Ks3 Currently year 7, 8 and 9 are taught mixed ability groups across the whole of KS3 in each subject area. In Drama we focus on introducing then developing key drama skills such as role play, still image, cross cutting, hot seating forum theatre and many more, as well as soft skills such as leadership, team work, communication and confidence. This is done through historic events and social issues, as well as writing and learning scripts.
During year 7 we explore the following topics:
- Emotions: identifying, analysing and dealing with emotions
- Waxwork Museums: bringing stillness to live through characterisation
- Bullying: focussing on the reasons behind and for bullying through practical exploration
- Urban Legends: adapting and reliving well know stories in an imaginative way
- Comedy Scripts: a chance to experience a specific genre and its conventions
- Grandpa’s shoes: a scheme based on the older generation and their experiences of life
During year 8 we explore the following topics:
- Timothy Winters Poem: empathising with the situation of a disadvantaged boy
- ‘Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations’ : exploring a play about a boy who hallucinates wild scenes
- The Box: a scheme focussing on imagination and the exploration of a magical box
During year 9 we explore the following topics:
- Truancy: the dangers and rationale of teenagers who truant
- Devising: using stimuli to create imaginative drama from own experiences
- Racism: a study on the case of Stephen Lawrence
- Dear Nobody: a play exploring the issues surrounding Teenage Pregnancy
- Soap Operas: exploring kitchen sink drama and the complex storylines, plot and character
The Holocaust: using Anne Frank, Schlindler and other figures of war to create characters
GCSE Drama at the National Academy follows the Edexcel specification. For more information please visit www.edexcel.com or alternatively visit BBC Bitesize at www.bbbcbitesize.com for expert advice, help and examples of all the explorative, drama medium and elements used throughout the two year course. This course has been developed to recognise learners skills, knowledge and understanding, application and experience of Drama in terms of acting, directing, leading, managing and creating drama pieces of various styles and genres, whether devised or scripted.
- All students who opt for GCSE Drama will have three lessons of Drama per week taught by Miss Lenton and Mrs Flux.
- Students are working towards gaining a GCSE that will enable them to move onto A levels, a college course in Performing Arts or a Drama school scholarship.
- This year is about gaining experience of acting and directing through various forms of stimuli such as images, poetry, video clips, live theatre productions, scripts, sound-bites, diary entries, films, real life events, social issues, current stories in the media, world wide events and articles
Students start with the first of their two coursework modules.
- Unit 1: a 6 hour practical exploration around a social issue such as Homelessness followed by a 2000 word written documentary that evaluates the work undertaken in the practical workshops. (30%)
- Unit 2: a 6 hour practical exploration of a play such as ‘Blood Brothers’ followed by a 1000 word written documentary that evaluates the work undertaken in the practical workshops. Students then go and see a live professional theatre performance that they review in 2000 words, concentrating on the directors choices, acting, set, lighting, costume design and themes. (30%)
- Unit 3: This is a practical exam that is marked by a visiting examiner focussing on the students role/characterisation, communication, voice/movement and the content, style and form of the piece of drama created. The drama must include 3-9 students and last between 15-45 minutes depending on the size of the group. Students can perform a script, an original piece or a mixture of the two which must fit the brief published by the examboard in the February of year 11. The performance must be executed infront of a live audience around May time. (40%)
Drama in Year 12&13 (taught at Holgate Academy)
- Students are studying The BTEC National Award Drama and theatre studies which has been created to enable students to learn transferable skills that are relevant and needed in future study in the industry of performing arts. The course is assessed and graded Students receive a Pass, Merit or Distinction Grade at the end of each Unit.
- The course covers core units of Rehearsing in year 12 and Performing in year 13 and specialist units which currently include Clowning, Theatre for Children and Devising. Students perform to a variety of audiences and evaluate each piece through an actor’s log.
The core Performance Unit in Year 13 completes the course in a performance of a full play to a paying audience. The BTEC National Award in Performing Arts (Acting) is taught mostly through practical work, which is assessed and graded both internally and externally.