KS3 Drama Cover Lessons Booklet A booklet of 26 different cover lessons for KS3 Drama. A range of worksheets and tasks suitable for desk based Drama or could be adaptred for Remote Learning. Included are the cover sheets for each lesson and any worksheets needed (78 page document) - great for last minute cover lessons. Cover sheets do include a mix of written and practical tasks. I have tried to keep them generic to make them easy to adapt to the topic of the lesson or to be able to used last minute for any class. Could also be used as tasks for students in isolation room. A PDF version and a Powerpoint version of the booklet are included so that you can adapt to the needs of your lesson.
**Scheme of Work based on Matilda by Roald Dahl. ** This is a 5 week scheme of work (although can be extended over 6 weeks - I have included 6 PowerPoints but lesson 4 and 5 can be combined) aimed at Year 7 students. It could work well for Key Stage Two Drama students also. This resources includes; Scheme of work. PowerPoints for each of the 5 lessons. Resources. The lessons cover the topics of; Telling the Story through still images Characterisation The Chokey (Soundscapes and Physical Theatre) Revolting Children (from the musical - this one often takes two lessons) The Ending of the Story.
’Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ KS3 Drama Scheme of Work This is a 7 week Drama scheme of work aimed at Year 7 students although could easily be adapted for any KS3 year group. The scheme covers the use of characterisation and relationships, with some moments of reflection on student’s own feelings and emotions. This resources includes; Scheme of work. Workbook (including reading for each lesson) PowerPoints for each of the 7 lessons. Resources
’The Arrival’ by Shaun Tan KS3 Drama Scheme of Work This is a 6 week Drama scheme of work aimed at Year 8 students although could easily be adapted for any KS3 year group. I have planned for 6 weeks in the scheme but I have also completed it over a 7 week term as well - the assessment task can take an additional lesson. The scheme has a focus on non-verbal communication and physical skills, covering different techniques that help to promote their awareness of these areas. The scheme covers - non-verbal communication, whole class still image, ensemble movement, puppetry, working from a stimulus and use of short script extracts. This resources includes; Scheme of work. Workbook PowerPoints for each of the 6 lessons. Resources The resources does include photos of the parts of the book I used for each lesson, however I would suggest that you try to get a copy of the book yourself as it will support in the teaching of the scheme (and is a beautiful book!). Images from Noun Project are accredited in the Notes section of the PowerPoints.
**KS3 Drama Scheme of Work on Commedia dell’Arte and Mask ** This is a 6 week scheme of work aimed at Year 8 students although could easily be adapted for any KS3 year group. This resources includes; Scheme of work. PowerPoints for each of the 6 lessons. Resources. The lessons cover the topics of; Status in Drama Introduction to Commedia and the stock characters Exploring Status in Commedia Lazzi Introduction to Mask (based on use of Trestle masks) Developing Mask Work
Devising Theatre Support Cards Developed to aid students when they are develop their GCSE devised performances however many of the activities would also work well with A Level students. Includes 46 different exercises and rehearsal techniques to help students in the initial stages of devising, during the main rehearsals and in the final stages before a performance. Each card also includes reflection questions to support with student responses when completing their written coursework. I have a number of these card sets printed and laminated on keychains so that each group can select the rehearsal technique appropriate to them in the devising lessons, however you could also have cards printed separately so that you could select the technique for them. I have included the PDF file (ready to print) and the PowerPoint, in case you wish to adapt the wording of a technique or want to add your own rehearsal techniques in also. You may need to change the font on the titles if you use the PowerPoint version as I downloaded this font.
Scheme of Work based on ‘The Woman in Black’, adapted by Stephen Mallatratt This is a 10 lesson scheme of work (although can be extended over further weeks or equally cut down to a shorter scheme) aimed at Year 9 KS3 students. It could work well for Key Stage Four Drama students also. This resources includes; Scheme of work. PowerPoints for each of the 10 lessons. Workbook The scheme covers techniques such as; Soundscape Multi-role Tension and Atmosphere Set Design Hot-seating Role Play Still Images
Drama Games Cards A set of cards with descriptions of 39 different drama games for use in the classroom. This is a handy resource for non-specialists teaching drama, student drama club leaders or just as a visual reminder of your favourite games! Some of the games are classics, some may be new to you. Rules may vary to your own as these are how I know them but you can easily adapt. I have printed out the resource (2 slides per page), laminated them and put them on a keyring for ease of use! The resource includes a PDF version and the original PowerPoint to allow you to add your own favourite games or change the rules to your version!
**KS3 Drama Scheme of Work on Devising At Desks Using ‘Free’ by David Grant ** This is a 7 week scheme of work aimed at Year 8 students although could easily be adapted for any KS3 year group. This has been created for KS3 lessons in a classroom at desks (although could be adapted to a drama room too). The idea is that the lessons build to a whole class devised performance, using the play ‘Free’ by David Grant as a stimulus. The students play students, in a classroom, who are left without a teacher. I have aimed to introduce students to a few different ways to approach devising scenes. This resources includes; Scheme of work. Workbook (including reading for each lesson) PowerPoints for each of the 7 lessons. Resources. Technique Cards Ideas for Remote Learning (just in case!) The lessons cover the topics of; Creating a Character (using character profile and hot-seating) Developing a Plot (following a story arc) Dilemma (Short scenes including techniques) Main Moment (Still images, improvisation and thought-tracking) Ensemble Movement Assembling the Performance Final Performance
Creating a Production Scheme of Work The ‘Creating a Production’ scheme of work has been designed as a team building scheme for students at the end of Year 9 who have started the GCSE course, however it could be easily adapted to Key Stage Three also. The objective of the scheme is to give students ownership of creating a whole class performance to develop their skills in communication and teamwork, as well as introducing the different production roles in a theatre setting, giving useful preparation for the GCSE written exam. The students take responsibility for every aspect of the performance, including the directing. Each student in the class should have an acting role (except the directors, lighting technician and sound technician) and a production role - ensuring there is always a task to be completed in each lesson. This bundle includes a simple scheme of work, production packs for each of the production roles and some worksheets needed throughout the scheme. The scheme provided mentions the use of Grimm Tales. I have previously done this scheme with the Grimm Tales scripts by Carol Ann Duffy (two stories per class) or abridged Shakespeare scripts. It is a great scheme to get a class working together and appreciating one another, as well as allowing the freedom to develop their own ideas in relation to a script.
Macbeth KS3 Drama Scheme of Work This is a 7 week Drama scheme of work aimed at Year 9 students. Each lesson contains a performance and design option for students to choose between - created to support students who haven’t opted for GCSE Drama with the aim of giving them an understanding of Macbeth in performance (my students study it for GCSE English). My students had done some work on each of the design elements previously, so I don’t go into detail about how to do these. The scheme covers four short extracts from the play, looking at different characters and with a focus on status, intentions, intepretation or atmosphere in the scene. The last two lessons are based on completing a live theatre review. I have used the National Theatre ‘Macbeth’ from 2017, found on the National Theatre Collection. This resources includes; Workbook (containing most of the resources for the design tasks) PowerPoints for each of the 7 lessons. Resources There is no written scheme of work with this resource. Images from Noun Project are accredited in the Notes section of the PowerPoints.
’Blood Brothers’ Retrieval Task Worksheets For the study of ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell. All retrieval tasks are based on; the plot, the characters, the style, genre and structure or quotes from the play. This resource can be used in English or Drama lessons. Includes 25 worksheets based on 15 different retrieval activities. A number of the tasks are based on the activities in Kate Jones’ Retrieval Practical series of books. I have included the PowerPoint version of the worksheets so that they are fully adaptable for you, depending on the questions or knowledge you wish to test. They can also work as templates for other texts studied.
History of Theatre Scheme of Work Aimed at Key Stage Four Drama. This scheme of work covers a practical exploration of Greek Theatre, Medieval Theatre, Elizabethan Theatre and Kitchen Sink Drama. The aim of the scheme is to extract key features from each of these times periods that may help develop students’ own performance work further with a brief history of each of the time periods. This bundle includes the scheme of work, PowerPoints (these are labelled but can be stretched out across lessons) and resources. There should be timers on the first PowerPoint but these don’t seem to be working at the moment - I have left the slides in so that you could add in your own timers (or use an online alternative).
**Ideal Project for Classroom Based Drama or Distance Learning ** KS3 Shadow Puppet Project This is a project which I created when I was due to be out of lessons for a number of weeks. Students can work their way through the booklet and will eventually create and perform their own shadow puppet performances. I am keeping this resource free in the hope it may help those having to teach in classrooms or remotely during these difficult times.
GCSE Drama Dictionary The GCSE Drama Dictionary is a workbook, with a range of drama terminology on the left side, then a blank space on the right for the students to complete their own definitions. It is designed to be completed across the GCSE course, as and when specific terminology is covered in lessons. I have previously used the workbook as a starter, plenary or even to be completed during cover lessons and then as a revision guide at the end of the course. The drama terms are split into different areas, such as voice and physicals skills. It also covers lighting terminology and backstage terms, as well as a practitioners, stage area and stage types section. Terminology is generic so covers all GCSE specifications.
KS3 Drama Response Support Sheet A support sheet to help KS3 to set targets for rehearsal, performance and written work. I have a class set of these printed and laminated for target setting or reflection lessons.
Poster and Description of Drama Ambassador’s Scheme. Includes a poster design and description of how to run a small scale Drama Ambassador scheme in your school to reward those who offer their time and effort to supporting your Drama department.
Verbatim Theatre Project - For Classroom Based Drama A simple Verbatim theatre project developed for KS3 Year 9 whilst classroom based. Resource includes: Scheme of work Workbook One live lesson which I did with students when they were isolating. I completed the project in small groups as students could move around the room, however this could easily be done as an individual project with scope to be completed at home if needed. I hope it helps someone out during these strange times!
Drama Student Role Cards Drama Student Role Cards for Differentiation. I have these printed and laminated on lanyards. Students may be given a specific role in lessons depending on the tasks given to the class. These work well to support students to explore roles that they may not have previously tried. Each card has a couple of questions to support in their role.