The Drama department has three teachers and a Faculty Support Assistant.
The department is led by Head of Drama, Mrs Robinson (teacher of KS3, 4 and 5), with a specialist drama teacher, Mr Yale.
Drama is a popular subject that allows students to explore different ways of working in groups, devising and performing. All students will study Drama at KS3 and it is an option at KS4 & KS5.
Year 6 Transition
In Drama we start to build students confidence in working in groups and developing ideas. We use drama games and quick task work. Students quickly learn strategies in which they can use within their drama.
Key stage 3
The Learning Journey
Students build skills in devising and performing focusing on their use of vocals and how to create work for an audience. They look at a variety of themes and topics such as Aberfan, Evacuation in WW2 and relationship.
Students continue to build on skills and strategies from year 7. Taking on a variety of roles, developing changes of vocals and physical characterisation. They will use and research themes and topics such as 1968; the year that changed the world, Capital punishment and the play ‘Teechers’.
Students develop skills further by developing their vocals to included accents and dramatic pause, emotion and expression. They take on a variety of characters and are to perform these to an audience. They start to develop more abstract work focusing on themes such as World War 1, Physical theatre and the play ‘Blood Brothers’
How are you going to be assessed?
You will be awarded a 9-1 grade throughout KS3 & KS4 to keep in line with the new GCSE grading criteria. Your grade is based on your performance and devising skills throughout. Students will be assessed throughout the lessons with a formal assessment at the end of each topic.
The grade descriptors which will be used at KS3 can be found here.
Scheme of Work
The scheme of work which will be used at KS3 can be found here.
Key stage 4
Key stage 4 is an optional subject. Students continue to build on skills and techniques already taught at KS3. They study a variety of plays and texts that are used to create a performance, students work in groups to devise their own material. Students create a portfolio of work considering how they devise work, make decisions and evaluate their own ideas.
Students are marked on the following:
- Component 1: A Devised piece of Drama;
- Component 2: Performance from a text;
- Component 3: Written examination.
The grade descriptors which will be used at KS4 can be found here.
Scheme of Work
The scheme of work which will be used at KS4 can be found here.
Key stage 5
Programme of Study
We currently offer A-Level Drama (AQA) which gives students the opportunity to study practitioners, play texts and create work for performance. Key stage 5 students closely follow a similar outline to KS4, making transition smooth and students more confident.
Students study different play texts and take on the role of director.
There a number of trips that take place to visit the theatre to watch live performances.
Students are continually assessed throughout the course on their progress. Their live performances are examined by an examiner at the end of year 1 and 2. Students will devise drama based on studied Texts and practitioners. They will sit an examination based on their knowledge of directing relating to the studied text.
The grade descriptors which will be used at KS5 can be found here.