The Drama Department

Head of Department = Mrs S Owen

Context

The Drama department consists of 1 specialist teacher. The department enthusiastically encourages learners to create imaginative and inventive drama. The department has a strong focus that all learners develop their skills, talents, abilities and aspirations in a safe and supportive environment.

Curriculum

Learners in Year 7 study the fundamental elements of Drama during a weekly lesson. They will explore the use of theatrical skills and techniques to perform improvised and scripted work. Developing the professional values they need to be able to work collaboratively and safely to generate ideas, characters, storylines and imaginative performances.

Year 8 and 9 learners have a weekly lesson to develop and consolidate and develop their prior learning, knowledge and understanding of theatrical techniques, stylised skills, themed devised, scripted and performed drama.

Option groups presently in Years 10 and 11 are studying ‘Acting’ on the Performance Arts B Tec course and Interpretation of Theatre through performance, script study and written work on the EDUQAS course.

All Drama learners will be studying Performance Arts level 1 and 2 B Tec from 2022.

There is a focus on the development of practical skills with reflective written evidence of understanding. Learners will experience controlled and practical exams alongside the development of coursework to consolidate their understanding of the theatrical needs of a live performance, the roles and responsibilities undertaken in the theatre, theatre practitioners and the needs of a performer to act characters from a published script.

Assessment

Year 7, 8 and 9 learners will have a half termly practical and key knowledge assessment.

Years 10 and 11 learners will have regular practical and written assessments linked with the components of the exam followed by a controlled written exam. All learner progress will be assessed against the exam board objectives (demonstrate knowledge and understanding, apply knowledge and understanding, analyse and evaluate information and ideas).

Home Learning

The expectation for home learning is that Years 7, 8 and 9 learners will complete a minimum of one home learning activity on a 2 week cycle whilst Years 10 and 11 will have 2 tasks to complete on a 2 weeks cycle focusing on the topics studied and exam criteria.

Afterschool Sessions

A Drama Club runs every Wednesday after school for all students. A variety of activities and performance skills are developed within these sessions.

Revision sessions for years 10 & 11 learners will run weekly after school.

Enrichment Opportunities

There are opportunities to take part in theatre workshops and visits. We also have successful links with The Grange Theatre in Oldham which allows students to carry out their work experience behind the scenes in a professional theatre and NK Theatre Arts in Romiley, who provide excellent theatre productions using key exam plays of study. There has been a recent introduction of an end of year, inspirational theatre visit for years 8 and 9. We will be able to give learners the opportunity to visit a professional production in Manchester; Choice of production and genre will be dependent on the availability.