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Sir William Ramsay School

Empowering Everyone to Achieve

Drama

Department Staff

Mr S Latchem

Head of Drama

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Curriculum Overview

 

 

Courses: 
Key Stage 3 
In years 7, 8 and 9 students have drama for one hour a week. We cover a range to topics where students are able to develop their acting skills, as well as use the medium of drama to explore a wide range of issues.

Year

Autumn One Global Dimension

Autumn Two Cultural Diversity

Spring One Media and Technology

Spring Two Enterprise

Summer One Healthy Lifestyles

Summer Two Creativity

7

African Story Telling

Migration

TV Genres

Genre Clowning

Victorian

Evacuees

8

Improvisation

Character work: Gangsters

Genre Melodrama

Script Work Mama Yankees Life Machine

Sweeney Todd

Issue based Bens Story

9

Fame

Issue Based T.I.E Project

TV and Movie Forms

Warden X

Issue based drama

Devising Drama

Key Stage 4 
Drama has a range of benefits that include: self-expression, development of imagination, artistic awareness, and fluency of speech, self-knowledge, self-discipline and self-confidence, learning how to co-operate in groups, problem solving on social and moral dilemmas, helping students prepare for real life.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts allows students to use Drama as a means of exploration where they can explore the construction of character and narrative and work as an ensemble to develop devised and scripted performances.

During the course students will work practically to explore how to develop and portray characters. Students will also use Drama techniques in order to explore a range of specific play texts. Over the two years Students will participate in workshop style lessons where they will develop their own acting skills and will look at different ways of bringing a script to life.

The Course is split over three units: 

Externally assessed

Unit 1: Individual showcase 

Internally assessed

Unit 2: Preparation, Performance and Production

Unit 3: Acting Skills 

Key Stage 5
The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts (Drama) provides students who have a passion for Drama and performance the opportunity to explore the subject in a practical nature. Throughout the course students will explore, style, genre, theatre practitioners and text through practical workshops and performance.

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the language of Drama, as well as improving their performance, directorial, critical and analytical skills. Students will also be given the opportunity to visit the theatre and see professional theatre in action.

This course is made up of four units. There are three mandatory units and one further unit. Two of the units are externally assessed.

Mandatory Units

  • Investigating Practitioners work. (Externally assessed)
  • Developing Skills & Techniques in Live Performance (Externally assessed)
  • Group Performance workshop. (Internally assessed).

Further Unit

  • Acting Skills (Internally assessed). 

After school clubs or Activities:
Every year the Drama department alternates between a school musical production and a whole school play. Recent productions include: Anything Goes, High School Musical, Kinder transport, Our Day out. Our current production is Bugsy Malone.

Each year the department hosts performance evenings where Key Stage 4 and 5 classes can showcase their work to a live audience.

Throughout the school year the department runs theatre visits into London and to theatres in the surrounding area. 

Resources:
https://www.thestage.co.uk/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zbckjxs
http://www.newwheellerplays.co.uk/Wheellerplays/Welcome.html
http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/dollhouse/
http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/video/an-introduction-to-brechtian-theatre
http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/
http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/