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Year 7

Term 1 & 2 - Introduction to Drama

Students have a gentle and safe introduction to Drama through short and purposeful tasks which encourage teamwork and confidence for both the novice and experienced performer.

Basic Drama rules will be adhered to, teaching about respect both in and out of the classroom with a focus on the English Assessment Framework for Speaking and Listening.

Term 3 & 4 - History of Theatre: Greek and Medieval

Through script, theme work and practical activities students explore the history of theatre which will develop teamwork skills further though chorus and drama techniques.

All students are expected to perform and respond to questions to show understanding.

Term 5 & 6 - The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty

The first script the students work from in their Drama career. The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty deals with peer pressure and consequence. The students will complete practical activities when reading through the text in class. Students will develop core Drama skills that will carry them through their KS3 programme.

Also during the year students in Year 7 will develop the basic skills required for musical learning.  Through a series of composition, performance and listening tasks, students will explore a variety of different cultues and styles of music.  All students will have the oportunity to learn a woodwind or brass instrument within curriculum time.

Year 8

Term 1 & 2 - History of Theatre: Renaissance and Restoration

The second elements of theatre through the ages are investigated in this module with a real focus on the content of the plays at the time and the audiences. Complimenting the History curriculum, we look into the closing of the theatres in the Elizabethan age and the reopening after Cromwell and the first indoor theatres being built. Students study texts and techniques to develop their practical skills.

Term 3 & 4 - Crime Drama

Students explore the different ways of creating tension on a stage and in real life through the study of ‘crime scenes’ and given evidence.

Term 5 & 6 - Physical Theatre

This style of performance is becoming more and more popular in the 21st Century as it crosses between all disciplines: Music, Visual Art, Dance and Drama. The students tell stories through physical means using imagination of both the audience and the performer. Mostly devised work rather than scripted, the students work on transition and audience perception throughout their work. Proxemics and control are the main focus.

In Year 8 students really get to grips with popular music and its influences.   Students create their own raps based on the theme recycling.   Here they explore Pachelbel's Canon and recycle it to create a backing on garage band.  Ensemble work is the key focus in year 8 as students then study two contrasting popular pieces in depth.

Year 9

Term 1 - Acting skills – professional

Following the skills base for GCSE Drama, techniques are explored practically and in theory. All students are encouraged to perform and experiment with characters, scripts and devised work to improve knowledge and understanding of the subject. A baseline assessment and a progression assessment take place during this time. There is opportunity to perform publicly.

Term 2 - The Theatre industry

Studying a variety of job roles in the performance industry with practical hands on experience in all areas: backstage, design and front of house. The aim is to allow and encourage our students to explore all areas of theatre to understand some of the constraints of live theatre and other skills areas that will enhance their performances.

Term 3 - Styles and Genre

Developing knowledge and understanding of style and genres. Exploring through text the different manners of performance and how they suit various audiences. This will include sound, lighting, costume and other design elements.

Term 4 - Devised

Developing improvisation and character skills, students investigate the various possibilities of creating a drama from scratch. Through stimuli such as music, poetry and art the students explore themes surrounding them to devise a well structured and purposeful drama.

Term 5 – Playwriting

Based on historical events, students research, structure and plan a script for a group to perform. They will not be part of the performance; their role is merely as the playwright. This enables all students to develop knowledge and skills beyond the practical elements of drama and look beyond ‘being an actor’.

Term 6 - Scripted performance

Texts will be investigated in depth whereby character development will be the main focus and their relationships with the whole cast. Students will explore a set text and perform selected scenes from memory for a live performance in a professional theatre. Sound, lighting, costume and set design will enhance their performance. These elements will be created by their group with consideration for the purpose of the drama and audience.

Key Stage 4
Course Title:  Drama
Qualification:  GCSE
Awarding Body:  OCR
Description of Course

This course enables students to develop a range of essential academic, acting and performance skills.  It ensures students gain a practical experience of performance through devising plays and studying theatre techniques.

Course Title:  Dance
Qualification:  BTEC
Awarding Body:  Edexcel
Description of Course

This course develops a range of essential academic, dance and performing skills.  It will ensure students gain a practical experience of choregraphy and performance.

Key Stage 5
Course Title: Applied GCE in Performing Arts
Qualification: AS/ A
Awarding Body: Edexcel

Examination – Practical final (3rd Unit)                                    Coursework – 2 Units

Pre-requisite Recommendations:
We recommend that candidates should have acquired the skills and knowledge associated with a
GCSE Drama course or equivalent.
An audition for those candidates who wish to take this course who do not have any formal qualifications is essential.

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