The Drama Department at Parklands aims to develop individuality; to encourage students to think and express themselves with flair and confidence and to encourage tolerance and understanding. Students are given opportunities through practical role-play and written drama activities to experience the world around them and begin to appreciate situations from more than one perspective. Through drama, we encourage students to question and challenge their perception of the world and develop the soft skills employers seek:
Confidence & Communication - A command over their vocal and physical skills to allow them to approach a wide range of public speaking with confidence
Concentration - Working on intricate projects over extended periods of time
Empathy & sensitivity - Understanding the viewpoints and emotions of a range of characters
Co-operation & team-work skills - Getting the best out of each other when striving towards a common goal
Commitment & self-discipline - Encouraged and helped to excel when challenged, developing resilience and grit
Creativity - An understanding of the benefits of participation in the arts, performance and creativity during their time with us at Parklands and throughout their lives.
- Evaluation & appreciation - An appreciation of the ways in which playwrights achieve their effects and communicate their intentions to an audience and an ability to evaluate their own and others’ work.
Programmes of Study
Our Programmes of Study are continually being developed to cater for the changing needs of the curriculum. The link below shows an overview of the Drama Curriculum for the academic year 2017-18.
Access an overview here.
Digital Theatre Plus
As part of the GCSE programme of study, pupils must learn to evaluate professional productions. To give them greater access to a range of performances pupils will be given a login to Digital Theatre Plus
This is a fantastic resource with online access to hundreds of plays and performances
High standards are expected from pupils at all times in terms of both work and behaviour for learning. Pupils are expected to work autonomously, independently and most importantly as a team. Teaching will aim to be innovative and will use a variety of teaching methods in order to suit all learning styles in the classroom.
Pupils are expected to maintain high quality written and practical work in Drama and will be expected to present work that demonstrates that a full commitment has been given to each task. We recognise that for some pupils the thought of performing in front of their peers can be daunting and we always support students in building their self-esteem and confidence. We do not expect all students to be highly accomplished actors but we do expect and will guide each and every student to make progress in their communication skills.
Outside of the classroom pupils are expected to complete homework at the request of the teacher. This will generally be on a fortnightly basis in KS3 and will take a variety of forms. All homework is available for pupils, parents and staff to access via Google Classroom. Failure to complete homework will result in pupils being given a first warning, followed by subsequent detentions if pupils fail to submit further pieces of work.
Marking and Assessment
Please access the link to our current Assessment Policy.
Students can opt to begin a GCSE course in Year 9 where they will work towards the AQA GCSE Drama qualification. Students complete three components:
Understanding Drama - Assessed in a written exam in Year 11 (40%)
Devising Drama - Assessed through a devising log and performance (40%)
Texts in Practice - Assessed in performance by a visiting examiner in Year 11(20%)
Here is a link to the AQA website for further information regarding the content of the course.
Miss K Gray - Curriculum Leader for Drama
Mr Melling - Teacher of Drama & English
Miss N Greaves - Teacher of Drama & Physical Education
Miss Patel - Teacher of Drama & English
Weekly Key Stage 3 Drama Club led by Drama Ambassadors
Annual drama production, performed to the public
Theatre trips for KS4 pupils
How parents can support their children
The Drama department values the support and cooperation of parents in ensuring pupils attend school on time and ready to learn, complete classwork and homework to the highest possible standard and in meeting the standards required in the school behaviour policy.
The greatest way to support your child in their study of drama is through encouraging their participation and exposure to it. Students benefit greatly from experiencing live theatre whether amateur or professional and we encourage all of our students to visit the theatre as often as possible.
At GCSE we greatly appreciate parents supporting their child in preparation for examination practical work in ways such as: through running lines; supporting extra commitment given to additional rehearsals and sourcing props and costumes.
Because team-work is integral to success, the best way for your child to succeed is to encourage excellent attendance at all times, especially during practical examination rehearsal periods.