Drama

Mrs V Ryan – Head of Drama

Mrs G Andrews – Teacher of Drama

“All the World’s a Stage”

Mission

Our Mission is to develop our students’ understanding of Drama and love of theatre alongside inspiring students to develop transferable skills in communication and leadership. In order to do this we take a creative and disciplined approach to the study of Drama and Theatre through a combination of practical and written activities. Our approach not only enriches knowledge and understanding of a variety of playwrights and theatre practitioners, but also develops the emotional intelligence of the students, producing well-rounded individuals. Students gain a knowledge and understanding of Drama as an Art form, yet also develop skills in leadership, communication, time management, organisation, creativity and self-discipline – all of which will assist students in a variety of career paths.

We boast a varied curriculum covering devising, scripted drama, theatre design and analysis of drama in all years covering a range of genres and styles of Drama. The excellent facilities offering both practical and theory spaces create a. learning environment in which learners can flourish.

Extra-curricular clubs are offered to all year groups. The department organises an annual whole-school production and has links with local theatres, offering students the opportunity to perform outside of school such as the 360 programme at The Royal Exchange.

Overall Curriculum Intent

Students will experience a variety of opportunities that;

•             Challenge them both inside and outside the classroom

•             Focuses on improving their understanding of drama and theatre through knowledge and application.

•             Develop transferable skills for life and the world of work.

•             Develop skills in creating, performing and responding.

•             Develop knowledge of forms, genres, playwrights and design elements of Drama

•             Enhance and embed resilience, determination and confidence.

•             Aims to ensure all students studying Drama leave the school possessing skills in in leadership, communication, time management, organisation, creativity and self-discipline alongside a thorough knowledge of Drama and Theatre

Year 7

Study TopicKnowledge and SkillsAssessmentHow to support your child
An Introduction to DramaCollaboration Creating Drama Still images Improvisation Thoughts Aloud Evaluation Live Theatre EvaluationVerbal feedback. 1 assessed performance at the end of the half term.Encourage contribution.   Access live theatre performances through NT online  
Wacky Soap by Mark WheellerDevising and improvising skills Non naturalistic techniques Allegory  Verbal feedback. 1 assessed performance at the end of the half termEncourage contribution.
Page to Stage   Sound design  Developing Scripted skills Line learning BlockingVerbal feedback. 1 assessed performance at the end of the half termHelp them to learn their lines by reading the other parts in with them.   Research appropriate music and sound effects for their chosen script
Goodnight Mr Tom     Costume DesignCreating realistic characters. Focus in emotional ‘fourth wall’ performances Empathy Basic Stanislavski  Verbal feedback. 1 assessed performance at the end of the half term Research the story and the film: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0175680/          
Mask and mime workPhysical theatre Trestle masks – basic skills Comic timingVerbal feedback. 1 assessed performance at the end of the half termWatch masked theatre performances: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPGEeiZlR1c
Roald Dahl’s Revolting RhymesAdaptation Use of narrator Direct Address Breaking the 4Th WallVerbal feedback. 1 assessed performance at the end of the half termRun lines at home and learn them before the performance.

Year 8

Study TopicKnowledge and SkillsAssessmentHow to support your child
MelodramaDeveloping scripted skills Characterisation Blocking Learning LinesVerbal feedback. 1 assessed performance at the end of the half termRun lines at home and learn them before performance. Scripts on Teams.
Racism   Noughts and Crosses   The Alabama Bus BoycottScripted skills  Status Abstract and physical theatre techniques Design skillsVerbal feedback. 1 assessed performance at the end of the half termResearch  Noughts and Crosses or watch the BBC series on iplayer.
Devising – responding to stimulusMind mapping Writing in role Still images ImprovisingVerbal feedback. 1 assessed performance at the end of the half termBBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zdqf6v4/revision/1 
Devising Cyberbullying themeResponding Creating Developing – use of non- naturalistic techniques Performing EvaluatingVerbal feedback. 1 assessed performance at the end of the half termCyberbullying research https://www.unicef.org/end-violence/how-to-stop-cyberbullying
Physical TheatreControl Focus Extension Unison Body as prop TransitionsVerbal feedback. 1 assessed performance at the end of the half term  https://www.youtube .com/watch?v=hI9t86hDNC0 Watch this physical theatre performance and look for excellent examplesz.
Scripted stylesShakespearean   Realism   Multi Role  Verbal feedback. 1 assessed performance at the end of the half termRun lines at home to help learn them before the performance.

Year 9

Study TopicKnowledge and SkillsAssessmentHow to support your child
Moral Dilemmas Hit and Run Life skills linkDevising Skills Responding Creating Developing Performing Evaluating1 assessed performance at the end of the term 
Scripted Styles DNA I love you Mum I promise I won’t die   Life skills link – gangsCharacterisation Motivation Units and objectives Emotion Memory1 assessed performance at the end of the termRun lines at home to learn them before the assessment
Blood Brothers by Willy RussellSocial/ Cultural/ Historical context Characterisation Themes Staging Design1 assessed performance at the end of the termRun lines at home to learn them before the assessment

Key Stage 4

GCSE students will follow the OCR specification for Drama at Mossley Hollins. Their work will be assessed through two components: practical work that is worth 60% and a written exam (at the end of year 11) worth 40%. Throughout year 10 and 11, students work in groups to produce a number of pieces of practical work, (for example: devised thematic work, script work and improvisation). Students will produce a written portfolio which supports their creative choices and will record the steps taken during the rehearsal process. In the exam, students will demonstrate their understanding of a set text which will have been developed through practical exploration in workshop style lessons. Students will also be required to analyse a live performance. This will provide the opportunity for students to visit a theatre and watch a professional production, with students writing in detail on the performers use of voice, gesture and facial expressions to communicate their character to the audience and analyse the effectiveness of this. 

Year 10

Autumn 1

Component 2

  • Non-exam assessment
  • Presenting and performing text (understanding; themes, characters and plot)

Autumn 2

Exam section A review and prep workshops

  • Analysis of performance process

Spring 1

Exam section B

  • Analysis of a live performance seen (understanding; intentions, acting skills, staging, technical elements)

Spring 2

Component 1

  • Devising drama
  • Working with stimulus

Summer 1

  • Component 1 revisited and modified
  • REAL EXAM

Summer 2

  • Exam section A&B prep and evaluation.
  • Component 1
  • Completion of portfolio required

Year 11

Autumn 1

Component 2

  • Non-exam assessment
  • Presenting and performing text (understanding; themes, characters and plot)

Autumn 2

Component 2

  • Non-exam assessment
  • Presenting and performing text
  • (understanding; themes, characters and plot)

Spring 1

  • Drama techniques and improvisation work

Spring 2

Exam section A

  • review and prep workshops
  • Analysis of performance process

Summer 1

Exam section B review and prep

  • Analysis of a live performance seen (understanding; intentions, acting skills, staging, technical elements)

Summer 2

  • SUMMER EXAMS

Extra-Curricular

There are many opportunities for the exploration of drama outside of the school timetable in the form of extra-curricular clubs. On a Monday lunchtime the KS3 Drama Club takes place which aims to allow students from years 7-9 to deepen their understanding of performance and theatre. These sessions enable students to work in groups of varied ages and collaborate in order to produce performances which will be presented during ‘An Evening of Drama’. 

The annual drama production takes place during the second autumn term. The performance is rehearsed over a number of months and students engage with a play which is presented to the public. This provides students with the opportunity to work in a professional manner and enables them to be creative and explore performance and theatre on a large scale.

Huddersfield Road, Mossley,
Ashton-Under-Lyne OL5 9DP
T: 01457 832491
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