As a subject, Drama helps to build upon these as well as enhance confidence and helps students in acquiring performance, spoken and written English and design/technical skills which will assist them in any occupation in the performing arts industry. Teamwork is key and students will learn how to work together and improve their skill set as well as helping others through the mediums of Drama. The department has obtained a 100% pass rate for the last 5 years!
Students in the lower school enjoy two drama lessons over the fortnightly timetable the majority of which are in the custom built drama studio. These lessons are used to develop key skills in performance as well as communication and teamwork. Students will learn a variety of skills and techniques which can be used to improve their dramatic repertoire. Topics in Key Stage 3 involve World Theatre, improvisation, History of Theatre, Street Photography, Physical Theatre, script writing and set text work. Students are graded in line with the Arts Council’s grade descriptors and students will be introduced to key topics which will aid their transition to Key Stage 4 Drama.
This course focuses on improving not only social skills but also performance skills to improve knowledge and understanding of varying dramatic genres. Students will have the opportunity to create their own works as well as studying plays written by a variety of authors. Students perform to varied work and develop skills which will aid them in any future performance.
What kind of skills will the course develop?
Acting and performance/design skills
Group work and inter-personal skills
Self-confidence and expression
Communication skills and problem solving
Creative and evaluative skills
The course is in four parts:
In part one of the course, students will look practically at a play to see how a playwright expresses their ideas about a theme or a topic and explore ways of making the play work on stage.
In part two of the course students will use drama to analyse a set topic and use varying dramatic techniques to investigate this topic further whilst improving performance skills through improvisation.
In the third part of the course students will either devise their own play or perform one from an existing script to be performed in front of an external examiner.
Throughout the duration of the course, students will learn to write about their own practical work and live theatre productions seen analysing actors’ tools and effective performance skills. This will reinforce the students’ theatrical knowledge and understanding as well as help the students leading up to the written exam at the end of Year 11.
Theatre visits will be arranged in order for students to experience as wide a range of dramatic styles as possible. These trips will be arranged both during and after the normal school day and students will be expected to take full advantage of these trips. Performances from visiting theatre companies will take place in school. Due to the practical nature of the course students will be expected to be committed to rehearsals and this may involve rehearsing in their spare time.