Congratulations to Miss Whatmore who graduated from her Master’s degree, accompanied on stage by Tallulah. Ms Barber was also there cheer them on!
In Year 7 drama is aimed at building students confidence and team work skills. They will be working together to learn some basic skills and techniques and will have the opportunity to perform to each other in groups.
- Introduction to drama
- Soldier soldier
- Audience awareness & performance spaces
- The flood
- The wild one
- Shakespeares stories
In Year 8 the drama curriculum is aimed at students channelling their more creative side. The lessons encourage students to use their imagination within their process of making drama. They will be learning more advanced techniques and building on their performance knowledge and skills.
- Creative sets and environment
- Running away
- Understanding scripts
- West side story
- Greek theatre
- Film and camera work
In Year 9 students are really being prepared for taking the GCSE (if they so choose). We will be looking at improving performance skills and ensuring that they fully understand the main techniques used in performance.
- Spontaneous improvisation
- Dramatic tension and lighting
- Educating Rita
- Interpreting voice and dialogue
- Big Teens
Drama GCSE is for those students who love EVERYTHING about drama and performance. Students will have regular opportunities to perform and learn about the performance process. Students will also be learning about important practioners and various techniques used in theatre.
The Drama Club runs on Thursdays after school 2.45 to 3.45pm for students in years 7, 8 and 9. It is a chance for students who are keen on drama to develop their skills and gain more performance experience. It is also intended to help those of us who would like to gain more confidence or even those who just want to meet more people.
There are many opportunities for students to further their performance experience, with Christmas Shows, Talent Shows and musicals every year.
What will you study in GCSE Drama?
The course starts with a quick introduction to drama GCSE. This module is designed to re-cap on all the techniques and skills used in KS3 which will be used in the GCSE. It will give students the opportunity to be involved in their first performance and understand the rehearsal process as some students may not have performed to a large audience before now.
Your exam is broken up into 60% coursework and 40% performance. Your first piece of course work is based on mask work which is geared at improving students body language and expression in performance. The second piece of coursework is a scripted piece by Willy Russell called Blood Brothers. The final exam is a performance to an external moderator which students can either do a scripted piece or devise their own work.
In year 10 GCSE students complete their first coursework based on mask. They are required to look at modern performance mask and traditional masks from around the world. This scheme of work is aimed at building students confidence in performance and enhancing their understanding of communication through body language and gesture. Students complete written work and performance work.
Mrs L Cammack BA (Hons)
Mrs A Angell (maternity cover for Mrs Cammack)