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Broadoak College

Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College A High Performing Specialist School

01934 422000

Drama

Teaching & Learning

In Drama we aim to provide exciting and stimulating learning experiences for our students. At the heart of this is our desire to bring the world of the theatre to life in their lessons, whether through the use of lighting and sound in our beautiful studio space, or through Teacher-in-Role activities where teacher and student share in a role-play scenario. Over the years we have also sought to provide access for students to the professional industry through theatre trips and visiting practitioners - breathing life and energy into our students’ own practical work.

Drama at KS3

Drama is a compulsory subject at Key Stage 3; all students work practically, exercising their Creating, Performing and Responding skills – the three key areas of assessment.
In Year 7 we lay the foundations for further study; learning lines, gaining an understanding of theatrical techniques such as improvisation and characterisation; as well as applying explorative strategies such as still images, thought tracks, slow motion and cross cutting. We apply all of this to a range of exciting topics such as ‘Superheroes’ and ‘Titanic’.
These skills are then built upon in Year 8 when students are challenged by topics such as ‘Masks’, ‘Shakespeare’ and ‘Melodrama’. The final year of KS3 involves Year 9 experiencing a taster of GCSE studies, preparing them for the exciting practical and theoretical coursework modules that they could go on to experience if opted for at GCSE level. We explore such topics as Fame and Celebrity, the Hillsborough disaster, Theatre practitioners, and stage combat.
In addition to this, some students in Year 9 are selected to take part in our annual “Stage make-up” workshop, which includes a professional make-up artist coming to the School and teaching the students how to create effective and realistic cuts and bruises to the skin. These students will then spend time in class teaching the skills they have learnt to others, as they work towards a horror story performance.

Drama at KS4

At Key Stage 4, students follow the Edexcel GCSE Drama syllabus. The course carries a 60% coursework weighting where students practically explore themes, topics and play texts in a workshop environment before developing written responses; reflecting upon their experiences.
In Year 10 students are assessed during a variety of practical topics such as; ‘Pinter’ Duologues, Roald Dahl’s Children’s Theatre, and Theatre Practitioners. The Children’s theatre unit of work involves a local Primary school class of children coming to our school to watch the performances Year 10 have created; this year’s performances have included such classics as Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Fantastic Mr Fox.
Another part of Year 10 involves a theatre trip to see a live theatrical production in which students must write a written response to the action. This essay goes towards 20% of the students’ final GCSE grade.
In Year 11 students begin to complete their GCSE units. The year begins with Unit 1: the dictatorial regime of General Pinochet or the exploration of 9/11 and how this tragic day unfolded. Students will then begin Unit 2, an exploration of a text; Blood Brothers. After each practical unit is complete students must write a 1000 or 2000 word response to the stimulus presented to them. There is also an externally examined practical performance (Unit 3) which is 40% towards their final GCSE. This unit involves students choosing either a published play or devising their own performance which will then be performed to a visiting examiner.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Over the last few years, students have performed in a variety of theatrical spaces, including; the Playhouse in Weston-Super-Mare, the Tacchi Morris Arts Centre in Taunton and to a number of Primary schools in the local area.
At KS3 students will have the opportunity to involve themselves in extracurricular activities, such as Drama club, lighting club, Drama skills workshops, and our annual school production, which is extremely well received and is a highlight on the school calendar.
Students’ experiences in Drama are also enriched by visiting local theatre companies and colleges. For example all GCSE Drama students have the opportunity to visit both Bridgwater and Weston College to gain an understanding of what further education within Drama and the Performing Arts would be. Often, these students will watch a BTEC or A-level Drama performance and then take part in a practical workshop, as well as a Q&A with students and staff at the school.
As part of the GCSE course all Drama students will attend a theatre trip; for example last year we went to see “The Woman in Black” at the Fortune Theatre in London’s famous West End. However, we often organise trips locally; last year a group of students went to see “To Kill a Mocking Bird” at the Cardiff New Theatre, and earlier this year 60 students went to the Bristol Hippodrome to experience a fascinating performance of “War Horse”.

Facilities

At Broadoak we are fortunate to have the use of two black box Drama studios, equipped with an interactive whiteboard, data projector, sound system and state of the art stage lighting facilities. Students have access to laptops and tablets to use for research purposes, as well as having access to a very well stocked props and costume stock room.
We also have a number of rostra (stage blocks), Trestle Masks, stage combat equipment and a variety of technology; including video and audio recording equipment.

Meet the Team

Mrs N Aves           

Head of Performing Arts

Mrs S Harvey          

Head of Drama

Mrs L Anderson    

Head of Dance, Teacher of Drama