The Drama Department aims to provide students with a range of opportunities to explore plays, issues and genres in a supportive and exciting environment. Drama is a unique learning medium and we aim to provide all students with a positive environment of trust and respect where every student has an equal opportunity to participate and succeed in the work.
Drama is taught for one hour a week in years 7, 8 and 9 topics are either issue or skills based or involve work on a play text. Students can then opt to take the Drama GCSE qualification with Edexcel. Then they can continue studying Edexcel A-Level Drama & Theatre Studies.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum
Students are introduced to basic Drama skills through improvised and text based work. Examples of schemes are Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ and Roald Dahl’s ‘James and the Giant Peach’. Students are encouraged to harness their natural desire to use story-telling and play imaginatively in a constructive way. They begin to learn how to evaluate work and analyse Drama as a form.
Students are encouraged to develop their Drama specific skills further and to become more independent. We encourage students to create longer and more in-depth pieces of work and evaluative skills are developed. Examples of schemes studied include ‘Greek Myths’ and Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’. Students explore a variety of specific genres including Silent Movie and Melodrama.
Students are encouraged to work towards GCSE level in Year 9 and towards the end of the year students are assessed against GCSE criteria. Students explore a wider variety of specific genre and practitioner theory. Texts studied are ‘Oedipus Rex’ by Sophocles and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Shakespeare. Students are expected to evaluate on a regular basis using specific Drama vocabulary, where they are able to comment on and analyse the effectiveness of how elements and the Drama medium are being constructed.
Key Stage 4
Students follow the Edexcel exam syllabus; the course starts at the end of Year 9 and students are taken through mock exams to ensure they are prepared for them at the end of Year 10 and in Year 11. They will also be introduced to a wider variety of Drama skills, genres and theatre practitioners. Students will attend the theatre a couple of times to see live performances as part of their coursework and to inspire creativity in their own work.
Key Stage 5
The two year course builds on the student’s existing knowledge of Drama and Theatre through the Edexcel exam syllabus. Students will learn more about practitioners and text and develop their own creativity. The AS/2 paper involves exams in both practical exploration and written form. Students will also be expected to do performance work based on different texts and genres. We attend the theatre several times during the course to provide students with a varied experience of performance styles and practitioners.
Extra curricular opportunities
A vital part of any student’s experience is what they learn outside of the classroom through extra-curricular opportunities. In the Drama department we try to create as many free opportunities as we can. These involve being part of the Old Vic New Voices Education scheme where students take part in several workshops and attend the Old Vic to watch the performances. Standing Ovation our Drama club run by the sixth form for KS3, where they meet once a week and produce and direct a play for family and friends and our whole school production. We have also made links and created opportunities with Bodens and Chickenshed.
Ms G. Constantinou
Head of Drama
For further information on the drama curriculum please feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org