Aims of the curriculum
- To develop a knowledge and understanding of the different acting methods and devising techniques.
- To access wider reading and form a range of opinions on current and historical issues.
- To develop practical, theoretical and literacy skills.
- To improve communication and confidence.
- To become a dedicated, supportive and independent learner.
- Introduction to GCSE Drama (Strategy, element and medium skills).
- History of Theatre and Practitioner Techniques.
- Non-Natural Drama and Pantomime.
- Tales of the unexpected – developing creative thinking and role-play.
- Unit 1 Coursework Preparation – Responding to a theme/topic/issue.
- ‘Our Day Out’ – Willy Russell – Examining a Play text.
- Preparation for Unit 2 Coursework – Examining the play ‘Blood Brothers’.
- Introduction to issue based drama and TIE.
- Physical theatre and Brecht.
- Responding to a live performance.
- Coursework Unit 2 – Exploring a play text.
- Coursework Unit 1 – Exploring a theme topic or issue.
- Preparation for Unit 3 Practical Examination.
- Unit 3 Examination work.
Teaching methods and student organisation
Classes in Year 9 and 10 receive three lessons per week. All classes are organised on a mixed ability basis. Classes are taught through a variety of different teaching strategies including:
- Practical workshops to develop team work, role-play, acting methods and experimentation.
- Showcasing work between classes and Key Stages.
- Group work and individual tasks.
- Theoretical investigation.
- Research and ICT based tasks.
- Creative writing.
- Properties of theatre
Progression after Key Stage 4
Students in Year 9 study a preparation for GCSE year whereby they acquire skills necessary to complete the GCSE course. Students in Years 10 and 11 follow the GCSE Edexcel course. Students who have studied GCSE Drama often continue into KS5 to study BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts and can also take this further into University or Drama school. Students who do not intend to study Drama after KS4 often seek employment where they may work closely with the public or in a form of education.
Additional classes and extra curricular activities
Students are invited to attend coursework catch-up sessions or coursework clinic where they can prepare and improve notes in preparation for controlled coursework conditions. Practical classes and workshops are also held throughout the academic year to help improve practical grades and prepare students for performance work and examinations. ReACTion Theatre in Education group is an in house Theatre in Education company run by Sixth form students and supported by pupils across the Key Stages. They work along side school staff and local businesses and produced work that is informative and thought provoking dealing with issues raised within the local community. Whole School Productions are held each year and are open to any student who wishes to audition. Past productions have included High School Musical and Fame.
How can you help your child?
Parents support their students by doing several things:
- Help learn lines and definitions of techniques.
- Watch suggested clips and discuss the work seen.
- Take children to the theatre or to see local street theatre productions.
- Encourage students to read up on current events and think about sensitive issues.
- Watch students in small scale class performances.