Drama

DRAMA PAGE

Students should be learning to value Drama as an art form and as a means of expression and exploration. Studnts 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 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

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 “Living with Lady Macbeth” by Rob John.

In Year 9 students begin the year with a module on atmosphere and tension and end the year with a unit on verbatim theatre with a particular highlight being script work from “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” by Simon Stephens based on the novel by Mark Haddon.  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 three years.  It is also excellent preparation for those who wish to continue into Year 10.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

GCSE Drama 9-1 (Exam Board: Eduqas)

In Year 10 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. 


BTEC/GCSE Equivalent (Exam Board: Pearson/Edexcel)

In Year 11 students study BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Performing Arts (Acting) (Pearson/Edexcel exam board) the course is an equivalent to a GCSE but is marked on a different scale Pass(C), Merit(B) and Distinction(A).

BTEC Performing Arts (Acting) (Level 1/2 First Award) is a vocational course made up of three assignments. One of which is externally assessed where you will be expected to write a letter of application in controlled conditions and prepare two audition speeches on a set theme. The other two assignments are internally assessed and you will learn about devising, script work, the process of production, acting skills and techniques. The course covers different styles of theatre, practitioners who have influenced theatre today, improvisation, physical theatre, mime and monologues.


Department Staff 

  • Mrs Jeffery
  •  Mr Ingram

Clubs, Excursions, Trips and other interesting Projects

Working with our colleagues in the Performing Arts Curriculum Area, there is an exciting and busy programme of clubs and trips as well as special projects.

Clubs – Our programme of drama clubs is continually evolving to engage as many of our budding young performers as possible and utilising the skills of our drama teachers and older students.  Currently we have a Key Stage 3 Drama Club, involving performing to an audience in lunchtime concerts and at events such as The MizFest. The drama department also puts on a yearly performance, most recently our musical School of Rock and our version of William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.  The productions are all inclusive and we encourage everyone to get involved, both performing and backstage.


Trips – We aim to provide a full range of trips covering all key stages and a wide spectrum of theatre. This includes trips to the National Theatre as well as West End and regional venues. Recently this has included Woman In Black, The Play That Goes Wrong, War Horse, One Man Two Guvnors, Blood Brothers, The 39 Steps, Wicked and Matilda.

Homework and Assignments

KS3
Homework is not part of the Performing Arts programme for Key Stage 3. We do stress the importance of taking part in enrichment activities, and the student’s own independent/group exploration of the subject as it is very valuable. Students are given opportunities to do this by their teacher, and are encouraged to use rehearsal rooms during break, lunch and afterschool where available.


KS4
At Key Stage 4 students are expected to complete roughly 30 minutes homework for each Performing Arts lesson in their timetable.  This could be focused on any of the course study areas, such as creating, performing and responding.  Homework in Key Stage 4 could be a formal written task to support coursework or it could be practically based e.g. learning lines from a script or researching the social and historical context of a piece.

Tasks should include:

  • Rehearsal logs and practice diaries
  • Group rehearsals
  •  Line learning
  • Research
  • To attend live theatre
  •  Personal targets and evaluations


Past Examination Results

Summer 2017

100% Distinction* - Pass BTEC Level 1/2 Performing Arts (Acting)


 
Useful Websites and Resources

www.nationaltheatre.co.uk

www.eduqas.co.uk

www.qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/performing-arts-2012-nqf.html