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. During the two years of the course the students undertake four controlled assessment units, perform to a public audiences and complete weekly HW tasks in preparation for the written exam (40%).
At Sixth form level students pursue the AQA Theatre Studies Course and 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 both Year 12 and 13, students are assessed via two written papers and a performance examination. From September 2017, the BTEC Acting Course will replace the A Level.
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.
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.
Any student who is interested in Drama is welcome to participate in after school activities.
This school year, our GCSE Year 10 pupils performed their Scripted Extracts to a live audience in December.
We have Public Performances of our A Level and GCSE work in the Spring Term and our School Show in July.
Please check the portal for up and coming events.
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.