Course Aims:

Students will have the opportunity to learn about a range of dramatic styles and practitioners. Whilst developing their knowledge and understanding of drama students will also develop their dramatic skills and ability to critically analyse and evaluate creative work. We aim to inspire students to appreciate and create Drama and use the discipline as an opportunity to unleash their creative talents and build knowledge and understanding vital for success in Drama at GCSE and beyond. Key Stage 3 Drama is also an opportunity for student to develop their confidence and ability to speak publically which are vital life skills and essential to most careers.

Year 7

Autumn Term – Physical Skills

Introduction to Drama
Students explore the use of performance skills while working in groups, in which they develop soft skills through the 5Cs (Cooperation, Concentration, Communication, Creativity, Control). Students create their own drama in response to colours, learning about abstract art forms and structuring a performance using still images and transitions.

Key Practitioner: Frantic Assembly
This projects introduces students to the work and processes of a contemporary Theatre company. Students continue to refine the 5Cs whilst learning about the potential of physical storytelling and create short movement performances.

Spring Term – Vocal Skills

Script Work: James and the Giant Peach
Students look at the structure of scripts and how to interpret them into performance. The analysis of written work is taught and then developed into performances of an extract from a script.

Summer term – Developing character

Key Practitioner: Stanislavski
Students will build on activities used with a script to analyse characters and use techniques to create characters that are performed using a monologue.

Year 8

Autumn Term – Physical Skills

Performing texts
Students focus on the use of visual and physical skills to tell stories. In the process of using these skills students are introduced to story arcs and develop script writing.

Spring Term - Devising Drama

Key Practitioner: Brecht
Students are introduced to one of the most influential theatre practitioners of the 20th Century. Using ideas and techniques students select issues to devise their own original drama.

Summer Term – Studying a set text

Theatre Form: Jacobean Theatre, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
Students explore Romeo and Juliet as a set text exploring decisions for realising the text. Students learn and perform key extracts from the text and develop their understanding of textual analysis for drama.

Theatre Form: Commedia Dell’Arte
Students are introduced to the theatrical form and practice a range of techniques and characters in rehearsal and performance. Students also learn about the historical influences that derive from the theatre form.

Co-curricular activities:

All student will have the opportunity to be part of a whole school production in which they can perform or provide support in various production roles each year. In addition, there are a number of short term activities and workshops held throughout the year.

Key Stage 4 & 5 / Career Progression:

Bentley Wood currently provides students the ability to study Drama for GCSE, opportunities to study Drama and Theatre Studies at A Level are available through our collegiate. This has the potential to then lead on to degree and to a wide range of careers. A selection of occupations/careers which benefit from the skills developed while studying Drama at Bentley Wood could be an actor; lawyer; teacher; film production; therapist; communications; consultant; marketing; author or a playwright.

Recommended Reading:

Numerous plays and books are held in the school library, drama department and your local library. Students are encouraged to read novels, news articles and plays as all forms of storytelling can inform and inspire the creation of drama. The Internet is also a valuable resource for researching well known plays and performance groups.