Drama

STAFFING

Drama is taught by the following members of staff ;

Ms K Lindsay Head of Department
Mr P Milward                                       English / Drama 

Our aim is to provide broad and specialist access to the range of skills the subject provides; such as speaking and listening, teamwork and analysis of social issues. We achieve this in a cross-curricular approach which draws on elements of a range of other subjects in a creative and evaluative way.

We provide students with opportunities to practically study a range of styles of play texts from different time periods. We also offer opportunities for students to devise and create their own drama based on different stimuli. Literacy is treated as important a skill as oracy in the form of written assessments.

As well as helping students to develop confidence and public speaking skills; Drama helps learners to view the real world from different perspectives, and enhance understanding of the way society works. 

The subject of Drama also presents opportunities for the development of well-rounded individuals through an SMSC context, and lends itself to a variety of extra-curricular activities. 

Curriculum Overview

YEAR 10

Students will complete an Introduction to Drama Unit which provides basic exploratory and performative skills. A range of Drama elements, mediums and strategies are examined, as well learning appropriate responsive forms.

Following this, students will undertake a Devising Unit. Students will develop their own drama in response to the provision of stimuli, which will be assessed from their ability to create, perform and respond.

Students will also study a range of Drama Practitioners, and explore how their influence shapes different approaches to drama. This is assessed through another piece of devised drama.

Finally, students are provided with a play text. Students must learn their scripts, add characterisation and stage their drama. This is supplemented with a written evaluation of the process.

YEAR 11

Year Eleven is split into three Units, all of which contribute directly to their overall GCSE mark.

Firstly, students will complete a Devised Unit in response to a stimulus which is provided externally by the exam board. Students complete a running log of the developmental process. At the end of the Unit, their written evaluation is submitted alongside a recorded performance. This is internally assessed, and externally moderated.

Secondly, students will perform a scripted piece of drama from a pre-existing text. This needs to be learned and rehearsed with guidance and direction from teaching staff, and performed internally to an examiner.

Finally, students will study another text. They must consider all ways in which the play would hypothetically be staged; from acting, directing and design perspectives. They must also write and learn an evaluative report based on their Unit Two performance. Both will then be assessed through a written exam.