Welcome to the Kingsmead School Drama Learning Team.

At Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8), students will look at a variety of theatrical techniques. At the beginning of year 7 they will focus on mime and slapstick skills followed by Macbeth, where they will learn how to use different stage settings and how to structure a piece of Drama. In year 8 there is a development of their slapstick skills as they learn about characterisation through Commedia Dell’Arte. Within the final term the focus is on script work.

At Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 & 11), students build on their skills learnt and follow the AQA Drama course. They will produce 3/4 performances which will include Devised Thematic Work, Script Work, Theatre in Education and the students are given the freedom to choose which final practical performance they wish to produce. This may include technical work. There is also a written element of the course where they will be asked to keep a log book throughout the three years to help them with their final paper. The three aspects covered in the final exam are practical work completed during the course, study and performance of a scripted play and study of a live theatre production seen.

Students learn how to work well within groups and develop skills for public speaking. It also increases student’s confidence and develops an appreciation for the arts. The learning team has organised the opportunity for students to participate in trips to the theatre, be a part of the annual whole school play and workshops through the School’s Challenge Days.

Top 5 useful websites:

All theatre websites

BBC Bitesize www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/gcse/drama

Plays Magazine www.playsmagazine.com

The Stage www.thestage.co.uk

Theatre - The Guardian www.theguardian.com/stage/theatre

Shakespeare's Globe www.shakespearesglobe.com