Drama at Sir Thomas Rich's
Drama encourages young people to believe in themselves and find a new voice. It encourages empathy, enables creativity and explores varied methods of communication empowering its students.
Drama promotes language development and its collaborative nature provides opportunities for pupils to develop key skills of communication, negotiation, compromise and self-assertion. Pupils develop confidence when speaking and their vocabulary is extended when they adopt roles and characters. Pupils also acquire a critical and subject-specific vocabulary through reflecting on and appraising their own work in Drama and the work of others.
The skills and qualities developed by students in Drama, such as teamwork, creativity, leadership and risk-taking are assets in all subjects and all areas of life. Drama stimulates the imagination and allows students to explore issues and experiences in a safe and supportive environment. Drama makes an important contribution to the development of thinking skills and students are ecouraged to reflect on their own thinking. Thinking skills include:
- Information-processing skills, eg sequencing and comparing.
- Reasoning skills, eg drawing inferences and making deductions.
- Enquiry skills, eg asking relevant questions and testing conclusions.
Creative thinking skills, eg generating and extending ideas, applying imagination and looking for alternative endings.
- Evaluation skills, eg judging the value of their own and others’ work.
- What is Drama? Intro to skills and techniques.
- Oh No They Didn't: Students study and take part in workshops, learning techniques which enable them to produce their own pantomim.e
- The Word of Roald Dahl: using Dahl's stories to explore dramatic techniques and bring the page to the stage.
- Real World Issues: Delivered in collaboration with the PSHE Dept, students use Drama to explore themes such as bullying, diversity and identity.
- Stranger Than Fiction: Students use their own experiences to explore the importance of storytelling and narrative.
- The Rules: Students consolidate learning in the final scheme through the story of a hare-brained scheme with a reluctance to follow 'the rules'.
- 'Face' by Benjamin Zephaniah
- Creating theatre
- Designing theatre
We work hard to enable our Key Stage 3 students to work effectively together and find confidence in themselves. Students develop various ways to communicate their ideas and express themselves. Studying Drama provides an opportunity for our students to be creative, empathetic, critical thinkers.
- Musical theatre
- Physical theatre
- ‘DNA’ by Dennis Kelly
- Component 1: Devising theatre
- Component 2: Performance from a text
- Component 3: Interpreting theatre
The WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Drama offers a broad and coherent course of study which enables learners to:
The WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Drama is an exciting, inspiring and practical course. The specification promotes involvement in and enjoyment of drama as performers. Additionally it provides opportunities to attend live theatre performances and to develop skills as informed and thoughtful audience members.
- Study of Theatre Practitioners: Stanislavski, Brecht, Berkoff, Artaud and others.
- Learners participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of theatre based on a reinterpretation of an extract from a text chosen from a list supplied by WJEC.
- The piece must be developed using the techniques and working methods of either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company.
- Learners must produce a realisation of the performance or design and a creative log.
- Study of ‘Love and Information’ by Caryl Churchill.
- Learners participate in the creation, development and performance of two pieces of theatre based on a stimulus supplied by WJEC:
- A devised piece using the techniques and working methods of either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company (a different practitioner or company to that chosen for Component 1).
- An extract from a text in a different style chosen by the learner.
- Study of ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ by Tennessee Williams.
- Study of ‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’ by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens.
The WJEC Eduqas A Level in Drama and Theatre offers a practical and challenging course of study which encourages learners to:
The WJEC Eduqas A Level in Drama and Theatre is an exciting and inspiring course which prepares learners for further study in Higher Education. This highly practical specification provides learners with the opportunity to work as either performers and/or designers on three different performances.
- Stage manager
- Arts administrator
- Drama teacher
- Television production assistant
- Radio presenter
- Director of PR/marketing
- News reporter
- Administrator - theatre
- Box office manager
“Your confidence in your ability to present ideas improves and ultimately you become a lot more creative.”
Year 12 student
“Drama gave us the opportunity to understand and break rules and, most importantly, take risks.”
Year 13 student
“The wide range of module choices paired with the wide variety of drama societies means we can easily be prepared for any area of drama and theatre practice. The academic and practical elements are brilliant, allowing us to either focus on one or the other and/or ground ourselves in the theory in order to better our practical exploration. The staff are always friendly and enthusiastic and always encourage us to do more and explore further.”
Year 13 student
- Whole school productions.
- Key Stage plays.
- Theatre trips.
- Opportunities to watch performances by outside theatre companies.
- Workshop opportunities throughout the year.
- LAMDA exams and qualifications provided by external Drama teacher.
- Links with local performing arts group, Theatre Stars.