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Drama

Drama

 

Department profile

Our vibrant, creative Drama team helps students to devise innovative, thought-provoking plays for a wider audience.  Students are encouraged to think outside of the box in creating drama performances which utilise the varying styles of drama practitioners guided by the expertise of the staff members.

KS3 Curriculum

Drama's vision for year 7 students is to develop successful learners, introducing them to a sound diet of drama skills. Through this process, we believe it is important to promote drama literacy right from the start; an essential ingredient for our students' development and achievement. Our schemes of learning take a thematic approach, facilitating the skills needed to equip students for assessment and progress. With our well-balanced and broad curriculum, confidence is nurtured and students are encouraged to strive for excellence. Our teaching approach stimulates artistic growth, with all learners having the opportunity to share the responsibility of creating, performing and critiquing drama.

The objective of year 8 is to build on our student's drama experience and their successes in year 7. We continue to explore performance skills and dramatic devices through a variety of performing styles and topic-driven approaches. Students also learn the historical and social context from which performing styles have derived. Our purposely sequenced schemes provide opportunities for students to become comfortable at performing, creating and giving their peers constructive feedback. Year 8 drama allows for students to make those necessary connections. They begin to hone in on their ability to identify; the similarities or differences between performing styles. Students enrich their reflective writing skills, by analysing and evaluating their performance.

During Year 9, students are at a pivotal key stage of learning and it is why this juncture in drama is both intriguing and compelling. Drama at year 9 is constructed using the fundamental elements of our KS4 examining board, Eduqas. Students are given the opportunity, to contextually explore a KS4 set text, with students subsequently examining the techniques of theatre practitioners, both theoretically and practically. Experiencing European and non-European performing styles, unveils to our students, the power of theatre telling culturally diverse stories. Not only are students prepared to undertake GCSE Drama at KS4 but also, they have the skills that can easily be transferable and lend themselves, to other subject specialisms.

 

KS4 Curriculum

Year 10 drama GCSE students focus on a practical and theoretical understanding of theatre, through the study of theatre genres and notable theatre practitioners. Practical work will consist of devising your own creative and original piece of drama from a given stimulus as well as learning lines, rehearsing and preparing a performance. Students will be expected to submit coursework and drama diaries, that reflect and evaluate the practical techniques of a practitioner or genre. Students also develop an understanding and appreciation for theatre design and are inquisitive about the impact and meaning theatre design can have on an audience. Although the foundations of the Drama GCSE course accentuate the practical elements of the course; the written exam, alongside the development of a vibrant written portfolio full of impulse, ideas, collaboration and evaluation is weighted at 70%. Therefore our course is designed to encourage and nurture students' written skills, to the required strength to achieve a successful examination outcomes.

In Year 11 students are provided with the opportunity with component 2, to perform or create a technical design for two extracts from a chosen text. This requires students to analyse and evaluate not only the thematic ideas of a playtext but, the motivations and intentions of the playwright. The practical and theoretical understanding of theatre is consolidated in year 11 and the nurturing of students' written skills in year 10, enables students to be thorough and mature in their responses to exam questions whether this is as a performer, technical designer or theatre critic. Students continue to explore practically their set text, Noughts and Crosses. Understanding character intention, plot and context, prepares students for their public exam. Lastly, to further support exam requirements, students visit the theatre and learn how to appreciate a professional production.

KS5 Curriculum

Objectives of course:

We are proud of our successes at KS5 where our curriculum supports progression from Key Stage 4. We ensure that the skills needed to achieve exceptional grades are deeply embedded into all studies, enabling a smooth progressive pathway of knowledge and understanding. Our approaches to assessment  are similar, so that students will have a coherent experience of drama. 

 

Future Pathways

By the end of year 13 our students would have developed a multitude of transferable skills, including collaboration, communication, ability to think on the spot and improvise in order to find a solution. Their level of understanding of how to amend and refine work provides a smooth transition to their next level of study at university or employment. They would have gained the ability to critically assess and analyse anything written or performed opening up pathways not just within the Acting arena (TV, Film, Radio, Theatre) but within industry using their ability to critically assess and analyse written documentation.

 Extra Curricular Opportunities

 Extra-curricular Clubs

We run a wide range of clubs on a daily basis, that are dedicated to each year group on certain days. Yr7’s work on Roald Dahl excerpts for performances, Yr8’s Work on a wide range of Shakespearian pieces, Yr9 students get the opportunity to explore play texts that are not on the school curriculum and Yr10’s are able to create devised pieces and musical numbers.  We have also recently introduced a GCSE extra-curricular Exam Preparation club for all year 9 students that have chosen drama as an option and want to get a head start.

Trips /Plays

Our Students have annual visits to the National Theatre as well as the Troubadour Theatre in Wembley Park. We also have visiting theatre companies who perform for our students in school, so that they get lots of opportunities to see live theatre productions.

Events

Many of our students get the opportunity to perform in a number of events throughout the year which include: Woolwich Street Theatre, Black History Month Projects, Working with various feeder schools using Theatre In Education and running follow on workshops with primary school children.  Many students have taken part in Diversity week and have been selected to perform in Plumstead Manor’s annual drama summer showcase.