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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 fulfill 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.

Yr 8 European Day - exploring the life and work of French Mime Artist Marcel Marceau.

Key Stage 3 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 Midnight Manor 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 writing and performing their own monologues.


Curriculum Overview

Year 7
Year 8

Year 9

Autumn Term

Planet Paxron

What Frightens Me

Status

Macbeth

Charlotte Dymond

Trestle Masks
Spring Term

A Mid-Summer Night's Dream

Anti-Bullying

Melodrama

Dangers of Smoking

Carl White - Monologues

Comedy in Drama
Summer Term

Be Sunwise

The Haunted Lift

Improvisation

World War II Evacuees

Starter Scripts

Theatre Practitioners

 

Key Stage 4 Summary

At Key Stage 4 pupils are entered for GCSE Drama using the AQA examination.

The course is divided into two units:

Unit 1 - Written Paper Total of 80 marks = 40% of the final grade.

It comprises three sections:

A - Practical work completed during the course.

B - Study and performance of a scripted play.

C - Study of a live theatre production seen.

Candidates must answer Question 1 from Section A and choose one further question from either Section B or Section C.

Unit 2 - Practical work Total of 120 marks = 60% of the final grade.

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 GCSE Drama.
Study and performance of a scripted play - "Why Did The Chicken Cross the Road"  by Mark Wheeller.

Devised Thematic Work - Separation

Study and performance of a scripted play - "Too Much Punch For Judy" by Mark Wheeller

Preparation for GCSE Drama mock exam.
Spring Term
Study and performance of a scripted play - "Mobile Phones" by Alan King
Devised Thematic work - 'Heroes and Villains'
Summer Term

Devised Thematic Work - "The Trap"

Preparation for GCSE Drama mock exam.

Preparation for Unit 1 Written Exam


 

Staffing

Mr Batt (Head of Drama)

Miss Kelly