DRAMA DEPARTMENT Staff
|Miss A McKenzie||Subject Leader of Drama|
|Mrs R Oakley||Teacher of English and Drama|
|Miss A Waters||Teacher of Drama and English|
Department Philosophy and Aims
The Drama department aims to create enthusiastic and confident learners who have an understanding and appreciation of the possibilities of drama and theatre. The study of Drama as an art form develops students' social, emotional, physical and intellectual capacities. Due to its creative nature, Drama provides a means of expression and communication distinct from other art forms. Students learn how to work collaboratively as a team, as well as to use their initiative to work independently and we ensure that the drama skills needed to be successful in examinations are embedded in KS3
Our focus is to allow our students to watch and engage with as much theatre as possible. There are multiple theatre trips planned for all year groups and we have access to live theatre through a digital platform (Digital Theatre). Our philosophy is to expose our drama students to a wide range of drama practitioners so that their devised work is always of an exceptionally high standard.
Our GCSE and A Level courses enable students to study a wide range of plays and we aim to allow students to make their own choices when it comes to choosing plays to perform monologues, duologues and group pieces for GCSE and A Level. This approach allows them to read widely and choose an extract that is exclusive to them. The Drama teachers at The John Wallis Academy are also English specialists so when studying plays for written examinations we have a team of experienced teachers who are able to confidently explore the world of the play.
There are opportunities for students to study design roles in theatre such as lighting, set and costume design and can choose to become a designer on the GCSE and A level courses. We are a team of drama specialists that strive for excellence and as a result our students are able to achieve some of the best results in the school.
We deliver our broad curriculum using a variety of resources that aim to suit all learning styles. Students also have access to two purpose built drama studios.
Students study Drama for 1 hour once a week in both Years 7 and 8. The emphasis on the curriculum within years 7 and 8 is on creative and theatrical skills. The course focuses on developing practical skills and verbal analytical skills. The curriculum is also designed to build confidence, to extend communication skills, to stimulate the imagination and to develop an awareness of the needs of others, as well as oneself. The schemes of work provide opportunities for students to develop skills of resilience, decision – making, planning, organising and the vital ability to work meaningfully with others. Within these two years students will study both scripted and devised performances in preparation for further study at GCSE. Students will also study issue based drama as well as styles of drama.