Subjects

Drama

The Subject Way

Our subject has a ‘Subject Way’ at the heart of it. Our Subject Way is designed to help students become young subject specialists. The Subject Way has two main purposes:

Firstly, to teach students the vital skills they need to achieve their full potential and gain the very best grades they can. Secondly, to teach students how each subject relates to the wider world, incorporating the life skills they will learn.

It is our belief that knowing how what you learn links to the wider world brings a subject to life and therefore improves overall understanding and engagement.

Long Term Plans

YEAR 7
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Introduction to Drama

Students learn the basics of drama work through a multi-technique scheme of work based on the theme of War

Haunted School: Creating Contrasting Characters

Students learn how to respond to stimulus in a creative way and use physical and vocal skills to create contrasting and conflicting characters. 

Understanding genre: Melodrama

Students develop their understanding of a dramatic genre and their ability to create work in an appropriate style. 

Responding to Script: Romeo & Juliet

Students develop their understanding of themes and issues in a drama text. They learn how to stage drama texts in creative ways and gain an awareness of production design elements.

Devising Drama

Students develop their ability to respond to stimulus in a creative way. They learn how to structure original drama work with the theme of ‘Hidden Voices’ 

Performing Scripts

Students learn how to rehearse and perform an extract from a published play script with the theme of ‘hidden voices’

YEAR 8

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Devising Drama: Othello

Students explore the themes of the play Othello and use a range of performance techniques to create original drama work.

Responding to Script: Heroes and Villains

Students explore a selection of theatre’s heroes and villains through scripted extracts and 

Devising Drama: The Big Issue
 
Students explore contemporary issues and moral choices through practical drama.
Responding to Script:
 
Animal Farm
Students explore Peter Hall’s stage adaptation of Animal Farm from both performance and design angles

Understanding genre: Ancient Greek Theatre

Students develop their understanding of a dramatic genre and historical context. They respond creatively through practical drama and develop their awareness of production design elements.

Performing Scripts

Students learn how to rehearse and perform an extract from a published play script with the theme of ‘identity’’

YEAR 9
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Responding to Script: Bang Out of Order!

Students study and explore the play which tackles anti-social behaviour using a mixture of comedy, movement, music and multi-media.

Performance Skills: Combat and Conflict 

Students learn how to effectively create tension and conflict in drama scenes. They learn a range of stage combat moves  to equip them with a range of physical techniques for use in future practical work.

Devising Drama: Noughts and Crosses

Students advance their skills set and knowledge of the devising process to prepare them for the transition to study at GCSE level.

Performing Scripted Plays

Students rehearse and perform an extract from a published playscript.

YEAR 10

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Half Term 6

Component 1: Devising Theatre (40%)

 

Students are introduced to the methods and practices of John Godber, theatre practitioner and playwright. Students research Godber’s plays and reflect on ways in which they could capture his style in their own work.

Component 2: Performing from a Text (20%)

 

Students rehearse and perform a key extract from a published play script for mock assessment.

Component 1: Devising Theatre (40%)

 

Students utilise established methods and practices of devising to create a substantial piece of drama from a choice of stimuli provided by the exam board. They work collaboratively to produce a piece of theatre for practical assessment..

Component 1: Devising Theatre (40%)

 

Students utilise established methods and practices of devising to create a substantial piece of drama from a choice of stimuli provided by the exam board. They work collaboratively to produce a piece of theatre for formal assessment. 

Component 1: Devising Theatre (40%)

 

Students complete a portfolio of evidence and a written evaluation which is formally assessed as the final part of Component 1.

Component 3: Interpreting Theatre

 

 

Students are introduced to the exam set text, DNA by Dennis Kelly, which they read and explore from a practical angle.

YEAR 11
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Component 3: Interpreting Theatre (40%)

 

Students continue to explore the exam set text, DNA by Dennis Kelly. They explore a variety of rehearsal techniques for actors performing the play, give consideration to design issues such as set, costume, lighting, hair and make-up and they learn about the social issues involved in the play. Students complete revision notes and work on a number of practice exam questions.

Component 3: Interpreting Theatre (40%)

 

Students continue to explore the exam set text, DNA by Dennis Kelly. They explore a variety of rehearsal techniques for actors performing the play, give consideration to design issues such as set, costume, lighting, hair and make-up and they learn about the social issues involved in the play. Students complete revision notes and work on a number of practice exam questions.

Component 2: Performing from a Text (20%)

 

Students rehearse and perform two key extracts from a published pre-2000 playscript for formal external assessment.

Component 2: Performing from a Text (20%)

 

Students rehearse and perform two key extracts from a published pre-2000 playscript for formal external assessment.

Component 3: Interpreting Theatre (40%)

 

Students continue to explore the exam set text, DNA by Dennis Kelly. They explore a variety of rehearsal techniques for actors performing the play, give consideration to design issues such as set, costume, lighting, hair and make-up and they learn about the social issues involved in the play. Students complete revision notes and work on a number of practice exam questions.