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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

 

Key Stage 3:

Year 7 students cover a range of topics which aim to develop basic drama skills through different themes. The issue of bullying and young people's perceptions and experiences of this is explored dramatically through various techniques. Students also study a well-known play, exploring dramatic techniques used by professional companies. Students go on to look at additional projects including melodrama and silent film.

In Year 8 student skills are expanded further through a range of projects, including studying more complex drama practitioners and techniques. They develop skills specifically relating to Brecht and also study a well-known play. 

The KS3 curriculum focusses on performance from a text, devising their own dramatic sketches, and interpreting and analysing. Students have an hour of Drama every fortnight.

Key Stage 4:

All students are given the opportunity to continue studying Drama at KS4 through Eduqas GCSE Drama which is 30% practical work and 70% written work. The assessed practical work includes performance from a text and also performance of their own devised work. The written work includes a portfolio of evidence and evaluation of their devised work, and a written exam. 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, Drama Clinic, a school show and a Performing Arts Tour to a European destination. We also offer a range of trips throughout the year to see live professional drama performances, to support the curriculum of all year groups.

 

Lunch Clubs 

Monday

Tuesday – Drama Club

Wednesday – Drama Clinic and School Show

Thursday -

Friday - Drama Clinic


 


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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