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Drama

Drama

Through creative exploration of performance and design elements, the study of drama engages, inspires and challenges students, immersing them in the world of storytelling as an art form. Students will explore approaches to drama influenced by practitioners from a range of cultural backgrounds, with an appreciation of the importance and relevance of theatre in society.  

Drama at The Academy at Shotton Hall leads students on a journey of creativity and self-expression through the exploration of core knowledge and skills.    

Students are encouraged to develop their skills as an actor, directors and designers through the creation of original and pre-published performance material. As well as developing subject-specific skills, drama provides students with the opportunity to build a range of transferable skills, from effective communication to problem-solving.   

Across the key stages, students develop acting, directorial and design skills through a range of practical workshops, analysis of live theatre and interpretation seminars. Students perform using a range of drama conventions, mediums and strategies of increasing complexity.   

Students enjoy drama because it allows them to be whoever they want to be. It gives them a voice and an opportunity to share how they view the world.  Students develop the ability to work collaboratively and are inspired to become storytellers for their audience.

At The Academy at Shotton Hall, students are given the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular drama activities and in the past have had the chance to be involved in Shakespeare for Schools events as well as workshops. Senior drama club runs on a Monday evening for Year 9, 10 and 11, Tuesday evening for Year 7 and Wednesday evening for Year 8. Here they can develop their skills further and participate in rehearsals in preparation for live performances. 

Curriculum information  

Year

Autumn

Spring

Summer

7

Introducing Stagecraft 

   

Learn how to create different characters and a portray a range of different emotions. 

 

Explore the beginnings of performing on stage to an audience. 

 

Introducing Page to Stage  

 

Learn how to use vocal and physical skills including tone, body language and facial expressions to perform from a chosen script.  

 

Introducing Creating Theatre   

 

Explore how to create your own performance generating ideas from a range of stimuli including images, lyrics and quotes.

 

8

Developing Stagecraft   

 

Discover the techniques required when performing a range of emotions using different styles of theatre including naturalistic and non-naturalistic genres. 

 

Developing Page to Stage 

   

Develop your vocal skills through use of tone, pitch and pace as well as physical skills of body language, facial expression and levels to perform a more challenging script.  

 

Developing Creating Theatre   

 

Working in groups, create your own performance material using stimulus from current affairs.  

 

9

Mastering Stagecraft   

 

Following on from the development of presenting emotions, develop a character and adapt performance material to suit a range of stage configurations. 

 

Mastering Page to Stage   

 

Further develop your vocal and physical skills to accurately and fluently demonstrate character meaning to an audience. 

 

Mastering Creating Theatre   

 

Develop performance skills such as hot seating, role reversal, still images and flash backs to generate performance ideas derived from a stimulus.  

 

10

Interpreting Theatre 

   

Devising Theatre   

Create your own performance material using stylistic qualities of a selected practitioner.  

 

Interpreting Theatre   

As an audience member, analyse and evaluate a live performance  

 

Devising Theatre  

Create your own performance material using stylistic qualities of a selected practitioner.  

Interpreting Theatre  

Create a vision for performance   

Analyse a live theatre performance 

Performing from a Text   

Rehearse and present various extracts from pre-published plays.  

Practically explore the play Hard to Swallow working as an actor, director and designer  

 

11

Component 3 – Texts in Practice. 
Students to develop a monologue and perform it for assessment. 

Component 2 – Devising Theatre. 
- Students to create and perform their own drama piece based on stimulus.  
- Document the process through a Portfolio of Supporting Evidence   

Evaluate the process and final outcomes of performance.  

 

Component 2 – Devising Theatre. 
- Students to create and perform their own drama piece based on stimulus.  
- Document the process through a Portfolio of Supporting Evidence   

Evaluate the process and final outcomes of performance.  

Component 1 – Understanding Drama.  
Students will develop their skills in understanding how drama is made including: 
-      Roles in Theatre 

Stage Configurations/Positions 

Blood Brothers 

Live Theatre Evaluation 

 

Component 1 – Understanding Drama.  
Students will develop their skills in their understanding of drama including: 

Stage Configurations 

Blood Brothers 

Live Theatre Evaluation 

Roles in Drama 

  

 

Drama helped ‘crack the surface of my shell’ and has improved my whole life.
Year 9 student
Drama has affected my life so much! It has helped me gain loads of confidence and I feel better in myself because I know I’m more confident. My vocabulary has improved and my English grades have improved.
Year 11 student