Drama is a thought-provoking and rewarding subject, which offers the opportunity to work practically and collaboratively to explore a range of subjects and issues. Students are expected to work with others to create original pieces of drama, as well as working from scripts.
At GA, we also offer the opportunity for students to see live theatre to help inspire creative ideas and understand the profession of theatre makers. Drama is taught as part of the arts carousel in years 8 and 9, and is an option at GCSE and A-level.
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In year 8, students are taught drama for a nine-week block, three lessons per fortnight, as part of the arts carousel. The year 8 theme for drama is ‘Crime’ and involves the following:
Creating freeze-frames around peer pressure and petty crime.
Investigating silent movie criminal characters.
Developing extracts from Mark Wheeler's play 'The Gate Escape'.
Beginning to develop characterisation skills through hot seating and monologues.
In year 9, students are taught drama for a six-week block, three lessons per fortnight, as part of the arts carousel. The year 9 theme for drama is ‘Protest’ and involves the following:
Creating freeze-frames around modern protests e.g. Charlottesville, 2017
Whole-class drama using placards and thought tracking.
Split-stage setting performance inspired by the suffragettes.
Component One (40% of Overall Mark): Creating original drama work in groups using performance techniques for performance. Study of an influential drama practitioner. Written portfolio documenting the development of the drama piece.
Component Two (20% of Overall Mark): Performance of a group piece and a monologue from a professionally written script to a visiting examiner.
Component Three (40% of Overall Mark): Written exam, including the analysis of a professionally written play script and a review of a piece of live theatre.
At the heart of The White Horse Federation is a belief in using collaboration to provide a first-class education to a wide range of children. This means that every child understands what they are capable of, and can collectively strive for excellence.