Drama Subject Lead: Mrs Trowbridge
“The arts make us feel connected to one another and less isolated. Through the arts we share an emotion and that sharing connects us with each other and we realise we all feel the same emotions. The arts are our last hope. We find our identity and make it easier and more pleasurable to live and they also give us wisdom. We see our problems acted out and it’s an important socializing force.” Arthur Miller - playwright and director
Drama makes a huge contribution to the development of thinking skills identified in the National Curriculum. These are: information-processing skills, reasoning skills, enquiry skills, creative thinking and evaluation skills.
Drama supports and promotes language development. Its collaborative nature provides opportunities for pupils to develop the key skills of communication, negotiation, compromise and self-assertion. Pupils develop confidence when speaking, and their vocabulary is extended when they adopt roles and characters. Pupils also acquire a critical and subject-specific vocabulary through reflecting on and appraising their own work in drama and the work of others.
Personal, social and environmental issues and relationships are the foundations of much drama. Drama lessons provide a safe environment to explore these issues. Drama usually involves pupils working creatively together and problem solving in groups of different sizes. These skills, along with flexibility, empathy and risk-taking, are vital in a drama lesson. They are also recognised as vital in the workplace and throughout adult life.
Students are introduced to a huge range of drama conventions, and these are used to create effective performances. They will work in groups using their creative talents to organise and develop a number of different performance pieces. They are given the opportunity to develop a number of social skills; these include communication skills, negotiation skills, respect and self-confidence as well as specific drama skills, for example improvisation, tableau and character work. Students work individually and as part of a group and begin to learn how to evaluate their own work and the work of others.
Throughout Year 7,8 & 9 students study:
- Introduction to drama - It Was Terrifying - Name games, team/confidence building and a baseline assessment. Managing distractions is a focus. Students will learn about some theatrical devices and will utilise them in performance.
- Wolves - Students will be introduced to working in role, using empathy and team working skills. They will examine a story and work out what they think is happening using powers of deduction
- Shakespeare Festival – each year seven form will rehearse and perform an abridged Shakespeare play.
- Darkwood Manor - the story deals with a haunted mansion and develops the ability to use tension in performance
- Burke and Hare/ Perseus- exploring devising and structuring of extended plays
- ECC – students explore tension and layers of meaning.
- Identification - Based on the poem by Roger McGough, Students will work on developing emotion in performance. They will explore the use of silence and stillness to create tension and emotion.
- Whole class performance event – this time students direct their own scripted play.
The Edexcel GCSE in Drama offers a broad and coherent course of study which enables Year 10 & 11 learners to:
- apply knowledge and understanding when making, performing and responding to drama
- explore performance texts, understanding their social, cultural and historical context including the theatrical conventions of the period in which they were created
- develop a range of theatrical skills and apply them to create performances
- work collaboratively to generate, develop and communicate ideas
- develop as creative, effective, independent and reflective learners able to make informed choices in process and performance contribute as an individual to a theatrical performance
- reflect on and evaluate their own work and that of others
- develop an awareness and understanding of the roles and processes undertaken in contemporary professional theatre practice
- adopt safe working practices.
The Edexcel GCSE Drama is an exciting, inspiring and practical course.
The specification promotes involvement in and enjoyment of drama, as performers and/or designers. Additionally it provides opportunities to attend live theatre performances and to develop skills as informed and thoughtful audience members.
Through following this specification, learners will be given opportunities to participate in and interpret their own and others' drama. Learners have the option to work practically as performers and/or designers in Components 1 and 2.
Learners will investigate a practitioner or genre of drama, work collaboratively to develop ideas to communicate meaning and experiment with dramatic conventions, forms and techniques to produce and realise a piece of original theatre. They will
also have the opportunity to participate in the performance of an extract from a play text. Learners will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of drama, including their ability to interpret texts for performance, in a written examination.
However, in preparation for this assessment, learners are encouraged to study their chosen text practically as a performer, designer and director.
The WJEC Eduqas A level in Drama and Theatre offers a practical and challenging course of study which encourages learners to:
- Develop and apply an informed, analytical framework for making, performing, interpreting and understanding drama and theatre
- Understand the place of relevant theoretical research in informing the processes and practices involved in creating theatre and the place of practical exploration in informing theoretical knowledge of drama and theatre
- Develop an understanding and appreciation of how the social, cultural and historical contexts of performance texts have influenced the development of drama and theatre
- Understand the practices used in twenty-first century theatre making
- Experience a range of opportunities to create theatre, both published text based and devised work
- Participate as a theatre maker and as an audience member in live theatre
- Understand and experience the collaborative relationship between various roles within theatre