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Introduction

The Drama Department at Queen Katharine Academy is part of the Performing Arts faculty and is committed to providing every student with a range of life long experiences. Drama provides essential life skills such as working as part of a team and developing self-confidence and concentration. It stretches your intellectual ability, challenges the way that you view the world and increases your capacity to communicate ideas.  Drama is taught in one of three purpose built studios equipped with sound and lighting facilities.

The aim of the Drama Department at Queen Katharine Academy is to encourage and develop:

 

  • Student’s enjoyment and participation in engaging drama
  • Sensitivity, creativity and confidence
  • An awareness of moral, social, spiritual and cultural change
  • An understanding of Drama forms and techniques
  • Student's awareness of the technical aspects of Drama including sound, lighting and staging
  • An understanding of the importance of team work
  • Constructive evaluations of their own work and that of others
  • To offer a range of extra-curricular opportunities
  • Prepare students for further study of Drama and the Performing Arts

 

students Acting

Key Stage Three

Students in Years 7 and 8 all study Drama for one 50 minute lesson each week. The Drama curriculum focuses on developing students confidence and teamwork skills, introducing students to developing their own devised performances, issue based Drama and developing performance work from scripts.

Links to useful websites for KS3

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/english/speaking_listening/drama/revision/1/

Year 9

Students in Year 9 have the option of studying drama for one double lesson each week.  This option provides a foundation for those students that will go on to choose to study the Level 2 BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts for one of their KS4 options.  In Year 9 students will explore a range of dramatic styles and techniques.  They will also explore existing written scripts as well as devising their own performance work.

Key Stage Four

At Key Stage 4 students have the option of studying Pearson Level 2 Tech Award Performing Arts. This course provides students with the opportunity to develop their understanding of a variety of drama practitioners, practically explore a script and devise their own performance as well as evaluate live pieces of theatre.

Links to useful websites for KS4

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/btec-tec-awards/performing-arts/2017/specification-and-sample-assessments/9781446939628_BTEC_L1L2_AWD_PA_SPEC.pdf

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Key Stage Five

In Post 16 students have the option of studying:

Year 12

Pearson Level 3 Certificate Performing Arts - which is the equivalent to half an A Level.

Links to useful websites for Year 12

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/BTEC-Nationals/Performing-Arts/20161/specification-and-sample-assessments/9781446938348_BTEC_Nat_Cert_PA_Spec_Iss2C.pdf

Year 13

Pearson Level 3 Extended Certificate Performing Arts - which is the equivalent one full A Level.

Links to useful websites for Year 13

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/BTEC-Nationals/Performing-Arts/20161/specification-and-sample-assessments/9781446938362_BTEC_Nat_ExtCert_PA_Spec_Iss2C.pdf

 

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