Dramatic activity motivates children to write for a range of purposes. Drama gives children opportunities to explore, discuss and deal with difficult issues and to express their emotions in a supportive environment. It enables them to explore their own cultural values and those of others, past and present.
Like all the arts, Drama allows students to communicate with and understand others in new ways. Drama is an important tool for preparing students to live and work in a world that is increasingly TEAM-ORIENTED rather than hierarchical. Drama also helps students develop TOLERANCE and EMPATHY.
Key Stage Three
Within KS3 students have one lesson a week of drama and these lessons are planned to explore a variety of social, cultural, political and historical issues that have arisen through time. We deal with issues such as bullying, mental health, natural disasters, comedy and storytelling. These subjects are developed through group tasks and the practical application of basic drama skills in a comfortable and supportive environment. Students are expected to collaborate in a variety of ways and with varying people so as to harness different working relationships.
We also cover subjects such as Shakespeare and Greek theatre so students begin to understand the beginnings of the theatre as we know it now.
Key Stage Four
The exam board for GCSE drama is Edexcel and this course has both practical and written aspects to it. The course is broken down into 3 units.
Unit 1- Devising (40% of the final GCSE) Internally assessed and externally moderated Within this unit students need to create and develop a devised performance from a stimulus given by the teacher. They then need to give a performance of this devised piece and then analyse and evaluate the devising process and performance within a written portfolio.
Unit 2- Performance from a text (20% of the final GCSE) externally assessed Within unit 2 students will perform two extracts from a performance text chosen by the teacher. This will then be performed in front of an external examiner.
Unit 3- Theatre Makers in Practice (40% of the final GCSE) This is a written exam unit. Students will need to practically explore and study one complete performance text. This section consists of one question broken down into six parts, both short and extended responses, based on an unseen extract from the performance text.
Key Stage Five
Students can study Edexcel A-Level Drama and Theatre. For more information click here (takes you to a new page).