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Drama

“Drama is an incredibly powerful subject. It allows you to creatively explore and question  what we are all fascinated and driven by: human behaviour.

Drama at Mosslands is about creation. Creation of ideas; of new thinking;  of imagination; of performance; and of young men who have a voice and the confidence to express their joys and concerns. “ (Mrs Tharby - Subject Lead)

Why Drama?

Drama provides each pupil in Year 7 and 8 with core life and communication skills.

These skills underpin all the other curriculum subjects:

  • Confidence building
  • Problem solving, planning and critical thinking
  • Team Work skills & effective communication
  • Verbal reasoning and articulation of thought

Drama also develops and supports the emotional well-being of its pupils:

  • Builds self esteem
  • Develops self-discipline
  • Empathy
  • Cultural awareness

And most significantly, the physical learning approach harnesses:

  • Creativity
  • Imagination
  • Self-expression
  • Active learning

In Year 7 and 8, Drama is delivered once a fortnight. Each lesson will allow the pupils to develop their core Drama techniques.  They are encouraged to express themselves and to explore themes, issues and concerns in the world that they find themselves in.

Pupils can further their study of Drama and take Btec Level 2 Drama as an option at the end of Year 8. This practical course enables the pupils to further their drama performance skills and experiment with directing, devising and performing to an audience.

The Btec Level 3 Drama / Acting course at KS5 builds upon the KS4 expertise further. The Units offered allow the pupils to explore unique and creative theatre and performance styles: creating their own performance work and working with contrasting play texts.

Theatre trips are organised throughout the academic year to support KS4 and KS5 exam courses.

Facilities

There are 2 Drama “black box” studio spaces, each with lighting rigs and staging blocks that the pupils can use to enhance their performance work.

The department shares the Creative Arts ICT suite. This provides a quiet learning space for the GCSE and Btec Level 2 and 3 pupils to complete coursework and work on their actor’s logs.  

Extra- Curricular Opportunities

The Drama Department offers exciting extra-curricular activities throughout the year, providing pupils with the opportunity to support and perform at whole school events such as the Carol Service and Arts Evening; or experiences in local theatres.

Audition workshops for this year’s Shakespeare’s School’s Festival will begin in July 2016.