The Drama curriculum at Swanmore is diverse, challenging and engaging, promoting essential skills such as teamwork, physical awareness and critical thinking.
Drama offers pupils the opportunity to work both independently and within a team, developing their working flexibility, self-confidence and communication proficiency.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 Drama is taught on a modular basis and pupils are formally assessed on their work each half term. The department’s approach is naturally creative, lively and engaging, and we encourage pupils to develop creative expression through the application of drama disciplines.
Here is an example of some of the modules pupils can expect to study during Key Stage 3
Year 7: Introduction to Drama Skills, Darkwood Manor, Stage Fighting, Improvisation; Theatre History
Year 8: Physical Theatre, Storytelling, Shakespeare, Page to Stage, Character & Role
These modules have been designed to develop both the basic skills and techniques of Drama whilst encouraging them to think creatively and analytically about character and content.
Drama is a popular option at GCSE. From 2016 onwards the department will follow the OCR examination board specification. The course is split into 3 components and pupils study disciplines such as devising, and performing from a scripted play. Pupils will also practically explore a set text. There is also a written examination which accounts for 40% of the final overall grade.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 all pupils who have opted to study drama will spend Year 9 looking at the essential skills required to devise and perform effectively. There is also one public performance to parents which takes place in the spring term of the year. In Year 10 Pupils will undertake a year of practical mocks for each component, before completing the course in Year 11.
Extra curricula provision in Drama is very important and to this end a College Production is mounted annually affording pupils the opportunity to participate in a variety of roles, for example, in a technical capacity (such as lighting designers or sound technicians), as part of a publicity team, or as part of the stage management team. The department relish the opportunity to work with outside agencies and have performed educational pieces created by EMTAS to a wide variety of audiences, both in professional and school settings. We have also been fortunate to take part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival on a number of occasions which is a process that is enjoyed by both pupils and staff alike. The department is also keen to encourage a wider appreciation of the performing arts and runs regular theatre trips to facilitate this.