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.
‘Wacky Soap’ by Mark Wheeller
The Pantomime Genre
Introduction to ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell
Vocal exercises and Shakespeare
Music and Media
‘O.U.T. Spells Out’ by David Holman
Stanislavski and Brecht
Surrealism in Drama
Devising with masks
‘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
- 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.
Course introduction – Knowledge of Theatre
Drama skills, roles and responsibilities, performance spaces
Set text ‘Blood Brothers’
Mock performance ‘Acting’
Revision of set text
Introduction to devising
Completion of Improvisation coursework
Revision for mock
Acting coursework ‘Blue Remembered Hills’ by Dennis Potter
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.
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: