Introduction

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n Drama, students develop their confidence and social skills as well as understanding the technical skills in the subject. They explore a wide variety of theatrical styles ranging from Pantomine and Commedia dell’Arte through to Silent movie and Stage combat.

Each year we produce a sell-out school production which involves students from all year groups. Recent successes have included Bugsy Malone and Grease. There are also several opportunities to see live performances. These include an overnight trip to London, where we take part in a workshop with professional artists at Pinepapple Studios prior to seeing them perform on a Westend Stage.

There is a lively BTEC course for those wanting to continue their studies into Key Stage 4. Students can further develop their performing skills in Drama and have the oppurtunity to work with professional artists and also learn about career paths in Performing Arts and what they need to do become the next big star.

Staff

Mrs Kathy Marville

Teacher

Drama Curriculum.

Facilites on offer:
Specialist 150 seat Theatre equipped with professional lighting and sound equipment.
Fully stocked costume cupboard.

Year 7
AutumnSpringSummer
Introduction to Drama Students are given the chance to get to know each other and are introduced to some of the basic Drama skills they will use. Pantomime Learning the stock characters that appear in every pantomime and developing our own short pantomime. Silent Movie Developing the skills of mime and filming a mini silent movie.
“Joe” An exploration of the story of a missing boy. Students will learn about Teacher in Role and also how to use Hot Seating. Mime Learning the key skills of mime and creating a silent performance.
Hours per fortnight: 2
Year 8
AutumnSpringSummer
Commedia Dell’Arte Learning the stock characters and performing in the style of Italian comedy. Avatar Using the popular film Avatar as a starting point, students develop their own avatar and create scenes exploring a new environment. Script / Issue A script based unit, focusing on a current issue.
Mask An exploration of mask techniques, working with masks made by Trestle Theatre Company. Lighting Exploring different colour and projection within performance.
Hours per fortnight: 1
Year 9
AutumnSpringSummer
Devising Working in groups to devise a piece of theatre. The Titanic Students will explore the historic tragedy, creating characters and developing their understanding of Dramatic skills such as Hot Seating. Script / Issue A script based unit, focusing on a current issue.
Physical Theatre Inspired by the work of DV8 Physical Theatre Company, students create their own Physical Theatre performance. Gang Culture Using a range of stimuli, students develop performance poetry around the theme of Gang Culture. The Theatrical Aesthetic An exploration of the aesthetic elements; costume, props, lighting and sound.
Hours per fortnight: 2
Year 10
AutumnSpringSummer
Introduction to the course.Unit 1 –Individual Showcase Exam PreparationUnit 1 –Individual Showcase Exam
Unit 3 Acting Skills – Further developing acting skills and techniques. Rehearsing duologues for the Performing Arts Showcase. Letter of Application for a Performing Arts opportunity.Unit 2 Preparation, Performance & Production -Prepare performances for an invited audience.
Prepare 2 solo monologues for an audition.
Hours per fortnight: 5

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

Through Dance, Drama & Music, students experience a learning environment where they can develop spiritually, morally and socially whilst broadening their understanding of other cultures.  We aim to nurture feelings of appreciation and inspiration; enabling students to experience, reflect upon and respond creatively to material drawn from a wide variety of traditions. For example, in yr 7 Music students explore the development and heritage of Samba in Brazil and in yr 8 they experience the musical communication of African Drumming. In Dance, students analyse and participate in a variety of World styles such as Bhangra, Samba & Street Dance.

Tasks across the three disciplines, allow students to consider their personal responses to different stimuli and situations, whilst also exploring the feelings of others. This can be seen in the Yr 8 Drama unit – Missing, which explores the dangers of the internet, whilst providing moral dilemmas of loyalty. Also Swan Song, in yr 7 Dance, which looks at the relationship between the imprisoned and their captor.

The Arts encourage students to develop their self-knowledge and self-confidence through exploration of themes, which are delivered and shared with a respectful audience. Participation and self-esteem are central to our lessons, the latter being further investigated in a Yr 7 Drama unit Status, which encourages students to understand how their body language and tone of voice can help to raise confidence.  These subjects depend upon the ability to collaborate, tolerate, contribute and respect each other; values which are reiterated throughout lessons. Skills are exercised regularly through group work, whole class work and as individuals, when ideas must be shared, decisions made and compromises sought.

Curriculum Extension activities further develop the ideals and concepts initiated in the classroom, providing the opportunity to work within more diverse company, and to take on greater responsibility for the both the creative process and the outcome.

Enrichment Opportunities:

Performing Arts Showcase.
School Musicals – This year’s production is Oliver!
Key Stage 3 Drama Club.

Drama News.

London Performing Arts Trip – November 2016

The Performing Arts Department are running a Year 8 trip to London on the 15th & 16th November. We are going to see Matilda and The Lion King, taking a dance workshop at Pineapple Dance Studios with members of the cast of Matilda, going on the London Eye and spending some time at Covent Garden. For more information please contact vicky.finch@taw.org.uk

The HLC’s presentation of We Will Rock You!

Evening Performances starting at 7:30pm on Wednesday 4th, Thursday 5th, Friday 6th February 2015 and a Matinee Performance starting at 1:30pm on Saturday 7th February 2015.
Tickets go on sale from Wednesday 21st January before school & morning breaktime from outside the IU/Secondary Hall.  Ticket proce are as follows: Adult: £8.00, Children & Concessions: £5.00.  Presented by permission of www.Schoolswillrockyou.com

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