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Miss R Sullivan
Drama concentrates on building up self-confidence and group co-operation in the first three years through basic and intermediate dramatic skills. We introduce the students to relevant themes and issues encouraging them to explore these using various Drama conventions. They will also become familiar with theatre practitioners and their work including Brecht, Stanislavsky and Artaud.
Drama in Years 7-8 concentrates on confidence building and learning to share ideas. The subject is mainly practical and deals with social and moral issues.
As a department we recognise the importance of Literacy across all subjects, this plays an integral part in our lessons and allows students to develop a range of analytic writing skills, which is integral to the new GCSE Drama course.
At KS4, students spend time developing key skills through exploring stimulus material and performing work, as well as the study of play texts in preparation for written and practical examinations.
In KS3 students start by learning basic Drama skills and terminology, applying them to practical work. They then reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others. Students work imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas.
They also get the opportunity to develop important life skills, including compromise, listening to and sharing ideas and the ability to work as part of a successful group.
In KS4 we follow the Edexcel specification for Drama. The course is broken down into three components: Component 1 – Devising (40%), Component 2 – Performance from Text (20%) and Component 3 – Theatre Makers in Practice (40%)
In Year 10, students take part in a mock practical exam for Component 1 which allows them the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience.
As part of the GCSE, students will visit the theatre to watch a performance in order to experience being part of an audience themselves, and write a review of the performance.
In Year 11, students take part in two practical examinations for Components 1 and 2, as well as a written examination on a play text and a theatre review.
Within the department we have an increasing uptake of students choosing to take Drama at GCSE, this is because students enjoy our lessons and the artists and themes that we look at. As a department we work hard to develop a stimulating and positive working environment for our students. Students are encouraged to develop their talents further through extra-curricular activities during lunchtime, after school and by taking part in the Creative Arts showcase in Summer.
We currently follow the Edexcel GCSE Drama specification.