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Drama & Performing Arts

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Introduction

The Drama Department is located in the East building. The Drama studio is a spacious room which enables students to work comfortably as a class or in groups, allows for classes to enjoy skills based games and has housed many GCSE and BTEC performances, as well as extra-curricular activities. In addition, the stages in the West and East halls are often used for school productions and rehearsals. The Drama Studio is also well resourced with Fresnel lanterns, backdrop curtains and various props, to support group performances and activities.

The Drama Department encourages students to explore, develop and enhance their creativity, imagination, expression and confidence.  Students have the opportunity to regularly showcase their talents with an intimate audience during Open Mic. This is hosted and organised by the students and held in the Drama studio. In addition, Drama Club is held weekly, allowing students the opportunity to explore various topics and issues, which are later share during Year group assemblies. This participation and motivation then spreads further, where students demonstrate their commitment to school productions, on and off stage.

 

The Department is passionate and determined to build enthusiasm for the subject and make Drama an integral part of school life. This has occurred through various school productions, extra-curricular activities, student led activities and school visits.

 

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KS3

Drama lessons in KS3 are taught on a rotation. The English and Drama departments are in collaboration, where students have the ability to explore texts studied in English lessons, from within a dramatic aspect.

The Curriculum is tailored to allow students to explore themes, issues, problems and characters, displayed within the text, while exploring various techniques and skills of Drama. Drama lessons at the KS3 stage prepare students for KS4 approaches, such as devising and working with stimuli, therefore allowing students to create meaningful and thought-provoking performances.

 

 Year 7

In Year 7 Literature, the main text is ‘Face’ by Benjamin Zephaniah.

Within Drama lessons, students discuss and delve into the thoughts and feelings of the characters of ‘Face’, while learning of their experiences. Students explore issues such as friendships, injuries, and peer pressure through basic skills such as voice, movement, characterisation and status. Students will then use techniques such as thought tracking and split scenes to develop their performances to engage their audience.

 Year 8

Year 8 study Macbeth, where they again discuss the characters and examine their relationships, actions and consequences. Students will then progress their use of techniques such as cross-cutting and monologues to explore the behaviours and thoughts or the characters.

Year 9

Year 9 dramatically analyse stimuli taken from the Seen Poetry Anthology, where students have the ability to freely express their interpretations of images and text. Students work within groups to dissect elements of a text or image, focusing on colour, symbols, words and meanings. Students in Year 9 take minor elements such as space, to tell a story or physically demonstrate the connection between space and relationships, for example. In Year 9, students are encouraged to draw upon their previous knowledge of Drama skills and techniques to devise effective performances based on their interpretations and response to a stimulus.

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KS4

The Drama Department will embark on a new journey this year, with the return of the BTEC Performing Arts course. Students will explore and gain the knowledge of the ‘behind the scenes’ elements of theatre, in addition to performing extracts and preparing for assignments. Therefore, gaining practical and transferable skills, as well as a taster for the theatre sector.

BTEC Performing Arts

Exam board

Pearson

Examined by

Three components: Two internally assessed and externally moderated by the exam board & One externally assessed and moderated

Key topics taught

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts (Internally assessed)

Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts (Internally assessed)

Component 3: Performing to a Brief (externally assessed)

 

 

The course allows students to:

  • Develop key skills that prove learners’ aptitude in performing arts, such as responding to stimulus and reproducing repertoire
  • Process effective ways of working in the performing arts, such as development of ideas, rehearsal and performances.
  • Consider important attitudes within the performing arts, including personal management and communication
  • Learn and develop knowledge of effective skills, processes and attitudes in the sector, such as roles, responsibilities, performance disciplines and styles.

Students are encouraged to work individually and within groups, therefore developing skills of self-motivation, dedication, research, teamwork skills and communication of ideas.

The course weighting is:

  • Component 1 - Exploring the Performing Arts (internal assessment) 30%
  • Component 2 – Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts (internal assessment) 30%
  • Component 3 – Performing to a Brief (external assessment) 40%

 

Year 10

Year 10 will recap and focus on various skills, genres and practitioners, therefore developing their understanding of acting by examining the work of existing practitioners and the processes used to create performance. This is the focus of Component 1 – Exploring the Performing Arts, which will be completed during this period.

Students will also begin applying skills learnt in Component 1, to Component 2, which gives students a practical overview of the skills, techniques and knowledge required for the discipline of acting. Students will develop technical, stylistic and interpretive skills in relation to published plays.

 

Year 11

In Year 11 students will take their knowledge of Components 1 and 2, along with their personal experience of Drama to respond to an assessment task brief provided by Pearson.  Component 3 – Performing to a Brief, the final performance, externally assessed, is held in May of Year 11.


Exam Board Website: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/home.html

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Support

How you can help your child in English and Drama:

  • Encourage your child to attend one of the numerous break/lunch times and after school clubs or take part in the school production.
  • Support your child with homework tasks of reading or learning lines for scripts
  • Encourage your child to attend school visits, where possible.

 

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