PERFORMING ARTS - DRAMA
Our aim is to:
- Stimulate and maintain student interest and enjoyment in Performing Arts.
- Nurture creativity and talents in all students.
- To create an atmosphere where students are challenged and feel able to achieve a high standard of work.
- To develop confidence and self-esteem in all students.
- Teach students a body of knowledge, styles, skills, techniques and vocabulary related to Performing Arts.
- Develop an awareness and appreciation in students of the Performing Arts in a variety of cultures and traditions.
- Enable students to work independently and as part of a team in varied activities.
- Ensure students make good progress, building on prior attainment, as they move through the key stage.
- Offer creative learning activities that inspire and promote lifelong learning.
- Make students aware of the protocol of being a member of the performing arts.
Curriculum Leader: Mrs Finnie
"Drama and Performing has been something I have always enjoyed, especially the ability to escape and explore another world or reality through a script or performance. It was my desire to share this passion which led me to teaching. In the classroom it is fantastic to see young people working together to create a performance, developing skills and growing in confidence.
Outside the classroom I enjoy playing sports and going to the theatre."
Teacher of Drama: Mrs E Edwards
"I have always had a passion for Drama, since my first year of school I always knew I wanted to become a teacher. I joined a Performing Arts School at the age of 4, my secondary school and college also specialised in the Arts. I went to South Bank University to study Drama and Performance, from there I completed a school's direct course to become a teacher. I have worked with practitioners such as Frantic Assembly and been involved with political theatre groups. The reason I became a teacher is so that I can have an impact on helping young people become the greatest versions of themselves, to help boost confidence and teach the life's skills of communication and teamwork."
Teacher of Drama: Mrs C Brooks
"I've always had a passion for Drama and Performing Arts. I completed my teacher training in Drama at Goldsmiths University London. My passion is to introduce students to the arts through my teaching and extra-curricular opportunities such as: theatre trips, workshops with professional practitioners and directors at home and abroad, acting exams, Shakespeare for Schools festival, Music and Drama festivals and community performances. Giving students the chance to perform at venues such as Her Majesties Theatre, London, and the Palladium. I enjoy seeing students thrive through these experiences and exposing them to the world of drama outside the classroom."
Teacher of Drama: Mrs Z Convery
"After graduating from Bucks New University with a 1st class honors degree in Musical Theatre, I decided to further my study at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama gaining a masters degree in Music Theatre. I worked within the industry in Musical Theatre, Theatre in Education, Corporate and in reminiscent Musical Theatre; touring both nationally and internationally. After several years working in the industry and teaching part time, I decided to go into teaching secondary drama full time. I enjoy being able to pass on my first hand knowledge to children who share the same passion as I do."
Key Stage 3
We use Drama lessons at KS3 as a medium to develop confidence, creativity, teamwork and social skills whilst focusing on specific drama based techniques. Many of our topics deal with real life issues and explore different feelings and emotions whilst developing performance, improvisation and devising skills. Within KS3 drama there are opportunities to work with scripts and masks through different topics.
In year 7, we introduce students to basic performance skills, for creating a character and building a scene. Once these skills are established, they then explore how to bring a script to life using different techniques and are also introduced to ensemble story telling.
In year 8, students build on the content taught in year 7 by beginning the year studying ensemble script work, exploring non-naturalistic acting styles. Students then explore devising and how to respond to a stimulus, finally returning to script work in a more naturalistic style.
Students in Year 7 and 8 are assessed with a once a half term summative assessment with clear success criteria and areas they need to improve on. Coupled with that students receive an ongoing dialogue and feedback through our assessment and verbal feedback each lesson.
Key Stage 4
WJEC Eduqas GCSE in DRAMA
What does the qualification cover?
The WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Drama offers a broad and coherent course of study which enables Students to:
- Apply knowledge and understanding when making, performing and responding to drama.
- Explore performance texts, understanding their social, cultural and historical context including the theatrical conventions of the period in which they were created.
- Develop a range of theatrical skills and apply them to create performances.
- Work collaboratively to generate, develop and communicate ideas.
- Develop as creative, effective, independent and reflective Students able to make informed choices in process and performance.
- Contribute as an individual to a theatrical performance.
- Reflect on and evaluate their own work and that of others.
- Develop an awareness and understanding of the roles and processes undertaken in contemporary professional theatre practice.
- Adopt safe working practices.
The WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Drama is an exciting, inspiring and practical course.
The specification promotes involvement in and enjoyment of drama, as performers. Additionally it provides opportunities to attend live theatre performances and to develop skills as informed and thoughtful audience members.
The qualification is broken down into 3 components:
Component 1: Devising Theatre
40% of qualification
Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated.
Students are required to devise a piece of original theatre in response to a stimulus, using either the techniques of an influential theatre practitioner or the characteristics of a genre of drama.
Students work in groups of between two and five actors. This component involves devising and realising work for performance and evaluating the final piece of theatre.
Component 2: Performing From a Text
20% of qualification
Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner.
Students are required to participate in a performance from a text. Students will gain a deeper understanding of how to interpret a text for performance and realise artistic intentions. Students work in groups of between two and four actors and are assessed on the final performance only.
Component 3: Interpreting Theatre
40% of qualification
Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
Students will be required to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and performed through the study of a performance text and through responding to live theatre.
Extra-Curricular activities are an important part of any Drama and Music faculty. There are many opportunities for students to develop their interest in Drama outside the classroom.
In December we put on our Winter Production of A Monster Calls, which had great success and reviews. Alongside a winter play, we also have a full-scale school musical production that is put on every year. Previous productions have included- Grease, We Will Rock You, High School Musial, Hairspray, Bugsy Malone, Joseph Cats and Back to The 80’s. We also have a weekly Dance club that runs after school open to students from all years and levels of experience.
Throughout the academic year there are several opportunities to watch professional productions at Theatres in Buckinghamshire and London. Performing Arts at Aylesbury Vale Academy is a popular option choice at KS4.