Drama at Key Stage 3
Every boy in Years 7, 8 and 9 has one Drama lesson per fortnight. These lessons are nearly all practical in nature, and tend to be taught in the Performing Arts Studio or our other dedicated Drama space rather than in a traditional classroom setting.
In Year 7 we aim to develop the boys basic performance, plus their interpersonal skills as most of the work is based in groups. In doing this we cover basic improvisation skills, Greek and Elizabethan theatre (a quick History of Drama), and projects on storytelling and devised skills.
In Year 8 we focus more on developing performance skills to suit specific genres and styles. A project on developing simple characters leads to further, extended projects in which groups create and perform their own slapstick comedy routines and melodramas. There is also a short project on the use of monologues in drama.
In Year 9 the work is more geared towards preparation for those who wish to take on the subject at GCSE level. The lessons tend to be much more fast-paced, with tasks being set and completed within a double lesson. We carry out a study of dramatic genres by looking at naturalism and absurdism as well as studying different frames that structure drama for a specific purpose - eg. news reports, adverts and film trailers.
Year 9 students also work on the House Drama competition as well as having the opportunity to take part in a lower school production. The past years have seen the boys take part in the Shakespeare School’s Festival enabling them the opportunity to perform in a professional theatre.