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Drama

Introduction

It is our aim to provide opportunities for all pupils to experience a wide range and depth of aesthetic and artistic exploration within Drama.  Introducing pupils to the skills of an actor and assisting them to develop their knowledge, understanding and application of these skills to fulfil their true potential.

Through studying Drama pupils will also develop skills that are essential to succeed in life.  These skills include the ability to work as part of a team and enables pupils the opportunity to understand different points of view, express their own opinions, listen purposefully and develop important communication skills. It will develop their sense of commitment and ability to appreciate and appraise constructively. Drama encourages planning techniques, research techniques and physical and perceptual skills.  Pupils will also appreciate the importance of time-management and effective action planning to develop their problem solving skills.  The content of lessons will help pupils understand the values, issues and culture of today's world.

Drama makes an enormous contribution to a pupil’s personal development. In today's world, employers are looking for mature, creative people who can communicate effectively precisely the skills that drama develops.

Extra-curricular activities:

Key Stage 3 Drama Club
School production once a year.
Year 8 European Day – exploring the life and work of French Mime Artist Marcel Marceau.

KS3 summary

In Year 7 pupils are introduced to Drama skills, including voice, movement, gesture, eye contact and facial expressions, and begin to develop these skills to use them effectively in performance.  Pupils are given the opportunity to develop good working relationships with their peers through devising their own work and exploring Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Pupils also explore the themes and issues related to Anti-bullying and how to Be Sunwise!  They also experiment with how to build tension and create mood and atmosphere through exploring Lost on Mystery Mountain and The Haunted Lift.

In Year 8 pupils continue to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding through a range of schemes of a work.  Pupils study the importance of Status in Drama and another Shakespeare play Macbeth.  Pupils are introduced to the style of Melodrama and challenged to apply their performance skills in a very over the top manner!  Pupils also explore the dangers of smoking and have the task to create a piece of drama that educates young people about the harm caused by smoking.  Through exploring the true life experiences of the evacuees during the Second World War, pupils develop respect for the sacrifices made by others and an appreciation for the world they live in today.

In Year 9 pupils begin to prepare for GCSE Drama by developing their ability to apply the skills and techniques they have used in previous years.  The schemes of work provide pupils the opportunity to write and perform their own comedy scripts, explore the work carried out by the charity Barnados, and explore the use of masks in performance looking at the work of Trestle Theatre Company.  Pupils also develop their literacy skills through exploring Blood Brothers by Willy Russell and writing and performing their own monologues. 

Curriculum overview

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Autumn Term

Lost on Mystery Mountain
Anti-Bullying

Melodrama

Status

Trestle Masks

Teechers by John Godber

Spring Term

A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream

Macbeth
Dangers of Smoking

Blood Brothers by Willy Russell

Summer Term

Be Sunwise
The Haunted Lift

Improvisation
World War II Evacuees

Starter Scripts
Theatre Practitioners

KS4 summary

At Key Stage 4 pupils are entered for Pearson BTEC Award in Performing Arts leading to qualification from Level 1 Pass to Level 2 Distinction*.  With Level 2 Distinction* to Level 2 Pass being the equivalent of GCSE Grades 9 to 4.

BTECs are vocational qualifications designed to help students succeed. Students develop knowledge and understanding through applying their learning to work-related contexts, and gain the skills they need for further study and employment.

Method of Assessment.

The course is made up of three components: two that are internally assessed and one that is externally assessed.  There is no written exam to sit at the end of Year 11.

Component 1 - Exploring the Performing Arts.
Assessment: internally assessed assignments.                   Weighting: 30% of total course.
Students will:

• explore performance styles, creative intentions and purpose.
• investigatehow practitioners create and influence what is performed.
• discoverperformance roles, skills, techniques and processes.
Component 2 - Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts

Assessment: internally assessed assignments                    Weighting: 30% of total course

Students will:

• take part in workshops, classes and rehearsals

• gain physical, interpretative, vocal and rehearsal skills

• apply these skills in performance

• reflect on their progress, their performance and how they could improve.

Component 3 - Performing to a Brief

Assessment: externally assessed task, where students work in groups of between 3 and 7 members to create a performance based on a set brief.        Weighting: 40% of total course.

Students will:
• use the brief and previous learnings to come up with ideas.
• build on their skills in classes, workshops and rehearsals.
• review the process using an ideas and skills log.
• perform a piece to their chosen audience.
• reflect on their performance in an evaluation report.

Course Outline

The course encourages students to:
* develop an understanding of & response to a range of play texts
* develop an awareness of social, historical and cultural contexts and influences through an investigation of plays and other styles of dramatic presentation
* develop skills of creativity, self-confidence, concentration, self-discipline and communication
* through trips to the theatre students will develop an understanding and appreciation of Drama and Theatre.

Students will develop an insight into and an understanding of a wide range of activities, building on their existing skills, knowledge and understanding gained from Key Stage 3.
Drama is an exciting, creative and challenging course.  Pupils will be assessed in their exploration of a variety of tasks including Devised thematic work, Study and Performance of a Scripted Play, Improvisation, Physical Theatre, Masks and Theatre in Education.

Pupils will be taken to the theatre to watch professional productions to develop a clear understanding of how plays are constructed and realized, to inform their knowledge and understanding of the skills used by actors in performance and to develop their ability to analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of the performance.

Curriculum overview

 

Year 10

Year 11

Autumn Term

Introduction to BTEC Performing Arts.
Component 1 - Exploring the Performing Arts

Component 1 - Exploring the Performing Arts
Component 2 – Developing Skills and Techniques.

Spring Term

Component 1 - Exploring the Performing Arts

Component 2 – Developing Skills and Techniques.
Component 3 - Performing to the Brief

Summer Term

Component 3  Performing to the Brief – practice and preparation.

Component 3  Performing to the Brief

Staffing

Mr Batt (Head of Drama)

Miss Kelly