As a department, we strive to deepen learning, knowledge and understanding across the curriculum through practical exploration. This year we have been collaborating with the English department to develop schemes of work that will provide pupils with the opportunity to explore texts, playwrights and poems in preparation for GCSE Drama and English. Pupils will study the same text in both Drama and English to combine practical with theory, developing skills in analysis and evaluation so that pupils are able to identify themes, characters intentions and emotions in a fun and creative way.
- Year 7 – Introduction to Drama, Darkwood Manor and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
- Year 8 – Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens), Cinders and A Midsummer’s Night Dream
- Year 9 (Pathway) – War Poetry, Devising from a Stimulus and Blood Brothers
GCSE Drama – KS4
Pupils will study the units: Devising Theatre, Performing from a Text and Interpreting Theatre. Within these units, pupils will work from a variety of stimuli and performance texts, experiment with different performance styles and apply theatre practitioners works. Pupils will be provided with the experience of watching a live theatre performance and writing an analysis and evaluation based on their interpretation and the aesthetic elements.
BTEC Acting – KS5
Pupils will study two mandatory units on the BTEC Acting course: Principles of Acting and Performing to an Audience. Pupils will take part in a variety of workshops that explore different performance styles and practitioners works as well as perform and interpret a range of texts that will provide them with skills in analysis and evaluation of which they can apply to further education.
Extra Curricular activities
Drama club is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in a number of different projects outside of the classroom as well as make friends and build relationships across KS3. Last year, Drama club worked with the sixth form pupils on their Musical Theatre unit and formed part of the chorus, performing to a live audience which was an amazing experience for them. In addition to this, pupils have performed their interpretation of ‘The Prodigal Son’ as part of the Mission Week to highlight our school ‘Heart Values’ of forgiveness and reconciliation. Dedicated members of Drama club were rewarded with a trip to the Old Rep theatre to see the musical Bugsy Malone which gave us the idea of performing it for our annual school production (which was outstanding by the way)
Drama club, led by a member of the drama staff, runs every Monday from 3:10pm – 4:30pm in the school theatre.
Another Drama club, led by our BTEC Acting students, takes place on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 3:00pm – 4:00pm in GE03.