In today’s world, communication is of the utmost importance. Skills need to be learned which will enable you to hear and be heard, to collaborate, to contribute and to present yourself to society. Drama, it could be said, facilitates the development of these skills like no other subject.
Key Stage 3
In Years 7 – 9, pupils are given the opportunity to acquire a vocabulary of communication and performance skills. They work inspired by a variety of stimuli, including texts of all kinds, the Media world and the issues contained in the world around us. It is not about creating the next Tom Cruise or Meryl Streep; it is about giving young people the tools to express themselves and an outlet for imagination and creativity.
Key Stage 4
In Years 10 – 11, pupils can follow a GCSE course which involves Exploration of Issues through Drama medium, practical study of written dramatic works and, finally, the creation of a presentation to an external examiner.
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Extra-curricular Drama is available in a variety of forms including; a whole school production, an inter-house drama competition, expressive arts concerts once a term and participation in the National Theatre Connections program, which offers students the opportunity to perform a brand new play in a local professional theatre.
Theatre trips are still a feature of the department; visits to see a variety of performance styles and companies take place regularly.
We are proud of the way our students take ownership of so many aspects of the work, from backstage to front-of-house, let alone the range of acting talent displayed so often. We aim to keep the work innovative and interesting to the visiting public.
Homework in Drama
In Key Stage 3 students will be set at least one hour of homework in Drama per half term. This will comprise one formal Set Task which directly relates to the current unit of work, and at least one Enrichment Task (which could include further listening/reading/viewing, further research, choices from a homework menu, or participation in extra-curricular activities).
In Key Stage 4, students will be set at least one piece of homework per fortnight. This is likely to include
artist/practitioner research, reading of play texts, listening to set works, revision activities, written reflections, evaluative commentaries and practice essays. In addition to formally set homework, all GCSE students in Drama are expected to spend a minimum of one hour per week developing their practical skills through participation in drama ensembles.
In line with the school’s homework policy, formal Set Tasks will be marked and feedback given as appropriate (where the homework forms part of an ongoing project, this may be given as part of the whole project feedback). Enrichment Tasks will be monitored and acknowledged, with feedback given where relevant.
Missing homework will be followed up in line with the whole school homework policy.