A vibrant and exciting, broad and balanced curriculum that best prepares students for success in Drama. Our Drama curriculum provides our students with so much; the curriculum has engaging SMSC strands running through the themes and content, which enthuses our students through its relevance to their own lives and the world in which they live. We promote core skills in communication, team work, cooperation and empathy. We aim to inspire our students to become creative and reflective individuals that have the confidence to explore, question and challenge the world around them, because ‘all the world’s a stage and all the men and women are merely players’. In addition to Drama lessons students are offered many opportunities as part of our wider curriculum to extend their experiences within the Arts. Some opportunities take place within school, but they also include live theatre visits, working with external agencies and theatre professionals and performing in the wider community.
Year 7 Curriculum Intent
By the end of Year 7 students are able to use and apply basic Drama Techniques as a means of communicating a piece of Drama to an audience. Students will have developed knowledge of how to change vocal and physical skills to match a character they are playing. Students will be able to stage a scene to match the story with basic audience awareness. Students will develop an understanding of how to create a piece of Drama and characters through responding to stimuli and using creative skills and application of Dramatic techniques to communicate meaning to an audience. Students will begin to understand the term style and genre and develop knowledge of stylistic features and techniques within a particular genre and style. Students will have a basic understanding of other production elements such as costume design and set design and how this can communicate meaning to an audience and enhance a production or piece of Drama.
Year 7 Topics
- Story Telling (African folk tale)
- Theatre History: Silent Movies
- An introduction to script work: Midsummer Night’s Dream
- Devising- Responding to stimuli (SMSC)
- Devised piece based on Royal exchange workshop- ‘Something will happen’
- In house competition for best devised piece: (postponed)
Year 8 Curriculum Intent
By the end of Year 8 students are able to identify, use and apply a wider range stylistic features (Drama Techniques/ Theatrical skills.) These can be identified, described and explained how they are/ could be used to communicate meaning to an audience. Students will re-call characterisation and extend knowledge in effective characterisation in different contexts. Students will be introduced to Drama of different styles and have a basic understanding to the stylistic features used within different styles to communicate meaning. Students will recall and extend knowledge in design and technical elements for different pieces/ styles of Drama.
Year 8 Topics
- Story Telling & Physical Theatre ‘Revolting Rhymes’
- Script Work- Page to stage workshops (Naturalism)
- Script Exploration- ‘Our Day Out’ (Naturalism)
- Script and Thematic Exploration
- T.I.E/Verbatim (SMSC)
- Devising- T.I.E project (SMSC)
- Explore the T.I.E play Missing Dan Nolan
Year 9 Curriculum Intent
By the end of Year 9 students are able to understand and apply the different stylistic features for Drama of more complex drama styles in both script work and then to their own devised work. The students will have developed knowledge of more complex and thought-provoking ways of communicating meaning and messages to an audience. Students will have an in-depth knowledge of a text and how texts can be both explored and communicated, therefore students will develop a deeper understanding of how meaning is communicated to an audience. Students will be able to design and execute production elements using relevant and appropriate ideas to fit the stylistic features of a particular style and to realise a particular effect for the audience.
Year 9 Topics
- Scripted Styles: ‘Teechers’- Blackeyed Theatre subscription & resources
- Set Text Exploration: Blood Brothers
- Devising- Thematic
Year 10 Curriculum Intent
By the end of 10 students are able to effectively create and develop Drama of different styles appropriate to the context. Perform with detailed characterisation appropriate to the style and intentions of the piece. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and performed. An in depth knowledge and understanding of their set text: The themes, plot, characters, social, moral cultural connections, the playwright’s intentions and how these should be effectively communicated to an audience. Effectively describe, analyse and evaluate Drama.
Year 10 Topics – GCSE
- Introduction to GCSE Drama
- Styles and Practitioners (Scripted and Devised)
- Devised exploration and performance Workshops Based on a scripted Live Theatre piece- Blackout/ Girls like That
- Monologues- Developing and refining acting skills and devising skills
- Devised Drama Assessment Preperation
- Devised Drama Assessment
- Set-Text Study
Year 10 Topics – BTEC (No follow)
Year 11 Curriculum Intent
By the end of Year 11 students are able to build on and re-call their skills and knowledge from year 10 and applying this to exam practice and their exams.
Year 11 Topics – GCSE
- Scripted Styles & Page to Stage
- Component 3: Texts in Practice
- Set Text Study & Live Theatre
- Component 1 Revision & Exam Preparation
Year 10 Topics – BTEC (No follow)