Assessment Criteria - Year 9 Drama

KS3 Grade

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Projected KS4 Grades


Work with total commitment and sensitivity in a group, leading and inspiring others.
Experiment creatively with rehearsal and drama techniques, using my own initiative to develop work with a high degree of originality.

Display complete control over all aspects of stage performance using originality and creating impact with a range of acting skills and styles.
Support other performers and demonstrate a very high level of audience awareness.
Perform using the chosen drama techniques in a highly inventive way.

Demonstrate an excellent understanding of the process and performance for yourself and others.
Write using perceptive, analytical and detailed, original insight of what you have produced and what you have seen.
Use drama terminology with accuracy and display excellent literacy skills.



Lead others sensitively, keeping a positive working atmosphere and making contributions which significantly improve the effectiveness of the work.
Develop a variety of characters and create and explore drama for a range of purposes.
Choose, apply and adapt rehearsal and drama techniques.

Display excellent control over all aspects of stage performance, showing confidence, originality and commitment in role.
Provide sensitive support for others on stage, and my performance has a major contribution in conveying the play’s intentions to an audience.
Perform using chosen drama techniques in an inventive way.

Analyse and evaluate the development of my work and others in creating and performing.
Write analytically, in depth and providing detailed examples about the drama skills, processes and techniques that used in your creating and performing.
Use drama terminology and a high level of literacy.



Suggest lots of ideas to develop the work and roles, helping others sensitively in rehearsal.
Create drama in a variety of styles and devise a range of well-developed characters with extended roles.
Choose and apply rehearsal and drama techniques.

Display good vocal and movement skills and convey well-sustained and convincing characters with confidence and some originality.
Support others well on stage.
Convey complex ideas to an audience through my stage work.
Perform using chosen drama techniques with some invention.

Discuss the development of my work and that of others in creating and performing.
Give examples of when you used the processes, skills and techniques of drama in your creating and performing through extended discussion.
Use a good level of literacy and drama terminology.



Stay focused throughout rehearsal and suggest some ideas to develop the work and roles.
Create a well-developed character with a viewpoint different from my own and shape work into a satisfactory dramatic structure.
Apply all rehearsal and drama techniques.

Speak clearly and use movement and gesture to show a character.
Stay in role on stage and provide reasonable support for others in performance.
Convey ideas to an audience through my stage work.
Perform using drama techniques with little invention.

Explain the strengths and weaknesses in my creating and performing work, giving reasons to support my opinion.
Write about the processes, skills and techniques of drama.
Use a reasonable level of literacy.
Use drama terminology with guidance.



Listen to and co-operate with others, sometimes suggesting ideas to develop my own role.
Create a character who is different from myself.
Stay focused for most of the time in rehearsal.
Apply some rehearsal and drama techniques.

Remember most of my part and stay in role for most of my performance.
Speak in role and show some support for others on stage.
Be aware of what I want to communicate to an audience.
Perform using some drama techniques.

Describe what my performance was.
Identify strengths and weaknesses in my creating and performing work.
Write in full sentences about my strengths and weaknesses
Identify improvements based on the focus of the performance.



Work as part of a group and co-operate with others.
Create a simple character and use some speech in role.
Focus for some of the time during rehearsal.

Deliver some lines and co-operate with others on stage.
Show a simple role through speech, movement and gesture.
Sometimes face the audience.

Say what I have done well and why
Write in simple statements about my practical work.
Identify my target for improvement.



Listen and use the ideas of others when creating drama.
Experiment with different ways to stand and move.

Present drama in front of others.
Play a character in the drama.
Speak in the drama

Tell my partner what I liked about the drama.
Record work in writing or drawing
Watch a live drama performance and say what I liked about it.



Listen to the ideas of other when creating drama
I am beginning to use movement and stillness in drama.

Stand on stage in front of others
I am beginning to take a role in the drama
I am beginning to speak in the drama

I am answering more than one question in the lesson
Tell my partner one thing I liked about the drama




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