Drama

“The most valuable asset a nation has is the creativity of its children.”
Alan Plater (playwright)

We want to give our students opportunities:

  • To be imaginative and creative
  • For self expression
  • To develop communication skills and social skills
  • To practise teamwork and problem solving skills
  • To increase confidence and improve self esteem

Drama is not just about acting and performing plays, though we have fun doing that! Drama is about developing a range of skills for life and fostering enjoyment of the expressive arts. Students will develop an understanding of Drama as an art form and the medium and elements of Drama, and will use dramatic techniques and strategies to explore themes and topics.

Students are taught Drama in mixed ability groups throughout years 7-9. The subject is a popular option choice for GCSE. We have a strong commitment to extra-curricular performance with our drama clubs encouraging students to extend the skills developed in lessons and the annual musical in which students of all years are encouraged to take part, be it in performing or technical support.

Years 7-9

In years 7, 8 and 9 Drama is taught through units and schemes of work based on themes, literature and skills development. In years 7 and 8, there is regular assessment of role play and improvisation skills, group work and communication skills. In year 9 students’ ability in performance is also assessed in preparation for transition to GCSE, and there will also be opportunity to perform to an audience within school.

Year 7 Topics include:
Learning Drama and performance skills.
Teamwork and Drama games.
Developing and performing mini scripts for assessed performance.
History of Greek theatre and group performances.
Evaluating live theatre- ‘Shrek the Musical’ for written exam.
‘Midsummer’s Night Dream’- studying the play and creating scenes.
Year 8

Topics include:
Developing Drama and performance skills.
Performance poetry - Choral movement and voice.
Studying melodrama and creating a piece for assessed performance.
Devising drama, developing physical theatre, and exploring status - Pirates.
Evaluating Live theatre for written exam.
Evaluating small group performance.

Year 9 Topics include:
Developing stylised and symbolic Drama and performance skills
Trestle Theatre Company Masks
Drama exploration of justice and devising drama
Evaluating Live performance and reflecting on script work for written exam.
‘Girls like that’- using script extracts to discuss relevant teen issues.
Stimuli used:
‘The Hillsborough Disaster’

Recommended websites for research or revision http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/english/speaking_listening/drama/revision/1/
http://www.shakespeare.org.uk/explore-shakespeare/for-schools.html

Years 10 and 11

Drama is offered as an option subject for GCSE.

Qualification GCSE Drama
Board AQA
Syllabus number 8261
Website link http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/gcse/drama-8261/subject-content
Assessment details

 

Coursework details Parents can support students by visiting the theatre regularly and watching a range of plays and performances.
Youth theatre and Drama Clubs also provide extra relevant experience.
Recommended website http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zbckjxs
Ofsted Outstanding School
Peak 11
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