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Drama is an exciting and innovative subject which teaches students how to speak publically, work cohesively in groups and learn about the creation and exploration of drama texts. The study of drama focusses on selected problems, issues, or periods. It is a highly practical subject, with lots of opportunities to perform in front of different audiences.

At Magna, we focus on the three main areas of Drama: Devising, Performing and Analysis

Students get the opportunity to perform in a wide variety of styles, including comedy, theatre in education and serial drama to perform confidently both in front of and with others.

What will I learn?

In Years 7 and 8, students complete a course designed to give them the performing skills to complete their Key Stage 4 course. They will be taught to create and perform in different genres of theatre both as a solo performer and in group work.

In Years 9 -11, students who opt to study Drama further study RSL Certificate in Creative and Performing Arts (Acting). The course is focussed on the progress you make as a performer, allowing students who have little performance experience to achieve as well as those who have.

Students complete two units: ‘Performing Text’ and the external exam unit. In ‘Performing Text’ students will explore a classic and modern text through the use of research, rehearsal and performance. Students will produce coursework to go along with these performances which will include delving into the two plays studied and looking at how an actor can perform characters chosen. The external exam is set by RSL during year 11 and consists of students creating a performance piece in relation to a set task. Students will be given rehearsal time in controlled conditions within school which will culminate into a performance to a specific target audience.

What will I do?

In lessons students will complete a range of different tasks, rehearsing takes up the vast majority of our lesson time.

In Years 9-11, coursework tasks are set in relation to the set units. Students will research the synopsis of the plays and their particular scenes, the context of the plays, create role on the walls in relation to their characters, record vlogs and rehearsals, understand how to read and write stage directions and script meanings, look at rehearsal techniques they can use throughout the process as well as for future performances and to write evaluations of their performances through the use of SWOT to enable them to understand how their decisions impacted their performance.

What is the expectation of homework?

In Years 7 and 8 we do not set formal homework tasks. However, students are welcome to come into the Drama department outside of lesson time to practice their work from their lessons.

What support and guidance will I be given?

There are many different types of support on offer to students from the drama department; students are offered a lot of personalised support during lessons and also outside of lesson time when they come and practice for assessments. Other support is offered to students through enrichment opportunities, which allow students to develop their instrumental and ensemble skills further.

How will I be assessed?

In Years 7-11, students are assessed at the end of Unit 2, 4 and 6. The focus of the assessments is always practical, with students having been preparing for their performance in the previous lessons. In years 9-11, your written coursework will also form part of your 6-weekly assessment. All students receive a grade following their assessment and they evaluate their work, setting targets for future progress.
The vast majority of our assessments are videoed so work can be watched back and evaluated for setting targets. In Years 9-11 these videos also form part of your video evidence, which will be sent off to the exam board to form part of your qualification.

What equipment do I need to be successful?

We expect students to wear trousers or leggings during practical drama lessons. Students will also need access to a USBGB stick for videos of their recordings – this will not be needed until year 10.

What other opportunities exist outside of class?

The Drama department offers a wide variety of enrichment opportunities to students, these Drama club and Musical Theatre club are popular. We also work with other departments such as Music and Dance to put on larger scale performances and give our students opportunities to perform in front of an audience.