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 (Yr 9, 10 and 11) students build on their skills learnt and follow the AQA Drama syllabus, where they will work on three components.

Component 1 consists of Knowledge and Understanding of Theatre and Drama, where students are assessed on a set text and design elements as well as acting skills are explored. Students will also have the opportunity to visit live theatre productions where they will analyse and evaluate the acting skills of others.

Component 2 comprises of practical and written work, where students will devise a piece of work in groups and analyse how they created their work and evaluate their performance.

Component 3 is purely practical and will be assessed by an external examiner. Students choose a script and perform 2 extracts from the play either as a monologue, duologue or as a group.

In Year 10 students are encouraged to take part in a showcase of their work, which involves them performing their script work in the summer term. Students are also given the opportunity of performing in the annual school production which have included plays and musicals such as ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Shakers’, ‘Up and Under’, ‘Our House’, ‘The Addams Family’, ‘Joseph’ and ‘The Crucible’.

During the year students will be given the opportunity to take part in ‘Kingsmead’s Open Stage’ where they will be able to perform anything from singing to gymnastics, dancing, drama and even magic.

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