Drama

Welcome

Welcome to the Drama page. Here we introduce our subject and how it is taught in our school.


Aims & Objectives

We aim to encourage confidence, team-working, mutual respect, creativity and a sense of fun throughout lessons in drama.

What are the aims of each area?

  • Pupils have the opportunity to devise, perform and evaluate drama.
  • Devising effective drama encourages enquiring minds to explore topics and ideas, thinking beyond the obvious and stepping into other people's shoes.
  • Performance of drama asks for self-discipline and aims to build character and confidence, using a range of drama skills and strategies.
  • Evaluation of drama asks for sensitivity, respect and critical thinking.

Key Stage 3 - Years 7 & 8

What will our pupils study?

We study 12 units across Years 7 & 8. These include units on the basic skills of movement, body language, facial expressions and voice, to more advanced skills such as devised and scripted performance, masks and Shakespeare!

Year 7 Curriculum Overview

Year 8 Curriculum Overview

How will our pupils be assessed?

Pupils are assessed on their practical workshop contributions, performance and evaluative and reflective comments, both oral and written.


Key Stage 4 - Years 9, 10 & 11

What will our pupils study?

Pupils study 'BTEC Performing Arts', an exciting course exploring the skills, techniques and approaches budding actors require. Pupils taking this option become a part of an acting company, preparing drama performances for designated audiences and learning the craft of the actor, through workshop, research, rehearsal and performance.

Year 9 Curriculum Overview

Year 10 Curriculum Overview

Year 11 Curriculum Overview

How will our pupils be assessed?

Pupils are internally assessed during Component 1 (30%) which involves the research and development of acting skills via specific acting workshops. Component 2 (30%) develops these skills into performances and is also internally assessed. Component 3 (40%) is a fifteen hour project where pupils respond to a given brief, deciding which skills to use to develop and perform a final performance which is externally assessed.

How have our KS4 pupils progressed so far?

Key Stage 4 Results - Drama
A*-C % pass rate
2014
2015
2016
2017

100%
100%
100%
100%

What can it lead to?

BTEC Performing Arts can lead to careers in the varied performing arts industry, from actor to administrator. More broadly, in a competitive employment scenario, the requirement to empathise, build teams, problem solve, think creatively and be independent make the drama experience incredibly beneficial in building confident, robust and resourceful young people.


Accommodation & Resources

Drama lessons are delivered in two drama rooms as well as the West Hall Annexe, East Hall and East Hall Annexe. The drama rooms have an Interactive Whiteboard. Masks, props, music and costume enhance the drama experience.


Summary

Pupils enjoy, achieve and develop positive attributes and skills through their drama experiences. A strong focus is placed on teamwork and collaboration – important skills not only for school, but adult life too. Drama aims to prepare pupils for communicating effectively in society, not just verbally and physically, but through increasing self-awareness and their ability to ‘step into others’ shoes’ and empathise – qualities employers cherish. Drama productions are a growing strength in the school, displaying the genuine teamwork, community spirit and dedication across all year groups. Productions are often performed to sell-out audiences and rave reviews.