Name of Course
KS3 Drama

BTEC Tech Awards in Performing Arts

Outline of Course
Students will explore a variety of texts, musicals and plays throughout the year which will be linked to key theatrical techniques like hot seating, tableau and monologues. This will further aid communication skills, confidence and group/cooperation skills. This can then be developed towards BTEC Performing Arts which comprises of three units. The first focuses on the knowledge and understanding of the Performing Arts industry where students look at how musicals and plays are performed and the marketing that goes into them (linking into their already existing knowledge of musical/plays from previous schemes of work). The second unit is about developing the skills of the performer building upon the skills they have already gained through audience awareness and theatrical techniques. Then finally they have to work in a small group to perform a play by responding to a brief.

How it’s taught
The lessons are structured where students learn a new theatrical skill, linked to a play or musical where options are built into a practical and/or a sitting task which allows students the time to build their skills and confidence.

This year the plays are An Inspector Calls by JB Priestly, Blood Brothers by Willy Russell, A Midsummer Nights Dream and The Tempest by William Shakespeare. The musicals are Footloose, Rock of Ages and Wicked.

Students will have research tasks based on the play/musical being studied.