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Drama

Drama as a subject can be interpreted in different ways.

The guidance within the National Curriculum stems primarily from aspects of the English curriculum, and therefore focuses on the potential for speaking and listening and exploration of the literary aspects of drama. This is a valuable aspect of the subject.

Drama can also be seen as a ‘Craft’. A set of physical and intellectual skills that can be learnt and practised. This is the core of how to ‘do’ Drama.

Drama can also be seen as a medium to imaginatively explore social, emotional and political issue, and through this develop the personal integrity and emotional resilience of students. This is aspect is perhaps the most meaningful.

Our curriculum seeks to interweave elements of each of these.

At different stages in the curriculum different element are emphasised.

Intent

In year 7-9, we aim to introduce students to a range of basic drama skills. This ‘Craft’ is taught primarily through narrative schemes that utilize drama as a medium for exploration. Our intention is to enable students can Make, Evaluate and Perform pieces of Drama at a level that challenges them.

Drama at this level is not seen as wholly a preparation for GCSE work. We do seek to introduce vocabulary as a means to accurately discuss and evaluate the work of others. It is logical that this language is the same as that used in Key stage 4.

In Year 10 we work to consolidate a practical understanding of the ‘Craft’ of Drama. The individual performance skills are placed in the larger setting of practitioners work. This is then articulated and evaluated orally through the mechanism of interview. These embedded concepts and skills are then applied to scripted work. The thrust of this scripted work is twofold: the first is to introduce the design elements in the context of a production. The second is to familiarize the students with the examination text in a practical, multi-sensory way.

Year 11 is orientated around the practice and honing of practical performance and written exam technique in preparation for final assessment.

Year 12 follows the vocational context of the BTEC qualification. We aim to work as a theatrical company producing a major performance. Through this endeavour students build on or learn the elements of the ‘craft’ at a higher level with greater reference to practitioners. They become increasingly independent with smaller scale projects later in the year.

Year 13 involves a shift to higher level work focusing on ‘Direction’ and more demanding individual projects. The students leave the course with a strong set of their own performance skills and a wider understanding of different practitioners and their influences.

Year 7

Unit

Half term one

Unit: Melodrama                   

Students will explore the idea of Melodrama and creating exaggerated characters.

Half term two

Half term three

Unit: Link to war poetry with English.

Students will explore some basic dramatic techniques using war poetry as a starting point

Half term four

Half term five

Unit: Myths & Legends

Students will use Greek myths to create a short performance and be introduced to Greek theatre.

Half term six

Year 8

Unit

Half term one

Unit: Adaptation                                   

Students will develop a piece of theatre from the Struwwelpeter stories.

Half term two

Half term three

Unit: Mask   

Exploring the techniques of Trestle Theatre, students will learn some basic mask techniques.

Half term four

Half term five

Unit: Page-to-Stage

Students will be asked to create a short performance from an existing script.

Half term six

Year 9

Unit

Half term one

Unit: Script skill

Students will explore various ways to work with a text, leading to a short performance of a scene.

Half term two

Half term three

Unit: Physical theatre

Exploring the work of Frantic Assembly & DV8, students will devise a piece of physical theatre.

Half term four

Half term five

Unit: Shakespeare’s best bits

Students will explore some of Shakespeare’s most famous passages through performance.

Half term six

Year 10

Unit

Half term one

Unit: Baseball Cap

Using a song as stimulus, students will be introduced to a range of devising techniques.

Half term two

Unit: Script preparation

Students will work from a script to realise a performance in preparation for the practical examination.

Half term three

Unit: Scripted performance

Students will be working towards their practical examination performance.

Half term four

Half term five

Unit: Exam Preparation

Students will be preparing for the Y10 written examination.

Half term six

Year 11

Unit

Half term one

Unit: Howl

Using Ginsberg’s poem, students will use this project to revisit devising techniques.

Half term two

Unit: Devised performance

Students will be focused on creating a piece of devised theatre and accompanying portfolio for their second practical examination.

Half term three

Half term four

Half term five

Unit: Revision for the written examination

- Students will be revising in preparation for the written exam.

Half term six

Study Leave

Year 12

Unit

Half term one

Unit: Principles of acting

Half term two

Half term three

Unit: Physical Theatre

Half term four

Half term five

Unit: Performing to an audience

Half term six

Year 13

Unit

Half term one

Unit: Performing with masks

Half term two

Half term three

Unit: Directing for theatre

Half term four

Half term five

Unit: Contemporary Theatre

N.B. Further details of the BTEC course units can be accessed via the Edexcel website.

Half term six