From Years 7 to 9, students cover a range of skills to strengthen their ability in creating, performing and evaluating Drama work. Students develop their ability to use a wide variety of dramatic techniques such as role play, tableau, mime, physical theatre, split scene, flashback, thought tracking and hot seating. They develop their communication skills through voice and movement and learn how to demonstrate audience awareness.
Students in Year 9 learn a wide range of physical stage combat techniques.
Students at KS3 devise and develop their own Drama performances inspired by a range of stimuli and also explore a wide variety of theatrical genres.
Each year students will study a published play script, such as The Twits, Blood Brothers and Bang Out of Order! from a practical angle where they explore concepts such as character, themes, plot and staging.
Students are also expected to learn a scripted extract from a play and perform this for assessment. The Drama Department aims to provide opportunities for each year group to see live theatre during the course of the academic year.
Students follow the WJEC Eduqas Drama syllabus. This consists of three components:
Component 1 requires students to study different theatre practitioners and dramatic styles and then to use them in their devised drama. Students are also expected to record their progress in a portfolio and complete a written evaluation of their final performance.
Component 2 is the performance of a scripted extract. The extract will be chosen by the teacher. Students will develop their performance skills throughout this unit and all will be expected to take part in a performance for a live audience.
Component 3 is a written exam. Students study the set text, DNA, by Dennis Kelly and answer questions from the point of view of an actor, director and designer. Students must also evaluate a live theatre performance seen during the course.
Grade ladders show the skills/content that a pupil is required to demonstrate to reach each particular grade. These can be used by pupils and parents in targeting what they need to do to make progress in each subject.
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