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Middleton Crescent

Costessey

Norwich

NR5 0PX

Ofsted Outstanding School 2012 | 2013

Drama

Key Stage 3

In Year 7, Drama is taught on a rotation with Dance and Music. In Drama lessons, students will learn:

  • Basic Skills – students will be learning about the importance of cooperation/collaboration and working to a deadline as part of a team. They will be learning basic drama techniques including still image/thought tracking/role play and bodies as props.
  • Silent Movies – students will be studying the use of mime and slapstick comedy, focusing on silent films from the 1920’s. Skills including facial expression, gesture, proxemics and spatial awareness, and the conventions of a style of performance: silent film – “The slow burn”, reaction shots, car chase.
  • The Identification – students will use a poem as stimulus to devise in this unit. They will explore the use of techniques including cross-cutting, flashback/forward and slow motion.
  • Matilda (Musical Theatre) – students will focus on characterisation through voice and movement. They will look at ‘Matilda’ by Roald Dahl and will perform short scripted extracts as well as create their own interpretations on specific given scenes.

In Year 8, students will learn:

  • Frank Miller – students will work towards devising their own work using a stimulus given through ‘teacher in role’. Students will learn about creating tension and the use of subtext.
  • The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty – students will be looking at extracts from the play about bullying and peer pressure. Students will get the opportunity to explore working with a text. We will explore characters and motivations, dream sequences and forum theatre within this unit. This is also an opportunity to look at SMSC-related topics.
  • Students will be introduced to various drama techniques though the topic of the ‘Titanic’. Students will use artefacts as stimuli and look stereotypes and class system through this historic event.
  • Students will be introduced to stage combat. The unit covers all aspects of health and safety, blocking, timing, audience and spatial awareness and eye contact.

Key Stage 4

Course Introduction: The Performing Arts Department at Ormiston Victory Academy are very excited to be introducing GCSE Drama as an option choice from September 2020.

GCSE Drama students will get the opportunity to create drama, applying their knowledge and understanding to the process of creating and developing their performance work.

Studying Drama will help our students to become critical thinkers, independent learners and effective decision makers. These are all sought after attributes that can make them stand out from the crowd as they progress from education and into employment.

Additional Information: Prospective students will be asked to perform a dramatic monologue prior to selecting their options. This is an opportunity for students to demonstrate that they have a genuine   interest in Drama. They may attend Drama Club for help and to rehearse their chosen piece. Students will also be required to sign a contract committing to a minimum of two extra-curricular productions per year.

Progression and Careers:  Students can go on to study Drama at  A – Level or a vocational course such as B-TEC Level 3 in Performing Arts Students may wish to pursue a career as an Actor, Director, Drama Therapist, Drama Teacher, Community Arts Worker, Education Officer, Children’s Entertainer or any non-industry related career which requires a strong team player, an independent and critical thinker, an effective time manager and a confident speaker.

Progression Pathways

Performing Arts Subject Progression Pathways

Performing Arts Team

HCULDGPOR
Ms Curson Mrs DalgleishMr Ormerod
Assistant Principal for Community, Key Stage 3 and ArtsDeputy Director of Performing ArtsHead of Dance

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