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16/10/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

A well fought double header for the Y10 ⚽️ team vs , the league fixture finished 3-3, with The Beacon taking the cup result in extra-time. Well done to Joe Vincent-Ryan who scored a well taken hat-trick, and MOM Zac Jennings, who made some brilliant saves

12/10/18

Retweeted From Mrs Singleton 🔬

Great afternoon working with the fantastic science department . Lots of new ideas to implement

11/10/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Thank you for hosting the All Schools Rugby Festival. We took 30 students, boys and girls, and they had a blast! Lots of fun and some good wins along the way 🏉

11/10/18

Our Year 10 Information Evening starts at 6pm in the Jenkins Centre. It's a great opportunity to meet the new SAMs and ask any questions you might have about the year ahead. We look forward to welcoming you!

10/10/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

As well as after school clubs there are many opportunities to extend learning & have fun during the school day! Every break time in the sports hall there are different activities on offer including Badminton, Table Tennis, Basketball, Handball, Football and Yoga!⚽️⛹🏻‍♀️🧘🏽‍♂️🏸

10/10/18

We look forward to welcoming our Year 8 parents/carers to the Information Evening at 6pm in the Main Hall

08/10/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Fantastic 25-25 draw between the Y8 rugby team and great to see students developing their rugby skills 🏉 https://t.co/QIts9nTe6N

05/10/18

Safe crossing point much needed on Burntwood Lane. https://t.co/hIHuGwFVTQ

05/10/18

Lovely to show so many prospective parents and students around our school this afternoon . https://t.co/bY7tDex0eM

04/10/18

We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed it . Thank you for attending.

03/10/18

We look forward to welcoming our Year 7 parents/carers to the Information Evening at 6pm in the Main Hall

01/10/18

Retweeted From Julia Church

Ex- students, Caitlin Etheridge and Alice Forde, attended a meeting of recently to speak about the activities they took part in at a residential Rotary seminar, as recipients of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award. Visit https://t.co/ZRRRNlBvLh https://t.co/Kh8BKKrWVl

29/09/18

It was a pleasure to welcome you all. https://t.co/knXdpL9YN4

28/09/18

Congratulations to Katie Conway, another de Stafford student to successfully compete the 16 before 16 reading challenge. Headteacher, Jeremy Garner met with Katie to present her prize and certificate earlier this week (pictured)#celebratingsuccess https://t.co/ymbyZhmQtA

28/09/18

Can you spot Mr Garner who joined over 1000 Headteachers in London today to campaign for increased funding in schools. https://t.co/V32rb9ZrGW

28/09/18

Thank you to everyone who supported our Macmillan Coffee Morning yesterday. It was fantastic to see so many members of our local community as well as parents/carers. Look out for a full write up and pictures in our next newsletter! https://t.co/T2E8ZWJCiY

28/09/18

Wishing our Year 7 students and accompanying staff a fun walk and team building session today!#FridayFeeling

28/09/18

Retweeted From Freedom Leisure - de Stafford Sports Centre

Delighted to celebrate our official relaunch of following a £1.2million refurbishment. A special thank you to British Junior Trampoline champion, LouiseBrownsey for your time and inspiration. https://t.co/ASKFo0ONHO

28/09/18

Retweeted From Duncan Wood-Allum #FBPE

Lovely to see my old centre which my brilliant team set up in the mid 1990’s have £1.2 million fit out 25 years on. Complete transformation with and with a little help from Congratulations to all involved. https://t.co/0oQtj6vaXq

27/09/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

⁦A fantastic evening at the launch of the ⁦⁩ It was great to see ⁦⁩ students enjoy the opportunity to get some top tips from Louise Brownsey a current GB Trampoline Champion! 🥇 🥇 🥇 https://t.co/qVaZMYL30f

 

Head of Department: Mrs H Streeter-Staniford
email: hayley.streeter-staniford@destafford.org.uk

At de Stafford we believe that Drama education is key to the development of our students. Not only will they understand theatre as an art form, but they will build confidence and valuable transferable skills such as leadership, empathy and public speaking. These life skills will prepare students not only for their time in school but in the wider world. Drama education is vital for students to explore social, moral, spiritual and cultural issues within a safe environment.

How to get involved

Each year we create a whole school production. This is a fantastic opportunity for actors and crew to take part in a large scale performance, working across the year groups and encouraging new friendships. Students work incredibly hard toward a common goal and their commitment and enthusiasm is something we at de Stafford are very proud off.

Our back catalogue includes:

Annie, Oliver, Grease, Bugsy Malone, Little Shop of Horrors, High School Musical, The Wiz, Seussical the Musical, Return to the Forbidden Planet and Annie. Our production for 2018 is Alice in Wonderland.

We also run a Year 7 and 8 drama club at lunchtime in the run up to the Christmas concert. Students work together to create a festive performance.

Theatre trips

We run a KS3 Theatre trip to a West End show in the autumn term to introduce students to professional theatre and to inspire their own performance work.

For GSCE Drama students we run a range of theatre trips to inspire and enhance their Drama education.

Curriculum Overview for Drama KS3

In Drama at KS3 students receive two 1 hour lessons over the two week timetable. In ks3 Drama is 75% practical focusing on Drama skills and techniques that allow students to create effective drama performances. Furthermore, Drama encourages other transferable skills such as public speaking, team work, communication, problem solving and confidence building. We cover a range of themes and topics to give a broad experience of both technical drama and issue based work. Students are assessed on three main skills in Drama Creating, Performing and Evaluating. In year 8 we increase the amount of written drama to incorporate the demands of the new GCSE courses.

Year 7

We start Year 7's Drama education by teaching a range of drama techniques. For example freeze frames, thought tracking and monologues. The idea behind this is to provide year 7 with their Drama toolbox in which they can build and improve their practical skills. This is extremely important as Drama isn't taught as a discreet subject in most primary schools. During year 7 we then introduce scripted drama, a play called 'Refuge' which explores the themes of refugees, and empathy. We learn about silent movies looking at skills such as mine, facial expression and body language. In addition we explore improvisation and characterisation based on many different starting points. Our final scheme of work is Darkwood Manor where we create drama performances about the mysterious 'Mrs Brown' whilst exploring the genre of horror.

Year 8

During Year 8 drama we then look to the crime and thriller genre with the story of 'Murder in the red barn'. Students must use problem solving skills to discover the clues of what happened. They then make judgments on the characters they encounter and decide their verdict. We also explore a popular play called 'Blood Brother' by Willy Russell. Here we look at themes such as class and opportunities as well as adoption. In turn we also explore vocal skills such as accent. We then move to stage combat and trestle masks. In these lessons students have an opportunity to learn stage and film style non-contact stage combat, as well as the theme of conflict. For the second part of this scheme we teach mask work learning key skills such a clocking the audience and exaggeration. Students then have a choice of assessment option to ensure they reach their full potential. In the later stages of year 8 we come to improvisation where students are actively encouraged to work on their spontaneity and ability to work as a team. A new scheme of work we have created is a live review of Shrek the Musical. The ability to watch and review theatre is a skill covered in the new GCSE. Students will be encouraged to look at not only acting style but lighting, set, sound, costume and staging.

KS4 Drama Curriculum GCSE Qualification

In years 9, 10 and 11 students will create and perform a range of performances over the three year course. This counts for 30% of their overall GCSE grade and two marks will be submitted to the exam board. Students will create devised Drama working from a chosen theme and a range of stimuli., this I worth 10%. This style of Drama is creative and very much student led and allows student freedom. Alongside the practical performance students create a portfolio of evidence to document their process worth 30%. This includes mood boards, scripts, research, mind maps and extended prose. The other performance style is scripted Drama where students will perform two extracts from one published play, this is worth 20%. In addition there is a 40% written exam that occurs at the end of year 11. In this 1 hour 30 minute exam students must consider how they would approach the realisation of the set text DNA. This could ask them to consider their perspective as an actor, director, costume or set designer or lighting or sound technician. Students will also experience live theatre which will inspire their own work and make up the final part of their theory exam through a live review. Drama GCSE can also develop many transferable skills that students can utilize in many areas of their school life and beyond including confidence building, public speaking, team work and effective communication.