Key Stage 3
Once a week students study a performance based skills course that covers hot seating, freeze frames, movement drama, play-scripts, improvisation, pair work and rehearsal techniques.. The course not only seeks to equip them for stage performance, but supports the students in team-building, group-work, leadership and independent learning. This has been shown to have an impact both on their confidence / empathy and progress in other areas of the curriculum. During the two years students learn drama skills by studying a variety of engaging topics.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Drama is all about understanding what it is like to put yourself in somebody else’s shoes. It is about increasing confidence and learning to use a range of Explorative Strategies. You will play many parts in different imaginary situations. You will have the opportunity to create your own work as well as look at plays written by other people.
The course aims to extend your appreciation of Drama and Theatre to enable you to develop your communication skills and your creative and imaginative abilities. You will be encouraged to develop concentration, observation and listening skills, and to understand the feelings and behaviour of other people. The work will require you to co-operate and work with others, as well as to make an individual contribution and to work independently of others.
The course is in three parts: In part one of the course you will use drama to express your feelings and ideas about a range of issues. You will take part in physical theatre workshops. In part two of the course you will look at a play to see how a playwright expresses their ideas about a theme or topic and explore ways of making the play work on stage. In part three of the course you will have the choice of being involved in the performance of a play from an existing script or one you can create yourselves. During the course you will have to produce 2 portfolios of written coursework.
The GCSE specification stipulates that the final version must be completed in school under supervision. Unit one must be no longer than two thousand words. Unit two no longer than three thousand words of which two thousand (max) must be critique of a performance in a theatre which we take them to see. Students are expected to write a maximum of no more than five thousand words about their Drama work. You will learn how to use exploratory strategies to respond to texts, how to use the elements of Drama and how to choose an appropriate drama method to convey meaning.
There are two six-hour workshops, with written coursework and a final performance of scripted or devised material to a visiting examiner. This final performance is in front of the External Examiner and a chosen audience) counts for 40% of the total grade.