Key Stage 3
In both years, students have the opportunity to explore a variety of theatrical devices to develop their thinking skills and performance skills throughout the year.
Students will also explore a variety of narratives which will expand their knowledge of social, historical and cultural themes. An emphasis is placed on building a supportive and caring system within the group and to give confidence and encourage commitment to the task in hand. Students learn both independently and in groups by rehearsing, practicing and refining their drama. Students are regularly required to observe and evaluate their own work and that of their peers, considering strengths, weaknesses and targets for improvement.
In Year 7 students are streamed into sets and they have one, one hour lesson per week. Topics in Year 7 include historical drama such as evacuees, mime and mask, physical theatre, script work, improvisation and devising.
In Year 8 students are streamed into sets and also have one, one hour lesson per week. Topics in Year 8 include thematic drama, such as Rosa Parks, racism and different genres such as melodrama, slapstick and soap opera. Students will also study Shakespeare and stage combat.
Key Stage 4
In Year’s 9, 10 and 11, students have the opportunity to study GCSE Drama.
Students are required to study theatre practitioners such as Brecht and Stanislavski and be able to put their techniques into a devised performance (Unit 1) worth 40% of the course. Learners must produce a portfolio which consists of: a process log outlining three significant points in the development of the piece and an evaluation of the development process and performance of the devised theatre.
A scripted performance will be rehearsed and performed to an external examiner worth 20% (Unit 2) and at the end of the course students will sit a written exam on a set text they have studied and review a live piece of theatre. This exam makes up the remaining 40%.
The course will encourage creativity, personal growth, self-confidence, communication and analytical skills through acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding and the exercise of the imagination. It promotes student’s involvement and enjoyment of drama as performers, devisers, directors and designers. Drama GCSE provides opportunities for students to attend professional and community dramatic performances and to develop their skills as informed and thoughtful audience members.
All Key stage 4 students have one two hour lesson per week with both theoretical and practical lessons built in. Students are also offered extra- curricular time to rehearse or study.
Key Stage 4 Courses Offered
Level 2 Qualification
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Extra Curricular Activities
All extra-curricular activities such as productions and initiatives, work towards enriching and developing students’ understanding, technique and performance skills. Students perform throughout the year in school and in the wider community. We develop a whole school production to be performed at the Stephen Joseph Theatre every two years.
Drama also provides extra-curricular intervention sessions to support students who are taking Drama GCSE.
WJEC GCSE Drama – http://www.wjec.co.uk/uploads/publications/16028.pdf