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Drama

“A school is a community and drama is a living practice within it. The drama that young people make is often based on the concerns, needs and aspirations shared within the school community, or the community of a particular teaching group”

Jonathan Neelands 2004

Our aim is to provide all pupils with an experience of the Performing Arts, to learn of its development along side society and its place within history and our culture.

Our belief is that this will help to promote life skills and develop participants both as individuals and as group members. Within drama we allow the students:

  • Work as a team to Make drama, offering suggestions and taking on board the suggestions of others, supporting on another or leading by example
  • Perform work to an audience to gain confidence or show knowledge and understanding of a cultural art form
  • Respond to work they have seen, learning to use the skills of analysis and giving constructive feedback

Drama has long been a part of our society and development in to the people we are today. It is an integral and intricate part of everyday life.

By the end of the students’ experience of drama at Woolston whether it is at KS3, 4 or 5 we want to have nurtured students who are confident, independent supportive learners. This aim will not only support their ability within drama but hopefully filter into the students’ whole school experience.

Key Stage 3:


What will I do?
What will I learn?
Year 7

Term 1Introduction to Drama
You will be introduced to drama and the ground rules of drama work. You will explore a range of drama terms and techniques.
Introduction to basic drama skills.
Developing listening and cooperation skills.
How to use: Freeze-frame, improvisation, mime
hot-seating and thought Tracking
Term 2Superheroes
You will be able to develop their improvisational and mime skills. You will explore identity and preconceptions using drama skills to convey character, who is essentially the same person.
Creative – Encourages you to be imaginative and gives you the opportunity to make decisions.
How to use: Movement to music, slow motion, body language, improvisation, slapstick and character modelling
Term 3Cluedo
You will explore a murder mystery whilst looking at stereotypical characters. You will use your learning from the year to create an end of year assessment piece.
Skills – development of problem solving skills
How to use: Teacher in role, marking the moment, devising and flashback
Year 8

Term 1 Gangs
You will be introduced to a Shakespeare play through the exploration of one of the themes of the play
Off text improvisation work
Developing the ways in which actors explore a piece of script
How to use: Freeze frame sequences, off text improvision, stage combat and exploration
Term 2Storytelling
You will use drama skills to modernise a fairytale using the work of Roald Dahl. You will look at the stereotypes of a fairytale and how they can challenge that in their new version.
Script work – how to use and adapt a script
How to use: Scripts, devising, narration and physical theatre
Term 3Commedia dell’Arte
You will use comic skills to explore and demonstrate the physicality of each commedia character. You will develop the relevant skills required to perform using masks.
Historical form of Drama
How to use: Mime, Character physicality, non verbal communication, passing the focus, masked performance work, illusion rules
Year 9

Term 1First World War
You will explore the emotions of the soldiers and their families during WW1. You will build on knowledge of war gained in other subjects.
Historical
Exploration of life at the time of the First World War.
How to use: Project work,
Review: hot-seating, freeze frames, devising and thought tracking
Term 2Real Life
You will have to think more laterally as you piece together evidence to solve a case. You will explore the roles of police service and practice the idea of professionalism
Issues – Students use realistic acting as they solve a murder case.
How to use: Mantel of the expert and problem solving
Term 3Teechers by John Godber
You will explore scripted work. You will gain knowledge about dramatic pause, the role of the director and use of stage directions. You will also explore how these elements influence an audience’s perception of performance.
Skills – Script work
How to use: Group reading, directing, using stage directions, dramatic pause and multirole
Revisit: Scripts and devising


Key Stage 4 - BTEC Technical Award in Performing Arts


What will I do?
What will I learn?
Year 10 
Term 1During the first term in Year 10, you will be introduced to the course and its expectations. You will learn the requirements of the course and how each component will carried out and assessed. You will lok at what you need to do in order to achieve well in this subject..
You will explore different styles of performance and how to create your own performance work.
The first term will be an exploration of the Performing arts in terms of acting in order to prepare you for the first assignment of the course from January.
Term 2Assignement for Component 1 – Exploring the Performing Arts will begin.
You will develop knowledge and understanding of a range of performance styles. You will look at elements such as roles, responsibilities and the application of relevant skills and techniques. You will broaden your knowledge through observing existing repertoire and by learning about the approaches of practitioners, and how they create and influence performance material.
You will will examine live and recorded performances in order to develop you understanding of practitioners’ work in one or more of acting pieces with reference to influences, outcomes and purpose.
You will will gain a practical appreciation of practitioners’ work in one or more of acting pieces and how they may respond to or treat a particular theme or issue, how they use/interpret/modify a pre-existing style, and how they communicate ideas to their audience.
Term 3You will continue with the assignment from component one and being an assignment from Component two: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts. In this assignment you will develop performance skills and techniques. You will have the opportunity to specialise in one or more of the following disciplines: acting, dance, musical theatre. You will take part in workshops and classes where you will develop technical, practical and interpretative skills through the rehearsal and performance process. You will work from existing performing arts repertoire, applying relevant skills and techniques to reproduce the work. Throughout your development, you will review your own progress and consider how to make improvements.
You will participate in workshops and classes to develop physical, vocal, musical and interpretative skills and techniques appropriate to the performance discipline, for example acting, dance, musical theatre; and style, for example physical theatre, jazz dance and concept musical with reference to existing repertoire.
You must track yout progress during this component, reflecting on your development of skills and working practices in workshops.
Year 11

Term 1 During the first term in Year 10, you will be introduced to the course and its expectations. You will learn the requirements of the course and how each component will carried out and assessed. You will look at what you need to do in order to achieve well in this subject.
You will participate in rehearsal practices, continuing the development of skills and techniques with reference to existing performance types, styles and repertoire
You will will apply skills and techniques during the rehearsal process to support your development.
You will perform a piece to an audience.
You will continue to track your progress during this component, reflecting on their development of skills and working practices in workshops, through to rehearsals and performances.
Term 2You will begin Component 3 which is the externally assessed work.
You will understand how to respond to a brief through discussion and practical exploration activities.
You will demonstrate how to select and develop performance skills and techniques that are needed to realise the creative ideas in response to a brief.
You will have the opportunity to respond to a brief. You will be given a brief that outlines the performance requirements and that asks you to consider your target audience and to start the creative process by using the given stimulus included in the brief. Working as part of a group, you will develop your ideas for a workshop performance and apply your skills and techniques to communicate your creative intentions to your audience.
Term 3You will have the opportunity to respond to a brief. You will be given a brief that outlines the performance requirements and that asks you to consider your target audience and to start the creative process by using the given stimulus included in the brief. Working as part of a group, you will develop your ideas for a workshop performance and apply your skills and techniques to communicate your creative intentions to your audience.