Head of Department - Mr A. McTeague

Welcome to the Drama Department

Drama plays an important role in the development of children's confidence.  Drama helps prepare students for their performances in life, whether on or off stage, developing vital skills such as the ability to communicate well and work creatively in a team. It’s a subject that teaches on many levels – from the physicality of movement and the exploration of emotions to the academic, intellectual and imaginative study of plays and theatre practitioners.

The Drama Department boasts a well-qualified and committed Drama teacher who delivers Drama Lessons in a well-equipped, spacious Drama Hall. We have an excellent lighting rig, superior sound equipment that can be controlled at the click of a button and utilised in every Drama lesson.

All students enjoy one lesson of Drama per week in years 7 and 8. The syllabus is structured around the making and performing of Drama and responding to it. There are six formal assessments per year as well as an opportunity for a written self-evaluation at the end of each term. The course is practical and progressive, allowing for the development of skills needed for the start of GCSE Drama. Furthermore, all students are challenged to develop their communication, leadership and group working skills. Topics studied include:

Key drama skills, Masks, Storytelling, Melodrama, Improvisation, Page to stage, Status, Stereotypes, Shakespeare, Mime.

Year 7 Drama Learning Programme

Term

I am learning

By the end of this topic I will be able to

Autumn

Bullying

 

Mime

 

Spring

Character

 

Circus

 

Summer

Text

 

Tinsel Truths

 

 

Year 8 Drama Learning Programme

Term

I am learning

By the end of this topic I will be able to

Autumn

Slapstick

 

Pantomime

 

 

Spring

Peer Pressure

 

Performance

 

Summer

Script

 

Battle cries

 

We now have an exciting new GCSE course on offer, which allows those who are talented at Drama to pursue their gifting. The syllabus requires the pupils to perform and analyse their own and other performances. They learn how a piece of theatre is constructed and this helps increase their appreciation of productions they see.  We visit the theatre on a regular basis, enjoying and learning from the professionals.  Drama is a subject that needs to be performed in order to fully appreciate it.

Year 9 Drama Learning Programme

Term

I am learning

By the end of this topic I will be able to

Autumn

Devising Techniques

 

 

 

Spring

Devising Drama

 

 

 

Summer

Written Log Book

 

 

 

 

Year 10 Drama Learning Programme

Term

I am learning

By the end of this topic I will be able to

Autumn

Set Text Analysis

 

 

 

Spring

Devising Drama

 

 

 

Summer

Preparation for the scripted Performance

 

 

 

 

Year 11 Drama Learning Programme

Term

I am learning

By the end of this topic I will be able to

Autumn

Scripted performance

 

 

 

Spring

Review of a live theatre performance

 

 

 

Summer

Written Exams

 

 

 

Whole School Play

Each year we stage a school production which provides an opportunity for the whole school to get involved. In addition to acting and performing, we are always looking for pupils with the following skills: good business acumen to market the show; art and set design skills to create our stunning scenery; the technical know-how to operate the AV equipment. We are currently investing a significant amount of money into the Drama Department in order to allow pupils to reach their full potential.

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