Lessons are based around half termly units that introduce and develop skills in spatial awareness, observation, communication, voice and movement. All students will learn about the basics of drama through games and group activities. They will also understand the origins of storytelling whilst acting out and creating their own scenes. Students will have the chance to gain knowledge of the stage and script work as well as performing roles. There is also significant work on vocal projection and clarity of speech. Students are assessed at half term based on three criteria; creating (devising), performing and evaluating.
Schemes of work
- Introduction to the Performing Arts
- Introduction to Drama Skills
- Introduction to Mime
- Morphing Objects and Improvisation
- Melodrama – Victorian Theatre and Silent Film
Students have half termly units that concentrate on developing the use of movement, voice, performing roles and evaluating their own and others work. Students will be working on individual performances in the monologue unit as well as a varying number of group task units. Students are expected to be developing confidence, communication and evaluative skills to create their own work and recreate plays. Students are assessed half-termly at the end of each unit based on three criteria; creating (devising), performing and evaluating.
- Radio Play (Speech and Drama)
- Using a Script: Our Day Out
- Greek Theatre
Students have half termly units that will develop the use of the voice, musicality and characterisation. Lessons also further enhance performance and evaluating skills alongside preparing students for GCSE Drama. Students can work on a number of varying areas of a performance as performer (acting, singing and dancing) or costume, lighting or set designer. They are expected to be developing in confidence to create, perform and evaluate their own work and provide constructive feedback to others. Students are assessed half-termly at the end of each unit based on three criteria; creating (devising), performing and evaluating.
Schemes of work
- Musical Theatre: West Side Story
- Theatre Practitioners
- Physical Theatre
- Using a Script: Blood Brothers
- Commedia Dell’Arte
- KA Production Team Make-Up Session – Tuesday after school and Thursday lunchtimes in the drama studio. (Patch tests to be performed). Students can create elaborate designs and bring them to life on willing models using our extensive stage hair and make-up collection! GCSE Photography students can also use this as a focus for their project work. This provides an instant ‘Production Team’ for our many school performances.
- Karaoke Club – Tuesday lunchtimes in the drama studio. Open to all years. Students sing classic and modern numbers in front of each other in an intimate environment including dramatic lighting, microphones and smoke effects to create that definitive X Factor style performance!
- Vocal Ensemble Group – Wednesday lunchtimes in the drama studio. Open to all years. Students learn to sing from a professionally trained singing teacher. Techniques for breathing and vocal strengthening exercises are encouraged and accompanied by live music.
- Live Theatre Group – Alternate Thursdays after school in the drama studio. Open to all years. Using our new Digital Theatre Plus online platform, students have the opportunity to watch live theatre streamed from the West End and Broadway. It also includes television and radio plays which are vital to their units of work. This fantastic facility means students can access KS3 and GCSE material easily and quickly and they enjoy this in an intimate cinematic environment with beanbags and popcorn included! Students can also access this at home with their own login.
- Musical Theatre Club – Alternate Thursdays after school in the drama studio. Open to all years. An opportunity for musical theatre enthusiasts to come together to perform excerpts of musicals, both acting and singing. They also have the opportunity to learn choreographed ensemble pieces from musicals.
- Rehearsals – As and when needed on Monday and Friday lunchtimes in the drama studio or PEC. Depending on what production is currently running, there are always opportunities for students to rehearse pieces, GCSE or otherwise at these times. Occasionally, some pieces are chosen to perform in-house during assemblies, at concerts and at outside venues.
- Students will perform in assemblies to their teachers and peers, intimate productions in the Drama Studio with invited audiences and at community events locally.
- A large-scale, full school production/musical annually.
- King Arthur’s students work in conjunction with Wincanton Youth Theatre primarily forming the Youth Production Team which includes lighting, sound technicians, set construction and promotion.