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All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players – William Shakespeare
The Drama department aims to develop every student’s knowledge and understanding of key performance skills and to introduce students to a range of theatre practitioners and play texts in both a practical and analytical context.
We create an atmosphere that enables students to share their creative ideas as individuals and be able to work collaboratively. Through Drama, students develop social skills such as communication, confidence and co-operation no matter their ability or previous acting experience.
At Harris Academy Rainham we feel passionately that every student should have the opportunity to perform in a whole school production whether this be on stage or behind the scenes. The school production takes place every year in December. We aim to make this a professional experience for everyone involved. This includes students applying and auditioning for a role, attending weekly rehearsals, half term and Saturday rehearsals.
During production week the cast will perform a full dress rehearsal to local primary schools, and have the opportunity of professional hair and make up on the night of the show as well as a range of costume, set and props. We encourage students to apply for backstage roles or help in the art department with the scenery.
If you would like more information on Drama at Harris Academy Rainham, or our current or previous productions, please email Mrs N Rowell at N.Rowell@harrisrainham.org.uk
Year 7 & 8
Our Year 7 and 8 drama lessons currently run on a 'carousel' which means that each child will participate in Drama for one term during Year 7 and one term during Year 8. Year 7 begins with an introduction to the key drama skills such as freeze frames, narration, thought-tracking and hot-seating. These skills are then developed in Year 8 as the topics become more challenging. Students are introduced to devising theatre, physical theatre, script work and various styles of theatre. These areas form the three main strands at GCSE drama and equip students with the skills to further their knowledge should they wish to do so.
In Year 9 we focus on the three core units at the heart of GCSE Drama: devising theatre; performing from a text; and interpreting theatre. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of how each unit of the exam will run and knowledge of exam criteria and what is expected in order to reach target grades. Student begin Year 9 with an individual monologue assessment, they will then explore practitioners and genres such as Theatre in Education, Forum Theatre and Stanislavski. Students will explore Mark Wheelers Missing Dan Nolan and end Year 9 with a written exam in line with GCSE written paper.
Year 10 & 11
GCSE Drama helps students to develop subject knowledge, understanding and skills, through performing, evaluating and understanding live theatre. The current exam board studied is Eduqas, part of WJEC Drama.
The course is taught over two years and is split into three components:
- Component 1 – Devising Theatre (40% of course and includes both a practical and written assessment)
- Component 2 – Practical exam (20% of course and performed in pairs to a visiting examiner)
- Component 3 – Written exam (40% of course and based on a play text students will explore practically in lessons in preparation to explore the text fully)
During the study of these three units students are expected to work collaboratively in groups, complete individual research and complete written work and homework outside of lessons. In addition, students must be able to learn lines from a script and perform to the class and an examiner. Finally extra reading of plays, revision and research is needed in order to complete the final written paper. All of these skills are practised and embedded from Year 7.
Course requirements and additional information
Students are advised to attend extra drama classes outside of school or participate in extracurricular drama activities. It is a requirement at GCSE that students will need to spend time rehearsing performances outside of lessons and attend various theatre trips and workshops throughout the two years.
For more information on the GCSE course and to download the specification and all course material please visit: https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/drama-and-theatre/gcse/