In Years 7 and 8 pupils take Drama once a week before they choose their options at the end of Year 8.
At Key Stage 3 the main focus in Drama is developing communication skills, confidence building, teamwork skills, self and peer evaluation. This is done through the exploration of a range of dramatic conventions through topics such as:
In Year 7:
Introduction to Script and Loop Dialogue
In Year 8:
Monologues and Duologues
Group work is an essential element within Drama and pupils are expected to speak and listen to each other with respect and work as a team to produce an effective piece of performance work.
Pupils wishing to pursue Drama at Key Stage 4 will follow a skills curriculum in Year 9 to develop those established at Key Stage 3. All pupils will have the opportunity to explore both devised and scripted work.
In Years 10 and 11 pupils will follow either the BTEC or GCSE route depending which course is best suited to their abilities. They will be expected to be able to create pieces of devised work, complete a Theatre in Education unit as well as scripted work some of which will be shared with the local community. At Key Stage 4 pupils will also explore practitioner’s theories and techniques, including Stanislavski and Brecht, which they will be able to apply to their own work. These pieces will form part of the formal practical assessment at the end of Year 11. As part of the course pupils will be expected to keep a log book reflecting on practical sessions as well as evaluating both self and group performances undertaken. Pupils will be expected to use subject specific vocabulary to analyse their own work and the work of others.