Drama

Head of Faculty: Mrs S Wiltshire
Teaching Staff: Miss B Lyons
Level of teaching: Key Stage 3,Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5 at The New Sixth

In Drama, students learn so many things that are often unquantifiable. The aim of the department is to promote a love of the creative arts and knowledge of the theatre, the world and human nature. Lessons are practical and active involvement is essential. Talent and effort are equally important. Students grow in confidence by simply doing the best they can.

For further information about this course, please email the Head of Faculty, Mrs S Wiltshire
or telephone her on 01225 312661.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

One lesson per week in Years 7, 8 and 9.

Drama at KS3 will give students the skills required to follow the GCSE Drama course and also essential life skills.

Year 7

Terms 1 & 2
‘Wacky Soap’ by Mark Wheeller
The Pantomime Genre
Terms 3 & 4
Greek Theatre
The Bully
Terms 5 & 6
Introduction to ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell
Musical theatre

Year 8

Terms 1 & 2
Vocal exercises and Shakespeare
Music and Media
Terms 3 & 4
Stagecraft
‘O.U.T. Spells Out’ by David Holman
Terms 5 & 6
Commedia dell’Arte

Year 9

Terms 1 & 2
Stanislavski and Brecht
Surrealism in Drama
Terms 3 & 4
Shakespeare
Devising with masks
Symbolism
Terms 5 & 6
‘Childhood’ – devising to a theme using a variety of stimuli

 

Key Stage 4 (Year 10)

Course Code: GCSE Drama AQA8261
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/gcse/drama-8261

Key Stage 4 (Year 11)

Course Code: GCSE Drama AQA 4240
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama-and-performing-arts/gcse/drama-4240

This course is studied in two lessons per week over two years.

At least two pieces of practical coursework must be completed with options including:

  • Devised thematic work
  • Acting
  • Theatre in Education
  • Technical options are also available for those students who prefer them

Students will also be going to see professional theatre.

Students will have to complete a written exam at the end of the course which covers
writing about their own work and a piece of professional theatre that they have seen.

Year 10

Terms 1 & 2
Course introduction – Knowledge of Theatre
Drama skills, roles and responsibilities, performance spaces
Terms 3 & 4
Set text ‘Blood Brothers’
Mock performance ‘Acting’
Terms 5 & 6
Revision of set text
Introduction to devising

Year 11

Terms 1 & 2
Completion of Improvisation coursework
Revision for mock
Terms 3 & 4
Acting coursework ‘Blue Remembered Hills’ by Dennis Potter
Revision
Terms 5 & 6
Revision

 

Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13) taught at The New Sixth

Course Code: A Level Drama and Theatre Studies 7261
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/a-level/drama-and-theatre-7261

Students can opt to study A Level Drama at The New Sixth. This qualification emphasises practical creativity alongside research and theoretical understanding. Students learn through experience, seeing theatre and making theatre for themselves. Students are introduced to a wide range of theatrical styles and contexts as they explore plays practically and work on performances.

Students choose to develop as a: performer, designer (lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets, director, combination of these. Whichever option they choose, students will gain many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, to expand their horizons.

For more information on this A Level course, click here.

Useful Links:
Drama Club runs when we are rehearsing for the annual School Production.
The department also runs trips to see professional theatre wherever possible – a requirement of the GCSE syllabus.

The internet is a great source for researching around topics. Suggested websites include:
BBC Bitesize GCSE Drama (some of this is relevant to KS3) http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zbckjxs

The National Theatre has a library of online resources that can be accessed through their website:
https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/backstage

Many more resources are available on YouTube, ITunesU and Sound Cloud.