Drama enables pupils to explore, develop and express ideas and concepts which will help them make sense of reality. It is a life skill and a creative art form. It helps pupils develop their ability to use voice, movement, gesture and facial expression, in acting, mime, dance drama and improvisation. They can express and manage their thoughts and feelings – shared and experienced – while working in a safe and controlled environment. The development of these skills encourages self-confidence and self-awareness. It promotes the development of the individual in a group context: roles and ideas are negotiated, problems solved and decisions made together. Drama often leads to performance for a wider audience.
Mrs J Kerr (Head of Drama)
Mrs C Hughes
Mrs S McQuilkin
Mr A Campbell
Key Stage 3
All pupils at KS3 receive one hour of drama over the two week timetable. Pupils are assessed using drama levels, which are displayed in the drama suite. Each pupil will be given a ‘Drama Diary’ at the beginning of the year. This diary is a booklet containing feedback, assessments and details of each workshop. There are detailed schemes of work for each key stage which promote and encourage a wide range of teaching and learning styles. Schemes of work incorporate both practical and written activities, with weekly homework tasks to help reinforce pupil learning.
Year 8: Ghosts, Myths and Legends
Year 9: Power and Class
Year 10: Skills and Scripts
At Cross and Passion College we use CCEA GCSE Drama Specification in which we have had huge success over the last number of years. Students will complete two controlled assessment activities, each worth 30 % of their total GCSE. Controlled assessment tasks are based on either Dance Drama or Devised. Pupils must completed a compulsory element which is a scripted performance. At the end of year 12 pupils will sit a written paper worth 40% based on their scripted performance and the play 'Blood Brothers.'
At Post 16 we offer AS and A2 Drama and Theatre Studies from Edexcel. Over the last number of years our A-level classes have risen in numbers and success!
- At AS level pupils study two plays through a series of practical workshops. They also have to perform a monologue and a group scripted performance.
The AS course is 60% practical based and 40% coursework.
- At A2 pupils study 'Dr Faustus' which is assessed through a written examination. This module is 60% of their A2 course.
Pupils also have the opportunity to devise a piece of theatre as a group. This performance must be performed in front of a live audience and along with coursework is worth 40%.
Every second year the school produces a whole school musical production, which has had huge success over the last number of years. All pupils are welcome to audition and all pupils who express an interest get a part in the production, from acting on the stage or helping behind the scenes.
- Wizard of Oz
- Little Shop of Horrors