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

What will my child learn about in Drama this year?

Basics of Drama
At the start of students learning they will study basic drama skills to introduce them to the subject and use these to devise from a stimulus. Students will be baseline assessed on their skills.

Pantomime
Students will learn the variety of skills and drama conventions to produce a comedy pantomime performance using fairytale stories.

Physical Theatre
This is an introduction to physical theatre through the stimulus of Alice in Wonderland. Students will explore the use of movement techniques and skills.

Musical Theatre
Students will explore the musical Bugsy Malone developing characterisation skills, exploring script and creating whole class musical numbers.

Desert Island
Students will be taken on a journey to a desert island where they will use their imagination and improvisation skills to explore their setting. They will develop the use of drama conventions and drama skills through devising work.

Romeo and Juliet
This classic Shakespearean text will be explored through the understanding of characters and storyline. This will build students knowledge of Shakespeare’s language and help them understand the importance of his role within theatre.

What type of homework will be set?
Homework in this year will be focused on encouraging students to participate in our extensive after school provision that can be accessed by students from all abilities. Students will extend their learning through a variety of play texts or devising from a stimulus. Public performances that parents/carers can attend will take place each term.

How will my child be assessed in 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 childs 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 due to Cockburn being a specialist school in the Arts. 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 3

Year 8

What will my child learn about in Drama this year?

Horror- Lizzie Borden
Using socially relevant stimuli students will be introduced to the genre of horror and abstract theatre and will explore the use of abstract conventions within this.

Musical Theatre
Students will revisit this stimulus from previous learning in Year 7 but develop learning around the staging and character creation utilised in this genre.

Let him have it
From a given stimulus students will devise and perform group performances. The stimulus will explore social and historical factors on 1950’s culture and society. This will give the students a taste of KS4 devising units and build skills in working as a small theatre company.

Mime and Melodrama
Students are introduced to the genre of mime and melodrama through the study of silent movies and slapstick comedy.

Introduction to Semiotics

Students use semiotics as a basis for their devising of drama. This includes music, lighting, set, props and costume.

Our Day Out
Students will be introduced to the theatre practitioner Stanislavski and his methods when devising naturalism. Through the use of script and in depth characterisation they will be assessed on their knowledge of the KS3 curriculum.

What type of homework will be set?
Homework in this year will be focussed on encouraging students to participate in our extensive after school provision that can be accessed by students from all abilities. Students will extend their learning through a variety of play texts or devising from a stimulus. Public performances that parents/carers can attend will take place each term.

How will my child be assessed in 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 childs 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 within the Cockburn John Charles performing arts faculty. 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

What will my child learn in Drama?
In KS4 students will study the Edexcel BTEC Technical award 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 devising stimuli.

In the BTEC technical award which involves; students understanding the professional industry; exploring different acting styles and practitioners; developing skills and techniques for performance; using script; and performing from a stimulus. Genres studied include; comedy, tragedy, ficton and non fiction. Performance styles include; naturalism, physical theatre, classical theatre, verbatim theatre and abstract theatre. The main practitioners studied are Constantin Stanislavski, Bertolt Brecht and theatre companies such as Kneehigh theatre. Students also spend time evalutaing thier own rehearsal and perfromances.

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, critical analysis of self or others performance, exposure to live theatre, rehearsal log books.

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 that take place will differ depending on the course undertaken.

Edexcel BTEC Tech Level 1 / 2 Performing Arts (acting)
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.

What can my child move onto with Drama?
Examples of career opportunities that can result from a BTEC in Drama include actor, director, teacher, lecturer, TV presenter, journalist, politician, lawyer, and director of PR/marketing. However as stated before the vital and transferable skills which you develop studying drama can support you into any career or job.