THE ECCLESBOURNE SCHOOL

Learning Together For The Future

Drama

The Department

The Drama Department at Ecclesbourne is proud to report continuing success both within and outside of the curriculum. We are committed to outstanding teaching, learning and achievement across all the key stages.

We have a team of experienced, specialist Drama teachers who are fully committed to the teaching of Drama and extra-curricular performance work. The Drama Department continually strives to provide a creative and supportive learning environment and a varied extra-curricular programme for all students.

The Resources

We have 2 drama spaces at our disposal for most of the year. Each space has a basic lighting rig (12 lanterns) and an interactive whiteboard.

The Staff

Miss J. Porteous
Head of Dept.

Mr A. Perks

Mr D. Partridge

 

Key Stage 3

 

Course Aims

All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 study Drama for one hour each week. Drama improves students’ speaking, listening, reading and writing through developing thinking, communication and critical analysis. As students become actively engaged in Drama they become more aware of the learning process in which they are involved, central to which is enactment and engagement, through the establishment of fictional environments.

Course Content

In Year 7, students will use a variety of dramatic conventions to explore ideas, issues, texts and meanings, use different ways to convey action, character, atmosphere and tension in scripting and performing plays, appreciate how the structure and organisation of scenes and plays contribute to dramatic effect and evaluate critically the intentions, impact and performance of dramas in which they have participated or have watched. Specifically, students will explore the following topics: Story-Telling; Script Work; Commedia; Treasure Island; Carnival and key techniques.

In Year 8, students will use a variety of dramatic conventions to explore ideas, issues, texts and meanings, use different ways to convey action, character, atmosphere and tension in scripting and performing plays, appreciate how the structure and organisation of scenes and plays contribute to dramatic effect and evaluate critically the intentions, impact and performance of dramas in which they have participated or have watched. Specifically, students will explore the following topics: The Tempest; Adverts; Time Travel; Stories from Different Cultures; Pantomime; Kabuki; Greek Theatre and Character Development.

In Year 9, students will use a variety of dramatic conventions to explore ideas, issues, texts and meanings, use different ways to convey action, character, atmosphere and tension in scripting and performing plays, appreciate how the structure and organisation of scenes and plays contribute to dramatic effect and evaluate critically the intentions, impact and performance of dramas in which they have participated or have watched. Specifically, students will explore the following topics: Docu-drama; Physical theatre; Masks; Script Work; Murder Mystery & Melodrama and The Holocaust.

Extra Curricular Activities

Theatre trips; Drama club; School production; Lunchtime rehearsals.

Course Assessment

Grade Assessment Detail
9 Students offer assured and comprehensive practical creation, development and refinement of ideas from the stimuli to communicate meaning; individual performance is refined, articulate and dynamic, with skilful and highly engaging characterisation and highly accomplised vocal and physical techniques; understand social, historical and/or cultural contexts including the theatre conventions of the period which the text was created and performed; provide comprehensive, fully-balanced and considered analysis and evaluation of their own work and the work of others.
8 Students offer comprehensive explanations of the creative intentions for the performance; demonstrate assured and sustained control and understanding in relation to style, genre and theatrical conventions, with skilful and highly engaging characterisation and accomplished vocal and physical techniques; understand the practices used in twenty-first century theatre-making; provide assured, fully-balanced and considered analysis and evaluation of their own work and the work of others.
7 Students offer sustained explanations of the creative intentions for the performance; make an assured contribution to the realisation of the artistic intention in performance, with characterisation showing comprehensive understanding of the role with sophisticated vocal and physical skills; understand the role of theatre makers in contemporary practice including performers, directors and designers; provide an effective and balanced analysis and evaluation of their own work and the work of others.
6 Students demonstrate clear engagement throughout the process of collaboration, rehearsal and refinement; demonstrate a convincing and sustained interpretation of the text in performance, with consistent characterisation and secure vocal and physical skills; • understand how the meaning of a text might be interpreted and communicated to an audience; provide a secure and balanced analysis and evaluation of their own work and the work of others.
5 Students offer coherent explanations of the creative intentions for the performance; provide effective contribution to the realisation of the artistic intention in performance, with secure characterisation and sound vocal and physical skills; use appropriate vocabulary and subject-specific terminology with appropriate care and accuracy; provide a competent and generally balanced analysis and evaluation of their own work and the work of others.
4 Students demonstrate some adequate engagement with the process of collaboration, rehearsal and refinement; demonstrate a coherent interpretation of the text in performance with consistent charactisation, with developing vocal and physical skills; use appropriate vocabulary and subject-specific terminology with some degree of success; provide a coherent and generally balanced analysis and evaluation of their own work and the work of others.
3 Students offer adequate explanations of the creative intentions for the performance; make a clear contribution to the realisation of the artistic intention in performance; sound characteristation, vocal and physical skills; provide adequate analysis with basic evaluation of their own work and the work of others.
2 Students demonstrates tentative engagement with the process of collaboration, rehearsal and refinement; demonstrates a basic interpretation of the text in performance, with uneven characterisation, vocal and physical skills; provide generally adequate analysis with basic evaluation of their own work and the work of others.
1 Students offer basic and underdeveloped explanations of the creative intentions for the performance; make a basic contribution to the realisation of the artistic intention in performance with limited vocal and physical technique; provide limited analysis and evaluation of thier own work and the work of others.
 

If you have any questions or queries relating to the Drama curriculum please email headofart@ecclesbourne.derbyshire.sch.uk for more information.