Year 9 is a valuable time for pupils in all subjects with GCSE choices fast approaching. Drama covers some of the main topics that are studied at GCSE level, should pupils wish to continue their creative studies in Year 10 and 11. The two most important aims of the course are:
Consolidation of drama knowledge, performance skills and confidence building, as well as performing in school production performances, musicals, serious plays and form assemblies.
Foundation for pupils to move forward with confidence towards the GCSE AQA drama syllabus.
- To understand the importance of the terms explore, create and perform.
- To investigate stagecraft and understand ‘the stage’.
- To explore performance/confidence through class paired/group work.
- To explore character development; effect-arc and physical.
- To study aspects of narrative structure; intention-conflict and plot.
- To understand audience awareness; impact-staging and tension.
- To develop the art of improvisation in drama.
The Year 9 syllabus covers:
- Acting performance skills – in a range of dramatic genres
- Stagecraft and drama vocabulary
- Script writing and analysis
- Devised drama
- Mask work