Welcome to our Drama department.

Who We Are
Miss G Ring - Curriculum Leader
Mr P Ging
Mr S Ward

Key Stage 3

Year 7 - Autumn Term
Basic Drama Skills
Students will learn:

  • How to work effectively in teams. 
  • To communicate clearly.
  • Tableaux and Narration
  • Spontaneous Improvisation

Students will learn:

  • How to effectively and imaginatively spontaneously improvise.
  • Quick establishment of character and action.
  • Devised Improvisation

Students will learn:

  • How to effectively and imaginatively devise an improvisation.
  • More detailed establishment of character and action.

Spring Term
Students will learn:

  • How to communicate status within a performance.
  • How to create tension through changing status within a scene.

Ensemble Theatre

Students will learn:

  • How to create whole group drama.
  • How to work in large groups to create effective theatre

Summer Term
Students will learn:

  • Specific rules of Mime performance
  • Exaggeration of physical action for comedy and clarity in performance.

Rosie is Missing

Students will learn:

  • How to use techniques such as Teacher-in-role and Hot seating to create a piece of ‘process’ drama.

Year 8 - Autumn Term
Students will learn:

  • How fantastic Shakespeare is!
  • How to establish mood and atmosphere in performances of several extracts from Shakespeare plays.

Stage fighting 

Students will learn:

  • How to safely and effectively perform a variety of stage fighting moves
  • How to create hostile and volatile moods and atmospheres building to well executed fight sequences

Spring Term
Introduction to Scripts
Students will learn:

  • How to create and perform an extended piece of script using all performance skills as well as design and technical elements.

Mask and Mime

Students will learn:

  • To develop the skills learnt in Mime last year and apply them to mask work to create physical and slapstick comedy.

Summer Term
Creative Adaptation
Students will learn:

  • How to create an effective piece of Drama by adapting a range of stimuli.
  • The importance of context and the role it plays in Drama.

Key Stage 4

Examination Board: AQA www.aqa.org.uk
Drama is a popular and exciting subject within the school. The GCSE course offers students the opportunity to develop their performance skills and experiment with new styles of theatre. We try to keep most of the course in the practical form. Lessons are taken in a studio and you will be asked to work in pairs, small groups and large groups to create a variety of pieces of drama. You will research theatre companies, directors and practitioners and will learn to apply these to your work. What written work there is will be completed in a classroom with your teacher who will guide you through how to write about drama. You will write about your own work as well as the professional productions we will take you to see!

This is a course which is aimed at raising your performance skills and experiences of theatre, but also increases interpersonal and empathetic skills.

Assessment: Drama is 60% controlled assessment task (practical) and 40% written element. There is one written examination at the end of Year 11Progression: Drama at Emmbrook is a perfect route into A-level Theatre Studies that we offer in the sixth form. Both our GCSE and A-Level courses are the AQA exam board and so go very well together. However, Drama is a highly sought after subject in both college and the workplace if A-Levels are not for you.

September 2017