Drama

Our Teaching Staff

Acting Head of Department  
Miss L Williams  

Drama at St Catherine’s:

Drama is one of the most popular subjects in the school and hosts many events during the year for students at St Catherine’s to partake in. Drama is taught by specialist teachers that are passionate about their subject and aim to teach in innovative ways. They aim to encourage students to work imaginatively and creatively in a collaborative context.

 KS3

Students will:

  • Develop a personal interest in why drama matters and be inspired, moved and changed by studying a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study
  • Work imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas
  • Consider and explore the impact of social, historical and cultural influences on drama texts and activities
  • Reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others
  • Develop and demonstrate competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills
  • Develop a basis for their future role as active citizens in employment and society in general, as well as for the possible further study of drama
  • Actively engage in the process of dramatic study in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.

At KS3, students study one of the following units each term: Performing Scripted Plays (PSP); Devising Theatre

Devising Theatre

Devising Theatre: Introduction to the devising theatre process. Focus on ensemble work and developing trust. Devise from a stimulus based on a theme.

Summative assessment:

  • Devised piece between 5 and 10 minutes in length. Groups of 4-6. AO1 & AO2
  • Written analysis of intentions to be given prior to the assessment (Max 150 words per group). Stimuli submitted prior to assessment. AO2
  • Viva Voce after each piece AO2
  • Challenge: Optional 2 minute spontaneous improvisation AO1

Scripted Performances:

From ‘page to stage’ workshops leading to a short scripted performance from a published play text.

Summative Assessment:

  • Scripted performance between 3-5 minutes. Monologues, Duologues and group options. AO1 & AO3

Theatre Exploration

Exploration of how plays can create meaning for an audience, how they explore social and political themes and how they are brought to life by various creative roles. Students are taught how to become informed members of an audience that can effectively analyse and evaluate the process of theatre making and live theatre. Exploration of a theme using excerpts from plays and other texts.   

Summative Assessment:

  • Exploration of a play and how to bring text to life. Students practically explore 2 key questions and tasks on how to effectively stage a play and will need to justify their intentions. AO 1 & AO5
  • Evaluation of a Live Theatre piece: 1 A4 word processed document, size 12 font, Ariel. AO5

 

KS4
 

EDEXCEL DRAMA (2016) GCSE 9-1: 1DR0

During the two-year study, you will follow units of work to help best prepare you for the examination components. The play studied for component 3 will be DNA by Dennis Kelly.

Useful Information
 

Careers in Drama:

Actor/actress

Stage manager

Arts administrator

Drama teacher

Dramatherapist

Television production assistant

Radio presenter

Theatre director

 

JOBS WHERE A DRAMA AND THEATRE MAY BE USEFUL:

Youth & community worker

Personnel manager

Social worker

Journalist

Marketing manager

Charities administrator

 

Website links (please try to include established links and sites that you know work. We are trying to avoid uploading out of date links or info).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zbckjxs

www.amdram.co.uk - Useful resource for anyone interested in amateur theatre

www.dramateacher.co.uk Andrew McCann’s Drama Workshop - a bank of information for improving drama students’ performance results

www.theatremuseum.org - Web site of the National Museum of the Performing Arts

www.drama.ac.uk - Web site of the Conference of Drama Schools – comprising the UK’s 21 leading drama schools

www.edfringe.com - Information on the Fringe at the annual Edinburgh Festival

www.nayt.org.uk - Web site of the National Association of Youth Theatres.

www.vl-theatre.com - International directory of links to drama and theatre resources

www.rsc.org.uk - Royal Shakespeare Company’s web site

www.rada.org - Web site of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)

www.nt-online.org - A guide to current and future productions at London’s National Theatre

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Further Information

If you would like to find out more about the Drama curriculum, please contact Miss Williams at:

admin@stccg.co.uk