Drama is a popular subject at Great Baddow and is studied at KS3, 4 and 5. At KS3, students follow a curriculum which is designed not only to develop communication skills, acting skills and evaluative skills, but also key “people skills” such as empathy and concern for others. The emphasis is on practical work although there are literacy elements to the course. Students are assessed by their teacher on a termly basis.
The courses we run
There are currently two GCSE groups following the AQA GCSE Drama course. Although at this level there is a greater emphasis on performance skills, the course is structured in such a way that social skills are still a key element. There are three components which form the assessments; Component 1 is a written exam, Component Two a devising exam and Component Three is a performance exam of 2 scripted extracts. Alongside this, there is a log book too.
Students also learn about the influence on theatre from key practitioners such as Stanislavski, Artaud and Berkoff. They also study Ibsen, Wilde and more modern dramatists. In Year 12, we offer a BTEC Extended Certificate, Level 3. This vocational course is practically based, with students studying two units per year. This is the perfect course for pupils wanting to pursue an acting career or study Drama at University.
Great Baddow students are provided with many opportunities to visit theatres. This academic year, the students have been taken to see the following productions (2016-17):
Things I know to be True (Frantic Assembly), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, The Woman in Black, Blood Brothers, Frankenstein and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.
We have also had professional actors and theatre companies in to run workshops with KS4 & 5 pupils at several intervals through-out the year and we work collaboratively with other Chelmsford Schools on projects and new initiatives..
Extra Curricular Drama
The GBHS Drama department prides itself on its extra-curricular work.
In Summer 2017, pupils performed Baz Lurhman’s Romeo and Juliet. to a sell-out audience.
This year, there was a Year 7 & 8 production of Aladdin in January 2018.
We have an Acting Elites club specifically for Year 9 every Wednesday All years are given the opportunity to perform, either in a club or to showcase their exam work.
Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Links in Drama
Drama lends itself well to exploring issues linked to British Values and cross-cultural topics.
We cover a range of units at KS3, linking to Peer Pressure (what is morally ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ in certain situations), Gang Culture in the UK and other countries, the class divide (with reference to the Titanic) and allow pupils to discuss Teenage Issues such as Body Image, Anxiety, Cyber Bullying and Stress.
Pupils have to learn to work together in Drama, co-operate, negotiate and listen to others - key transferable skills.