Mr L Felgate, Head of Department
Mrs J Nelson, Teacher of Drama
Location and Resources
The department is based on the ground floor in rooms E04 and E05.
Both rooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and pupils have access to camcorders, digital stills camera, sound system, DVD equipment, DVDs and CDs. In addition, the department is fully equipped with the more traditional drama resources - costumes, props and a range of play scripts. In E04, pupils have access to a fully digital lighting board and lights
Key Stage 3:
In Years 7 & 8 Students will study from a selection of texts
I Don't Like Mondays
Escape to Space
Let Him Have It
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
It is expected that the range of skills covered will broaden each year and that skills will be revisited and developed. On the whole, each class will follow the same schemes over the two years with some tasks being differentiated.
Key Stage 4:
Unit 1: Drama Exploration 1 - using a range of stimulus materials to explore important ideas, themes and issues.
Unit 2: Drama Exploration 2 - the study of a substantial play to learn the work of the playwright, performers, directors and designers.
-Units 1 and 2 consist of both internally assessed workshops undertaken in class and written coursework based upon these sessions. All written work is supported with resources on the school Fronter system. Both practical and written work consist of 60% of the final grade
Unit 3: Performance - students use the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the course in order to create their own piece of original theatre.
-Unit 3 is 100% practical, externally assessed and consists of 40% of the final grade.
At present, GCSE Drama is open to Years 9 and 10 and can be taken in a year.
Key Stage 5
AS Unit 1 Exploration of Drama and Theatre
AS Unit 2 Text in Performance 1
AS Unit 3 Text in Context
A2 Unit 4 Devising
A2 Unit 4 Text in Performance 2
A2 Unit 4 Text in Context 2
All examination groups visit the theatre as part of their respective course with additional social trips for staff and 6th Form wherever possible.
Performance is central to extracurricular activities. There is KS3 Drama Club twice a week open to all students. There are also additional performances at open evenings, assemblies and other school activities such as International Evening and Talent Shows. Examination groups at KS4 and KS5 perform regularly to family and friends outside of timetabled lessons and also in the evening at Finchley Youth Theatre.
Recent whole school productions include The Wizard of Oz, Ten Objects, School Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Teechers, Macbeth on the Loose, Free! and Hairspray. The school also took part in the One Night of Shakespeare Festival in 2005 and also the Operating Theatre Project at the Artsdepot in 2009."