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20/09/17

Thank you to our Y11 Parents and Carers who attended tonight's information evening. Your support is much appreciated.

15/09/17

Retweeted From Jon Chaloner

Great to have visited & have 1st Strategy meeting for !

14/09/17

Lovely to welcome so many prospective parents and students to our Open Evening. We hope you enjoyed your visit! https://t.co/UmObZpDvhQ

14/09/17

The hall is all set for Open Evening 2017! https://t.co/SKa3peIVUA

14/09/17

Looking forward to our Open Evening today. Presentations at 5:45pm and 6:45pm. https://t.co/kr54HJS68A

13/09/17

We are looking forward to hosting prospective parents/carers at our Open Evening tomorrow night. HT presentations at 5:45pm and 6:45pm.

12/09/17

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Great effort from the boys U15 rugby team, who narrowly lost 43-33 in a thriller against 🏉 https://t.co/j60DxrAF7M

08/09/17

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Extra-Curricular Clubs start on Monday ! Improve your skills, make new friends & have fun! 💪🏻 https://t.co/4LatIrYK7O

08/09/17

Fantastic input from students helping to assess the quality of our catering bids. https://t.co/Dpffv6IHNP

06/09/17

Thank you to our Y9 parents/carers for attending tonight's information evening. As ever, your support is much valued and appreciated.

25/08/17

...and after. The less than welcoming blue fence has gone! https://t.co/G4OZV7uHHR

25/08/17

Before.... https://t.co/GkEyWH36Mp

24/08/17

Thank you to staff, parents/careers and governors for their support in ensuring y11 students achieved so well this year.

24/08/17

Congratulations to our Head Boy and Head Girl on achieving a fantastic set of GCSE results https://t.co/ogHOTK3s7L

24/08/17

Congratulations to our Y11 students who achieved so well in their GCSE exams. Excellent grades but more importantly fantastic young people!

21/07/17

Wishing all members of the school community a safe, happy and restful summer break. See you in September!

19/07/17

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

We've just achieved a Silver ! Thank you to staff, students & coaches for supporting School Games https://t.co/G4TRBERBzS

19/07/17

Lovely to welcome so many parents/carers to our Y9 celebration assembly this morning. Thank you for your support.

18/07/17

Great work from the Student Review Team today who shared their ideas on school improvement with Mr Garner. https://t.co/GTz9vEI8O7

18/07/17

Great feedback given to Mr Garner by the Student Review Team today. https://t.co/Y5MDWyflQz

 

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 musical production in collaboration with the Music department. 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 and Seussical the Musical.

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 one 1 hour lesson per week. Drama is 90% 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 and confidence building. We cover a range of themes and topics to give a broad experience of both technical drama and issue based work. For the Year 7 Drama curriculum it is important for students and parents/carers to know that we start all students on a level 1c and build skills from the beginning. This is due to the range of drama teaching in primary schools from none to Drama being taught as a discreet subject. This way every student has the opportunity to access the Drama curriculum and fulfil their individual potential. Students are assessed on these skills in Drama Creating, Performing and Evaluating.

Our Key stage 3 schemes of work a re below:

 Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Theatre Skills 1

Blood Brothers (Scripted)

Theatre Skills 4

Theatre Skills 2

Stage combat and Masks

Devised Drama/T.I.E

Oliver

The Island

Shock Theatre/ Sweeney Todd

Scripted Drama (Refuge)

Physical Theatre

Commedia D’ell arte

Silent Movies

Murder in the Red Barn

Mugged (Scripted drama)

Darkwood Manor

Improvisation

Comedy Improvisation

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. In the second term, we look at Oliver! with a focus on characterisation. We then introduce scripted drama, a play called Refuge’ which explore the themes of refugees, and empathy. In the summer term we learn about silent movies looking at skills such as mine, facial expression and body language. 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

We start Year 8 drama exploring 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 the autumn term 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. The island is a series of lessons looking at the concept of survival in a different environment. We use the text stimuli ‘Lord of the Flies’ as a starting point to spark the student’s imagination. Exposure to different culture is a vital part of Drama education, in physical theatre we look at how we can use our bodies to tell a story. We use a range of starting points including how different cultures believe the world began. This style of drama demands physical expression with very little spoken word. 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. Finally, we come to improvisation where students are actively encouraged to work on their spontaneity and ability to work as a team.

Year 9

Theatre skills 4 is a new addition to Year 9 Drama. This change came from student voice interviews, where students showed a real interest in developing these skills. Here we extend the students repertoire and combine stage combat with characterisation to create effective performances. Our second scheme is devising and theatre in education. This has strong links with the GCSE drama specification. Students are encouraged to create drama around a specific theme that interests them. Again choice is an important element to ensure students relate to their curriculum. Shock theatre and the story of Sweeney Todd is explored in the spring half term. Here we look at creating atmosphere and the important of using techniques which actively include the audience. Commedia D’ell Arte looks at a historical style of drama, using stock characters and exaggeration. This links closely to our Christmas pantomime tradition. Mugged is our scripted option exploring the life of 6 teenagers where one day changes their lives forever. Mugged explores perception and the power of the media. Our final scheme is comedy improvisation where we explore different styles of comedy and how to create comedic performances

KS4 Drama Curriculum GCSE Qualification

In years 10 and 11 students choosing Drama will receive three 1 hour lessons per week. Students will create and perform at least four main performances over the two year course. This counts for 60% 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 style of Drama is creative and very much student led and allows student freedom as only 20% of the work has to be pre-published material. The other performance style is scripted Drama where students will read and interpret a whole play and then perform extracts from it. 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 reflect on their own acting, analysing the process of rehearsal and evaluating their final performance. Students will also experience live theatre which will inspire their own work and showcase theatre and drama outside a classroom environment. 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.

Year 10

In Year 10, students choosing Drama will receive three 1 hour lessons per week. Students will create and perform at least two main performances in their first year. This counts for 30% of their overall GCSE grade. Their first performance is Devised Thematic based around a theme. This changes each year but some examples include journeys and discrimination. This style of Drama is creative and very much student led and allows student freedom as only 20% of the work has to be pre-published material. The other performance style is scripted Drama where students will read and interpret a whole play and then perform extracts from it to an audience.

There is a 40% written exam that occurs at the end of year 11. In this 1 hour 30 minute exam students must reflect on their own acting, analysing the process of rehearsal and evaluating their final performance. Student will be working on mock papers in year 10 to practice the key exam skills needed to be successful. Students will also experience live theatre which will inspire their own work and showcase theatre and drama outside a classroom environment. 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.

Year 11

In Year 11, students continue to create performances worth 30% of their overall grade. Year 11 is a time for fine tuning. Students have the chance to improve on their practical grades from year 10. Using the feedback and marking received from staff students approach a new devised thematic, and a scripted performance of ‘Blue Remembered Hills’ by Dennis Potter. One major difference from year 10 is their final performance is moderated by AQA in March of year 11. This is a very important performance as students need to show consistency in their acting skills to maintain their practical grades. Alongside the practical assessments students are honing their exam techniques for the 40% theory paper. From March of year 11 our focus shifts entirely to this section of the GCSE, to ensure students are equipped and ready for their exam in May. Students will continue to experience live theatre shows to inspire their own work. The AQA GCSE drama is well known for being the most academic of all the exam boards, meaning there is an excellent transfer to further education such as A Level Theatre Studies.