Creative Arts: Drama at Bedale High School
At Bedale High School Drama is studied within a carousel rota at key stage 3 along with Music and Art. Students can then opt for Drama at GCSE in key stage 4.
Drama at Bedale is very popular amongst the students in both key stages. The department prides itself on ensuring that lessons are engaging, challenging and fun, which allow ALL students to achieve.
KS3: Students complete two topics each year. Each topic covers the necessary skills to allow students to move on to study Drama at GCSE level.
KS4: Students have 3 hours of Drama a week in both year 10 and year 11.
Actors Workshops. Through a series of workshops student initially learn about the basic skills of acting (Voice, Movement and Character). There is a particular emphasis on group work during this first topic as group work underpins everything the students will do during their lessons. Students will be given opportunities to share their work as well as learn from watching professional actors. In the second half of the topic students will learn basic techniques needed to explore a theme if Drama or to enhance their own work. These include techniques such as Still Image, Thought Tracking, Narration, Direct address, Flashback and more.
Devising: During this topic students will be able to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding they have learnt from the previous topic to create a meaningful piece of work that they will devise themselves from scratch. This topic will focus on application of skills and techniques and how to document the process from initial stimulus to final performance.
Genre: In the first half of this topic students will learn about the techniques used in the Horror genre, in particular focusing on building tension. Students will also learn about the techniques used in the Tragedy Genre in particular contrasts in emotions. In the second half of the topic students will have the opportunity to apply these techniques to a piece of their own work in the Genre of their choice.
Performing Script: In the first half of this topic student learn the necessary skills needed to bring an extract of script to life. In the second half of the topic students have the opportunity to apply these skills in creating a performance of this extract.
Stanislavski/Realism: During this topic students will learn about the practitioner Stanislavski and The Method. They will be given opportunities to learn about some of his techniques and will be able to apply them throughout to their own work.
Witchcraft: This topic is linked to the GCSE set text The Crucible. Students will use different techniques to explore the theme, in particular the social and historical context of Witchcraft.
KS4: Students study AQA GCSE Drama. They have 3 hours a week in both year 10 and year 11. The course is made up of three components:
1) Understanding Theatre (written paper)
2) Devising theatre
3) Texts in practice
During year 10 students will develop the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding for all components of the course. They will do practise assessments in each are throughout the year. No assessments will be completed for the GCSE examination during year 10.
During year 11 students will complete all assessments for examination.
All students are formerly assessed at the beginning of each topic. This is classed as an entry grade. Students are then formerly assessed at the end of the topic. This is classed as an exit grade. Formative assessments are completed throughout the topics and student are given written feedback in the form of progress reports.
Students in year 10 complete mocks in all components of the course including the written paper. All examinations take place in year 11.
Homework in KS3 is set out in a booklet at the beginning of each topic and consists of ongoing tasks relating to the wider context of Drama. In KS4 homework is set weekly and recorded on Show My Homework.
Bedale is host to Studio 53 which is a performing arts company set up by the students and led by the students. Students write and direct their own work as well as that of published playwrights. They also host the annual Christmas student staff production and the summer Bedale’s Rising Stars community talent show.
Alternating each year the school takes part in Rock Challenge (a national Dance/Drama competition) and a Whole School Production.