Drama

Drama focuses on the development of what we call the four Cs: creativity, collaboration communication and culture.

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 in a four stage process:

  • Explore (stimuli, texts, themes, social issues and contexts)
  • Create (scripted and devised work, designs and presentations)
  • Perform (demonstrating vocal and physical skills, characterisation, performance styles and genres)
  • Evaluate (verbally or in writing)

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 theatre visits, performances in school, access to professionally filmed productions, drama club and participation in the National Theatre Connections festival where students get the chance to put on a production in a professional setting. Homework set includes an extended task spread over the length of a topic, giving further opportunities for research, design and creative writing. Homework will also include the learning of lines where necessary and the learning of vocabulary for spelling tests.

Key Stage 4

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.