Welcome to Evelyn Grace Academy’s Drama Department.
Head of Drama: Mr Kemp
Drama Department Vision:
"The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create."
The Drama Department at Evelyn Grace Academy aims to create a student-centered, inclusive, vibrant and high performing environment which fosters a life-long interest in the arts.
Participating in dramatic play and exploring the world of dramatic arts is essential, as through this, students develop empathy and self-control. Students learn because they are active and central participants in the process of their own learning and decision making. They view the world from other people’s perspectives and in doing so discover themselves and others.
Drama teaching at Evelyn Grace Academy aims to build on the students’ understanding of an ensemble community, one in which they support and learn from each other and in working together encounter possibilities and create understandings that go beyond what individuals can do alone.
KS3 Drama Curriculum
At Key Stage 3 students are introduced to a broad range of performance techniques and approaches. The curriculum at this level aims to develop students’ ability in all three strands of drama (creating, performing and responding). Students will be encouraged to develop their confidence in a range of forms of communication whilst also developing their group and inter-personal skills. At Key Stage 3 students study Drama for a term before rotating onto one of the creative subjects – Art or Design Technology.
In Year 7 students learn to develop drama, understand theatre and work in a team whilst working towards a final product that has been created in a group and that is based on a stimulus and on learning that has taken place throughout the course.
Students build upon the learning that has taken place during Year 7 but there is a greater focus on style and genre within theatre. The final product is a result of the learning that has taken place during the course and is assessed in the form of a final performance with accompanying written work.
During the term of study students look at a short play and learn basic skills of transferring words from the page to the stage. This is a vital learning point as it is necessary for success at GCSE. Outcomes are assessed through a live performance of a scene from the text and an accompanying piece of written work.
KS4 Drama Curriculum
At Key Stage 4 students are required to hone and build on the skills developed at Key Stage Three with increased confidence and sophistication. They will revisit skills previously learnt and develop new approaches to performance. They will be required to learn about theatre practitioners and history to inform their own work. In addition, their ability to analyse and explore the world of drama through written formats is developed.
Autumn 1: Introduction to GCSE Drama
Autumn 2: Mock Component 1
Spring 1: Live Theatre and Introduction to Devising
Spring 2: Devised Performance
Summer 1: Set Text
Summer 2: Mock Component 2
Autumn 1: Development for Component 2
Autumn 2: Component 2
Spring 1: Component 2
Spring 2: Preparing for live theatre performance
Summer 1: Exam
We provide access to a range of enrichment activities for all year groups including:
- Instrumental lessons for all year groups
- A variety of musical and drama trips
- Drama clubs
- Musical clubs and groups
- Music technology clubs
- School concerts and performances
- Work with outside agencies
How to support your child:
- Encourage them to take an active interest in all forms of performing arts, theatre and music.
- Where and when possible take them to see live performance/music.
- Talk to them about the work they undertake in lessons.
- Encourage your child to participate in the board range of extra-curricular opportunities on offer.
- Check their planners for the homework set and support them in completing this well and on time.
- Purchase revision guides/study materials as directed by the teaching staff.