Drama and Theatre Studies embraces the world around us, exploring through practical means the way the world works and how we exist within it. The subject allows for endless amounts of creativity and imagination.
At St Augustine Academy, Drama is about discovery: discovering the ways in which theatre can be made, issues and themes explored and characters portrayed. Our students learn practically, developing skills in creating, performing and analysing theatre, team work, time management and organisation. Our Drama and Theatre Studies GCSE course encourages theatre inside and outside the classroom and offers many opportunities for academic learning and extra-curricular development.
KS3 (years 7 & 8)
During years 7 & 8 all students will study Drama. We teach Drama as a discrete subject; all students receive one lesson a week.
We aim to teach students the skills and techniques necessary to create engaging and thought-provoking theatre and characters. Our objective is to educate them in how to develop their vocal and movement skills alongside developing effective rehearsal techniques.
Our overall wish is to develop students’ acting and directing skills whilst progressing their confidence, communication skills and ability to work both as a team member and as a leader. We do this through a range of schemes of work which encourage students to engage with the world around them: this means we cover topics that are historical, political and social. In addition to this, we examine different genres and styles of theatre to broaden students’ knowledge and understanding.
In Year 9 we progress to schemes which are directly linked to the GCSE course. They are designed to prepare students for the rigours of the GCSE, including introducing an extended devised project. In addition to this we aim to develop the more advanced skills of creating and working to a concept, time management, leading rehearsals and directing.
KS4 (years 10 & 11) optional GCSE subject
We follow the AQA Drama syllabus which examines the students’ rehearsal process, their performance skills and their analytical skills. It is divided into 2 parts:
Practical coursework (60%)
• Written exam (40%) covering three discrete areas:
- practical work completed during the course
- study and performance of a scripted play
- study of a live theatre production scene.
- Each year group is given the opportunity to attend a drama club for their age group, where we seek to continue to develop the students’ knowledge of drama and its possibilities. During these drama clubs we work on material that can be performed. Students in year 10 & 11 and above often help lead the clubs to further their knowledge and understanding of theatre.
- We stage a whole school production each year; since 2011 we have performed Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Jack and the Beanstalk, Mother Goose, Night of the Musicals, The Government Inspector, & A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We also produce junior productions and they have included The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. These opportunities allow students of all ages to combine skills of dance, music and drama creating a finished product of which they can be very proud.
Regular Trips and Visitors
All students are exposed to live theatre through regular trips to London and Canterbury / local theatres. GCSE Theatre Studies students make regular trips to see various forms of theatre; two or more within each year of study. These are part of the course and help to expand the students’ understanding of the possibilities of live theatre. Recently we have been lucky enough to see Bouncers, Wicked, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Shrek the Musical, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Visiting practitioners are brought in to run workshops with the group.
Mr Collin - Lead Teacher of Drama - (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mrs Collin - Drama - (email@example.com)