Drama is a vibrant and popular subject that is taught to all Year 7 and 8 and can be developed at both GCSE and A Level.
The subject helps students to develop an understanding and appreciation of how to work collaboratively and enables them to consider how to communicate ideas both effectively and imaginatively. Drama provides opportunity for students to be creative and develop knowledge of the world around them in interesting and dynamic ways. Students grow in confidence as they embark on new and exciting ways to explore the topics covered throughout the years.
Key Stage 3
In Years 7 & 8 students will study a selection of topics:
- Darkwood Manor
- Greek Theatre
- I Don't Like Mondays
- Legal Weapon
- Escape to Space
- The Holocaust
- Legal Weapon 2
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. 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.
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. 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.