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Drama

Department/subject info and philosophy:

Studying drama requires emotional maturity, and gives pupils a deep understanding of themselves. Because it involves using not only their voices and bodies, but also emotions and creativity, it is able to engender a deep sense of self-esteem. It is also a subject that requires a great deal of peer trust, and so it plays an important role in teaching communication, listening and empathy skills. Studying drama is demanding, and teaches pupils that success only comes from hard work.

The skills that are learnt by studying drama are invaluable in later life. For example, being able to speak and present confidently in front of people, and the skill of planning that is required in any production, are useful in many careers. Drama can be a good basis for a career not only in the theatre, but in advertising, the film industry and even in events planning, among many others.

Y8

Term 1 Drama Skills mime, facial expression, body language, character

Term 2 Drama skills

Term 3 Styles of theatre melodrama, naturalism, greek, physical

Term 4 Set and stage design

Term 5 Shakespeare A midsummer night’s dream

Term 6 Modern play

 

Y9

Term 1 Modern text Animal farm/ inspector calls

Term 2 Christmas Carol

Term 3 Shakespeare Macbeth

Term 4 Personal skills development of drama skills Voice, movement, improvisation

Term 5 Personal skills development

Term 6 Creating and performing a play

 

Year 10

Term 1 Unit 1 Exploring the Performing Arts

Term 2 Unit 1 Understanding how different styles of theatre are produced

Term 3 Unit 1 Understanding the job roles in producing different styles of theatre

Term 4 Unit 1 Practically acting out the ideas researched

Term 5 Unit 2 Developing Skills in the Performing Arts

Term 6 Unit 2 Develop skills for performance

 

Year 11

Term 1 Unit 2 Apply skills and techniques in rehearsal and performance

Term 2 Unit 2 Review your development of skills

Term 3 Unit 3 Learning skills to devise a play

Term 4 Unit 3 Developing devising skills based on a brief

Term 5 Unit 3 Performing the devised play to an audience

 

GCSE/BTEC Exam information:

The qualification is a BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts.

The course has three units. Units 1 and 2 are a combination of written coursework and performing in class, which is recorded. These are internally assessed by your teacher.

The third unit is a performance to an audience and a written exam. This is externally assessed by an examiner.

 

Useful links/websites:

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zbckjxs

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-tech-awards/performing-arts.html

https://dramaresource.com/drama-strategies/

 

Key contact(s):

Mr C Cooke – ccooke@brigantiatrust.net