Drama

Moon Hall College Drama

Drama

To broaden our students’ experiences we regularly make trips to the theatre both at KS3 and KS4 having recently seen The 39 Steps, The Play That Goes Wrong, War Horse and Matilda. In addition the school puts on an annual production in the Autumn Term

Key Stage 3

Drama at Key Stage 3 concentrates on developing student’s confidence, communication skills and self-esteem through a cross curricular programme with strong links to English, PSHE, Science and History. For example students will study the events of the 2nd World War, Homelessness, The Digestive System and The Origins of the Fairy-tale, amongst others, throughout their time in KS3. At the same time they will learn about the language of Drama and be encouraged to think about their ability to work in a team, listen to others and cooperate. They will have the opportunity to think about the practical and technical skills required in the theatre such as lighting, sound, costume and set design with practical projects interwoven into their studies.

Key Stage 4 – BTEC Technical Award Performing Arts

We follow the EdExcel/Pearson BTEC First Award in Performing Arts where students take what they have learnt and apply it to coursework and performance.

Students will have to respond to three different components within the course examining how they develop their practical skills, looking at the way different practioners developed theories of drama, devising their own work and recording their own progress and development. These components are assessed both internally and externally and all work is verified by a moderator who agrees the final level.

Students are awarded a pass, merit, distinction or distinction star at Level 2 which is equivalent to a level 4-9 at GCSE. Within the course students can takes options in acting, dance or musical theatre and can also explore the role of lighting, set and sound designers as well as costume and make up.

In previous years, Years 10 and 11, our two senior years, visited New York for a long weekend which included going to a Broadway show, going back stage and having some lessons at a theatre school.