Please see below some information about the course covered during Years 7 & 8. You will also find a minimum expected standards booklet in a hyperlink below. Inside this booklet you will find a summary of all the knowledge and skills that the academy expects your child to master in this subject by the end of the year. These are the minimum standards that we set for all students. If your child achieves this, they should be on track to achieve at least a grade 5/6 in your GCSE in year 11. During each half-term your child will have regular ‘learning checks to assess how well they are progressing against the expected standards. If they do not reach the expected standard in any of these checks, they should be seeking help from their teacher regarding the best possible steps. Teachers will also be sharing with students examples of how to go beyond the expected standards and providing additional challenge.
In year 7 & 8, students study Drama for 1 hour per fortnight. The subject focuses on developing students’ confidence, public speaking skills, team work & communication skills and performance ability. Each lesson, students will develop the ability to discuss current affairs with sensitivity, develop and demonstrate the skill of empathy and explore what it means to be human. Students will be assessed on a different element of Drama and Theatre once per term.
With a heavy focus on building confidence and communication skills, year 7 Drama teaches 5 units of work across the year.
- The Drama Toolkit: Students create, explore, rehearse and perform their own character monologues, developing their confidence and public speaking skills.
- The 12 Days of Christmas: Students continue to develop their performance ability with a focus on improvisation, character exploration and performance intention.
- Commedia Dell’ Arte: Students explore the techniques involved in creating comedy, communicating meaning through exaggerated physicality and Body Language and gain an understanding of Stock Characters.
- Page Meets Stage: Students study extracts from a published play, interpreting character to create meaning onstage, learn lines off by heart and perform and work together in groups.
- Devising: Students work in groups to devise their own performances using a variety of stimulus, creating performance that is impactful, effective and sensitive to its topic.
Year 8 Drama continues to help students develop those important interpersonal and transferable skills, alongside improving their performance ability, voice projection and collaboration.
- Theatre in Education: Students work in groups to devise their own informative performances, based on current affairs, which raises awareness of their chosen topic.
- Physical Theatre: Students explore, interpret and create physical theatre performances as a means of communicating stories to an audience.
- Masked Theatre: Students experiment with creating performance without language, using mask to communicate meaning and tell stories on stage through their physicality.
- Devising from a stimulus: Students work in groups to devise their own performances using a variety of stimulus, creating performance that is impactful, effective and sensitive to its topic.
- Scripted: Students study extracts from a published play, interpreting character to create meaning onstage, learn lines off by heart and perform and work together in groups.
- Technical Theatre: Students explore and experiment with the technical side of theatre, learning the roles and responsibilities of theatre makers, explore staging configurations and consider costume, sound, set, lighting and props for performance.