Aims of the Department
The course explores Drama as an art form that can be used as a means of expression and exploration. The course components help to foster and develop understanding of Drama techniques, genres and conventions; self-discipline, working with others, problem-solving and self-knowledge.
In Drama we aim to give children the chance to think about what it might be like to be somebody different, or to be in a very different situation to one they already know. We offer them the chance, in a safe environment, to explore possible ways of acting or behaving. Along the way they are developing skills in communication, co-operation and empathy. Children are also learning about all the ways that they can express themselves through drama.
Strengths of the Department
We teach in a very practical way using lots of group work and encourage the sharing of work through performance.
School Plays have always been an important part of what we do. The list of previous productions is hopefully impressive and includes: “Treasure Island”, The Wizard of Oz”, “A Midsummer Night's Dream”, “Oliver!”, “Tales from the Arabian Nights”, “Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat”, “Blood Wedding”, “Oliver Twist”, “Guys and Dolls”, “The Little Shop of Horrors”, “The Crucible”, “Return to the Forbidden Planet”, “Alice in Wonderland”, “The Slave Trade”, “Macbeth”, “A Grimm Evening”, “Teechers”, “Our Day Out”, “Zigger Zagger”, “The Caucasian Chalk Circle”, “Death”, “Shakers”, “Our Country’s Good”, “A Winter’s Tale”, "Oh What a Lovely War", “Wyrd Sisters” and “Shakespeare’s Women”.
This year we will be performing Romeo and Juliet as part of the Shakespeare Festival.
Some of our previous students have gone on to great things:
|2017 BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress .||
Coronation Street actor
|Rising star of Stage and Screen|
KS3 Drama Curriculum
In Year 7 students will have an introduction to Drama with a project exploring “Behaviours”. We will go on to celebrate Black History Month and then to extended work on Physical Theatre and Figurative Mime. In Term 2 students will be working in role to separate rumours from truth as they explore the history of spooky Darkwood Manor, followed by work on interpreting a script for performance. In Term 3 we will look at Play-Making and how stories work; we will return to Physical Theatre with a look at Essence Machines and finally exploring an emotional story using Explorative Drama Strategies.
In Year 8, Term 1 begins with an extended project on: “Protesting Injustice with Dignity”, which encompasses work on Black History Month. We then look at the theme of “Persuasion”. Term 2 sees us explore Non-naturalistic Theatre and Genre work with a look at “Schools of the Future”, followed by Scriptwork. In Term 3, we explore Celebrity Culture, making links theatre history. We then explore symbolism by looking at Patterns of Story and Topical Stimuli for Drama.
In Year 9, we begin by looking at “Dangerous Choices” and work on Re-enactment and Documentary Theatre. In Term 2 we use the ideas of Augusto Boal and Ethical Theatre taking on the topics of “Crime”, “Medical Ethics”, and “Parenting”. In Term 2 we use Physical Theatre and Non-naturalistic to explore a topical theme and then focus on Characterisation in Scriptwork.
KS4 Drama Curriculum
Our Year 10’s and 11’s are working towards their BTEC Tech Awards in Performing Arts Level 1 / 2: Acting, in which there are three components. Component 1 is completed in year 10 and Components 2 and 3 are done in year 11. The three Components are as follows:
- Component 1 of the BTEC Tech Award introduces students to a range of performance styles and professional practice. We will focus on three acting styles represented by three pieces of performance and students will explore techniques practically and complete a research journal to explain what they have learned.
- In Component 2 students will develop their own performing arts skills and techniques, through reproducing professional performance. In small groups students will prepare and perform an extract from a play they will also complete a rehearsal log detailing their journey from page to performance.
- In Component 3 students work as a group to create a performance to a given brief supplied by the exam board. In groups the students will develop their own work of theatre and then perform it to an invited audience. They will also have to complete an analysis and evaluation of their work under controlled conditions.