Drama

Department Information

Year 7:

At the start of Year 7, students will be introduced to Drama initially through the use of drama games aimed to encourage participation, interaction and building confidence through play. The importance of co-operation and group work will then be introduced with ‘Building a character’ which will require students to work individually, in pairs/groups and as a whole class to complete a variety of tasks all of which focus on fundamental aspects of the subject. This then leads onto the ‘History of Drama’ scheme of work where students will have the opportunity to employ basic dramatic forms and techniques including: freeze-frame, tableaux, mime, narration and characterisation. Students will also have the opportunity to rehearse and perform a variety of scripts

Students are assessed in the following areas: creating; performing and reflecting.

Drama is also taught through Resilience in Year 7

Year 8:

Year 8 Drama is designed to provide opportunities for students to continue to build upon the strong foundations put into place in Year 7. The year will begin with ‘Acting Skills’, which focuses on mime and the power of gestures and facial expressions to convey thoughts, emotions and character. Students will then apply their acting skills when recreating a story using a number of different dramatic techniques.

Students in Year 8 also look at Improvisation and Drama from Stimulus. Improvisation allows pupils to build on their confidence and Drama form Stimulus starts to prepare students for the units that will eventually be covered in GCSE Drama.

Students are assessed in the following areas: creating; performing and reflecting.

Year 9:

Year 9 Drama is designed to provide opportunities for students to continue to build upon the strong foundations put into place in Year 8. The year begins with an introduction to the skills that students will require to progress into GCSE Drama. They will cover, some script work, a variety of acting and performing skills, generating work from stimulus material and improvisation. The second half of the year will introduce them to the areas of study as laid out in the GCSE Drama syllabus.

 

Year 10 or  11 GCSE (One Year Course):

Content and Structure

Component One – Students will create a devised performance in groups. They will be able to select a starting point from a range of stimuli provided by the exam board. They can choose to work as a performer or designer in this component. All performances will be supported by a portfolio which is evidence of the students’ devising process and can be a made up of a combination of writing, images, observation notes and artefacts.
Component Two –Students will study a text chosen by the centre. Students will take a part in two performances of two extracts from the text. They can work as a performer or designer in this component. In this unit students can work individually, or in a group of up to 6. Students must present at least one performance as part of a group.
Students will be required to produce an accompanying concept document which outlines their intentions for the performance.

Exam


Section 1– Students will be asked about preparing and performing a text. The questions will focus on the process of creating and developing a performance.
Section 2– This section asks the students to review a performance they have seen on their course.
They will be primarily assessed on their ability to analyse and evaluate, but will also be marked on their accurate use of subject specific terminology.

Progression

Students can study courses like A level Drama and Theatre Studies, BTEC Performing Arts and BTEC Musical Theatre at school or college. Universities and Colleges offer a variety of courses in performing, writing, directing etc. Students could follow a career in Stage or Film and Television. This could be as a Performer, Director, Producer, as a member of the Production Team, a Costume/Set/Makeup Designer, Press Officer, or Box Office Manager. Students could follow a career in Teaching, or work for the Arts Council visiting schools.

Drama helps to build confidence and communication skills which are needed in all walks of life.

Department Staff:

Sarah Haig (Subject Leader Performing Arts)

Debra Gardner (Drama Teacher)

Gillian Seward (Drama Teacher and DDL)

Clubs:

Drama club takes place every Tuesday after school 2.30pm till 3.30pm in the Drama Studio

Support Your Child – Useful links and advice:

www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/discover-more

www.getintotheatre.org

www.rsc.org.uk/explore

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