Teacher: Mrs D Hill, Mrs H Haywood (Maternity Cover).
In Drama, we encourage young people to express themselves with confidence and inner determination. We equip them with the skills to have the ability to not only go on to study Drama to degree level and beyond, but to tap into the creativity that every person has within them and find enjoyment from that development. We teach a range of precise skills as well as providing opportunities to gain in confidence and experience both within and outside the classroom and overall instil a love for the creative arts.
During the course of Key stage 3 drama lessons, pupils learn many new skills and techniques which are used to enhance their learning. Techniques explored include still images, thought tracking, monologues, Verbatim Theatre, Physical Theatre and stage combat. These skills are then enhanced and developed at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. There are varied schemes of work including an investigation into areas on the PSHE programme, Shakespearean plays and exploration of genre including Melodrama and Comedy. All lessons focus on themes all of which are designed to develop pupils’ drama and performance techniques. Students are assessed throughout the term and are encouraged to consider how they devise, perform and reflect on their performances. The assessments vary, some are practical and others are through written reflection, offering students an opportunity to show their understanding of creating and performing drama.
Exam Board: Edexcel
The Edexcel course comprises of three exciting units. The course has a greater practical focus, providing students with more freedom and opportunities to explore all elements of theatre.
Component 1 – Devising – 40%
In Component 1 students devise a piece of drama, showcasing their acting, devising and directing skills. Approaching this unit pupils will be applying a set of techniques including hot-seating, cross-cutting and thought tracking and be given time to reflect on the development of their ideas. To complete this devised unit pupils will be requested to create a written portfolio covering the creating and developing process and finally the analysis and evaluation of the performance.
Component 2 – Performance from a text – 20%
In Component 2 students must create a performance from a text. Pupils will be studying a post-1954 text and will be focussing on the characters, plot and themes, making links between social and historical periods of time. This unit will be assessed by an external examiner and therefore allows pupils to demonstrate the best of their acting capability.
Component 3 – Theatre Makers in Practice – 40%
In Component 3 students explore theatre in practice in their end of year written exam. In the preparation for the exam, pupils will practically explore and study The Crucible. Pupils will be asked questions on their decisions as a director, designer or actor and therefore all elements of the theatre are studied. On the GCSE course students will visit the theatre. For the final section of their written exam students will be asked to analyse and evaluate productions viewed.
Exam Board: WJEC
This course is designed for students who enjoy reading plays and watching or participating in Drama as performers, directors or designers and who want to develop their skills in one or more of these areas. One of the attractions of this Drama and Theatre Studies course is the opportunity to work within groups, sharing and exploring creative ideas. Practical work is the heart of the course which is appealing to pupils who love to perform. In the sixth form, students who choose Drama and Theatre Studies often take complementary subjects such as English Literature, Media or Film Studies, Art, Music or a modern language. Furthermore, some students choose Drama and Theatre Studies as a contrast to their other A Level courses in the Humanities or Sciences. Students who take this course gain an entry qualification into higher education where they may pursue courses in a wide range of Arts and Humanities subjects as well as in Drama and related creative subjects.
Component 1 – Theatre Workshop – 20%
Students will be asked to create and perform a reinterpretation of an extract from a set text. Students will need to develop their pieces by applying the techniques of an influential theatre practitioner or theatre company (Stanislavski, Brecht, Frantic Assembly and Artaud).
Component 2 – Text in Action – 40%
Students will be asked to create two performances for an external examiner. The first, students will create and develop a devised piece based on a stimulus material. The second, students will perform an extract from a text where pupils have incorporated a different style.
Component 3 – Text and Performance – 40%
For their end of year written exam pupils will be studying a range of texts (Hedda Gabler, Saved and Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.) Students will study the social, historical and cultural influences of the pieces. Within the exam pupils will demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills in interpreting texts for performance. Students are encouraged to approach this component practically as an actor, designer and director, and as an informed member of a theatre audience.
The benefits are physical, emotional, social and they help to develop a sophisticated appreciation of culture and the arts.
• Communication Skills.
• Emotional Outlet.
We have established a lively, varied and well supported programme of extra-curricular activities, linking with various departments in the school, including Music, Dance, Art and Design & Technology.
KS3 Drama Club is offered on a weekly basis with older students often taking responsibility and leading the students in considering all aspects of performance, resulting in live performances at the Christmas, Spring and Summer Concerts.
In addition to this, a weekly after school Drama club provided for both KS4 and KS5 allows older students the opportunity to develop their performance skills for both higher education and acting schools. The department offers regular workshops and individual mentoring for companies such as the National Youth Theatre and has achieved consistent success with students being accepted on summer school programmes and gaining places at prestigious acting academies such as Italia Conti.
There are also regular theatre trips organised for the students in the examination classes.