By the end of Year 8, students identify and analyse how the elements of drama are used, combined and manipulated in different styles. They apply this knowledge in drama they make and perform. They evaluate how they and others from different cultures, times and places communicate meaning and intent through drama.
By the end of Year 10, students analyse the elements of drama, forms and performance styles and evaluate meaning and aesthetic effect in drama they devise, interpret, perform and view. They use their experiences of drama practices from different cultures, places and times to evaluate drama from different viewpoints.
In Years 7 and 8, learning in Drama involves students making and responding to drama independently, and with their classmates, teachers and communities. They explore drama as an art form.
In Years 9 and 10, learning in Drama builds on the experience of the previous band. It involves students making and responding to drama independently and in small groups, and with their teachers and communities. They explore drama as an art form through improvisation, scripted drama, rehearsal and performance.
Throughout the course students will engage in workshops based around improvisation, mime and theatre sports within the frameworks of trust, cooperation and respect. Students will take part in scripted and unscripted performances. Students will write, direct, act and edit their own array of short films throughout the course. Students will work through editing techniques to make one take films; they will create a music video. They will also form some abstract short films using techniques and performance skills studied in class. These short films are displayed at assemblies and artistic evenings and events throughout the year.
Year 9/Year 10 – Film and Stage Performance
Throughout the course we build on the experiences of Year 7 and 8 as students create controlled and accomplished short films. Students work on Absurdism, as well as techniques of editing, publicity, creation, developing, rehearsing and premiering short films, ranging from 1 to 10 minutes in length. Their major task involves the creation and marketing of a 5-10 minute film. They have to create a trailer for their film as well as a poster to display around the school. These short films are displayed at assemblies and artistic evenings and events throughout the year.