Drama

DEPARTMENT STAFF

Subject Leader: Miss M. Aguirre
Subject Teacher: Mrs S. Moon
                             Ms M. Hartigan
                                

AIMS

'I listen and I forget. I see and I understand. I do and I remember'

The Drama Department aims to promote self-confidence through involvement, developing the ability to communicate. We aim to develop the pupil’s awareness and understanding of themselves, other people, and the world around them. Drama encourages self-awareness, confidence and sensitivity, tolerance and respect for other people. It promotes co-operation, and a sense of responsibility. The subject content broadens the pupil’s perception and understanding of human nature and the world we live in. Issues explored encourages an appreciation of the variety, power and subtlety of human expression. Drama provides the opportunity for the sharing of experience, thoughts and feelings. The lessons encourage creativity and expression explored within a safe and secure environment. Pupils are given the tools to evaluate and analyse both the process and product of Drama. Additionally Drama provides each student with the invaluable key transferable skills essential for working collaboratively.

Year 7 curriculum:

In the first term the focus is on using drama as a medium to help the girls to settle in, encourage them to create strong friendships and adjust to the new environment. Throughout the year they will begin to build their knowledge and understanding of the drama strategies and develop their subject knowledge and vocabulary.

Scheme of Learning include;

  • Introduction to Drama - Making Friends and exploring what friendships mean. Improvisation and skills based
  • Historical based scheme of The Way West / Roses of Eyam - Skills and improvisation. Independent Learning Project
  • Mystery. Dark wood Manor - Skills and improvisation
  • Silent Movie - Use of non-verbal communication
  • Exploring Different Genres through play text – learning lines and interpretation script
  • Emotional drama ‘Becky’ - Child line – improvisation based

Year 8 curriculum:

In year 8 our aim is to consolidate and extend the work of Year 7, to continue to build their level of concentration and confidence levels. The curriculum promotes independent learning and helps to develop co-operative attitudes, sensitivity and empathy with others and to recognize their interdependence on one another, strengthening their collaboration skills. They will explore new drama strategies and styles of communication, deepening their understanding of theatre in performance.

Scheme of Learning include;

  • Skills Based Scheme of Work / Issue Based Scheme ‘Stephanie’
  • Commedia Dell Arte Independent Research:
  • Performance Skills
  • Frankenstein – monologue
  • Physical Theatre
  • Penny – historical/cultural

Key Stage 4 Curriculum:

For the GCSE Drama we follow the Edexcel Two Year course. More information is available here

Outline of Course

GCSE Drama is an extremely exciting course, which demands a high standard of work and full commitment from the students. This course views Drama as an intellectual, practical and artistic subject that has its roots in exploration through improvisation. The course is based around four phases, response, development, performance and evaluation. 100% of lessons are practical and all coursework is drafted as developed notes for homework. The course consists of three Units, two of which are teacher assessed and externally moderated. Unit 3, the practical performance is externally examined.

Key Stage 5 curriculum:

The drama department will continue to run the A Level Drama and Theatre Arts Edexcel Course. More information is available here

What will I learn on this Course?

The course demands practical, creative and communication skills in almost equal measure. You will extend your ability to create drama and theatre, either in a performing or a production role. You will also be required to write in detail and depth about drama and to develop your powers of analysis to become an informed critic. The course will involve taking part in drama productions, as well as studying plays and playwrights.

What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

It is useful to have taken Drama at GCSE level, but not essential. It is important that you are interested in gaining a greater understanding of how theatre and plays work and that you are keen to be involved in performances. You should have achieved 5 A-C passes in your GCSE examinations, preferably achieved a Grade C in English Literature and English Language, an excellent record for attendance and punctuality and most importantly, a high level of energy and commitment.

A Breakdown of the Course

  • AS - Unit 1: Section A: Exploration Of Drama And Theatre. 40% Of The AS Course.
  • AS - Unit 1 Section B: An Evaluation Of A Production Seen.
  • AS - Unit 2: Section A: The Performance Of A Monologue. 60% Of The Total AS
  • AS - Unit 2: Section B: Theatre Text In Performance
  • A2 – Unit 3: Exploration of a Dramatic Performance. 40% Of The Total A2
  • A2 – Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context: 60% Of The Total A2.

Trips & Extra Curricular Activities

  • Trips to the theatre
  • Opportunities to enter the school talent show
  • School productions take place every other year with the aim to involve students from KS3 
  • Drama clubs
  • Extra intervention and support sessions for KS4 and 5 Students after school and during lunchtimes.