Drama

September 14th, 2017

Welcome to the Drama Department

Students in Years 7 and 8 will have a single period, each week, of Music, Dance and Drama during which they will engage in a range of practical work intended to give them the skills required for further successful study in Key Stage 4 (Yrs 9 – 11).

Performing Arts at Harrow Way has seen an upsurge in activities over the last few years with a wide range of exciting innovations: workshops with industry professionals, regular performances and the introduction of the new RSL Certificate in Creative & Performing Arts in KS4.

Video Prospectus – Drama Department

Curriculum ContentIMG_1485

Year 7
We start the year with the assumption that students, while they may have engaged in drama at their Primary schools, will not have had any formal training in dramatic skills or techniques. This first year aims to give students a firm grasp of stagecraft and acting technique. We also aim to grow the students’ confidence through regular performance opportunities; their creativity through a variety of challenges/projects; and their self-awareness, through regular evaluation and personalised target setting.

Projects include:

  • Stagecraft & Freeze Frames
  • Soundscapes & Foley work – Warhorse film soundtrack
  • Creating Character Physicality and Voice – The King’s Fountain & Mr Grimpepper
  • Line Learning & Textual Analysis – Neither a Borrower Nor A Lender Be & Basher & Brian

Year 8
Having explored the basics of theatre in Year 7, in Year 8 we further develop the skills that students will need in KS4: character research/creation, textual analysis and scripted technique. We aim to give students the ability to make character choices based on the script, overcome the challenge of line learning and understand what goes into a full scale performance (both on-stage and back-stage).

Projects:

  • Line Learning, Textual Analysis & Stage Fight – Romeo & Juliet
  • Understanding Characters’ Motivation – The Lloyd Goddard Murder Mystery
  • Understanding the Production Process – The Holiday Project
  • Putting all these skills together – The Final Challenge (this is a different scripted project each year)

Year 9

Students have the option to take drama in year 9, doubling the amount of teaching time they get and benefiting from a more vocational and professional focus. In Year 9 students focus heavily on the skills needed to take a script from page to stage. The projects they explore include:

  • Duologues and Acting Skills – in class performances and self-assessment
  • Year 9 Showcase – A full-scale public performance of a scripted piece.
  • Short Film Festival – A series of shorts films which have been entirely planned, scripted, filmed and edited by the students themselves.

Studies focus on performance techniques including mime, improvisation, physical theatre, line
learning and film-making. Self-evaluation is also developed, each performance is analysed and evaluated by students and staff. The course includes a live public performance in the Spring term and another showcase, this time of filmed work, in the Summer term.

In Year 10 and 11
Following changes brought in by the government, students in Year 10 will, for the first time, follow the Acting Pathway of the new RSL Level 2 Certificate in Creative & Performing Arts specification while Year 11 will continue to follow the BTEC First Award in Performing Arts (Acting) specification.p>

Course Structure

New Spec – RSL Certificate

Year 10
Unit 106: Performing Text
This internally assessed unit sees the students exploring a variety of texts and exercises designed to develop their acting skills. It culminates in an assessed performance / final exam during the Year 10 Summer Showcase.

Year 11
Final Exam – Unit 101: Live Performance
This unit is an externally exam, set by the exam board each year. It is based around an established text and requires the students to bring a challenging script from page to stage using all the techniques and skills they have developed during their time here at Harrow Way Community School.

Old Spec – BTEC First Award

Year 11

Unit 1: Individual Showcase
This unit requires students to learn and perform two monologues, of between 2 – 3 minutes, and write a letter of application for either a Drama School or a job opportunity.

Unit 2: Preparation, Performance & Production.
This unit requires students to take on the role of an actor in a full production. They must research, develop and perform their part to the highest standard possible in order to pass the course. Students will take part in a workshop at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre as well as experiencing one of his plays in this historic setting. This unit culminates in the students staging a production of an abridged version of one of Shakespeare’s plays to which we invite the general public and many of our Primary School partners.

The quality of these productions are always of a very high standard and the grades the students earn are comparable with some of the best schools in the country.

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