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In Drama, students explore a range of techniques and skills under the broad headings of creating, performing, responding and evaluating. The duality of Drama is important to the department; we encourage the study of the subject as an art form through developing a strong set of performance skills. Students embark on a journey where they learn about theatrical histories, genres, the work of notable playwrights and theatre companies, whilst also embracing the role Drama plays in developing their confidence, self-esteem and social skills.
Throughout the year, students have access to an extensive range of live theatre and have the opportunity to rehearse and perform plays through participation in our extra-curricular Drama club catering for all ages and abilities. Please see the notice board to see what’s on and when.
Key Stage 3
In year 7 students begin with an introductory unit using games and exercises to develop co-operation skills, voice and movement foundation skills to build on in future work. They then go on to explore a number of different play texts and styles of theatre such as Greek Theatre, developing specific drama techniques.
In year 8, the first unit is Power of Women where students explore the theme of women as role models, developing their own original monologues for presentation to an audience. Year 8 students then take part in a series of practical sessions learning about different genres of theatre, developing their knowledge and understanding of a range of performance styles.
Key Stage 4
Drama is a popular option at GCSE. We have developed an exciting and dynamic course which allows students to develop a wide range of skills including leadership, confidence, interpersonal and performance skills. The course prepares students for further study of the performing arts at A-level or BTEC and fosters the development of key life skills like independent learning, teamwork and confidence.
Students study the Eduqas GCSE Drama course which is made up of three components.
Component 1 –Devising Theatre
• Students participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of devised theatre using either the techniques of an influential theatre practitioner or a genre, in response to a stimulus set by the exam board
• Controlled assessment evaluating the final performance (1.5 hours)
• Portfolio of supporting evidence evidence (750 words)
Component 2 – Performing from a Text
• Students study and perform two extracts from the same performance text
• Assessed on artistic intentions of the performance (200-300 words)
• Examined externally by visiting examiner
Component 3 – Interpreting Theatre
• Written examination (1.5 hours)
• Section A requires students to answer a series of questions from a director’s perspective on a set text
• Section B consists of a live theatre review requiring analysis and evaluation on a given aspect of the performance
Studying At Home
Students are set various tasks for homework including research and preparation for practical assessments. They are also encouraged to view live theatre, take part in outside youth theatres and develop an understanding of emerging theatre practice.
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