Welcome to the Drama department
Phase 2 (Years 7 and 8):
The Phase 2 in Drama curriculum focuses on four strands: developing, exploring, performing and evaluating. Through the study of one lesson per fortnight of each subject, our students create one performance per term, developing their knowledge of a range of performance styles and repertoire. As well as this, we look to develop the ‘whole student’ building their confidence, resilience and teamwork skills in preparation for Phase 3.
Phase 2 – Year 7
In year 7 Drama students study three styles of theatre; Pantomime, Musical Theatre and Murder Mystery. Each project culminates in a video recorded performance to the class and written evaluation of their strengths and weaknesses throughout the project. As well as exploring the key features of the given style, students gain an understanding of the areas of the stage and different types of staging. They also develop techniques for effective rehearsals, working sensitively with other students and making active contributions to the process. Performance skills are also an important element of the year, with a focus on the basic vocal and physical skills to develop characterisation.
Phase 2 – Year 8
In year 8 Drama follows the same structure and students further develop their knowledge of styles. As well as this, students also begin to develop an understanding of other roles in the Performing Arts industry. Students start the year exploring Slapstick comedy with a focus on physical skills, specifically action and reaction through mime. The second project focuses on ‘Acting for TV and film’ where students specialise as either a performer or a producer. Through developing an understanding of how we use the camera, as well as how to adapt their acting skills in front of it, students re-imagine a pre-existing scene from a film. This includes; rehearsal, filming, editing and evaluating the final footage. The last project allows students to specialise in either set design or performance. Performers and designers work in groups to stage and design set for a particular scene from a play. Students will develop their independent research skills, as well as their understanding of the page to stage process.
Phase 3 – Year 9
At phase 3 students can choose to opt for AQA GCSE Drama.
The first year (year 9) is wholly focussed on skills building in preparation for completion of coursework in year 10 and 11. Within the first term we focus on developing practical skills through a series of vocal and physical workshops. As well as this, students take part in a number of workshop performances, developing their knowledge of key practitioners and styles. We look at: Stanislavsky and Naturalism, Brecht and theatre in Education and Frantic Assembly and Physical Theatre. Students are also introduced to the Section A of the exam which required them to gain a knowledge of: the job roles in theatre, areas of the stage and types of staging.
In term 2 students begin studying ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell in preparation for their Component 1 exam in year 11. By reading and analysing the play, the students develop their own creative interpretations for designing, directing and performing the script. Not only will they start to enhance their written skills in this area, but they will also stage extract of the script to perform at the ‘Speech and Drama Festival’ in preparation for component 3; scripted performance. The final term not only introduces students to the last section of the exam, response to live theatre, but also devising skills. A project where students work in groups to devise a performance from a stimulus, keeping a devising log evaluating their processes.
Phase 3 – Year 10
In year 10 we begin the year further developing students knowledge of Component 1; the written exam. We spend time focusing on Section A (multiple choice) and Section B (Blood Brothers); further developing the correct writing technique. As well as this, students take part in a series of further style workshops, recapping previous styles covered and being introduced to new styles; Non-naturalism, Verbatim and Theatre of Cruelty. Term two sees the student complete their first piece of coursework; Component 2 a Devising plays. Students plan, rehearse and perform a piece of theatre, in their chosen style. with a group. Through the the term they complete their ‘Devising Log’ about the processes. This consists of 3 sections and totals no more than 1200 words.
Within the final term students focus on section C of Component 1 (response to live theatre) as well as completing a mock Component 3 scripted performance.
Phase 3 – Year 11
In year 11 the first term is solely focused on skills building. Firstly, we further develop written skills in preparation for component two through identifying the classes weaker areas and refining them. We also focus on developing the weaker areas of component 3 (scripted performance) as identified from the mock in year 10.
The second term sees students complete their final Component 3 exam where students can choose their own script (with guidance) and perform two extracts in front of an external examiner. Alongside this, all areas of the written exam are further developed, with students continuing to complete mock papers and refining their skills. This exam takes place in May, after which the course is completed.
Specification – https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/gcse/drama-8261
Useful websites –
- Students have all of the resources shared in lessons posted onto their Google Classroom – the is an excellent revision tool for them.
Revision guides –
- New Grade 9-1 GCSE Drama Play Guide – Blood Brothers (CGP GCSE Drama 9-1 Revision) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1782949666/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_6xTLDbVA1VB6K
- Blood Brothers (Methuen Modern Play) (Modern Classics) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0413767701/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_MyTLDbNGHRCBZ
- Blood Brothers Play Guide for AQA GCSE Drama https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1911208705/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_-yTLDbWHB5QYQ
Many students who study GCSE Drama go onto continue their studies through A-level Drama and Theatre or Level 3 BTEC Performing Arts at sixth form or college. Many further this with a Drama or Performing Arts Based course at university or training at a Performing Arts School.
This course is also excellent for anyone students wanting to work in a profession that requires high levels of communication, teamwork and people skills.
Students may pursue a career in the Performing Arts industry, be it performing on cruise ships, securing acting roles on stage or screen.
Other students may pursue work in media, journalism or other creative arts.
Many students use drama to help them in a range of different careers such as Politics, Law, Medicine, Teaching and many others.
Performing Arts can open many doors as it teaches skills that are fully transferable in all avenues of life and highly desired by employers.
Performing Arts Extra Curricular
The learning doesn’t end in the classroom, in Performing Arts we offer a range of extra-curricular activities to support our students progress within our subject areas.We offer a range of clubs in order to allow our students to become part of the school community, working as a team with all other year groups. We also offer a range of off island theatre trips each academic year so that our students can fully understand the success that they can strive towards in their own careers.
We also work in partnership with the Isle of Wight music hub to offer students peripatetic lessons in a range of instruments – http://www.iowmusichub.org/
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Clubs on offer:
Winter Production – Students from all year groups audition to be part of the whole school production. They can take a range of roles, from performer or dancer, to set designer, lighting or sound technician, costume, hair and make-up and backstage crew. They rehearse twice a week after school.
Dance Festival – This is a club lead by Phase 3 students and starting from term 2, we work as an ensemble perform a piece of dance in the Dance festival that takes place at Shanklin Theatre. Rehearsals take place after school.
Bay Elite – ‘Bay Elite’ is our Dance team. Auditions take place in term 2 and students attend rehearsals once a week to learn a series of routines to perform at various events. Rehearsals take place after school.
Voices of the Bay – ‘Voices of the Bay’ is our choir club who rehearse during lunchtimes twice a week. They practice a range of modern songs to perform at school events as well as other music events outside of the school.
Guitar Club – This club offers students help in developing their skills in playing the guitar. We have 20 fully working guitars that students can practice using. This club meets once a week after school.
Keyboard Club – This club offers students help in developing their skills in playing the keyboard / piano. We have over 20 fully working keyboards that students can practice using as well as a number of pianos. This club meets once a week after school.