Key Stage 3
Drama at Key Stage 3 concentrates on developing student’s confidence, communication skills and self-esteem through a cross curricular programme with strong links to English, PSHEE, Science and History. For example students will study the events of the 2nd World War, homelessness, the digestive system and the origins of the fairy-tale, amongst others, throughout their time in KS3. At the same time they will learn about the language of drama and be encouraged to think about their ability to work in a team, listen to others and cooperate. They will have the opportunity to think about the practical and technical skills required in the theatre such as lighting, sound, costume and set design with practical projects interwoven into their studies.
Key Stage 4 – BTEC Tech Awards Performing Arts
We follow the EdExcel/Pearson BTEC First Award in Performing Arts:
- Individual performance skills
- Preparation for a live performance
- Acting skills
At BTEC students take what they have learnt and apply it to coursework and performance. They will have to respond to a range of stimulus material and be explicit about how they develop their drama in the way they do by producing a portfolio. The course is split into three components in which students have to research a range of theatre practitioners and consider their work. They then have to apply their ideas to their own practical performance work by developing and performing their own material. They have to log their process and evaluate their success in their portfolios. Finally, they have to respond to a set theme provided by the exam board and once again devise their own work for examination.
In previous years, Year 10 and 11, our two senior years, visited New York for a long weekend which included going to a Broadway show, going back stage and having some lessons at a theatre school. We make regular trips to the theatre both at KS3 and KS4 having recently seen The 39 Steps, The Play That Goes Wrong, War Horse and Matilda. In addition we put on an annual production which takes place at Christmas each year.