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Drama

Drama is taught in KS3, KS4 and also KS5, where it is called Drama and Theatre.

The departmental  aims are to:

  • Educate
  • Enlighten    
  • Include  
  • Entertain

The department wants to enable students to be familiar with a body of knowledge, principles, skills, techniques and vocabulary related to Drama. Teachers seek to create an atmosphere where students wish to learn and to value each other, encouraging empathy, so that each student approaches issues of Race, Religion, Gender, Sexuality and Ability with tolerance and insight. Drama teaching  employs methods and resources that allow all students to have equal access to Drama and to experience success and enjoyment in their work.

key stage 3

During Key Stage 3 students cover the following areas: confidence and team building; group dynamic and form identity.   They are introduced to, and develop basic drama skills and theatrical techniques ,which allow them to explore themes and issues in a safe environment.

Students will experiment with a range of texts, both literary and media. Additionally they will develop an appreciation of design elements, such as music / sound / light / props and how these elements can be used to enhance dramatic effects and meaning, thus increasing audience experience.

All students are assessed twice per term in the following areas: ability to work in a group; contribution of ideas; shaping of ideas; ability to apply dramatic techniques/performance/evaluation of their own work and that of others.

All students are taught to develop their skills in self-evaluation and peer assessment, which develops further in Key Stage 4.

key stage 4

We are pleased to offer to students the OCR GCSE in Drama, which places emphasis on practical exploration and creates opportunities to perform or to gain experience in performance support. This is coupled with academic rigour in research, preparation, analysis and evaluation. The course that we have designed uses inspiring material which stimulates students to create exciting and imaginative drama, either through work on script, or in improvisation and devising.

Course Subject: Drama - Board: OCR GCSE Drama

The examination is divided into three parts:

Learners take three components to be awarded OCR’s GCSE (9–1) in Drama:  Component: 01/02, component: 03/04 and component: 05.

Presenting and performing texts*

(03/04)

60 marks

Non-exam assessment

(Visiting examination)

30%

of total GCSE

Drama: Performance and response*

(05)

80 marks

Exam assessment

1 hour 30 minutes

(Written paper)

40%

of total GCSE

additional information

We offer a wide range of opportunities for students to develop their skills and knowledge of drama outside of the classroom.

Throughout the year there are several opportunities for students to become involved in performances such as the Whole School Production in the Summer Term and a smaller scale workshop performance early in the Spring Term.

In recent years we have collaborated with various West End theatres to enhance our students understanding and appreciation of live theatre, including The Almeida’s acclaimed revival of “Our Town” by award-winning American director, David Cromer, being performed in our own school to the whole of Year 9.

This year we have been working in partnership with The Old Vic and students have seen productions of “Future Conditional”, “The Lorax”, Ibsen’s classic, “The Master Builder”(starring Ralph Fiennes) and Pinter’s masterpiece “The Caretaker”(starring Timothy Spall). Prior to each performance we have had the privilege of working with theatre professionals in 2 hour workshops exploring character and theme.

Parents and carers are advise to support students’  learning by:

  • Encourage them to go to the theatre independently of those trips which are organised by the department.
  • Explore the themes, ideas and historical context of the work studied in Drama in discussion at home, and encourage students to carry out further research to develop independent study skills