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KS3 Creative Arts

Course Outline

Students gain skills in art forms, using a variety of media, including painting, collage and they will learn about the work of other artists and use this knowledge to help inform their work. 

Students explore a range of dramatic skills. They will learn a variety of dramatic techniques and how to create character for performance.

Through the creative process students use imagination; when solving problems to looks at positive outcomes to situations as opposed to the negative that they may have experienced, critical thinking, and physical and mental skills. Through engaging in this process, students gain self-esteem and confidence in their abilities, therefore becoming more motivated and productive. The creative process also results in a therapeutic journey for students; allowing them a safe and enjoyable space to process through past traumas or challenges.

Class 1 / Class 2 / Class 3

Autumn 1

  • Drama- Introduction into Drama Skills
  • Art- Identity

Autumn 2

  • Drama- Introduction into Drama Skills
  • Art- Pop Art

Spring 1

  • Drama- Genre- Slapstick
  •  Performance skills- working with a Stimulus
  • Art- Pop Art

Spring 2

  • Drama- Homeless
  • Art- Portrait Project

Summer 1

  • Drama- Theatre type
  • Physical- Stanislavski
  • Brecht
  • Art- Exhibition

Summer 2

  • Drama-Stimulus work
  • Theme work
  • Using Film
  • Art- Final Piece
Assessment and feedback

Pupils will receive verbal feedback on their performances and have opportunity to improve their practical work. Pupils will also receive feedback on any written work and opportunities to improve this work in order to develop their written responses.


To get started with their Coursework students will initially work on a series of workshop-based activities, which aim to build up self-confidence quickly, as the activities are designed to virtually guarantee impressive outcomes. Students then pick from a selection of themes and base their work in interpreting their chosen theme. They look at the work of other artists, make sketchbooks and scrap books, and experiment with different materials, gaining skills along the way and building up a coursework portfolio that reflects their individuality and their own personal interpretation of the theme they chose.

How parents/carers can help
  • Look into local arts facilities
  • Look into local arts
  • Talk to your child about educational visits to the theatre, galleries and museums
  • Watch plays online and the film versions of plays online any educational visits to the theatre
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