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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Drama for Year 8 students, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.

While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Mrs Spurling if you have any questions.

Please click on the questions below to find out more.

How are groups organised?

Classes are mixed ability.

Students have two hours of Drama in a fortnight.

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

Successful students in Drama will enjoy working practically and imaginatively. Students will be enthusiastic about trialling and developing emerging skills and techniques.

What are the key concepts students will study at this level?

  • Understanding key skills
  • Knowledge of dramatic conventions
  • Group work and cooperation
  • Performing for an audience

What will students learn at this level?

Unit 1: Diversity 

What does diversity mean and how do we respond to people who are different to ourselves? Study how theatre is used to draw attention to social issues. Students create their own drama with a message. 

Unit 2: Evacuees

Project based on evacuee children in England during WW2. Students will explore the challenges of creating emotive, sensitive drama with realistic characters.

Unit 3: Shakespeare,Villains and Heroes 

Study of Elizabethan Theatre and the work of William Shakespeare. Developing skills to portray iconic characters. Students will perform a Shakespearean extract. 

 

What skills will students develop at this level?

  • Practical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Teamwork
  • Analytical and evaluative skills
  • Performance and presentation

How will students learn at this level?

  • Practising different skills
  • Evaluating the work of peers
  • Watching performance examples
  • Reflecting on your work in a logbook

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

Students’ performance skill is assessed formally once every term. Logbooks are assessed for written work and evaluative ability.

When do key assessments take place?

  • Assessment 1: Nov /Dec
  • Assessment 2: March/April
  • Assessment 3: June/July

How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

  • Discuss with you the acting technique of those you watch in films or on television.
  1. They may be able to take you to the theatre and encourage you to consider the conventions you have seen used.
  2. Helping you to learn lines with confidence

What equipment do students need for this subject?

Essential school equipment

How does this subject link to other subjects?

  • English: Using text and literacy skills
  • Maths and Science: Analysis and evaluation
  • PSCHE: Understanding and empathising with others. Anti-bullying

What websites or resources may be helpful to support students’ learning?

https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/

https://www.britannica.com/biography/William-Shakespeare

https://www.rsc.org.uk/shakespeares-life-and-times

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFBlvWkNEKU

https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/the-evacuated-children-of-the-second-world-war

What extra-curricular or enrichment opportunities are available for students in this subject at this level?

You can involve yourself in any of the following. Please see the Drama Department to check days, times and venues:

  1. KS3 Drama Club
  2. Technical Theatre Club
  3. School Production
  4. Open Mic Club
  5. The Project

What sort of careers can this subject lead to?

http://www.theatrecrafts.com/pages/home/topics/jobs/

https://www.voicemag.uk/feature/4609/alternative-careers-in-the-theatre-industry

What does student work look like in this subject at this level?

 

How does this subject support a broad and balanced curriculum, meeting the needs of all students, and developing traditional core skills?

  • . Drama allows students to explore the perspectives of others. The year 8 Drama curriculum encourages students to develop empathy and understanding.
  1. All students in year 8 will have opportunity to explore drama. Each project enables students to access the curriculum.
  2. Students will increasingly learn to analyse the work of themselves and others. They are expected to develop discipline and control in all aspects of their study.

How does this subject promote creativity, critical thinking, practice, perseverance and resilience, and making links?

  • .Students are developing work with imagination. They are rewarded for creative work and original thinking.
  1. Students are increasingly developing their ability to critically reflect on their own work and that of others. They learn to analyse application of skill or convention and audience impact.
  2. Students will learn to compromise and work successfully to achieve shared outcomes.

How does this subject encourage enrichment and the development of cultural capital, deep learning, and inclusivity?

  • All students will get to engage with drama. Students will get opportunity to apply their learning to enrichment activities and vice versa. Students will develop an understanding of the discipline of performance.
  1. Students are frequently asked to recall and reuse learning.
  2. Opportunity for contribution from all. Creating a safe environment that allows all students to explore a creative response to differing stimulus material.