Ages 12-13

(Note UK: Year 8 = USA: Grade 7)

These modules have been designed for year 8 students with some experience of drama, preferably having been taught in Year 7 previously. These schemes of work lean more heavily on the creative side, with the students being taught to interpret existing texts and music, develop their improvisation skills and devise original dramatic pieces.

Each lesson plan follows the same format, with warm up schemes, whole class and group activities as well as learning objectives and homework. Each unit ends with an assessment lesson so that students’ progress can be measured.

The schemes of work are designed to link into other curricular activities, using themes and backdrops common in Key Stage 3 teaching.


Year 8 Schemes of Work

Developing vocal delivery through fun exercises and a little Shakespeare (Year 8)

One night over dinner the Earl is found dead. A classic whodunnit? (Year 8)

Learning to think quickly and creatively with an Olympian Improvisation finale (Year 8)

Victorian stage fun, stock characters and villainous intent (Year 8)

Exploring classic storytelling, stock characters and key elements (Year 8)

Improvised comedy using stock characters and masks (Year 8)

Understanding the plight of the homeless and their families (Year 8)

Greek tragedy with Theseus, Ariadne and a labyrinth (Year 8)

Drama inspired by Aboriginal Dreamtime art and music (Year 8)

Shakespeare introduction with Olivia, Viola and Malvolio (Year 8)

Creating characters using props, improvisation and text (Year 8)

Using music to create tension, mood and atmosphere (Year 8)

Annie Besant and the famous match workers strike of 1888 (Year 8)

An ancient take on comedy, tragedy and pantomime (Year 8)