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Light Hall School - Drama

Subject Overview

Collaboration, communication, confidence, creativity….these are essential skills that young people need across the curriculum and throughout life. Drama at Light Hall School strives to focus on these skills and develop our students into fully-rounded and expressive students.

A popular subject…

Drama is a very popular subject at Light Hall School from Year 7 through to Year 11. Our students work hard in their Drama lessons to create memorable and thought-provoking performances. Students who enter Year 7 will study the subject for an hour a week; this continues through Key Stage Three until Year 10, when it remains a popular choice for GCSE options.

Through the Key stages

In Key Stage Three, students work on a variety of topics, such as slavery and conflict, and on a range of scripts including ‘The Tempest’ and ‘Bugsy Malone’ to create dynamic and imaginative pieces of theatre.
In Key Stage Four, our young dramatists will hone their performance skills through working on relevant topics such as ‘war’ and ‘heroes’, using a range of explorative strategies. Students will have the opportunity to visit the theatre and learn innovative and exciting techniques and forms through studying practitioners and various theatre companies.

Our facilities

We are proud to hold a range of performance spaces, from our proscenium arch main hall, to our purpose built black box studio, with a full lighting rig and costume cupboard to further enhance the outstanding work that the students produce.

What we stand for

Our key ethos in Drama centres on working together. Through sharing ideas and opinions, our students learn how to express themselves and be critical and reflective thinkers. In studying social issues and topics, we develop students’ social, moral and spiritual thinking skills and aim to create confident, well rounded and successfully communicative young people.

KS3

  Autumn Spring Summer
yr 7
Mime & Movement and Father Christmas has the Flu!
Improvisation and World Theatre.
The Tempest and The Performing Arts Festival.
yr 8
Antigone and Monologues.
Masks and Slavery.
Rime of the Ancient Mariner
yr 9
Bugsy Malone.
Exploring Genres and GCSE Taster Unit.
The Arrivals and Macbeth.



KS4

We follow the AQA GCSE Drama 4240 specification. For this specification, there is an external examination at the end of the course, summer year 11, worth 40% (Unit 1). Pupils study various performance options throughout the course to generate 60% of the overall grade. The best two marks for each student are put forward- this constitutes Unit 2.

  Autumn Spring Summer
yr 10
Unit 3 preparation: monologues & duologues.
Group devised piece: Journeys.

Unit 1 mock: exploration of ‘War’
Unit 2 mock: exploration of ‘Blood Brothers’

Real Unit 2: exploration of ‘The Woman in Black’
Unit 3 mock examination

yr 11

Real Unit 1: exploration of ‘Heroes’
Unit 2: Response to Live Performance.
Unit 3 mock examination.

Real Unit 3 exam preparation
Real Unit 3 exam preparation

 

FAQs

GCSE

What career opportunities could the course help to give me?
Drama is a versatile subject which could be studied for its own sake, or to form the basis of a future interest in the Performing Arts. Alternatively you can develop transferable skills, which you can take into any profession. These include such fields as Retail, Media, Travel and Tourism, Sales, Marketing or any career that involves meeting people face to face.

What topics will I study?
Your topics will be selected from the vast range of issues within society using texts, newspaper articles, plays, music, artefacts and poems.

What skills will I develop?
Confidence  |  Evaluative  |  Team work  |  Communication  |  Improvisation  |  Decision making / problem solving  |  Dramatic terminology  |  Predicting  |  Expression / Body language  |  Manipulating the Drama form  |  Key skills developed are lighting/ set / costume / sound effects

What examination will I take?
EDEXCEL - GCSE Drama

What is involved with the examination?
You have the choice of being involved in the performance of a play from an existing script or one you can create yourselves.* * You can choose to perform or offer performance support. 
You are involved in a variety of workshops which are assessed by your teacher.

What coursework will I have to complete?
40% examination
60% coursework

Your coursework is divided into two units which are a mixture of practical workshops and written portfolio.

  • Unit One: You will use a variety of Drama strategies to express your thoughts and ideas about an issue during workshop sessions. You must complete a written portfolio of evidence to support your practical work.
  • Unit Two: You explore a play and consider how a playwright expresses their ideas about a theme, while experimenting with ways of making the play work on stage. You also have the opportunity to evaluative a live performance. You must complete a written portfolio of evidence to support your practical work.

 

 

The Drama Staff

Miss K Howard 
Head of Drama 
Ms E Wyatt
Teacher of Drama
Miss E Davies
Teacher of Music and Drama