Aims & Ethos
Mosslands has a thriving Drama department, staffed by subject specialists. Our aim is to nurture the growth of creativity and develop communication and team work skills.
Pupils are involved in a wide range of theatre practice including: acting, writing, technical work and directing.
All students are encouraged to develop transferable creative skills and a personal critical voice. Group work underpins the teaching methods of the majority of our schemes of work at all Key Stages. We encourage every young person to develop their learning and experience through engaging positively with the Arts.
Your son will begin his Drama course with an improvisation skills unit. This provides the opportunity for confidence to be built and for group work skills to be established. Your son will be encouraged to perform, create role plays and verbally evaluate the performance work of others. The Arts Council Drama Levels shall be introduced and will be used by both teacher and pupil to track the progression made in the subject.
Your son will learn a variety of drama techniques and skills; such as mime and still image, to aid them in the exploration of a range of issues and themes. The Green Children, What Happened to Lulu? and Shakespeare’s Witches all allow your son to develop both their performance skills and their social awareness.
The practical study of Greek theatre is the focused area of theatre history in Year 7, enabling your son to appreciate the origins of the subject, and work within a different theatre style.
In Year 8 your son will build upon their Year 7 skills, furthering their use of a range of techniques; still image, conscience alley, thoughts aloud, physical theatre and narration. They will begin to use the techniques independently to aid their exploration of the unit content and to reflect their level of understanding.
Your son will continue to be encouraged to express themselves through performance and within a range of dramatic styles. The 7 Ages of Man unit allows the pupils to explore a famous Shakespeare speech, analysing what they consider the meaning of life to be and the Ricky Brown and Greed units explore relevant social issues and concerns.
Your son will be able to evaluate the work of other groups using the Arts Council Levels. They will be encouraged to set themselves targets and to review these at the end of each unit.
The practical study of Melodrama is the focused area of theatre history in Year 8. Your son will gain inspiration from Sweeney Todd to improvise and devise in this performance style.
Your son will begin Year 9 with the theatre history unit – Commedia d’ell arte. He will develop his mime and movement skills, work with both neutral and trestle masks, and explore the Commedia characters in practical workshops. The emphasis on comedy allows the pupils to focus on performance timing, physical and verbal comedy, and the relationships between audience and performer.
The use of drama techniques and stylised theatre continues to be developed with units that replicate the style of both GCSE Drama and Btec Level 2 Performing Arts. Pupils are given the opportunity to use the lighting desk in the Drama Studio, and to add music to their work to enhance meaning. They are encouraged to work collaboratively when using these additional elements.
Your son will develop his script skills using extracts from Willy Russell’s Stags and Hens. This will allow him the opportunity to develop his character awareness and appreciate the demands of directing a scene.