Drama helps to develop life skills whilst also being a creative art form. It helps pupils develop their ability to use voice, movement, gesture and facial expression, in acting, mime, and improvisation. Drama enables students to express and manage their thoughts and feelings, shared and experienced while working in a safe environment. The development of these skills encourages self-confidence and self-awareness. It promotes the development of the individual in pair and group context. Students work together to negotiate roles and ideas, problem solving and decision making.
Key Stage 3
All students study Drama as a discreet subject through the medium of improvisation. Students explore a range of topics which help them to develop, explore and express ideas and concepts. It is also important for students to understand the importance of theatre and its history at this key stage.
In the year 7 units of work of ‘School’ ‘Space’, ‘Evacuees’, ‘Dares and Stealing’, Elizabethan Theatre and ‘Illness’, students explore a range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts, put themselves into a variety of situations or emotions they may face and also exploring different points of view by being portraying different characters. They also look at the impact that particular situations have on others through the development of their character and empathy.
Students continue to develop their drama techniques through units of ‘Betrayal (Greek Theatre; media) , ‘7 Deadly Sins’, ’Addictions’ and the Role of Women which explore issues surrounding drugs, alcohol and smoking and the impact on health and making appropriate decisions pertaining to lifestyle choice; They also look at stereotypes and how the suffragette movement have had an impact on our lives today.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Drama is split into 3 Units:
Unit 1 – students create their own performance from a stimulus to perform in front of an audience. This will then be backed up and evaluated through a portfolio of up to 2000 words.
Unit 2 – students study a play and act out 2 key scenes from the set play text. This will be performed in front of a visiting examiner.
Unit 3 – written exam where students will analyse a play and a performance they have seen during the course. A theatre visit is compulsory.
Unit 1: Research and explore a stimulus and create their own devised drama.
40% of final GCSE
Unit 2: Apply theatrical skills in acting or design by presenting a showcase of two extracts from a performance text.
20% of final GCSE
Unit 3: Final Written exam
40% of final GCSE