Mr P Donoghue
The curriculum intent of the Drama Department actively supports the overall aims and vision for the whole school’s curriculum. Drama at The Mandeville School strives to support our students in developing into well-rounded individuals and supply them with the procedural knowledge and skills necessary to feel confident in expressing their feelings and thoughts on a range of social issues (both current and historical) as well as their ability to communicate clearly and effectively in a public setting.
In both Year 7 and Year 8, we focus on developing the foundational knowledge and skills in theatre and performance which includes allowing student to practice vocal and physical skills, develop their knowledge of key dramatic practitioners and express their creativity through devising their own performances.
In Year 9, this foundation is built upon in an explorative year where they are given the chance to select from a range of optional modules – allowing them to shape their curriculum according to their own interests. Through this, we strive to develop within our drama students a level of independence and a passion for the subject that will enable them to build on their confidence and show them what the creative arts has to offer them beyond the classroom environment.
By the end of Year 11, students will be given the opportunity to:
● Complete at least one 20-minute original performance piece, giving them the chance to express their own creative voice and explore a number of professional roles with the theatre industry
● Study and perform a play text of their choice, allowing them to engage with subject matter and/or social issues that interest them personally and explore them in a dramatic context
● See a number of professional theatre productions, encouraging them to see the relevance of the creative arts in modern society
● Develop theatre design skills such as light, sound or costume design, allowing them to develop a range of creative skills outside of acting.
Outside of the curriculum, The Mandeville School also has a weekly Drama Club which aims to put on one or two productions a year. This is designed and run with the intention of giving students the chance to have fun and express themselves without pressure. During productions, we give students opportunities to get involved in all aspects of theatre production - from acting to back-stage crew – to enable students of differing levels of confidence to feel involved and a part of the wider school community.
We are also striving to allow GCSE students to present productions of their final performances to friends and family to give them the chance to share the results of their hard work as well as give them a sense of what it is like to perform in a more formal context.
Overall, it is our aim as a department to encourage our students to be critical, free-thinking and expressive individuals who feel that they can openly and maturely express their thoughts and feelings in a safe environment. We aspire for our drama students to become resilient and determined risk-takers who are confident enough to try new things, seek challenges and who have developed a range of communication skills that will enable them to feel better prepared for live beyond school, regardless of where their future path might take them.
Here you can find the curriculum maps for Drama for the academic year 2019-20. This is subject to change as we move through the year, especially the Year 11 section. As we approach the final exams the topics revised will be based on the needs of the students and therefore cannot be set at this stage.
Key Stage 3
- Circus and mime
- Introduction to comedy
- Shakespeare and voice
- Stanislavski (parts 1 & 2)
- Adapting prose into plays
- Face and mark (parts 1 & 2)
- Brecht and status
- Devising theatre (parts 1 & 2)
- Analysis of Shakespearean villains
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 5
Not currently available.
All information is subject to change
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