Drama at Park View emphasises building invaluable life skills that will stay with our learners for life. Drama enables students to develop teamwork and leadership skills, as well as building confidence and developing strong acting, presenting and speaking skills. Students study one Shakespeare play in each KS3 year, as well as a variety of modern texts. KS3 Drama is a highly practical course where we explore a range of issues that are relevant to our students. The students will also study a wide variety of Dramatic genres and practitioners, including; Ancient Greek Theatre, Commedia dell’arte, Melodrama, Physical Theatre, Naturalism, Devised Theatre, Epic Theatre and Scriptwriting. All students study Drama for two hours per fortnight at KS3.
Our KS3 students are offered a wide range of extra-curricular activities. We run Drama Club weekly across years 7-9 and use this time to prepare for both public performances and Primary School workshops. Our KS3 students are given the opportunity to perform in the Winter Showcase each year, as well as learning leadership skills by facilitating rehearsals with local Primary School students in the community.
At KS4 we offer GCSE Drama, which students study for 5 hours per fortnight in Year 10, and 6 hours per fortnight in Year 11. This course is broken into three components- Devising, Performance from Text and Theatre Makers in Practice. Students will devise theatre in groups, develop a written portfolio of their work, perform script extracts and complete a written exam.
This is an excellent course that prepares students with transferable skills sought after in the job market. Some students have gone on to become professional actors.
We have a strong extra-curricular programme at Park View. In recent years, we have staged productions including Little Shop of Horrors and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was performed in an outside amphitheatre on a summer’s evening. We offer intervention sessions for our GCSE students to allow them for every opportunity to do well in both their performance and written exams. There are additional extra-curricular activities for talented and committed students. We enjoy taking students out on trips to the theatre. Recent visits have included The Woman in Black, I am Beast and Faceless. We regularly get professional theatre makers to come in and run workshops with our GCSE students to ensure they are receiving a breadth of experiences.
Assessment - (only relevant to our current Year 11 cohort)
Unit 1: Drama Exploration 30%
Unit 2: Exploring Play Texts 30%
Unit 3: Drama Performance 40%
New specification to be introduced Sept 2016
Component 1: Devising (portfolio [45 marks] and performance [15 marks]) 40%
Component 2: Performance from Text (Externally assessed by visiting examiner) 20%
Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (1 hour, 30 minutes Written Examination exploring ‘Bringing Texts to Life’ and a ‘Live Theatre Evaluation) 40%
After studying GCSE Drama there are many courses to follow at college, including Drama and Theatre Studies and BTEC Nationals in Performing Arts. At university students can specialise in areas such as performing, directing, producing, stage management or the technological sides of theatre. There are many career opportunities for drama lovers, including work as a performer, script writer, director, theatre technician or production manager. Drama helps students with their social skills, confidence and ability to talk in front of others; other career paths might include working in Public Relations, Law, Business, Teaching, Management or Sales.