At Key Stage 3, students currently study Drama for one hour, once a fortnight. Students are introduced to the basic skills, techniques and explorative strategies used in Drama, as well as exploring different types of theatre using various topics such as Storytelling, World Theatre, Working from a Text and Musicals. Students will experiment with voice, movement and gesture, learning how to create and portray believable characters as well as building essential life skills such as communication, confidence, self- control and co-operation through creativity.
In Year 8 students are required to select their Option subjects. At present students have the option of studying AQA GCSE Drama. This course allows students to explore a range of theatre and design skills through three main components:
Students are required to study and evaluate a live theatre production and explore and evaluate a published text set by the exam board to learn about:
- Characteristics of performance texts and dramatic works
- Social, cultural and historical contexts of performance
- How meaning is interpreted and communicated to an audience
- Drama and Theatre terminology and how to use it appropriately
- The roles and responsibilities of theatre makers in contemporary professional practice.
Students learn to create a performance from a stimulus, working as part of a ‘theatre company’. They will practically explore a number of Devising techniques, whilst developing a range of transferable skills such as creativity, team work, problem solving and organisational skills: before performing the piece for a live audience. Students are also required to produce a portfolio of their creative process as part of the exam, developing their evaluative and analytical skills.
Texts in Practice:
Students explore the principles of acting and developing a character through the study and performance of a published script. Students explore acting techniques including the exploration of character motivation, gesture, physicality and vocal technique to apply to the scripted performance, before analysing and evaluating their work.
Students can choose to develop as a performer, designer (lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets) or both. Whichever option they choose, students can be sure to gather many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, to expand their horizons.
The need for continuous practice and improvement is fundamental to the aims of the course, and clear and detailed rehearsal schedules should be produced as an ongoing focus for development. This will be achieved through the ongoing production of a log book where each lesson you will be required to update your work, showing an understanding and analysis of the work covered in lesson.
- Miss L Rhodes | Leader of Dance and Drama