Drama

Staff

Name
Mr L Brewer – Head of Department / Literacy Co-ordinator

About Drama

KEY STAGE 3 – DRAMA

Year 7 – Pupils are taught Drama through Expressive Arts. The focus in Year 7 is on our big question ‘How do artists express themselves?’

Through this big question, pupils explore the use of character, mood, style, structure, inspiration and imagination in Drama, Art and Music.

Schemes of work include Pantomime and The Diary of Anne Frank. At the end of the academic year pupils take part in a 2 day summer showcase based on the theme ‘Wonderland’. This showcase is a chance for pupils to express themselves creatively and aims to answer our big question.

Year 8 – Pupils are taught Drama through Expressive Arts. The focus in Year 8 is on our big question ‘How do artists express themselves from different genres and cultures?’

Through this big question, pupils explore genre, culture, inspiration and imagination in Drama, Art and Music.

Schemes of work include Soap Opera and Blood Brothers. At the end of the academic year pupils take part in a 2 day summer showcase based on the theme ‘Africa’. This showcase is a chance for pupils to express themselves creatively and aims to answer our big question.

Year 9 – Pupils are taught Drama over two hours a fortnight. The focus in Year 9 is to deepen understanding of key performance conventions and to start exploring aspects of the GCSE course.

Schemes of work include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Theatre Practitioners. The summer term is dedicated to an introduction into the GCSE course as pupils explore the set text ‘Two Faces’ and evaluate a number of pieces of live theatre.

Our KS3 drama curriculum aims to develop our pupils into healthy and confident individuals, ambitious capable learners, ethically informed citizens and enterprising and creative contributors.

Our structure pushes pupils to develop skills and build the necessary foundations required during GCSE Drama and the working world.

KEY STAGE 4 – DRAMA

Year 10 & 11 – Pupils are given the option to study Drama as a GCSE subject. We study the WJEC Drama 2016 specification. The course is split into 3 separate units.

UNIT 1: DEVISING THEATRE (40% of qualification)

UNIT 2: PERFORMING THEATRE (20% of qualification)

UNIT 3: INTERPRETING THEATRE (40% of qualification)

The WJEC GCSE in Drama is an exciting, inspiring and practical course. The specification promotes involvement in and enjoyment of drama, as performers and/or designers. Additionally it provides opportunities to attend live theatre performances and to develop skills as informed and thoughtful audience members. Through following this specification, learners will be given opportunities to participate in and interpret their own and others’ drama.

SCHOOL PRODUCTIONS:

Pupils are given the option to participate in our annual school musical. Our sell out productions are a key event in the school calendar with nearly 80 pupils treading the boards every year.

All pupils are given the option to audition for leading roles and the ensemble.  Many pupils are involved in designing set and props and help backstage during production week. Past productions include:

The Wizard of Oz – February 2019

Hairspray – February 2020

In July 2021, we will be performing the smash hit Broadway musical ‘Sister Act’. For tickets please contact our main school office on 01685 351 860.

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