KS3 Drama allows students to gain the key skills and confidence to pursue Drama as an option at GCSE level.
The aim of the drama curriculum supports students in their performance ability in creating opportunities across the arts; to develop confidence in being able to communicate effectively within a group; as well as to encourage and develop students as individuals in utilising drama as a tool to develop students’ opinions, knowledge of current affairs and how they can use their voice to make a difference. As a subject can be split into three key areas- creating, performing and reflecting. At KS3 we aim to introduce and develop student abilities in these three areas not only with the intention to push for GCSE but also with the intention of developing student creativity, voice and interaction skills.
Y7 – The Creating Toolkit:
The Year 7 curriculum allows students to gain all of their Drama terminology to allow them to verbalise and respond to their own practice and that of their peers. We love the creativity and fun energy that Year 7 have, so we use this to inspire our schemes of work. All texts and areas of study presented to Year 7 are age appropriate and centre on the notion of creativity through play. Students will also begin to explore the evolution of performance consider Greek Theatre and Commedia Dell’Arte linking to the more modern Pantomime style of performance. Students are encouraged to consider how they can create and develop their own narrative and characters.
Y8 – The Performing Toolkit:
The Year 8 curriculum reflects the changing maturity levels and interests of students. In Year 8 students will continue to add to their existing Drama knowledge and begin exploring the how drama connects to the world around them. Students will consider how they can use their body as well as their voice for effect through exploring physical theatre and the company Frantic Assembly. Students will then develop their performing ability through applying this knowledge to traditional Shakespeare performances as well as a modern-day relatable text. This will allow them to consider putting on a play as a whole considering the design elements, linking to practitioners and exploring more non-naturalistic styles of performance. This focus on real-world will also allow for the development of empathy & greater depth with characterisation.
Y9 – The Reflecting Toolkit:
The Year 9 curriculum encourages students to work in an increasingly independent way to develop their own work & responses. Y9 students will being to explore their abilities in asting and work in a more reflective manner to consider their own development. They will bring together their knowledge from Y7 & Y8 to allow them to form deeper connections with characters and play texts through exploring practitioner approaches such as Stanislavski and Brechtian theatre.
Students in Y9 will be encouraged to make deeper connections with the roles that they play using practitioner methods. Students will develop and explore their own opinions of situations which occur in the world today and consider how these opinions can be portrayed in theatre. Students will apply their skills and knowledge in the exploration of a play text for performance – Find Me By Olwen Wymark a GCSE set text which explores mental health, the stigma’s against it and how mental health can influence and effect relationships. Through this, students will develop their knowledge of Brecht in understanding how theatre can be used as a tool.
As part of the KS3 learning journey, students in all year groups will explore content and skills that will successfully prepare them for continued Drama study at KS4 if they wish. The ability to speak in front of a group of people, to lead meetings, to improvise and deal with situations on the spot is a skill of high importance going into the working world today. It is our belief that students will never discover their greatness or talent if they are never challenged - because of this, students at Yewlands will be pushed out of their comfort zone and encouraged to explore new styles of making and performing theatre.
Students are regularly encouraged to attend extra-curricular clubs. This year we are putting on the musical Grease. Students are welcome to participate in any capacity they wish with opportunities in the following:
- Lighting Design
- Set making and Design
- Costume Design
- Hair and make up
- Helping on the night with refreshments
This performance will also be a chance for the students to see how a performance is all pieced together and will be an opportunity for primary schools within the trust to bring in students to see what they can take part in at Yewlands Academy.
In Year 11 students will follow the Welsh Board (EDUQAS) GCSE Drama Curriculum.
However, in Y10 we are moving over to the exam board OCR.
Both courses follow a 3-component structure and aim to prepare students to continue their studies at college or drama school.
Year 10 will give students a chance to experience the key Drama practitioners, how to devise their own work, and how to review work. Students in Year 10 will complete their component 1 devised piece in this year, and their coursework component which runs alongside this. They will also practically explore the GCSE set text of Find Me by Olwen Wymark.
Year 11 focuses on component 2 & 3 – C2 sees the students cast in professional published plays. They study and perform in a live exam (dates subject to external examiner availability). Alongside this, they will continue their study of the GCSE set text, forming part of their practical examination study. The final element of the written exam: Live Theatre review will be completed from around February (subject to Component 2 final dates). Students sit a written exam on their practical studies in the May of their Year 11 year.