Drama Co-ordinator: Ms M Leaf
Our intent is to develop individuality and encourage students to think and express themselves with confidence through active exploration of topics and themes drawn from life (both past and present). We encourage students to question and challenge their perception of the world and develop many of the soft skills such as creativity, empathy and communication which they will rely on in later life.
In particular our students will:
- be confident and courageous in their creative explorations.
- seek to develop creative identity beyond the classroom, generating individual empowerment and taking a Christian experience to new creative settings
- succeed in life aspiring to be the next generation of creative pioneers.
- become reflective individuals that hbve the confidence to explore and question the world around them
What is Drama?
Drama is action and can be structured as verse or prose and movement. It communicates a portrayal of life or character with parts of conflict or emotion. It can take any art form and is constantly changing. Drama is an integral part of our diverse school community, instilling ambitious and forward thinking artistic visions. It allows students to engage and empathise with characters and stories in an atmosphere of equality and empowerment.
"I think the job or the artist is to remind people of what they have chosen to forget" Arthur Miller
Why do we study Drama?
Being able to solve practical problems and work closely with others are two highly transferable skills for all subjects and professions. Drama skills are highly valued by employers and the Creative Arts is a huge and important industry in Britain. Students who study Drama become confident speakers, and the subject allows for greater variety in the way that students learn and express themselves, whilst making a contribution to their well-being, self-esteem and self-confidence. The experiences we have in these lessons enrich us and support our social and cultural development.
What do we study?
- At KS3, students are introduced to the language of theatre through different key drama disciplines: listening; responding; acting; creating; and critical evaluation.
- At KS4, the GCSE Drama course provides the opportunity for students to further develop their interpretive and analytical skills. Prescribed texts and live theatre performances are explored with an individual focus on the actor, director and designer.
In the Sixth Form we offer A-level Drama which is a course that will engage students through encouraging creativity, focusing on practical work that reflects 21st-century theatre practice,
To view a full summary of our KS3 and KS4 Drama curriculum please click here
To view information about Drama A level at the Green School Sixth Form please click here
How do we study Drama?
At all Key Stages the learning style is very practical and physical. Students are given opportunities through practical role-play and written drama activities to experience the world around them and begin to appreciate situations from more than one perspective. Students are expected to work collaboratively in small groups and communication skills are highly valued. Key Stage 3 pupils are encouraged to share their reflections verbally, and show improvements through practical performance. At Key Stage 4 the reflective process continues as students begin to evaluate and analyse their practical work and the development of their creative ideas.
Presentation of Work
A combination of practical performance based projects, historical research and personal reflection form the basis of most classroom lessons. The development of skills such as script writing, scenography, directing and sound design are all integral to the subject and students are encouraged to demonstrate what they have learnt through practical performance and verbal discussion with each other and the teacher.
We actively encourage students to continue their artistic development beyond the classroom. Home learning tasks often mirror and support the learning in the lesson. This could include activities such as rehearsal of lines for a performance, research of a character, time spent designing a scene or set, or even developing a sound track for your performance.
Co - curricular activities
Our school productions to date have included 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', 'Goodnight Mister Tom' and 'Nicholas Nickleby'. They are extremely popular with our students, with around 60% of students auditioning for the productions each year. Co-curricular clubs run after school at specific times of the year on Thursdays or Fridays to support with individual projects. We have also developed strong links with the ENO Baylis project and regularly have students who are selected to be part of their Youth Project during the school holidays. As part of the links we have developed through ENO Baylis, we are proud to have a small group performing on stage at the London Coliseum at the end of March this year.
How parents/carers can support their children
The best way to support your child in their study of Drama is through encouraging their participation and exposure to it. Students benefit greatly from experiencing live theatre whether amateur or professional and we encourage all of our students to visit the theatre as often as possible. There are also opportunities throughout the year to practise public speaking skills, and we hope that you support your child in taking full advantage of these. You can easily support your son for their upcoming practical work in ways such as: through running lines; supporting extra commitment given to additional rehearsals and sourcing props and costumes.
Time Traveller's Guide to Theatre for the first 400 years by Aleks Sierz and Lia Ghilardi
All about Theatre by National Theatre
Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story by DK
Formative assessment within the classroom focuses on peer evaluation and verbal discussion to help improve performance and understanding. Summative assessment takes the form of live performance and written performance evaluation.
Careers Leading on from Drama
At Degree level, students can study single or joint honour degrees encapsulating the Arts. Film, journalism, law and teaching are all closely linked to Drama, with vocational opportunities in certain modules. Another pathway for students are the music and drama conservatories such as Guildhall of Music and Theatre and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts which both provide vocational training in performance and technical fields with graduates going on to work in film, theatre, television and radio.
- Further opportunities exist within organisations such as the BBC, National Film Theatre, BFI and National Youth Theatre as well as theatres like the Lyric, Royal Court and Old Vic who will offer apprenticeship schemes and post-18 courses.
To view more information about our school Careers programme please click here.