Drama

Overview for Year 7:

During Year 7 students will:

  • Be introduced to the key skills for creating, performing and evaluating drama.
  • Work productively and creatively individually and with others, building the ability to negotiate, cooperate, select and apply a range of drama techniques.
  • Understand and be able to use some of the conventions of drama such as - still image, caption, story-boarding, mime and gesture, conscience-alley, hot-seating, teacher in role, thought-tracking.
  • Use a range of approaches to create believable characters in their role-play, improvisations and script work.
  • Develop their ability to respond constructively to their own work and that of others in the class, showing respect for others.


Units of Work Covered in Year 7:

Term One

Term Two

Term Three

Introduction to drama

Mystery House

Commedia Dell’arte

Bullying

Macbeth

Pantomime


What parents can do to help:

Encourage your child to practice their presentation skills to an ‘audience’ at home, such as performing a short extract, or talking about their class-work or any research they have done; assist them in the learning of lines from a text. Encourage the neat presentation of written homework, including accurate spelling and grammar.

Useful websites:

www.sparknotes.com
www.rsc.org.uk


Overview for Year 8:

During Year 8 students will:

  • Consolidate the key skills for creating, performing and evaluating drama.
  • Develop confidence in working with others in small groups, pairs and independently to make decisions on structure and technique.
  • Consolidate and extend their knowledge of drama conventions and genres.
  • Improve their ability to develop and perform convincing characterisations.
  • Develop their ability to respond constructively and sensitively to their own work and that of others in the class.
  • Develop their appreciation of theatre.

 
Units of Work Covered in Year 8: 

Term One

Term Two

Term Three

Introduction to Year 8 Drama

Sweeney Todd

The Island

Miranda Zupp

Sweeney Todd (continued)

Comedy


What parents can do to help:

Help broaden your child’s appreciation of theatre by encouraging them to get involved in the school drama club and other OSH drama activities, or a local community theatre group; or attend one of our theatre visits to Curve Theatre in Leicester and occasionally the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford.


Useful websites:

www.rsc.org.co.uk 
www.curveonline.com
www.nationaltheatre.org

 

Overview for Year 9:

During Year 9 students will:

  • Use a variety of dramatic conventions to explore ideas, issues, texts and meanings.
  • Use different ways to convey action, character, atmosphere and tension in scripting and performing plays e.g. through dialogue, movement and pace.
  • Appreciate how the structure and organisation of scenes and plays contribute to dramatic effect.
  • Evaluate constructively the intentions and performance of dramas in which they have participated or have watched.
  • Further develop their confidence in working with others as a whole class, in small groups, pairs and independently to make decisions on crafting and structuring their dramas.

Units of Work Covered in Year 9:

Term One

Term Two

Term Three

Invite to a party

Devising Drama

Performance   Review

Characterisation

Performing Text

Drama Tool Kit


What parents can do to help:

Encourage students to get involved in the school drama club or other extra-curricular drama activities, or join a local community theatre group or attend one of our theatre visits.


Useful websites:

www.rsc.org.co.uk
www.curveonline.com
www.nationaltheatre.org

 

Extra-curricular opportunities:

There are many opportunities for students to develop their performance skills and experience theatre and drama outside of the curriculum.

Whole School Productions – We regularly stage full-scale productions in conjunction with the music, art and media departments. Recent productions include Bugsy Malone, Grease, The Odyssey (also with some of our feeder primary schools) Dracula, and We Will Rock You (December 2012).

Arts Evenings – A showcase of the very best of students’ work from the Creative Arts Faculty – art, drama, music, photography – developed in curriculum time or as a result of extra-curricular activities.

Talent Shows and Celebration Evenings

Drama Clubs which usually work towards a performance project

Professional artists – students often have the opportunity to work with professional actors, directors or animateurs from theatre companies through workshops either in school or at an external venue.

For example, we organised a two hour workshop at the RSC education centre before seeing the production of Macbeth at the RSC theatre.

For the first time in July 2012 we took part in a RSC live webcast of ‘I Cinna the Poet’(from Julius Caesar). In response to the broadcast of the live performance students devised their own creative writing, some of which was posted on the RSC Education web-site.

The Leicester Comedy Festival – groups of our students have worked with a professional actor/director to devise their own material for performing at the city schools comedy festival at Regent College in February 2013.

Theatre Trips – A range of theatre trips are offered. Recently a group of students from Years 8-10 saw the National Theatre touring production of ‘One Man,Two Guvnors’ at Curve theatre in Leicester; Year 10 English and Drama students saw ‘Macbeth’ at the RSC; Year 10 and 11 Drama students watched a performance of the chilling ghost storyThe Woman in Black’ at Curve theatre.

Key Stage three assessment descriptors are attached below.  The “learning pathway” (e.g.  8-9) indicates the likely GCSE grade that a student may expect at the end of year 11, based upon both their current attainment and year of study. 

Drama-Year-7.pdf

Drama-Year-8.pdf