Drama

Meet The Team

Faculty Leader Mrs R Carey carey.r@welearn365.com

Deputy Faculty Leader Miss A Young young.a2@welearn365.com

Introduction

Drama is an explorative and creative subject, where pupils learn about topics, through practical study. They learn about real life issues and the world around them, by exploring a range of characters and situations, both factual and fictional. Pupils learn how to use techniques to structure meaningful drama and practise the tools of playwriting, designing and directing. They study plays from different genres and time periods, learning about theatre history along the way.

Why it is important to study drama?

Drama is predominantly a practical subject, where pupils work collaboratively, in a safe and creative environment. It is a subject that develops and stretches social skills, communication and confidence; vital for any future career. Drama has a cross-curricular nature, linking closely with English, History, Art, Media and PSHE. Pupils studying drama develop a solid grasp of empathy and understanding of others in the world.

Year 7

Year 7 Pupils learn core drama techniques to help structure drama and performance, whilst using improvisation and characterisation skills. Schemes of work include ‘Mime – Silent Movies’, ‘Status’, ‘Script’ and ‘Shakespeare’.

Year 8

Pupils develop their knowledge of techniques to explore cross-curricular topics such as ‘bullying’ ‘oppression’ and ‘social media’ as well as studying one play script.

Year 9

Pupils follow schemes of work exploring different genres of script, theatre practitioners and technical skills. The year culminates in a devised unit, acting as an introduction to GCSE.

Year 10 and 11 Specification: Edexcel GCSE Drama

GCSE Drama is a qualification which offers the option of studying the performance element of Drama and/or the technical side with pupils able to choose set design, lighting or sound design. The course is split into three components which will be studied throughout the two years.

Component 1: Devising (40%) This component requires the pupils to devise their own performance based on a stimulus. Pupils will work in groups to create, rehearse and perform their own pieces. This is internally assessed and externally moderated. Pupils are expected to complete a portfolio of work to accompany their piece.

Component 2: Performance from Text (20%) This component is practical and requires pupils to perform two extracts from a text of their choice. They can perform individually, in pairs or groups as a performer or designer. This component is externally examined.

Component 3: Written Exam (40%) This is a written exam, which is externally examined. The first section, ‘Bringing Texts to Life’ (30%) focuses on a set text, and requires pupils to answer questions as an actor, director and designer. The second section is a ‘Live Theatre Review’ (10%) based on a performance that the pupils will see as part of the course.

  • Ability to work as a team – developing patience, ability to compromise and communication skills
  • Teaches discipline and how to adapt to distracting, uncomfortable or sensitive situations
  • Ability to think spontaneously and improvise as well as taking initiative
  • Stimulates creativity
  • Empathy
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Confidence! Overcome the fear of making mistakes in a fun, creative and supportive environment

If you require any further information, please contact Mrs R Carey

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