Drama Department

Art Department

Drama staff: Ms M Lancaster

The Drama Department in Fitzharrys school is focused on developing a discipline and focus within each student so that they grow into a competent and sympathetic performer on the stage. Throughout KS3 students are introduced to, and given chance to explore, many different techniques, skills and focuses within the theatrical world. There are two aims: firstly to promote self discovery and allow the students to grow in confidence so that they can go on able to express themselves, work in teams, and tackle challenges; secondly to give potential GCSE students a solid base to continue their studies by tackling the foundations of the subjects to be built on with further studies.  The GCSE course is a predominantly practical course with the focus on acting and how to perform on stage. Students are encouraged to explore and experiment with different styles of theatre as they develop their knowledge of theatre movements, practitioners’ theories, plays and cultural issues and create different pieces of practical work.  This is further developed through the extra curricular work, in particular, the annual whole school performance, which students are encouraged to participate in to develop their practical skills, understanding of how to put on a play/musical and technical understanding of behind the scenes.

Drama Key Stage 3

Year 7

Term 1: Getting to know each other/Introduction to drama - Urban Myths: an introduction to the basic skills and techniques needed for drama.

Term 2: Physical Theatre and Story Telling: exploration of how to use the body to tell a story, create characters and the set.

Term 3: Horror Films and Film Reviewing: using skills developed to create own Horror film, record it and review.

Term 4: Characterisation – Evacuees: develop understanding of how to create and sustain a character with the focus of the Evacuees in the 2nd World War.

Term 5 and 6: Theatre In Education: demonstrating all their knowledge and developed skills to create a whole play with the intention of teaching the audience something.

Drama Key Stage 3

Year 8

Term 1: What is the story? Bully: an Introduction to dissecting a scene and improving our performance, looking at the art of rehearsing.

Term 2: Non Verbal Communication: exploring different ways we can communicate and perform without our voice, looking at mime, slap-stick comedy and stage fighting.

Term 3: Silent Movies: using skills developed to create own silent movie, record it and review.

Term 4: Case solving – Jo: developing understanding of how to sustain a character through the case study of Jo.

Term 5 and 6: Theatre In Education: demonstrating all their knowledge and developed skills to create a whole play with the intention of teaching the audience something.

Drama Key Stage 3

Year 9

Term 1: From Antigone to Rosa Parks: an Introduction to Greek Theatre and the notion of Taking a Stand with a focus of Antigone and the historical figure, Rosa Parks.

Term 2: Underworld: exploring how lights, and stage can help to create a story.

Term 3: Non- Naturalistic Theatre - Anne Frank: using skills developed to create a non- naturalistic piece of theatre based on Anne Frank.

Term 4: Scripted – Blood Brothers or Demon Headmaster: develop performance skills and understanding of putting on a play by acting out a section of either Blood Brothers or The Demon Headmaster.

Term 5 and 6: Theatre In Education: demonstrating all their knowledge and developed skills to create a whole play with the intention of teaching the audience something.

Drama Key Stage 4

Year 10 & 11

Exam Board:   AQA                              

Specification: Drama 4240 [until 2010 - Drama 3241]

The GCSE course focuses on students’ understanding of the practical side of drama and assesses this through both practical and theoretical work.

With a 60% coursework demand, students create and perform full pieces of theatre which are formally assessed from the start of the project.

There is a requirement that of the two performance submitted as their coursework, one is to be a devised piece of work created solely by the students and the other is to be their interpretation of a published play.

Scripted performance to date have included:

Dennis Potter’s Blue Remembered Hills
Trojan Women
John Godber’s Bouncers
John Godber’s Teechers
Jim Cartwright’s Two

Students also demonstrate their practical knowledge of how to perform and interpret theatre through the final written exam at the end of the course. In this exam they must write about how they would act as a specific character from a play and critically review live theatre.

Plays Studied by GCSE students:

Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge
Dennis Potter’s Blue Remembered Hills 

Plays Seen by GCSE classes:

Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
The Kneehight Theatre Company’s adaptation of Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter

Outlines of schemes of work

Year 10

Term 1: Introduction to the course and skill development: students assess their own abilities in drama through mini projects that include Devising, 10 minute Shakespeare and Practitioners’ theories.

Term 2: The First Kangaroo: introduction to other types of theatre and mythologies.

Term 3: Coursework – Devised: first piece of coursework.

Term 4: Set Text Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge: practical study of the play from an actor’s perspective.

Term 5: Coursework – scripted: second piece of coursework.

Term 6: Live review and set text: revising Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge and looking at how to write a review for a live piece of theatre.

Year 11 

Term 1: Set play Dennis Potter’s Blue Remembered Hills/Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge. Mock Exam Preparation.

Term 2: Coursework – devising: third piece of coursework.

Term 3: skills development and exam preparation.

Term 4: Coursework  - Scripted Dennis Potter’s Blue Remembered Hills/Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge: fourth piece of coursework.

Term 5: – set play and live reviews. Exam preparation.