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KS3 Performing Arts

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Year Long Term Objective: To develop performance skills alongside an understanding of cultural context
Year Autumn 1 Spring 1  Summer 1
Medium Term Objective: Introduction to Performing Arts skills
7 Innovate Collaborate Challenge
Medium Term Objective: Your voice, your vision
8 Who lives, who dies, who tells your story? Voice in a Million Technical Theatre





Pupils will have opportunities to develop their social and team work skills, while also establishing some basic techniques and a toolkit of devices that they can use throughout the rest of the academic year across Music, Dance, Drama and Performing Arts. Inspired by examples of innovation at Disney, with a focus on The Lion King, pupils will explore new and different ways to perform.

Example Key Words


An article or set of articles of costume, such as gloves, earrings, or a scarf, to add to one’s basic outfit.

Body language

Non-verbal communication by movement or position.


A person portrayed in a drama, novel, or other artistic piece.

Facial expression

Look on face which shows emotions.


A person’s manner of walking.


Any movement of the actor’s head, shoulder, arm, hand, leg, or foot to convey meaning.

Who lives, who dies, who tells your story


This scheme of work explores politics, present and past, with a focus on speeches. Through studying the music of Hamilton, pupils develop their knowledge of different political and legal systems and apply characterisation in a new context

Example Key Words


A way of speaking in a local area or country (Drama) The accent is where extra emphasis or stress is placed on a word or part of a word (Music)


The process of examining how drama, literary, technical and performance elements are used.

Artistic intention

Refers to the decisions made by theatre makers to communicate deeper meaning through their work. Without an artistic intention a piece of drama lacks a purpose or a message for its intended audience.

Character motivation

The reason behind a character’s behaviour and actions in a given scene.


An event or a moment intended to create a particular emotional reaction.


When one solitary character speaks to the audience and shares their feelings or point of view.