Key Stage 3

Drama at key stage 3 focuses on developing students’ ability to work as an ensemble, how to plan and use basic drama subject terminology, how to learn a short script and perform key scenes in a convincing manner with a focus on characterisation. Off stage and production skills are also developed along with the ability to successfully plan artistic visions.

Drama lessons focus on teamwork, sharing ideas, developing and sustaining character, learning subtle body language, researching possible dialogue, appropriate use of costume and props. Students work towards designing and devising their own 7-15 minute production.

Key Stage 4

Drama at key stage 4 focuses on how to create and write fully developed believable characters, using body language and compelling dialogue to create characterisation and learning to draw an audience into a scene. Evaluation of professionally produced scripts and plays develops the skills required to analysing and evaluating characters, setting, staging, themes, costume, set design and social and historical context. In year 11 students will be expected to learn a script and perform 2 key scenes in a compelling style

Students will learn to create multiple ideas and interpretations to start a scene, to inhabit a scene, to give vital clear expositional language, to use correct body language, technical subject terminology and how to apply subject terminology to student’s own work and the work of others. Throughout the course students will undertake self and peer assessment through reviewing, clips and stills of performances. Students will begin to develop peer and self- assessment through reviewing, clips and stills of performances.