Drama is a practical artistic subject. It depends upon the ability of the individual to act ‘as if’ someone else. Through this act of imagination pupils can explore how different people react in different situations and at different times. People’s actions and motivations are examined and individual viewpoints tested.
- In Drama it is necessary to:
- Recreate people’s behaviour from evidence, memory or imagination
- Articulate a personal response based on real or imagined experiences. This should give the Drama conviction and meaning
- Encourage students to develop the ability to evaluate emotional aspects and theatrical effectiveness of the work that they do
To achieve this it is necessary to teach dramatic and theatrical techniques, forms and conventions.
KS3 – taught in 100 minute lessons over 2 twelve week blocks each year
Y7 – In year 7 students are taught a range of subject-specific skills and techniques in creating and performing Drama. Through practical involvement they develop their group and cooperative skills. They will also start to learn how to use Drama to explore ideas and issues, as well as finding ways of bringing dramatic texts to life for an audience.
Y8 – In year 8 these skills are built on, with a strong emphasis on practical performance skills, such as Mask. Students will also extend their ability to explore through practical Drama challenging issues such as Capital Punishment.
Y9 – In year 9 students’ skills are further developed, with an emphasis on working cooperatively and creatively. Through this practical Drama work, students are encouraged to develop their understanding of values, ideas and issues. They are also prepared for success in their further study of the Performing Arts at KS4.
KS4 – taught in separate option blocks in Y10 and Y11
BTEC Performing Arts
Our BTEC courses are vocationally based, and are very much ‘hands-on.’ They are practical, and focus on skills and knowledge needed in the workplace.
Acting – Students will study a range of units that will allow them to explore and experience the skills and techniques used by actors. They will develop their vocal and movement skills and their ability to explore and take on characters in a range of performance projects.
BTEC students also have the opportunity of working not just with teachers but also with professional theatre practitioners in order to enhance their experience of the subject.
Our GCSE Drama course is excellent preparation for Level 3 creative subjects. It provides students with a solid foundation in creative, practical and performance skills.
It allows students to engage in and actively explore a wide range of activities that are stimulating and creative, drawing from a variety of situations and contexts that they can relate to.
GCSE Drama encourages students to develop critical thinking skills and become effective and independent learners. With the focus on working imaginatively, collaborating creatively and communicating effectively, GCSE Drama provides a solid foundation for further Drama studies and vocational opportunities.
BTEC Acting and GCSE Drama courses will help students to develop their knowledge and understanding of
- style, genre and social context
- performance techniques – interpretation, improvisation, voice, physicality, stage relationships with others
- collaboration and communication skills
- enquiring and reflective minds
- independent thinking and working.