All students follow a two year curriculum in Drama. Many students join the school with no experience of drama and so our main aim is to develop their knowledge of drama skills, their talent as an actor and their self-confidence. Drama links well with lots of other subjects in the school but highly supports the development of literacy and oracy skills. As students progress into the three year GCSE Drama course they learn to advance their drama skills and explore the world of the theatre, specialist language and practitioners.
Key Stage 3
Year 7 allows students to build their confidence in the subject by trying out some of the basic techniques used in Drama. They begin with a kick start to drama exploring the use of still images, facial expression and body language. We then move into creating stories looking at fairy tales and the stock characters used here and in pantomimes. We then use this knowledge to explore real life events and using play scripts to perform well known characters.
In Year 8 students develop their drama skills by creating their own stories and characters, using the knowledge from year 7. We begin year 8 with students creating their own murder mystery script whilst adding in higher end skills of cross cutting and hot seating to develop their characterisation techniques. Students then move into exploring a different theatrical techniques starting from Greek Theatre and seeing its influences in to the theatre form we see today.
Key Stage 4
In Year 9 the three year Drama GCSE course begins. We begin by studying drama practitioners to show students how styles of theatre are used for certain to pieces to emphasise the message. We study true life drama, scripts and use a lot of research for performances. We follow the AQA Drama course which is split into three components of ‘Devising Drama’ where students study a range of stimuli, research character traits and stories from the news that can be used to create original and sophisticated performances. ‘Understanding Drama’ where students learn about the performance space and how theatre can be performed in many different types of spaces. They discover the roles and responsibilities in the theatre. We watch, analyse and review live or digital theatre shows and then study the play ‘Blood Brothers’ learning about character, themes and putting our own ideas into practise in workshop style lessons. For ‘Texts in Practice’ students have the opportunity to perform a play that has been published.