Drama

Head of Department: Mrs N Azor

Teachers: Mrs C Riddell

Department Vision

  • We are passionate about our subject, and it is our aim to engage all pupils in exciting and dynamic lessons, which explore genre, style, issues and themes within the world of Drama.

  • We also use drama as a tool to explore the world around us, and interrogate current debates and discussions.

  • “Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.”

  • All pupils will be encouraged to take part in the lessons to the best of their ability, but moreover, we wish to create a department where pupils feel safe and able to express themselves freely.

  • We offer a rich extra-curricular programme, where pupils are encouraged to enhance their school experience.

  • The Drama Department prides itself on being a wholly inclusive one, where pupils and staff alike enjoy the lessons, clubs and are enthusiastic about learning.

Year 7

Autumn 1

Introduction to the theatre

Tableau, mime, team work skills, mask, themed on the wild west.

Autumn 2

Script Study - Blue Remembered Hills

Using abridged scripts to look at status, characterisation skills, comedy, staging, thought tracking, split screen, abstract.

 

Spring 1

Characterisation

Scheme to focus purely on improving characterisation skills.
Each week different fun characters! Old people, soldiers, children, teachers.

Spring 2

Melodrama & Sweeney Todd

Exploring the history of the genre fully before moving on to telling the despicable story of Sweeney Todd through melodrama. 

Summer 1

Physical theatre & Kensuke’s kingdom        

Using the KS2 text to explore bodies as objects, action narration, abstract and physicalising a text.

 

Summer 2

Script Study - Arson About

Using the script, pupils will develop characterisation skills as well as investigate the issues surrounding arson.

 

 

Yr 9 GCSE Drama

Autumn Term

Script Study – “Blood Brothers”. Ends in an evening showcase.

Pupils will look at the playwright, characters, plot and style, whilst performing devised and scripted scenes. They will also complete a number of written tasks.

*We will go and see a professional performance of the play if it is touring locally.

Live theatre visit and review 1.

Spring Term

Class production – to be chosen by the class and teacher. This will be different every year depending on skills of the class, class size, boy:girl ratio and so on. Performed to friends and family at an evening  show.

Live theatre visit and review 2.

Summer Term

“I don’t like Mondays”.
Looking at the story of Brenda Spencer in USA to create themed work and Impros.

Devising project. “Murder at Murder Mansion”.

Students create a melodramatic piece using the murder mystery genre as a device.

Live theatre visit and review 3.

Year 11 GCSE Drama

Autumn 1

Back to basics. – refreshing basic performance skills.

Final Component 2 “Devising Drama” performance projects and written portfolio. Marked internally at an evening showcase, externally moderated.

Live theatre visit and review 4.

Autumn 2

Working on final Component 3  “Texts In Practice” scripted performances in groups.

Live theatre visit and review 5

Spring – Until end of January approx..

Working on final Component 3 “Texts In Practice” scripted performances in groups. Performed at an evening examination in fornt of friends, family, and a visiting external examiner.

Spring – February until written exam in May.

Component 1 – Understanding Drama. Working on drama theory and the written exam. Covering Theatre Roles & Terminology, “Blood Brothers”,  and Live Theatre Review.

Live theatre visit and review 6.

*We will go and see a professional performance of “Blood Brothers” if it is touring locally. 

Year 8

Autumn 1

Off text improvisation – Adrian Mole

Using extracts from the play as a stimulus, students will create a number of scenes and develop their characterisation skills.

Autumn 2

Homelessness and Script study - “Stone Cold”

Using the script, pupils will develop characterisation skills as well as investigate the issue of homelessness.

Spring 1

Mock GCSE Unit – “Our Day Out” (in preparation of GCSE Options choices)

Pupils will look at the playwright, characters, plot and style, whilst performing devisied and scripted scenes. They will also co,plete an extended homework project, which will allow them to make an informed GCSE Option choice.

Spring 2

Comedy

Looking at the different forms of comedy: slapstick, verbal, physical, farce.

Summer 1

Genre and devising

Pupils create their own pieces over the half term based on a genre of their choice: Comedy, Horror, Drama.

Summer 2

Devised mini projects

Students will develop and produce their own short pieces each lesson from a variety of stimuli. E.g. paintings, music, props. 

Yr 10 GCSE Drama

Autumn term

Back to basics

Grotowski & Laban elements

Physical theatre

Page to stage

Research project using script and devising. “Arbeit Macht Frei”

Live theatre visit and review 1.

 

Spring Term

Mock Component 2 “Devising Drama” performance, including evening showcase mock exam for friends and family.

Component 2 “Devising Drama” written portfolio.

Live theatre visit and review 2.

 

Summer Term

Component 3 mock scripted “Texts in Practice” project, including mock exam evening showcase for friends and family.

Live theatre visit and review 3.

 

 

EXTRA-CURRICULAR PROVISION

Years 7 & 8 -  Drama Club

Years 7-10  - Whole school musical (with Music Dept)

Theatre trips are run throughout the year (alongside compulsory GCSE Drama theatre visits), so that pupils can expand their knowledge and develop their love of theatre.

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