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Drama & Theatre Studies

KEY STAGE 3 DRAMA

Drama at Key Stage 3 is fundamental to the development of artistic, intellectual and social skills and attitudes of our pupils. In the context of TWGGS, the drama department seeks to provide a balance in the curriculum and to promote Theatre as an Art form as well as Drama as a learning strategy. In addition to staff-directed public performances, older students lead extra-curricular activities. The Department also provides opportunities for pupils to work with theatre professionals.

Drama accommodation is provided in the form of a state-of-the-Art Performing Arts Centre, which comprises a versatile performance space with retractable seating for 144, an outdoor amphitheatre and two rehearsal rooms that are used as teaching spaces as well as doubling as dressing room and public foyer for performances. Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils currently receive one drama lesson every two weeks. The students are taught in mixed ability tutor groups of about 30 students, by Drama specialists. The skills gained in Drama increase confidence, creativity and self-expression. They encourage students to take responsibility for their work, develop evaluation and time management skills; many are transferable and enable pupils to take a fuller role in school life and the community.

At KS3 work is largely practical in nature. We seek a balance between exploratory work and performance skills. Teachers offer students an opportunity for sharing, presentation and evaluation of practical work. There is no formal allocation of homework for Drama; pupils are encouraged to become independent, self-motivated learners and a wide variety of resources are made available for them. Materials such as books and videos may be borrowed from the department. There are three formal assessments of the girls’ work over the course of the academic year, which focus on their performance and preparation skills including: voice, movement, use of space, characterisation, style and team-work in rehearsal.

Year 7 schemes of work include:
Physical theatre – Objects coming to life.
Narrative Theatre – Circus polished improvisation.
Scripted Drama – Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations.

Year 8 schemes of work include:
Improvised Drama to create tension and suspense- Waxworks.
Historical Drama using a stimulus – Evacuees.
Scripted Drama to develop characterisation – Little Women.

Year 9 schemes of work include:
Commedia dell’Arte – exploring comedy.
Scripted Drama – Roses of Eyam.
Melodrama – working in a style to create an exaggerated performance.

Extra Curricular

  • Year 7 Drama Club, run by the Sixth Form. Weekly meeting in Performing Arts Centre on Friday lunchtime. Teatime theatre performance in Autumn Term
  • Year 8 & 9 Drama Club run by Junior Drama Prefects. Weekly meeting in PAC on Thursday lunchtime
  • Bronze and Silver Arts Award in Drama led by Drama teachers
  • Biennial whole school production. Large cast musicals, in collaboration with the Music Department, alternate with non-musical scripts. Previous productions include: The Wizard of Oz, Our Country’s Good and Much Ado about Nothing.
  • Year 8 Shakespeare Festival. Arising from curriculum work and collaboration between English and Drama departments. February each year. Outside adjudicator, cup awarded
  • Year 9 Drama Festival. Arising from curriculum work and collaboration between English and drama departments. June each year. Outside adjudicator, cup awarded
  • One theatre visit organised for each year group across Key Stage 3 per year

 



Also see related pages: Curriculum and Prospectus