Drama

Drama

Drama is vital for communicating with others in school and in the wider world, and it is fundamental to learning in all curriculum subjects.

In studying drama, students develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing that they will need to participate in society and employment. Students learn to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others confidently and effectively.

The skills studied and developed in drama are key to the modern and professional world we live in. Due to the growth in the communication technology industry the need to be able to articulate and present your ideas with confidence across the world becomes more and more vital. Developing skills in presentation and self-confidence is now a key quality required in most if not all industries. Added to this the creative arts industry is one of the UK’s greatest exports around the world.

Students studying Drama will have access to teaching from subject specialists only and will be taught in purpose-built facilities equipped to a very high standard of technical support.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

AIM:  To encourage team work, build on group dynamics and encourage the development of the individual.  Exploration of Drama through investigation, fantasy and imagination and basic techniques.

What will my child learn about in Drama this year?

  1. Basic Drama Skills

At the start of students learning they will study basic drama skills to introduce them to the subject. Then they start to develop their skills through the study of Terry. Terry (Humpty Dumpty) Dumpton could be a member of your class, and he is being bullied.  Students explore the situation through the eyes of the victim and the bully to resolve the situation in an empathetic way whilst being introduced to the basic tools of Drama, including ROLEPLAY, STILL IMAGE and HOT SEATING. Students will be baseline assessed on their skills.

  1. Character Development

Bly Manor has been the centre of rumour and gossip for years – it is believed to be the most haunted house in Britain.  In this unit, student develop their characters by diving into darkness to explore the things which frighten them as well as experiment with a variety of DRAMATIC TECHNIQUES and CONVENTIONS of the Ghost Story GENRE.   Script Work

  1. Script Work 1

Students will explore the story of Oliver Twist through explorations of the musical. This unit incorporates not just the development of key drama and performance skills but wider areas of the curriculum too. Explorations of life in the Victorian workhouse, the struggles of relocating to an unknown place and building and developing positive relationships are included in this scheme of work.

  1. Physical Skills

Students experiment with the “3 Ms”: MIME, MASK and MOVEMENT to improve their NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION skills.  Inspired by legendary mime artist Marcel Marceau, comedian Rowan Atkinson and silent film star Lillian Gish, they put their skills to work in a STORYTELLING piece based on Native American legend.

  1. Improvisation

In 1955, this courageous black woman refused to move for a white man on a bus, and was subsequently the catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement in America.  Through her true story, students explore the issue of race, prejudice and human rights to widen their cultural experience, understand social justice and explore ways in which drama, particularly FORUM THEATRE, can be a force for change.

  1. Script Work 2

Through an exploration of the play ‘Our Country’s Good’ students will develop their characterisation and performance ability, vital for those students who opt to take KS4 Drama. As well as learning how to bring a script to life, students will explore themes such as consequences of committing crime, starting a new life in another country and the impact convict transportation had on native Australian people.

Year 8

AIM:  To build and develop students’ knowledge and understanding of Drama skills through role play, investigation, imagination and improvisation.

What will my child learn about in Drama this year?

  1. Conventions

A fast-paced revision trip through the theatrical skills and dramatic techniques learnt throughout Year 7 in a series of short activities.  In particular, students revise STILL IMAGE, THOUGHT TRACKING, CONSCIENCE ALLEYWAY and IMPROVISATION. Students will revisit this stimulus from previous learning in Year 7 but develop learning around the staging and character creation utilised in this genre.

  1. Characterisation

Exploring the history of attitudes to witchcraft offers students a lesson in bigotry and an appreciation for tolerance.  Students also add to their understanding of Drama, creating ABSTRACT nightmare scenes and devising an original TV SHOW.

  1. Devising 1

Dangerous criminal or vulnerable victim?  The real life case of Derek Bentley challenge students to think carefully and creatively about justice as they extend their characterisation skills through STATUS, PHYSICAL SIGNATURE and ROLEPLAY.

  1. Genres

What is meant by GENRE?  How is different to STYLE?  Pupils will learn the answers to these important questions as well as develop a working knowledge of the techniques and conventions of NATURALISM, FARCE and TRAGEDY.

  1. Melodrama

Heroes, Villains and Damsels in Distress are just some of the STOCK CHARACTERS found in the genre of MELODRAMA.  Using Superhero stories as inspiration, pupils gain understanding of the techniques and conventions of Melodrama with particular focus on comic EXAGGERATION to DEVISE their own superhero story.

  1. Classical Drama

In 1955, a courageous black woman refused to move for a white man on a bus, and was subsequently the catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement in America.  Through her true story, students explore the issue of race, prejudice and human rights to widen their cultural experience, understand social justice and explore ways in which drama, particularly FORUM THEATRE, can be a force for change.

How will my child be assessed in KS3 Drama?

Students will be given regular verbal feedback (both teacher and peer), will learn how to self-reflect and will complete a formal assessment each half term.

How can I support my child’s KS3 learning at home?

Encouraging your child to read widely and regularly is one of the best ways that you can support your child’s learning at home. Also encourage your child to access the extensive provision and facilities that are on offer. These include theatre visits, practical workshops and after school rehearsals. Exposing your child to as much live theatre as possible in their own time will also help.

Key Stage 4 (RSL Technical Award in Acting)

In KS4 students in our current Year 11 group study the BTEC Technical award level 1/2 Performing Arts (Acting), and our current Year 9 and 10 students will study the RSL Technical Awards level 1/2 Performing Arts (Acting). The three key areas of study that are assessed are the development of skills in; devising drama, performing drama and evaluating drama. During Year 9 we regularly spend time on developing all these three areas whilst exploring a range of play texts and creating our own work from scratch!

Year 9

AIM:  To encourage team work, build on group dynamics and encourage the development of the individual.  Exploration of Drama through investigation, fantasy and imagination and basic techniques.

What will my child learn in Drama?

  1. Naturalism
  2. Devising 2
  3. Modern Text
  4. Practitioners
  5. Devising 3
  6. Classical Text

Year 10

What will my child learn in Drama?

  1. Ensemble Work
  2. Performing Texts 1 – Blood Brothers
  3. Performing Texts 1 – Blood Brothers
  4. Performing Texts 1 – Blood Brothers and Performing Texts 2 – Three Little Pigs
  5. Performing Texts 2 – Three Little Pigs
  6. Devising Skills

Year 11

What will my child learn in Drama?

  1. Devising Skills
  2. Live Performance
  3. Live Performance
  4. Live Performance
  5. Performing Texts 1 – Blood Brothers and Performing Texts 2 – Three Little Pigs
  6. Live Performance

Key Stage 4 RSL Technical Award (Acting)

Throughout the course students will gain understanding of the performing for an audience; exploring different acting styles and practitioners; developing skills and techniques for performance; using script; and performing from a stimulus. Students also spend time evaluating their own rehearsal and performances including a comedy performance and a performance of a musical theatre text.

You will apply your knowledge and understanding of drama when making, performing and responding to drama. You will explore performance texts, understanding their social, cultural and historical context including the theatrical conventions of the period in which they were created. You will also develop a range of theatrical skills and apply them to create performances.

Skills

Students are tasked with improving their skills in analysis of themselves and others. Time is spent ‘writing to evaluate’ their own practical work, developing their subject specific language at all times. Throughout the course students improve their knowledge of the Performing Arts industry and the range of job opportunities that are open to them in the future.

​​​​What type of homework will be set?

Students will receive a variety of homework tasks during key stage 4 that include the following; research tasks of given stimuli, learning lines for performances, analysis of self or others performance, exposure to live theatre etc.

How will my child be assessed in Drama?

In Year 9 students will be giving regular verbal feedback to improve and will undertake a formal performance and written assessment each term. In Year 10/11 the assessments take place after each component of the course is completed.

What can my child move onto with Drama?

Career prospects – Actor, script writer, producer, director, professional dancer, choreographer, drama teacher, TV Extra

Progression routes include A Level Drama/Theatre Studies, BTEC Performing Arts, Dance. University – Drama, Performing Arts, Theatre Studies, Film Making, Production, Education, Music, Dance.

RSL Tech Level 1 / 2 Performing Arts (Acting)

Students will be assessed on 50% course work and 50% exam. 70% will be assessed on practical performance and 30% on written work. These assessments will take place in a modular format.

BTEC Tech Level 1 / 2 Performing Arts (Acting) – current Year 11 only

Students will be assessed on 70% course work and 30% exam. 70% will be assessed on practical performance and 30% on written work. These assessments will take place in a modular format.