We believe that Drama is essential to the positive development of students and endeavour to tailor schemes of work to suit all of their needs in each class. We place much emphasis on moral, personal and social development, as well as group skills. Students have the opportunity to develop – amongst others – the qualities of confidence, co-operation and mutual respect. We strongly encourage parents/carers to take students to performances to see productions of differing theatrical styles, as often as is possible. This will be a great help to the development of their skills, and their understanding of the subject.
In KS3 students receive one lesson per week, which is taught in form groups. Whilst many students may have experienced Drama in their primary schools, many have not been taught it as a separate subject. Therefore from Year 7, we provide a foundation course that covers basic Drama skills.
Homework is set once a fortnight and is set in a variety of formats. We aim to set at least one written task per half-term, which will include creative writing tasks such as: script writing, In-role Character writing, News articles, Storyboards. Other tasks would be creative but in non-written formats, e.g. thinking tasks, observational tasks or practical tasks. Students are expected to discuss these tasks in lesson times and provide proof that they have completed the tasks.
Topics covered include:
- Learning and Development of Basic skills of Drama
- The Development of Movement and Miming skills
- Play Reading and Writing
- Using Dramatic Tension
- Using a Variety of Stimuli to generate Drama
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GCSE Drama allows students to further develop their creative thinking, self-esteem and social awareness. The format of lessons is similar to Key Stage 3, where we work on and discuss issues, events, morality, social concerns and so on – explored through discussion and practical work. We also work on play texts, see live performances and present a play to an external examiner.
Why this subject is important?
Employees love Drama qualifications – they mean good inter-personal skills and confidence, which are valuable life skills. You should choose Drama if you enjoy learning in a practical environment, like discussing important issues, and would enjoy experimenting with the skills used in performance. Drama is a fun and active way to learn about yourself and the wider world in which we live. To be successful you need to be energetic and willing to be active every lesson, and to make notes to help with Controlled Assessment tasks.
What skills will students use?
- Analysing scripts
- Developing characters
- Devising performances
- Exploring social issues
- Vocal skills
What are the coursework requirements and when must it be completed?
There are continuous assessments throughout the course.
- Unit 1 should be completed by January
- Unit 2 should be completed February half-term
- Unit 3 should be completed by Easter