Drama is ‘serious fun’ and we explore a variety of skills and theme-based units of work that are challenging yet enjoyable. During this year pupils are introduced to the basic vocal and physical skills needed to create effective drama. Pupils are given the opportunity to extend their creative imagination whilst approaching the work with discipline and concentration.
Good group skills, such as co-operation, negotiation and respect for others, are fostered and pupils work alone, in pairs, in small groups and in whole groups. A selection of practical skills explored in Year 7 includes:
- basic devising
- in-role exploration
- vocal: pitch / pace / tone / volume / accent / projection.
Pupils build on the foundation skills learnt in Year 7 whilst adding a range of new skills and experiences to their drama knowledge. During Year 8, drama contributes to the pupils’ social and moral development whilst allowing them to extend and develop their theatre techniques. Performance and rehearsal skills are introduced and pupils have the opportunity to create their own dramas as well as work from text. Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for and ownership of their creative work and group skills continue to be fostered and developed. A selection of practical skills explored in Year 8 includes:
- forum theatre
- performance skills
- rehearsal skills
- Greek theatre
- mask work.
In Year 9, drama is a natural progression from Years 7 and 8 whilst being the stepping stone to GCSE Drama in Year 10. Pupils continue to build on skills learnt in the previous two years and basic technical theatre skills are introduced and explored. Drama in Year 9 is challenging but also fun. The emphasis is on learning through enjoyment as we develop pupils’ skills, techniques and confidence, whilst building a solid foundation of work in preparation for GCSE and A Level.
A selection of practical skills explored in Year 9 includes:
- Commedia dell’arte/Pantomime
- technical skills
- text analysis
- interpretation of a script
- spontaneous and prepared improvisation
Key Stage 4
This exciting and challenging course offers GCSE pupils an opportunity to learn, develop and practise a variety of techniques and theories that help to create successful theatre, whilst developing transferable skills that will be useful in all subjects and eventually in the workplace.
Pupils will be exposed to a wide range of theatre experiences which will be approached from a performance perspective. With a strong practical element, the course introduces pupils to a wide variety of drama and theatre skills including:
- performance and presentation skills
- rehearsal techniques and positive teamwork
- script work
- devising techniques and problem solving
- performance evaluation
- creative thinking
- technical elements.
The course is assessed through Practical Coursework (60%) and Examination (40%)
The practical coursework is centred around the creation of two separate production performances and the examination is an externally set and marked written component that comprises three sections:
1. practical work completed during the course
2. study and performance of a scripted play
3. study of a live theatre production seen.
This course will encourage pupils to develop:
- an understanding of, and response to, a range of play texts, and an appreciation of the ways in which playwrights achieve their effects and communicate their intentions to an audience
- an awareness of social, historical and cultural contexts and influences, through an investigation of plays and other forms of dramatic representation
- increased self and group awareness and the ability to appreciate and evaluate their own work and the work of others
- creativity, self-confidence, imagination, concentration, self-discipline and communication.
This course does not just create experienced confident performers, it also equips pupils with a wide range of invaluable transferable skills that can be used in all presentation and communication work outside the drama classroom.