Drama allows pupils to express themselves, develop key life skills and understand the world of the theatre.
A practical subject, pupils are encouraged to work in small groups to create performances whilst exploring key drama skills around a chosen genre. Pupils will be expected to evaluate both themselves and their peers regularly in order to understand what a good piece of theatre entails. Regular trips to the theatre are organised across the key stages.
Key Stage 3
Pupils in KS3 explore drama through using Improvisation, Physical Theatre, understanding stage lighting and sound and performance. Pupils will explore the drama though Horrible Histories, Gangsta Granny and social situations such as bullying.
Key Stage 4
Students understand the key concepts of performance, devising and analysing theatre. There are many different styles the students will explore (Physical Theatre, Stanislavski, Brecht and TIE to name a few.) The course is taught practically in year 10 where there are many opportunities for performance. The set text is 100.
Students continue to explore drama through using different and challenging drama practitioners (Artaud, Berkoff and Boal for example). They re-interpret a text in a contrasting style, explore three full texts in the role of director, actor and designer and perform and devise.
Each academic year we produce a musical, a KS3 play and a variety show. We regularly organise theatre trips to the theatre and in KS4 & 5, students stay in London where they attend a workshop and show. Pupils regularly produce drama for the local community and the feeder primary schools.
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Mrs N Wilson – Subject Leader
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What is a Learning Plan?
When you see your son/daughters books you will find Learning Plans (currently only at KS4). These are photocopied onto blue paper and set out the learning that is being done in lessons, what the homeworks are and when assessments will take place.
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