Drama is an exciting and liberating subject in its own right, as well as being a tool to help students develop key skills such as self-confidence, communication skills, listening skills, co-operation, concentration and self-control.
For Years 7, 8 and 9, schemes of work are diverse and innovating by encompassing Drama skills and techniques, issue-based drama, design projects, drama genres, physical theatre, Shakespeare and stimulus work.
The Year 7 teaching programme includes Skills and Techniques, Improvisation, Pantomime, Scriptwriting and Storytelling. Our main aim is to make the students feel like they are in a safe environment where they feel able to express their ideas and opinions through practical and written work. They are given ownership of their work by being allowed to explore their imagination within a given context and a focused structure.
In Year 8 we look more closely at Mask Work, Characterisation and Scripts. This is combined with further work on Drama genres, such as Physical Theatre and Shakespeare. In this way, we are able to develop students’ practical ability as well as their theoretical knowledge of the subject.
The work covered in Years 7 and 8 prepares students for Year 9; where they are given the opportunity to create their own devised Drama pieces, as well as interpret a range of different scripts. The students are given the opportunity to respond to issues, past and present events, poems and newspaper articles and are encouraged to encompass the skills, techniques and performance styles learnt in Years 7 and 8 to create original pieces of theatre.
In Years 10 and 11, pupils study the OCR GCSE in Drama (where their knowledge of interpreting scripts and devising drama proves invaluable), and last year we started the new OCR A-level specification of Drama & Theatre Studies for Year 12 students. Students leave William Hulme’s Grammar school as rounded dramatists who have the ability to analyse, create, perform, evaluate and review Drama to a high standard.
Aside from the curriculum, we have a Lower School Drama Club (Years 7-9), where students work towards public and assembly performances, and an Upper School Drama Club (Years 10 and 11).
Drama is a popular and enjoyable subject at William Hulme’s Grammar School. It gives students the opportunity to learn skills which prepare them for work, leisure and, most importantly, for life.
Unit 1: Devising Drama 30% Year 10
You will explore a stimulus provided by the exam board.
This is your chance to be creative within a group whilst making your own devised drama based on your exploration.
You will get the opportunity to work as either performers or designers creating a portfolio and a final performance.
Unit 2: Presenting and Performing Texts 30% Year 11
You will explore a text and perform two scenes to a visiting examiner.
You will get the opportunity to either work as a performer or designer, completing a pro forma and a final performance showcase.
Unit 3: Written Exam 40% Year 11
You will get the opportunity to go and see live theatre and explore a performance text in depth for this section of the course.
Careers in Drama:
- Sound Engineer
- Arts Administration
- TV / Radio Producer
- Drama Teacher
- Theatre Actor
- Creative arts teacher
- TV / Radio Presenter
- Drama Therapist
- Events Manager
- Makeup Artist
- Camera Operator
- Festival Organiser
- Stage Manager
- Film and video director
- Special effects creator
- Theatre set designer
We currently have a KS3 Drama Club, which is led by Miss Rhead every Wednesday after school. In Drama Club we have lots of fun playing games, devising our own scenes and also working with scripts. We look at developing skills which will be needed at GCSE level to give KS3 a taste of what it’s like.
We also do our annual school show! Auditions are open to all year groups. We usually begin working on our school show in July / September and perform around November time. This is a great way to make new friends and have lots of fun!