Drama

The Drama Department as part of ‘Performing Arts’ at The Wilnecote School has one simple aim, to find and nurture talent. Through work in lessons and a range of extra-curricular opportunities, the department provides a platform for students to share and develop their talents. These talents are recognised, appreciated and celebrated.

The Drama department consists of two main teaching rooms which can be opened out into one large studio space. The rooms have a sprung floor, stage lighting and curtains which can be used to transform them from teaching spaces to a performance space for students to use.

Years 7 & 8

Summary:

Over the two year Key Stage three programme, students will develop the key skills of creating and performing both scripted and devised pieces as well as skills in directing and designing a play. Students will also develop their ability to evaluate their own performances, the performances of others and professional theatre performances.

 

The Drama Department aims to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of drama and their talent as performers, designers and directors, and in doing so increase their self- confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

 

All students are given the opportunity to undertake a range of performance and creative tasks in a variety of groups. This work is differentiated in order to ensure that it meets the needs of all students, providing challenge and support for all. Students also develop their knowledge of key vocabulary and begin to develop their understanding of how to write about their own and other people’s work.

 

The skills which pupils develop in Key Stage 3 are designed to enable them to continue their study at Key Stage 4.

 

KS3 Course Content

Year 7

Performance Skills One – Students develop basic performance skills, understanding what they are and then applying them to devised performances.

            Devising: Evacuation – Students work with their teacher, who acts as a director, to devise and perform a piece based on the experiences of evacuees during WW2.

            Theatre History – Students study key areas of theatre history, understanding how theatre has changed and developed over time and creating performances in different historical styles.

            Devising: Fairy tales – Students build upon their earlier understanding of devising working in groups to create and perform their own Fairy tale.

            Exploring a Play: Alice in Wonderland – Students explore the play from the points of view of director, designer and performer. Activities include creating set and costume designs as well as directing and performing scenes from the play.

            Performing a Play: Bright Lights – Students work in groups to create and perform this short play, which is a modern twist on the story of Hansel and Gretel.

 

Year 8

Performance Skills Two – Students build upon their understanding of performance skills, understanding what they are and then applying them to abstract, devised performances.

            Devising: Refugees – Students continue to build upon their earlier understanding of devising by working in groups to create and perform a piece based on their exploration of Refugees.

            Theatre Practitioners – Students learn about some of the people who have influenced theatre throughout history. Understanding what their ideas were and using them to create performances in the style of the practitioners.

            Devising: The Identification – Students continue to build upon their understanding of devising by working in groups to create and perform a piece based on their exploration of the poem The Identification.

            Exploring a Play: 100 – Students explore the play from the points of view of director, designer and performer. Activities include creating lighting and sound designs as well as directing and performing scenes from the play.

            Performing a Play: 100 – Students work in groups to create and perform extracts from this play, which explores issues of life and death.

 

 

Assessment:

Student’s performances will be assessed at the mid-point of each scheme and again at the end.

Students will use a personalised learning checklist to monitor and self – assess their progress throughout each scheme of work.

Students will also be set regular homework tasks which will be used to inform their assessment.

 

Resources:

Students will use a variety of resources including props and masks. They will also have access to the work of theatre companies to support them in their creation of their own work. Students will also be given opportunities to participate in workshops with members of professional theatre companies and experience live theatre performances.

Years 9,10 & 11

Summary:

GCSE Drama allows students to develop the skills they learnt at KS3 through the assessment of three components. Students develop their skills and experience as performers, designers and directors as well as their understanding of how theatre can be brought to life for an audience.

Component One – Devising.

In this component students work in groups to create, rehearse and perform a devised performance based on a stimulus. Previous stimuli have included Withcraft and Mental Health. Students also keep a record of their devising process and evaluate their final performance through the completion of a Logbook.

Component Two – Scripted Performance.

In this component students work in groups to rehearse and perform two scripted extracts. They are given the option to perform monologues, duologues or group extracts. Students perform their work to an audience which includes a visiting examiner.

Component Three – Devising.

In this component students explore a play from the points of view of a performer, designer and director. They then use this experience to answer questions about the play in a written examination. Students also go and watch a live theatre performance which they then write notes about. These notes are then taken into the written examination and used to help students answer questions about the performance they saw.

Assessment:

Controlled Assessment (Component One) = This comprises 40% of the GCSE course.
Scripted Performance (Component Two) = This comprises 20% of the GCSE course.
Written Examination (Component Three) = This comprises 40% of the GCSE course.

Resources:

Students will use a variety of skills and techniques from a range of practitioners. They will also have access to computers to complete their Component One Logbook. Students will also be given access to live theatre performances through online recordings and theatre visits.

Highly Sprung Theatre Company – Students will be given the opportunity to work with a practitioner from Highly Sprung, one of the U.K’s leading theatre companies during a weekend workshop.

Arts Spectacular – Working with the rest of the Performing Arts faculty we put on an annual Arts Spectacular show in the Summer term – this is a fantastic opportunities for all students to share their talents and what they have been doing in lessons.

School Production – Working with the rest of the Performing Arts faculty we have a strong tradition of producing an annual show, which all students are encouraged to audition for.

London Residential – Students are given the opportunity to take part in a three day residential visit to London. During the visit students are given the opportunity to see a West End production, go backstage at the U.K’s oldest theatre and participate in a workshop led by the dance and theatre company Pineapple Studios.

Keys Stage 3

Years 7 & 8

Summary:

Over the two year Key Stage three programme, students will develop the key skills of creating and performing both scripted and devised pieces as well as skills in directing and designing a play. Students will also develop their ability to evaluate their own performances, the performances of others and professional theatre performances.

 

The Drama Department aims to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of drama and their talent as performers, designers and directors, and in doing so increase their self- confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

 

All students are given the opportunity to undertake a range of performance and creative tasks in a variety of groups. This work is differentiated in order to ensure that it meets the needs of all students, providing challenge and support for all. Students also develop their knowledge of key vocabulary and begin to develop their understanding of how to write about their own and other people’s work.

 

The skills which pupils develop in Key Stage 3 are designed to enable them to continue their study at Key Stage 4.

 

KS3 Course Content

Year 7

Performance Skills One – Students develop basic performance skills, understanding what they are and then applying them to devised performances.

            Devising: Evacuation – Students work with their teacher, who acts as a director, to devise and perform a piece based on the experiences of evacuees during WW2.

            Theatre History – Students study key areas of theatre history, understanding how theatre has changed and developed over time and creating performances in different historical styles.

            Devising: Fairy tales – Students build upon their earlier understanding of devising working in groups to create and perform their own Fairy tale.

            Exploring a Play: Alice in Wonderland – Students explore the play from the points of view of director, designer and performer. Activities include creating set and costume designs as well as directing and performing scenes from the play.

            Performing a Play: Bright Lights – Students work in groups to create and perform this short play, which is a modern twist on the story of Hansel and Gretel.

 

Year 8

Performance Skills Two – Students build upon their understanding of performance skills, understanding what they are and then applying them to abstract, devised performances.

            Devising: Refugees – Students continue to build upon their earlier understanding of devising by working in groups to create and perform a piece based on their exploration of Refugees.

            Theatre Practitioners – Students learn about some of the people who have influenced theatre throughout history. Understanding what their ideas were and using them to create performances in the style of the practitioners.

            Devising: The Identification – Students continue to build upon their understanding of devising by working in groups to create and perform a piece based on their exploration of the poem The Identification.

            Exploring a Play: 100 – Students explore the play from the points of view of director, designer and performer. Activities include creating lighting and sound designs as well as directing and performing scenes from the play.

            Performing a Play: 100 – Students work in groups to create and perform extracts from this play, which explores issues of life and death.

 

 

Assessment:

Student’s performances will be assessed at the mid-point of each scheme and again at the end.

Students will use a personalised learning checklist to monitor and self – assess their progress throughout each scheme of work.

Students will also be set regular homework tasks which will be used to inform their assessment.

 

Resources:

Students will use a variety of resources including props and masks. They will also have access to the work of theatre companies to support them in their creation of their own work. Students will also be given opportunities to participate in workshops with members of professional theatre companies and experience live theatre performances.

Key Stage 4

Years 9,10 & 11

Summary:

GCSE Drama allows students to develop the skills they learnt at KS3 through the assessment of three components. Students develop their skills and experience as performers, designers and directors as well as their understanding of how theatre can be brought to life for an audience.

Component One – Devising.

In this component students work in groups to create, rehearse and perform a devised performance based on a stimulus. Previous stimuli have included Withcraft and Mental Health. Students also keep a record of their devising process and evaluate their final performance through the completion of a Logbook.

Component Two – Scripted Performance.

In this component students work in groups to rehearse and perform two scripted extracts. They are given the option to perform monologues, duologues or group extracts. Students perform their work to an audience which includes a visiting examiner.

Component Three – Devising.

In this component students explore a play from the points of view of a performer, designer and director. They then use this experience to answer questions about the play in a written examination. Students also go and watch a live theatre performance which they then write notes about. These notes are then taken into the written examination and used to help students answer questions about the performance they saw.

Assessment:

Controlled Assessment (Component One) = This comprises 40% of the GCSE course.
Scripted Performance (Component Two) = This comprises 20% of the GCSE course.
Written Examination (Component Three) = This comprises 40% of the GCSE course.

Resources:

Students will use a variety of skills and techniques from a range of practitioners. They will also have access to computers to complete their Component One Logbook. Students will also be given access to live theatre performances through online recordings and theatre visits.

Extra Curricular

Highly Sprung Theatre Company – Students will be given the opportunity to work with a practitioner from Highly Sprung, one of the U.K’s leading theatre companies during a weekend workshop.

Arts Spectacular – Working with the rest of the Performing Arts faculty we put on an annual Arts Spectacular show in the Summer term – this is a fantastic opportunities for all students to share their talents and what they have been doing in lessons.

School Production – Working with the rest of the Performing Arts faculty we have a strong tradition of producing an annual show, which all students are encouraged to audition for.

London Residential – Students are given the opportunity to take part in a three day residential visit to London. During the visit students are given the opportunity to see a West End production, go backstage at the U.K’s oldest theatre and participate in a workshop led by the dance and theatre company Pineapple Studios.

The Performing Arts department here at The Wilnecote School has one simple aim, to find and nurture talent. Through work in lessons and a range of extra-curricular opportunities the department provides a platform for students to share and develop their talents.

Both the Music and Drama departments work collaboratively to ensure that students talents are recognised, appreciated and celebrated. Students have many opportunities to perform both in and out of lessons with the annual school production and Drama performance evenings and Music Concerts. The department also hosts GCSE performance evening’s which provide a great opportunity for GCSE students to share their talents and for younger students to be inspired by their peers.

In addition to this the Performing Arts department runs an annual Arts Festival towards the end of the summer term. This is a series of trips, workshops and activities that allow students to build on their interest in and knowledge of the arts. Highlights of this include The Physical Fellowship project, which involves students working with professionals from the company Highly Sprung and performing live at the Belgrade theatre in Coventry and a trip to Touch FM where students get to see behind the scenes at a local radio station.

The department also runs a variety of other trips and workshops throughout the year so there is always something for students to get involved in. One of our most celebrated activities is the annual Christmas concert which takes place at Holy Trinity Church in Wilnecote and sees students from The Wilnecote School performing alongside students from Dosthill and Wilnecote Primary schools. The department is very proud of the collaboration with local primary schools and the local community.

We also offer instrumental lessons and have a Tech Club which runs every day during tutor time and provides a fantastic opportunity for students who are interested in the technical, behind the scenes aspects of the Performing Arts. Members of Tech Club provide fantastic technical support for all productions and performances, enabling them to develop a range of skills from lighting and sound to photography.