Drama in Year 9

Year 9 is the start of the Key Stage 4 Drama experience with students engaging in work that will ultimately prepare them for their final exam. Key exam texts, such as Blood Brothers, are practically explored and performed, and where possible students attend a live performance as an audience member to see how the text can be realised on stage. Students also learn how to devise original and powerful drama of their own, exploring themes and issues that relate to their experiences. Students are then introduced to key practitioners of drama, such as Stanislavski, Brecht & Frantic Assembly before ending the year with a polished piece, performed to parents as part of a Year 9 Performing Arts Showcase. This is an exciting year for drama as Students will be required to bring all their skills learnt across key Stage 3 in order to prepare full scenes for performance, conveying detailed characterisation and displaying exceptional dramatic technique.

DRAMA in Year 10

OCR GCSE Drama/BTEC Level 2 Performing Arts

In Year 10 students explore the different components that make up the specific qualification and have an opportunity to experiment with style and form as well as exploring a wide range of play texts, themes and stagecraft techniques. Group work is essential at this stage, as students not only become inspired by others but also strengthen social skills and develop positive working relationships.

By term 4 of Year 10, having gained a range of dramatic experiences, Students begin to prepare for the demands of exams by completing mock components or units. This enables the students to understand the requirements of each one and develop their practical and written application ahead of year 11. They also attend a trip to a live performance and have an opportunity to develop their written evaluation skills.

Drama in Year 11

OCR GCSE Drama/BTEC Level 2 Performing Arts

By Year 11, students are able to focus independently on their own creative intentions and develop both scripted and devised work using the wealth of knowledge and experience gained throughout Key Stage 4. Students are encouraged to incorporate a range of stylistic influences to their work and create detailed and engaging characters with considered and believable relationships. They take part in technique workshops to improve Vocal & Movement skills and are encouraged to rehearse and perfect work outside of the set lesson time. KS4 is an exciting time for our budding performers as the course offers a range of possibilities to improve and develop students as actors and drama students whilst providing them with excellent options to continue studies into KS5.

Head of Department: Mrs J Ede

Head of Department: Mrs J Ede

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Rushden Academy

Rushden Academy

01933 350391


KS3 Head of Years

Head of Year 7 - Mrs K Monkman

Head of Year 8 - Mr C Smith

KS4 Head of Years

Head of Year 9 - Mrs S Finney

Head of Year 10 - Mr S Harris

Head of Year 11 - Mrs A Gurnham

KS5 Head of Year

Head of Year 12 & 13 - Mr P Chapman

Deputy Head of Year 12 & 13 - Mrs A Owen

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Rushden Academy

Hayway, Rushden, Northamptonshire. NN10 6AG
Tel: 01933 350391
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