At Perryfields High School the Drama Department strive to inspire innovative, confident, independent and communicative learners through an exploration of the Performing Arts. Championing the learning process through a range of diverse approaches, we aim to provide pupils with the opportunity to explore cultural and socio-economic diversity through current affairs, alongside developing technical skills and an understanding of Drama. We are proud to deliver Drama across the Key Stage 3 curriculum at Perryfields High School as well as hosting 2 whole school productions a year, offering an Arts Award through extra-curricular activities and hosting a Key Stage 3 Gifted and Talented Drama group.
In Key Stage 3, students will study different Theatre frames such as Classical, Contemporary and Physical Theatre and the means by which Drama is created and developed, including Improvisation, Scripted Text and Devising. Assessments will be conducted on a term-by-term basis, with development, performance and evaluation as the key indicators of progress, and will be linked consistently to the Speaking and Listening Assessment Framework for English.
At KS4 students will develop their understanding of the subject area in further exploring the context of the Performing Arts; including the History of the Theatre, Key Practitioners and emerging forms of practise. Modules of study include Drama Exploration, Exploring Play Texts and Drama Performance.
Staffing and Responsibilities
- Miss E Haynes – Head of Drama (Teacher of KS3, KS4 and KS5 Drama), Arts Award Coordinator
- Miss S Lowe – Teacher of Drama
- Mrs C Murray-Price – Teacher of extra-curricular Performing Arts including the Arts Award
- Mr T Evans – Teacher of Drama
- Mr W Rolston – Facilitator of Drama
The Drama department is delighted to have achieved official Arts Award status as of June 2015 and will begin delivering the Bronze award across extra-curricular activities from October 2015. Please speak to Miss Haynes for further information.
Year 7 & 8
In Year 7 band 1 students are introduced to Drama in theory and practise; developing basic skills in the application of specific Theatrical conventions. The learning objective for this first year of study will be centred upon a basic understanding of the development of Drama through the use of basic skills and techniques. Year 8 band 2, 3 and 4 students will cover this introduction through a condensed Scheme of Work in Year 8 term 1.
Term 1 will focus on contextualising Drama as a subject with a brief introduction to the history of Theatre as well as the basic techniques that are used to create Performance. Term 2 will then look to extend upon this basic understanding by exploring style in greater detail. Students will investigate Melodrama as a means of creating traditional Theatre before looking more closely at the differences between improvised and scripted Drama in a contemporary frame. Term 3, will summarise, providing an opportunity for students to apply their skill base and comprehension to date to a practical exploration of Shakespearian text. The set text for Year 7 study is currently Macbeth.
Year 8 Drama provides students with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the subject area further through the application of skills and knowledge to task. The Year is divided amongst the equal study of both Classical and Contemporary modes of Theatre with a specific focus upon building skills in performance for both purposes. Modules in Commedia Dell’Arte and Silent Movies/ Mime practically explore the basis of pre-twentieth century art forms and how they have affected current artistic practise whereas ‘Stan the Man’ focuses upon naturalism in the study of theatre practitioner Konstantin Stanislavski and the evolution into post twentieth century Theatre. The final term will allow for a comparative exploration of Classical and Contemporary through the study of extracts of Lorca’s Blood Wedding.
In Year 9 students will have developed a broad understanding of Drama in theory and practise and will be able to identify and apply specific skills and techniques to task. This final Key Stage 3 year will be focused upon developing an understanding of different Theatrical forms. The initial term will see students studying Theatre in Education before creating their own piece of TiE based around current socio-economic issues. Not only will this unit allow the students to explore current affairs, it will also be an opportunity to devise and script a piece of theatre as well as an educational workshop for assessment. They will then further investigate specific styles of Drama including Surrealism, Devising and Physical Theatre. This year is intended, not only to further develop the students in Drama, but also to allow for a broader understanding of the Performing Arts industry.
BTEC Performing Arts (Acting)
You will study for 2 Units in Year 10; Acting Skills and Preparation, Performance and Production, participating in 2 whole school productions and maintaining a record of personal skill development throughout, in the form of a portfolio.
In Year 11 you will participate in a further school production before preparing for your final examination. The final examination is externally examined and can be flexible according to individual interests and talents. You may elect to perform 2 monologues or conversely you have the option of creating and delivering a presentation based upon the backstage requirements of production.
All units currently have equal weighting.