continuous and summative assessment of the three strands of Making, Performing and Responding in Drama. Levels are typically between three and six. Every student receives a booklet that explains the levels and what they need to do to achieve them.
Working within the constraints of a carousel does inevitably slow down the process of progression and levels will accordingly be lower than in most subjects at KS3. However progression at KS4 is usually quick and significant. Enthusiasm and effort, rather than attainment level, should be regarded as the key determinants when choosing to take Drama at KS4.