St. Joseph's Catholic College

Drama

 

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Drama is taught throughout the College and through a number of different extra-curricular clubs. Drama at St Joseph's Catholic college is thriving.

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Drama at KS3 

All pupils study Drama in Years 7 and 8. In Year 7 Drama is taught fortnightly and the Schemes of work include; Bullying, Story Telling, and Titanic. In Year 8 Drama is taught weekly and the Schemes of work include; Slapstick Comedy, Pantomime, Shakespeare, and Monologues. These Schemes of Work are built on the making and performing of Drama (both text-based and devised) and subsequent analysis and evaluation. In Year 9 Students ,are taught fortnightly and the Schemes of Work include; Brecht, Monologues basd on a theme and Semiotics.

Assessment is regular and is based on the Criteria from the Arts Council of England’s ‘Drama in Schools’ document. The course content is practical and progressive, allowing for the gradual development of skills needed for the start of the BTEC Drama Course, should students choose this option in Year 10.

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Key Stage 4

Year 10

BTEC Technical Award in Performing Arts (Acting). Pupils follow the Edexcel specification and complete a two- year course. The course requires the pupils to take part in teacher assessed workshops and complete a written actors' log to evidence their work. There are three components in this course:

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts

Component 2: Developing Skill & Techniques in the Performing Arts

Component 3: Performing to a brief

Year 11

BTEC L2 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts (Acting) Pupils follow the Edexcel specification and complete a two-year course. The coursework units require pupils to take part in a teacher-assessed workshop and to complete a portfolio along with an actors log, consisting of written documentary evidence.

Unit One -  Individual Showcase
Unit Two -  Preparation, Performance and Production
Unit Three - Acting Skills and Techniques.

Pupils are required to respond to a given stimuli through the use of a variety of explorative strategies and subsequently practically develop and evaluate their performances. The course involves a number of theatre visits. Most recently, pupils have seen Blood Brothers in both the West End and at the Bristol Hippodrome.

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St Joseph’s Drama Department works to provide our students with the opportunity to showcase their work, which they achieve through hard work and dedication, to their peers, family and the public. This is delivered through performances, festivals, competitions and productions.

 

Course Outlines

Year 7

Students are taught to respond to a variety of stimuli, working co-operatively or imaginatively to select and shape the material to gain maximum dramatic effect.

By the end of the year students will be able to demonstrate the following skills:

  • An awareness of pace, pause and projection

  • The use of movement with appropriate control, sense of timing and awareness of space, the ability to sustain roles, and the use of dramatic tension.

 Year 8

Drama lessons are structured as in year 7, but taught weekly. By the end of the year, students will be able to demonstrate the following skills:

  • An awareness of non naturalistic techniques

  • Script writing skills

  • A willingness to use spontaneous improvisation

 

The students will also continue to develop their skills in:

  • Using movement with appropriate control

  • Sense of timing and awareness of space

  • Sustaining roles

  • The appropriate use of dramatic tension

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 Year 9

Drama lessons are structured as in year 7 and taught fortnightly. By the end of the year, students will be able to demonstrate the following skills:

Devising from a Stimulus

Writing in Role

Using Techniques from recognised Practitioners

The students will also continue to develop their skills in:

Audience Awareness

Experimenting with characters and scripts

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Developing cross-curricular skills within Drama

Within drama all students will develop their enterprise skills.  When developing performance skills learners will also develop their group work skills through increased communication and co-operation.  When creating new scripts or devising plays learners will develop their time management skills.  When performing to an audience students are encouraged to take risks regarding their own level of confidence.

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) are also very important in Drama.  In all practical activities all learners are required to act as 'effective participators'.  When acting as an audience member, students are asked to evaluate their peers.  This requires learners to be good 'self-managers'.  In order to make good progress in drama students must also be 'reflective learners'.  Lastly, drama students must also demonstrate an ability to be 'creative thinkers'.  Learners need to be creative when considering how to devise new work, introduce new techniques (such as thought tracking), use of the ‘stage’ and effective use of sound and lighting.

Making effective use of literacy skills is vital to making good progress in Drama.  Speaking and listening skills form the basis of being an 'effective participator' in acting, particularly when performing to an audience.

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