Drama has an important role to play in the personal development of our students. The skills and qualities developed by students in drama, such as teamwork, creativity, leadership and risk-taking are assets in all subjects and all areas of life. Drama stimulates the imagination and allows students to explore issues and experiences in a safe and supportive environment.
It is vital to create an atmosphere of security, trust and concentration. Drama encourages the willingness to participate and co-operate in group work. It promotes self-esteem and provides all students with a sense of achievement regardless of academic ability.
It’s about social skills, communication skills and having fun – we learn by doing!
Key Stage 4
Year 11 GCSE students study the OCR Drama specification. Students will work on improvisation skills, mask work and monologue as an introduction to GCSE Drama. The six ‘Areas of Study’ are introduced during the Spring term when students will cover the roles of performer, director, designer and deviser that form the basis of the OCR Drama GCSE.
Currently, students complete a programme of study (Unit A482) and are then assessed on three units – ‘Page to Stage’, ‘Drama in the Making’ (each worth 30% of the mark) and a practical exam, ‘Concept to Creation’, which is worth 40% of the mark.
There is no GCSE Drama for Year 10, although students have the opportunity to study this as an extra-curricular option after school.
Key Stage 3
During Key stage 3, students will study the following:-
- An Introduction to Drama including basis performance skills and techniques, tension and how to create atmosphere on stage.
- The Seven Deadly Sins
- Bullying- A unit of work that develops a variety of performance skills whilst examining the issue of bullying
- Mask Project
- Scary Tales
- Flannen Isle
- In the Dark Woods
- Murder Mystery
- Silent Comedy – An in-depth look at the work of some of the best known artists such as the Marx Brothers and Charlie Chaplin.
- Seven Ages of Man
- Jack the Ripper
- The Ghetto