Drama

Students should be learning to value Drama as an art form and as a means of expression and exploration. Students will be encouraged to recognise the creative potential of their own and others’ imaginations. Drama should develop and build the self-esteem and self-confidence of all students by providing a secure environment in which they feel safe to express their opinions. The intrinsic value of every person and their ideas shall underpin all work in Drama. The Misbourne School will strive to provide access to student’s cultural heritage in Theatre and will aim to inspire passionate involvement in all aspects of Theatre and Performance both through curricular and extra-curricular activities. Most importantly, Drama will be a subject in which students enjoy learning and are motivated by their own success.

Curriculum

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 Drama projects, pupils learn to use different drama strategies such as polished and spontaneous improvisation, thought tracking and body props to create and perform drama. Students then appraise their work in order to improve drama in the future, encouraging them to analyse drama they meet in their day-to-day lives eg television, films and live theatre. Emphasis is also given to developing essential social skills and working in small groups.

In Year 7 students undertake a baseline test in drama based on creating, performing and responding to devise a fair and challenging target for their progress through Key Stage 3. They explore drama skills through various topics and complete a scripted piece each year to help prepare them for Key Stage 4 and beyond. Modules include Physical Theatre, Using the Voice, The Tempest and Theatre in Education. The Year 7 script is currently “Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations” by Alan Aykbourne.

In Year 8 students explore characterisation and genre, devising for the stage, fairy tales and world theatre. Students cover a script per year with a performance of extracts from the play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” by Simon Stephens based on the novel by Mark Haddon. Students end the year with a unit on verbatim theatre. This gives the students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a challenging project which is also fun and draws together all the skills and knowledge they have gained and developed over the two years. It is also excellent preparation for those who wish to continue into Year 9.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)

GCSE Drama 9-1 (Exam Board: Eduqas)

In Years 9, 10 and 11 students study GCSE Drama (Eduqas exam board). The GCSE in Drama is an exciting, inspiring and practical course and the specification promotes involvement in and enjoyment of drama, as performers and/or designers. Additionally it provides opportunities to attend live theatre performances and to develop skills as informed and thoughtful audience members. Learners will investigate a practitioner or genre of drama, work collaboratively to develop ideas to communicate meaning and experiment with dramatic conventions, forms and techniques to devise a piece of original theatre. They will also have the opportunity to participate in the performance of an extract from a published performance text. Learners will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of drama, including their ability to interpret texts for performance, in a written examination.

Department Staff

  • Mrs Jeffery
  • Mr Ingram

Useful Websites and Resources

www.nationaltheatre.co.uk

www.eduqas.co.uk

www.digitaltheatreplus.com