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Falinge Park High School

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Drama

Mr S De Courcey – Head of Drama

“The point of theatre is transformation: to make an extraordinary event out of ordinary material right in front of an audience’s eyes. Where the germ of the idea came from is pretty much irrelevant. What matters to every theatre maker I know is speaking clearly to the audience ‘right now.”

– Lee Hall, Playwright

Compelling Learning in Drama

In line with the school’s vision of compelling learning, study and growth in Drama is dependent upon effective collaborative work and shared focus within the classroom and beyond. We define ‘creativity’ as problem solving in new and original ways and curriculum delivery within the subject offers learners many opportunities to solve and ‘resolve’ performance challenges in exciting and vibrant ways. The curriculum model affords learners the opportunity to build and develop sophisticated performance skills using an increasing number of dramatic techniques, challenging theatrical preconceptions and building learner confidence in a safe and yet rigorous manner.

There are numerous opportunities for learners to consider creative structures and genres in existing British theatre and from theatre around the world. The compelling delivery of the drama curriculum at Key Stage 3 is intended to provide learners with a secure and successful skill base for further at Key Stage 4 and beyond, promoting independence and deeper levels of self-reflection using an ever growing repertoire of subject specific vocabulary.

Curriculum
Key Stage 3

Block 1 Year 7:
‘What Is Drama?’
Coverage:

  • Baseline Data Test
  • 10 Key Terms and Test
  • An Introduction To Improvisation and Character
  • The Five Elements (Movement, Voice, Gesture, Facial Expression and Relationships Shown Onstage)
  • Actor-Audience Relationships
  • Evaluating A Performance
    Homework: ‘An Introduction to Drama’ Starting Out In Drama Booklet Focus Work and/or ‘Theatre History’ Keen Learners Booklet

Block 2 Year 7:
‘What Is Non Verbal Communication?’
Coverage:

  • Individual Mime
  • Trust CirclesPaired Mime
  • Hi-High Factories
  • Gesture Count Improvisations
  • Status Play Improvisations
  • Silent Dramas
    Homework: ‘Building A Character’ Starting Out in Drama Booklet Focus Work and/or ‘Drama Techniques’ Keen Learners Booklet

Block 3 Year 7:
‘How Do We Explore Script?’

Coverage:

  • Script and Context Work
  • First Line, Last Line Work
  • Beginning, Middle and End Work
  • ‘Itch’ and ‘Quiet’ Scripts
  • ‘Fish’ Scripts
  • ‘Crush’ and ‘When’ Extension Monologues
    Homework: ‘Drama Terms’ Starting Out In Drama Booklet Focus Work and/or ‘Short Scripts’ Keen Learners Booklet and ‘Arts Takeaway’ Kits

Block 4 Year 8:
‘What Are The Origins Of Theatre?’
Coverage:

  • • Greek Theatre and Terms
  • Sophocles’ ‘Oedipus Rex’
  • Creation Myths and Storytelling
  • Theatrical Masks
  • Stock Characters and Stylisation
  • Theatre of Dionysus/Festivals
  • Roman Satire and Comedy

Homework: ‘Around The World In Quite A Few Theatres’ Starting Out In Drama Booklet Focus Work and/or ‘Around The World In Quite A Few Theatres’ Keen Learners Booklet

Block 5 Year 8:
‘How Do We Explore A Theme Through Drama?’

Coverage:
Evacuees Thematic Work

  • Sound Collages
  • Role-on-the-Wall
  • Making an Advert
  • Theatre-in-Education
  • Issue Exploration
  • Depth of Character Work
  • Actors and Research/’The Method’/Stanislavsky Extension Work
    Homework: ‘Drama Techniques’ Starting Out In Drama Booklet Focus Work and/or ‘Devising Drama’ Keen Learners Booklet

Block 6 Year 8:
‘What Is The Production Process?’
Coverage:

  • Set Design
  • Costume Design
  • Lighting and Sound
  • Props and Symbolism
  • Stage Spaces
  • Stage Management
  • Careers and Opportunities
  • Stage Make-Up
  • Direction and the Rehearsal Process
    Homework: ‘Technical Elements of Theatre’ Starting Out In Drama Booklet Focus Work and/or ‘Technical Elements of Theatre’ Keen Learners Booklet and ‘Arts Takeaway’ Kits

Block 7 Year 9:
‘An Introduction To Key Stage 4 Drama’

Coverage:

  • Loop Dialogues
  • Theatrical Terms Research
  • Monologues
  • ‘Blood Brothers’ Scripted Work
  • ‘Your Attention Please’ Devised Work
  • ‘Twelve Angry Men’ Character Analysis
  • Assignment Brief Approaches and Responses
  • ‘An Introduction to BTEC Drama’ Learner Handbook
    Homework: Scripted Work Approaches and Drama Practitioners Work 1

Block 8 Year 9:
‘Arts Award’ Term 1′

Coverage:

  • Mock Audition and Application
  • Artists and Practitioners
  • Arts Organisations
  • Arts Challenge
    Homework: Arts Award Bronze Portfolio Work and Developing My Arts Challenge Evidence

Block 9 Year 9:
‘Arts Award’ Term 2′

Coverage:

  • Arts Challenge Showcase
  • Arts Leadership and Review
  • Live Event Review
    Homework: Arts Award Bronze Portfolio Work and Drama Practitioners Work 2

At Key Stage 3, learners complete a scheme of work on non-verbal communication, examining aspects of mime, gesture and facial expression. This is followed by two schemes of work on improvisation and devising and one on performing scripted plays. All topics are continually assessed through practical work and homework is issued based on work covered in class. There are also additional homework booklets for project tasks to engage learners starting out in Drama and to challenge Gifted and Talented learners. Learners may also study additional sessions on aspects of technical theatre to support a different approach to theatre work.

At Key Stage 4, learners undertake the Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts (Acting), completing three units; Unit 3 (Acting Skills), Unit 2 (Preparation, Performance and Production) and Unit 1 (Individual Showcase). The units require regular attendance and a commitment to rehearsal and group work. Learners study a wide range of performance material, drawn from different time periods and cultures and often perform in a range of venues, including primary schools and outdoor spaces. Learners are expected to work through assignment briefs and complete a sequence of tasks to produce successful creative pieces. Learners should consistently take a pro-active approach and show independent learning skills and a strong growth mindset.

Homework is issued regularly as part of each unit completion and will often include research on topics covered in class or evaluations on the performance process.

Enrichment

There is a wide range of enrichment activities through the course of the academic year. These include:

Shows and productions
Work with artists on projects
Visits to theatres and museums
Masterclasses with artists and colleges
Drama club
Competitions
Opportunities to audition for local and national theatre companies

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