“The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create.”
–President Barack Obama
Key Stage 3
Providing a creative outlet for students is vital to an inclusive education. At John Smeaton Academy we recognize the importance of using the study of Drama to encourage students to become creative and independent learners. We are passionate about ‘Arts for All’. Our aim is to engage, inspire and empower our students, encouraging all to develop their creativity and nurture an appreciation of the Arts and the world around them.
In Year 7 students study Drama one hour a week, allowing them a taster for the subject. The focus is to allow students to build up the basic skills that they will need in order to study the subject further. We also encourage students to build up confidence and to form positive, supportive learning relationships with their peers.
In Year 8 students can choose Drama as an option which looks to develop and cultivate the skills that were introduced in Yr7. Students have 3 dedicated sessions a week and the course content gives the opportunity for students to experience the role of the actor, writer and director through the study of various themes and texts.
Key Stage 4
In Year 9 students learn essential skills through the study of various themes, and are encouraged and taught to become independent learners. The course encourages not only the development of practical skills but also many transferable skills, such as self-management, reflection, deliberation, etc…
In years 10 & 11 students have the option of continuing Drama at BTEC level, following the EDEXCEL BTEC specification. There are 3 units within this course where students apply and develop the skills that were covered at KS3.
The Units focus on the following areas of study:
Unit 1: Individual Showcase
Focuses on how can you make sure that you present yourself in the best light to potential employers when employment or training opportunities arise.
This unit covers what to include in a letter of application and how to prepare audition
pieces or presentations that demonstrate your relevant skills and knowledge.
Unit 2: Preparation, Production and Performance.
Focuses on how to develop a performance piece as a member of a
fictional performance company. Students will take on a specific performing or production
role and will prepare for, and produce, a performance by carrying out tasks that are
appropriate to the role.
Unit 3: Acting Skills
Focuses on introducing students to important acting skills and learning about the specific demands that acting makes on the body and mind. In particular, students will undertake a programme of regular exercises to help master the techniques that will enable
you to control and use your voice and body to communicate a character or role. As
well as physical skills, you will need to use your imagination to create characters or
roles. This unit will, therefore, also help you to hone your mental skills.