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At Meopham School we believe that drama plays a major role in the development of the whole person. Drama is a subject that encourages working with others, developing communication skills and therefore the ability to work in a group. Students develop confidence, team worker skills, authentic communication, and the ability to problem solve. Students have opportunities to develop their creativity, build their memory skills and use their initiative.
The drama department aims to provide students with challenging, creative activities that develop the above skills within a lively, enthusiastic environment. Students are encouraged to overcome challenge and approach their work with a growth mindset. Every lesson focuses on the development of resilience and reflectiveness.
All sessions have a practical focus to ensure students are engaged at a level most suitable for their bodies and minds at that time. We encourage pupils to perform, analyse and write about drama, as well as using drama to promote healthy lifestyles.
The engagement in drama is key to developing each students personal cultural capital with the exploration of text from Shakespeare to modern playwrights such as Caryl Churchill. We offer extensive enrichment opportunities which further building students cultural capital. We travel to local performances and attend West end productions yearly. Students have the chance to engage in a number of workshops with outside practitioners. They perform their work three times a year to an outside audience.
Acting is not about dressing up. Acting is about stripping bare. The whole essence of learning lines is to forget them so you can make them sound like you thought of them that instant. (Glenda Jackson)
In year 7 and 8, students alternate between a term of dance and a term of drama.
The study basic skills and techniques as well as specific dance styles. They explore a range of drama tools and look at communicating with an audience in a creative way. Lessons are broken down as follows:-
BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts
What will I study?
Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts
Learners will develop their understanding of the performing arts by examining practitioners’ work and the processes used to create performance.
Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts
Learners will develop their performing arts skills and techniques through the reproduction of acting, as performers.
Component 3: Responding to a Brief
Learners will be given the opportunity to work as part of a group to contribute to a workshop performance as either a performer or designer in response to a given brief and stimulus.
What skills will I gain?
The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on four areas of equal importance, which cover the:
• development of key skills that prove your aptitude in Performing Arts such as reproducing repertoire or responding to stimuli;
• process that underpins effective ways of working in the Performing Arts, such as development of ideas, rehearsal and performance;
• attitudes that are considered most important in the Performing Arts, including personal management and communication;
• knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, process and attitudes in the sector such as roles, responsibilities, performance disciplines and styles.