Drama

Introduction to the department

The Drama department is a small but vibrant, supportive and experienced department, providing the best in stimulating and engaging lessons.

A typical Drama lesson will find students studying a variety of dramatic skills and techniques through a range of activities such as:teacher-in-role, group work, class discussion, practical exercises, simulation, role-play, working from text, response to a variety of stimuli, non-verbal work and dramatic writing.

In short Drama at Stoke Park is diverse, interesting and exciting!

Name

Years/topics taught/keen interest in {subject related}

Mrs N. Jessop

Head of Department of DRAMA, Drama Teacher (KS3), Performing Arts (KS4), Drama and Theatre Studies (KS5)

Miss B. Moore

Drama Teacher (KS3), Performing Arts (KS4), Drama and Theatre Studies (KS5)

Mrs G. Duffy

Drama Teacher (KS3)

Key Stage 3 curriculum offering

Students in KS3 will develop not only performing skills but also life skills such as communication, negotiation and the building of confidence. Different projects include Horror, Shakespeare and Physical Theatre; there are also our cross-curricular projects with Humanities such as Civil Rights and Brazil. We are committed to including all students whatever their ability, and to help them realise their full potential. Year 9 have their lessons on a carousel with Music.

Terms

Topic/themes covered

1

Year 7- Introduction to Drama, Darkwood Manor Year 8- Investigators, Fairytales Year 9- Horror

2

Year 7- Physical Theatre, Shakespeare Year 8- Civil Rights, Physical Theatre Year 9- ‘Missing Dan Nolan’

3

Year 7- ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, Greek Theatre Year 8- ‘The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty’, Mask Work Year 9- The Hillsborough Disaster

Key Stage 4 curriculum offering

BTEC Performing Arts lets students at KS4 see Drama as a whole and to develop new or existing skills including many performances. During Year 10 and 11 students will get the chance to be involved in both scripted and devised performances and see live theatre productions.

Terms

Topic/themes covered

1

Year 10- Introduction to BTEC Performing Arts, Unit 3 (Acting Skills) 3 short performances and written portfolio evidence Year 11- Unit 2 (Preparation, Performance and Production) 1 longer performance and written portfolio evidence

2

Year 10- Unit 3 (Acting Skills) 3 short performances and written portfolio evidence Year 11- Unit 2 (Preparation, Performance and Production) 1 longer performance and written portfolio evidence , Unit 1 (External Assessment) 2 short monologues and a written letter of application

3

Year 10- Unit 3 (Acting Skills) 3 short performances and written portfolio evidence Year 11- Unit 1 (External Assessment) 2 short monologues and a written letter of application

Post 16 curriculum offering

At A level (AQA) the students are able to concentrate on Drama and Theatre at a more in depth level allowing them to equip themselves for University in many ways.

Terms

Topic/themes covered

1

Year 12- Introduction to Drama and Theatre Studies, Component Three (Making Theatre) 30% Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts each taken from a different play Extract One Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts Year 13- DRAM 4 (Presentation of Devised Drama)

2

Year 12- Component Three (Making Theatre) 30% Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts each taken from a different play Extract One and Two Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts. Component 1(Drama and Theatre) 40% Written exam Prep for Section C: one question on a single live theatre production Year 13- DRAM 4 (Presentation of Devised Drama) 40% Devised practical piece with supporting notes 1500-2000 words, DRAM 3 (Further Prescribed Plays including Pre-Twentieth Century) 60%Written exam- Section A: one question on a set play, Section B: one question on a given extract from a set play

3

Year 12- Component Two (Creating Original Drama) 30% Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner with a working notebook Year 13- DRAM 3 (Further Prescribed Plays including Pre-Twentieth Century) 60%Written exam- Section A: one question on a set play, Section B: one question on a given extract from a set play

Terms

Topic/themes covered

1

Year 12- Introduction to Drama and Theatre Studies, Component Three (Making Theatre) 30% Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts each taken from a different play Extract One Year 13- Component Three (Making Theatre) 30% Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts each taken from a different play Extract Three Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to Extract 3. Extract 3 is to be performed as a final assessed piece (students may contribute as performer, designer or director) Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts.

2

Year 12- Component Three (Making Theatre) 30% Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts each taken from a different play Extract One and Two Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts, Component Two (Creating Original Drama) 30% Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner with a working notebook Year 13- Component 1(Drama and Theatre) 40% Written exam- Prep for-Section A: one question on a set play, Section B: one three part question on a given extract from a set play, Section C: one question on a single live theatre production

3

Year 12- Component Two (Creating Original Drama) 30% Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner with a working notebook Year 13- Component 1(Drama and Theatre) 40% Written exam- Prep for- Section A: one question on a set play, Section B: one three part question on a given extract from a set play, Section C: one question on a single live theatre production

Extra-curricular offering from dept/faculty – Intervention to support

Outside of the classroom we run trips to local and national theatres as part of the BTEC and A Level courses.

The school production will usually be a full-scale musical in which the students take part in the acting and also the band and stage management. This production is available to anyone who wishes to join. Auditions will then be held to cast the production. The production will then run for a minimum of two nights. In the past few years we have performed: ‘Bugsy Malone’, ‘Hairspray’, ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’, a variety performance and ‘Little Shop of Horrors’.

‘Centre Stage’- Drama Club- Targets Gifted and Talented students, but all are welcome. During these sessions students experience extension work from what they receive in the Drama curriculum.

Offering

Info

Staffing

‘Centre Stage’- Drama Club

Lunchtime or afterschool session mainly targeted at KS3 students.

Miss B. Moore and Sixth Form Mentors

School Production

All students in the school are welcome to attend 1-2 after school rehearsals.

Mrs N. Jessop and Miss B. Moore

Extra rehearsal sessions

Offered to KS4 and KS5 students working towards an assessed performance.

Mrs N. Jessop and Miss B. Moore

Any additional links/resources for download

We also have in the past been involved with the Royal Shakespeare Company schools project performing on the Courtyard Stage in Stratford and will be looking to participate again soon!