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Drama

Why study Drama?

Drama has so many benefits to students that it is difficult to name them all. The transferable skills it develops include: Confidence, public speaking opportunities, team work, verbal communication skills, independent learning, creativity, seeing things from other people’s perspectives and issue based learning. All of these skills are important for any jobs that students may want to go for in the future.

There is also a link to English. Texts studied in Drama include Shakespeare plays and the English GCSE text “An Inspector Calls”. A different, practical approach to studying them can often enhance the learning and understanding and engage the students in the plots, characters and themes.

Drama is also an opportunity for students to move around in a controlled environment, being creative and working together. This can be a welcome change from traditional classroom based lessons and for many students allows them to excel in something.

What will I study?

At Key Stage 3, students have a carousel of Arts subjects and Drama is part of that. This means that for 5 weeks, students have Drama 4 times a week, then they move onto the next subject. In those 5 intense weeks of learning, students focus on two topics.

Year 7

Carousel 1  

An introduction to Drama and Drama techniques – this gives them a foundation on which to build over the next 5 years.

Darkwood Manor – This is a devised project that gives them more Drama skills and develops the skills they learnt in the  first project.

Carousel 2

A Murder Mystery – This is a devised project that allows them to develop their creative skills as a group with a focus on a particular genre.

The terrible fate of Humpty Dumpty – This is a script that examines issues surrounding bullying.

Year 8

Carousel 1

Theatre practitioners – This unit introduces students to Stanislavski, Brecht, Artaud and Grotowski.

Slapstick comedy – This unit looks at old school slapstick comedy and using the body and the situation to get laughs from the audience.

Carousel 2 

“An Inspector Calls” – This unit looks at the characters and themes to provide a basic understanding  of the play.

“Too much punch for Judy” – This script looks at the issue of drink driving and was written for teenagers to perform. It introduces the idea of verbatim theatre.

Year 9

Carousel 1 

Shakespeare your way – This ensures an understanding of the play Romeo and Juliet and allows the students to create a modern adaptation.

“The woman in black” – We explore the play text looking at things such as adaptations from a novel to a play and the use  of self-referential ideas.

Carousel 2 

The Horror project – In this carousel students spend the whole 5 weeks, exploring what the conventions of the genre are, planning, rehearsing, filming and editing a Horror film. They will then have their own screening to the rest of the class.

At KS4 students study the BTEC Tech award in Acting. This is comprised of 3 units. Unit one allows the students to watch and study 3 different work by professional companies, such as “the curious incident of the dog in the night time” (Frantic assembly) or “Teechers” by John Godber and write up their findings in an essay. Unit two asks them to perform one of the works that they studied to an audience and write a logbook as they go. Unit 3 requires students to create their own works by devising a piece of theatre in groups. They will then complete two log book entire sunder exam conditions.

 

How will I study?

Most lessons are practical but there will be written work on occasion and a written homework project will be given out once a carousel.

In Key Stage 3, students have a practical assessment after each unit (so 2 per carousel), at the end of the 5 weeks they then have a written test which covers everything they learnt over the two projects. The marks from the assessments are added together to give an overall grade.

At KS4, lessons will be practical and students will be expected to keep logbooks as homework after each lesson. Units 1 and 2 are internally assessed and externally moderated and unit 3 is assessed by an external examiner.

Career Opportunities

Click here for a link to All About Careers showing you the varied careers you can go on to after a course in Drama.

Extra-Curricular

See our timetable for details of the clubs on offer.