Drama lessons aim to incorporate and develop the use of a range of dramatic techniques and skills. Students learn the craft of preparing a dramatic piece and are given opportunity to perform to a range of audiences. In years 7 and 9 students have a double lesson every two weeks throughout the year and in year 8 students have one lesson a week for one full term. For years 10 and 11, students are in drama as a GCSE option for 150 minutes a week.
Year 7: Introduction to acting skills, covering the themes of Musicals and Haverhill Heroes. Students spend the term preparing for a final performance to either parents, local primary schools or current students, developing confidence and awareness of stage production.
Year 8: Developing acting and devising skills, covering one of the following themes: Conflict, Charity campaigns or Around the world. Students are given the opportunity to explore scripts and learn how to devise from a stimulus. Students will prepare a final performance to either local primary schools or current students, developing confidence and awareness of stage production.
Year 9: Ahead of GCSE options, students are given opportunity to explore a range of dramatic genres, looking at scripts and devising their own work from a range of stimuli. They will perform at the end of each term to other performance classes.
Year 10: An introduction to GCSE Drama, covering the play script ‘DNA’ by Dennis Kelly both practically and in theory lessons in preparation for the written exam. They will complete Unit 1 which requires them to create and develop their own piece for a final performance and to produce a portfolio reflecting on the progress and success of their final performance.
Year 11: Students will complete unit 2 which requires them to deliver a performance for an examiner of two extracts taken from a play lasting 15 minutes. They will also prepare for the final written exam worth 40% of the GCSE, that focusses on the play ‘DNA’ and a review of a live theatre production, which they will attend.
We follow the Pearson Edexcel GCSE in Drama.
KS4 study support takes place on Tuesdays 3:15 – 4:30; the drama studio is also available for independent rehearsal Weds, Thurs and Fri from 3:15 – 4:30
Mr P Gardiner
Teacher of English and Drama