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Drama


"Tell me and I will forget.

Show me and I will remember.

Involve me and I will understand."

Chinese Proverb

Drama is an important means of stimulating ‘Creativity’ and developing ‘Resilience’. It can challenge student’s perceptions about their world and about themselves. Dramatic exploration can provide students with an outlet for their individuality, emotions, thoughts, and dreams that they might not otherwise have means to express. A student can, if only for a few moments, become another, explore a new role, try out and experiment with various personal choices and solutions to very real problems-problems from their own life, or problems faced by characters in literature or historical figures. This can happen in a failsafe atmosphere, where actions and consequences can be examined, discussed, and in a very real sense experienced without the dangers and pitfalls that such experimentation would obviously lead to in the "real" world. The Drama team firmly believe in mutual respect and aim to develop a strong sense of social, moral, spiritual and cultural responsibility within the department and within lessons.  

Key Stage 3 Drama:

Drama is delivered through English

Key Stage 4 Drama;


BTEC

We currently study the Edexcel BTEC Level 2 in Performing Arts (Acting) course. 

This course gives students plenty of opportunity to develop their practical Drama skills whilst working in a variety of vocational context.

The units we are currently studying during this course are:

Unit 1:

Individual Showcase

This unit covers what to include in a letter of application and how to prepare audition pieces or presentations that demonstrate your relevant skills and knowledge. Students will choose one from a number of possible progression opportunities as the basis for your work.

Unit 2:

Preparation, Performance and Production

In this unit students will learn how to develop a performance piece as a member of a fictional performance company. They will take on a specific performing or production role and will prepare for, and produce, a performance by carrying out tasks that are appropriate to the role. No matter what role you undertake, you will also need to explore the performance piece you are working on.

Unit 3:

Acting Skills

This unit is about starting their journey to becoming a professional actor. They will be introduced to important acting skills and will learn about the specific demands that acting makes on the body and mind. They will undertake a programme of regular exercises to help them master the techniques that will enable them to control and use your voice and body to communicate a character or role.

GCSE Drama

We are also starting to study the GCSE in Drama:

Unit 1:

From Page to Stage

The focus of this unit will be on how a published text is animated and brought to life for an audience. The emphasis is on working to the intention of the original playwright and not on devising. Students will work on a selected text through workshops and undertake a controlled assessment in which you will perform an extract from the text and complete a working record.

Unit 2:

Drama in the Making

The focus of this unit will be to explore and develop your understanding of the devising process using stimulus material. Students will explore and gain an understanding of the key principles and concepts of devising a piece of drama. The stimulus will be selected by your teacher. Students will explore a chosen stimulus item through workshops and undertake a controlled assessment in which they will deliver a workshop presentation.

Unit 3:

From Concept to Creation

The focus of this unit is to explore and realise one of four briefs set by the exam board. The briefs will use either the text extract or stimulus provided as a starting point to develop skills through a series of workshops exploring the functions of Deviser, Designer, Director and Performer. At the end of the unit, students will undertake a practical examination, comprising of a preparation/rehearsal period and a practical outcome. They will be assessed on their performance/presentation and their planning, and working record. The practical examination is externally marked by a visiting examiner.

We are highly dedicated team who have worked together for over twelve years. We constantly update schemes of work and use research to enhance to the delivery of all lessons. We are fully committed to developing students to reach their true potential.

Extra curricular activities offered by the department currently include:  

  • Drama Club
  • Film Club
  • Shakespeare Club.

Performance opportunities: 

We offer a range of performance opportunities that link to the clubs we run; we also organise the whole academy production. The department has long established links with local drama companies and the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

 

We ask parents to:

  • Encourage your child by attending live theatre events with them. (Panto/academy productions/local theatre productions)
  • Encourage your child to choose a play when visiting the library. Ask them what the play is about and discuss the storyline. Look and see if the play has been made into a film version. (This is often the case)
  • Encourage your child to attend and join extracurricular clubs. Ask them about the work they do. Come and watch them perform.
  • Sit and discuss future work. Listen to their ideas and help them plan a beginning, middle and end to their piece.
  • Encourage your child to read and keep up to date with theatre events. (These can be found in free sheets like The Metro)

Listed below are the topics that will be taught each term in Years 7 & 8:

Year Seven

TERM 1 Conflict and Hard Times: Taught primarily through the novel Once- Morris Gleitzman.

TERM 2 Epics and Myths: Taught through The Ballard of Charlotte Dymonde

TERM 3 Star- Crossed Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet.

TERM 4 Growing Up: Poetry over time

TERM 5 Adventure and the unknown.

TERM 6 Travelling into Year 8... Space

 

Year Eight

TERM 1 Elementary my Dear Year 8...

TERM 2 Revenge and Tragedy. Shakespeare, Macbeth and Witchcraft

TERM 3 Unlikely Relationships: Taught through ‘Shelter’

TERM 4 Other cultures and traditional poetry

TERM 5 Metamorphosis: Taught primarily through the play Pygmalion.

TERM 6 The Voyage into Year 9... The Tempest