“The theatre, which is in no thing, but makes use of everything – gestures, sounds, words, screams, light, darkness – rediscovers itself at precisely the point where the mind requires a language to express its manifestations. To break through language in order to touch life is to create or recreate the theatre.”
Drama is studied at both KS3 and KS4 and is a subject that aims to develop students’ powers of self-expression, self-awareness, self-confidence, and to encourage sensitivity of imagination.
We attempt to achieve this through drama teaching that emphasises individual contribution, group work and the explanation of issues. We want each student to develop, be confident as a performer and to be comfortable in the use of drama terminology.
General Outcomes and Objectives of Drama
- To work in mixed groups of varying size, developing the ability to negotiate and make decisions as part of a group
- Develops independent learning.
- Reflect upon and respond constructively to their own work and that of others in class, with an awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses.
- Show a developing ability to devise, improvise and create credible characterisations.
- Understand that the process of Drama has its own worth and that performance is not always part of the activity.
GCSE Drama is all about understanding what it is like to put yourself in somebody else’s shoes. You will play many parts in different imaginary situations. You will have the opportunity to create your own work as well as look at plays written by other people.
Year 10 and 11
At GCSE, will are using the Edexcel GCSE Drama Specification. The specification allows GCSE Drama students to apply knowledge and understanding of drama when making, performing and responding to text, script of stimuli. Students are expected to explore performance text and develop a range of theatrical skills for practical component examinations.
The Drama Studio can be booked in advance to use for rehearsals with the subject teacher. The Drama Department offer a variety of clubs:
KS3 Drama Club: An opportunity for you to learn how to devise a scripted piece
Performance Interventions: KS4 students are invited to rehearse before school and after school, to gain feedback and targets for all practical units of the Edexcel course.
Evening of Drama: Year 11 students are invited to perform their component one and two pieces to family and friends, to show off their talents and hard work.
Support for your learning
• The National Theatre and Digital Theatre websites are very useful for various learning needs. Students will benefit greatly from having opportunities to go to the theatre to see all types of productions, whether at the Queens Theatre in Hornchurch or one of the many theatres in central London.
• Trips are arranged for students through the drama department, but the more theatre that students see, the greater their appreciation and understanding of drama will be.