The Drama Department aims to build the confidence of our students to present and communicate their creative ideas to an audience.
Students will develop their verbal and non-verbal communication skills through a variety of practical group activities.
We believe that involvement in drama and theatre enables students to express themselves with more clarity and assurance. Students are encouraged to be independent through their research and exploration of dramatic texts and stimuli, to be reflective in their analysis and evaluation of the creative process and to be effective in their participation and co-operation in rehearsals and performances.
Our long term aim is to foster the atmosphere of a theatre company with all students reaching their full potential as a creative artist (performer, director, deviser or designer) or a technician (lighting and sound operation, costume, prop and set building).
Courses on offer
From Year 7 to Year 9, students follow a curriculum that introduces them to the fundamental elements of drama and theatre. The students explore a variety of dramatic techniques, such as still image, thought-aloud, hot-seating and mime as well as vocal and movement skills, facial expressions, gestures and body language. The teaching of these techniques and skills is through Production Projects that include, Melodrama, Mime, Stock Characters, Roleplay and Devising. Co-operation and team working skills are also developed through the practical activities. In terms of assessment, students are given an attainment level based on their participation in the exploration of drama, their clarity in the performance of drama to an audience, and their understanding in the evaluation of drama. When students reach Year 9 they are challenged through the use of GCSE equivalent work, focusing on TIE (Theatre In Education) style, working on skills In Narration, Multi- roling and Direct Address. Further skills will be developed when we follow with working on a Scripted Piece.
We have recently moved to the OCR exam board. We believe this change in specification will encourage more independent learning and personal development for our students at Ernulf Academy, offering a more flexible and creative range of assessment activities. This exam board structure allows our students to learn about and demonstrate their skills not only as Performers but Directors, Designers and Devisers.
The six main areas of study are ‘Character, Context and Plot’, ‘Structure’, ‘Audience and Performing Space’, ‘Improvisation’, ‘Genre, Style and Convention’ and ‘Semiotics’. Students will complete three assessment units. The first is called ‘From Page to Stage’ (30%) and asks the students to study a full play, perform an extract and reflect on the creative process. This unit is assessed by their Drama teacher. The second unit is ‘Drama in the Making’ (30%) where the students explore different stimuli, devise a piece of drama and reflect on the process. This unit is also assessed by their Drama teacher. The third unit, ‘From Concept to Creation’ (40%), is assessed by an external examiner and students are assessed on a performance and working record of the creative process. There are alternative assessment routes for students who are interested in the design and technical aspects of theatre, although some parts of the course will involve practical performance work.
Students will receive homework on a once per half term basis in Drama at KS3. On these occasions, students will be asked to complete tasks such as line learning, research and reflecting on their practical work.
Students are given regular homework for GCSE Drama. This may involve research, line learning and other activities in preparation for performance work. Usually the homework will involve reflecting on practical work that has been completed in lessons. Homework is an essential tool to extend and revise key knowledge and understanding, but also crucial preparation for the completion of the working records that form the reflection on practical work that each student must produce for each assessed unit. Students can access important guidance documents on our Homework page.