Within Drama students learn a range of skills including creating, performing and evaluation. Throughout the curriculum there is a focus on three key areas: Scripted performance, devised performance and written analysis and evaluation of both the students own work and that of others. Students work from a range of stimuli and set texts to develop their use of dramatic techniques so as to create engaging, thoughtful drama as well as develop their group work, communication skills and confidence. Students are encouraged to problem solve and develop independence through the creation of a range of dramatic responses and there is a real emphasis on team work, respect and cooperation.
Teacher of Drama – Mrs L Lowe
“Like theatre, Drama in schools can unlock the use of imagination, intellect, empathy and courage. Through it, ideas, responses and feelings can be expressed and communicated. It carries the potential to challenge, to question and to bring about change.”
Students are introduced to drama and focus on the development of core skills and dramatic techniques. These core techniques are used and developed throughout the year when studying extracts of texts such as The Wind in the Willows or Cinderella. Students will also have the opportunity create their own devised pieces based on Myths and legends as well as create their own piece of Theatre in Education to inform younger audiences of topics such as stranger danger.
The core skills learned in year 7 form the building blocks on which year 8 can progress. During Year 8 students will develop skills in techniques such as mime and slap stick comedy and once again access text based performance. Students will begin to develop more written evaluative skills in preparation for GCSE Drama.
In Year 9 students embark on their GCSE course. Throughout the year students will study a number of different theatre styles and practitioners, including Physical theatre (Frantic Assembly) and Naturalism (Stanislavski). Students will develop their performance skills in preparation for their performance units in the GCSE exams. Students perform both scripted and devised work, working in groups, pairs and on their own. They will also create a portfolio of evidence to accompany their devised performance. Students are encouraged to be creative, imaginative and express their own opinion on the given stimuli when devising and during the evaluation process. Students develop skills such as; performing, devising, improvisation and exploration of topics. Students will also have the opportunity to develop skills in the technical elements of theatre such as lighting and make-up. Students will also begin preparation for the written exam that is taken during Year 11. They will be introduced to the set Text of Blood Brothers and watch several examples of live theatre and digital theatre.
During Year 10 students will explore the first unit of the GCSE exam – devising. Students will use a stimulus to devise a piece of drama. They will use research, drama strategies and techniques to explore the stimulus before creating a piece of drama in a group ready for performance. Throughout the unit students will develop skills such as voice, physicality, characterisation and communication with other actors. Students will produce a portfolio alongside the practical performance which will include initial responses to the stimulus, the rehearsal process and analysis of the piece devised. Students will also have the opportunity to be a technician for this unit and be able to create lighting, sound, costume or make-up for a group performance
Within Year 10 students will also begin work on their evaluation of live theatre in preparation for the exam at the end of Y11. They will also work towards initial staging ideas for Blood Brothers by Willy Russell.
Year 11 focuses on the remaining two assessment units. Component 2 is a scripted performance where students work individually, in pairs and small groups to produce their own interpretation of key scenes from a play that contrasts to their set text. Component 3 is the final written exam. In preparation for the final exam students will study Blood Brothers practically and make decisions about how this production could be staged. They will learn how to write from the point of view of an actor, director and designer in order to answer a range of short questions. They will also see a piece of live theatre and learn how to write analytically and make evaluative judgements about their theatrical experience so as to write an extended evaluation within the exam.
The breakdown of how the course is examined can be seen below:
Further information about the GCSE Drama course can be found by clicking on the link below:
Some useful links for GCSE Drama:
Students have the opportunity to:
- Take part in a production during the Autumn term.
- Go on theatre trips
- Create sketches for the Summer Performing Arts showcase
- Work with visiting theatre practitioners.