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Drama

Drama is a fun and creative subject that has a practical focus at the heart of our delivery. 

Drama prepares our students through the development of soft skills and emotional intelligence. Drama promotes communication skills, teamwork, dialogue, negotiation, confidence and socialising. Drama stimulates the imagination and creativity of our students.
 
Through the study of drama we are preparing our young people for the outside world. The transferrable skills gained through the study of Drama can be used in all career paths.
 
Key Stage 3
 
At Key Stage 3, students will practically explore a range of stimuli and create their own performance work in groups. They will explore a range of play texts and learn about different theatre styles. 
 
Lessons will have a practical focus and include some written work. All schemes of work have links to the GCSE course to help prepare our students for the next stage of their education. 
 
Students will learn how to: 
 
  • perform a range of characters
  • work effectively in groups
  • how to analyse and evaluate performance work
 
There will also be the opportunity for students to direct performance work and start to make creative choices for production elements including costume, set design, lighting and sound. 
 
Drama is incredibly inclusive and a subject that all students can enjoy and be successful in. A range of our schemes of work promote equality for all. Through Drama students learn to treat each other with respect, listen to others and compromise. The schools ‘Believe and Achieve’ ethos is embedded into all of our lessons.
 
Enrichment opportunities include a weekly drama club and a street dance club. We also take part in National Theatre Connections where students get the chance to put on a production in a professional setting. Homework’s will include spelling and definition tests to embed the language of Drama, line learning and analysis/evaluation of performance work. 
 
Key Stage 4
 
At Key Stage 4, for GCSE Drama we follow the Edexcel specification. 
 
There are three components to the GCSE drama course:
 
Component 1 – Devising (40% of GCSE) 
 
Skills developed:
Effective group work
Research and negotiation
Developing creativity, ideas and intentions
Performance and design skills
Rehearsing, refining and amending work in progress for performance
Students will consider the impact that they can make on an audience, as they develop the ideas that they want to communicate
 
Component 2 – ‘Performance from Text’ (20% of GCSE)
 
Skills developed:
Rehearsing and learning lines; adapting work in response to rehearsals (to be done collaboratively)
Voice: use of clarity, pace, inflection, pitch and projection
Physicality: use of space, gesture, stillness and stance.
Ability to combine and apply vocal and physical skills
Characterisation
Communication with other performers and with the audience
Understanding of style, genre and theatrical conventions
 
Component 3 – ‘Theatre Makers in Practice’ Written exam (40% of GCSE)
 
Skills developed:
Analyse and evaluate the work of theatre-makers
Recognise specific challenges for performers, directors and designers based on their own experiences in exploring the chosen text
Analyse and evaluate the ways in which different performance and production elements are brought together to create theatre
Use subject-specific terminology in discussing their work as theatre maker.
Students must also be aware of, and be able to use appropriate subject-specific terminology
Analyse and evaluate the work of theatre makers
Form critical judgements about live theatre based on their understanding of drama and theatre
Analyse and evaluate the ways in which different performance and production elements are brought together to create theatre
Analyse and evaluate the work of others
 
For Component 1, there will be a mix of practical drama and written work. Students will create, develop and perform a devised piece of Drama they create from a stimulus. Students will document this journey and need to analyse and evaluate the devising process and performance through a written portfolio.
 
For Component 2, you are assessed on your performance skills or design skills. You will perform or design for two extracts from a performance text. A visiting examiner will come to school. 
 
For Component 3, you need to be able to think and write as a performer, a director and a designer. You will study An Inspector Calls by JB Priestly as a set text. You will also need to be able to analyse and evaluate Live Theatre. 
 
Drama GCSE is inclusive and accessible to all; students can opt to design for Component 1 or 2 rather than perform if that is their preference. The GCSE is the perfect preparation for the A Level course. All students will gain a wealth of transferrable skills that can be used across their studies. 
 
Seeing live theatre is an important part of the course; during the 2 year course there will be opportunities to do this. Students can also be involved in our National Theatre connections project and support younger students within our drama club. 
 
 

Key Stage 5
A Level Drama and Theatre