Welcome to Drama

 

"Back through the ages of barbarism and civilisation, in all tongues, we find this instinctive pleasure in the imitative action that is the very essence of all drama." George P. Baker

 

Imagination, creativity, collaboration, performance and reflection form the ethos of The Long Eaton School's approach to the Performing Arts. We strive to bring Drama into the experience of all students, to help them discover their dramatical talents and to celebrate their achievements. Students develop performance and devising skills and also focus on reflection and evaluation. They are encouraged to take part in performances outside the classroom, and to develop creative, independent and collaborative learning skills. Whilst transferable skills are essential to learners in the present global climate, the intrinsic value of self-expression and creative achievement through Drama is a key role of the Drama provision.

Drama is taught in a practical way, with students taking part in live performances to audiences of their peers, their parents and younger students. The experiences they gain prepare them to engage with the world of Drama outside the classroom.

Subject Staff:

Mrs D Owusu 

Miss Bullard

Miss Gould

Miss Oldfield

 

Key Stage 3:

Year 7 students cover a range of topics which aim to develop basic drama skills through different themes. The issue of stereotypes and young people's perceptions of this is explored dramatically through various techniques which addresses misconceptions of society. Students go on to look at additional projects including studying a play text which explores performance skills and taking on the roll of a director.

In Years 8 and 9 student skills are expanded further through a range of projects, including adaptations of text, responding to real life stimuli, improvisation and monologue performances. Written skills are exercised through studying text and analysing text from a directional point of view.

KS3 students have an hour of Drama every fortnight. In Years 8 and 9 those students wishing to supplement this can choose this option at GCSE Drama. This gives them the opportunity to explore concepts and skills in more depth.

Key Stage 4:

All students are given the opportunity to continue studying Drama at KS4 through WJEC GCSE Drama which is 60% performance and 40% written work. Students take part in drama skills workshops, develop devised performances and write a report about the devising process. In addition to this, they perform an extract from a published play for a visiting examiner, as well as studying a set text given by the examiner, for a written exam.

The course is delivered over 4 hours per fortnight. They allow for the development of creativity and challenge students to reach high levels of technical skill. Students are also expected to use their own time to develop performances.

Key Stage 5:

'A' Level students study Edexcel A level Drama and Theatre over 9 hours per fortnight. They develop knowledge, skills and understanding of Drama practitioners and text through intensive practical study. Social, cultural, political and historical context are also delivered alongside study.

Facilities:

Drama lessons are taught in the Dance Studio or the Main Hall. The studio is a multi-purpose space with mirrors, bar, sound system and sprung floor and the Main Hall has a large performance space with lighting/sound system and tiered seating. Students have the opportunity to work with sound systems and lighting boards in these spaces and also to develop their understanding of how they contribute to a performance and the effect.

Enrichment:

All students are encouraged to get involved in the extra-curricular provision in school. In addition, they are able to book and use the rehearsal spaces and equipment for their own individual and group drama projects.

A wealth of activities and performances take place throughout the year including Drama Club, Performing Arts Committee, a school musical and the opportunity to gain extra qualifications with the Arts award.

 

Lunch Clubs 

Monday - School Show

Tuesday - Performing Arts Committee

Wednesday - School Show

Thursday - Year 7 Drama Club

Friday - Year 8 Drama Club

 


Pupils are encouraged to use our many rehearsal spaces at lunchtimes and after school for their own individual and group rehearsals. If you are a pupil wanting to book a room please click on the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/3Pn4dIKj4jCbvINq2

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