Who We Are
Mr Tom Hodkinson -Teacher of Drama
Mrs Katie Grimes – Teacher of Drama
What We Do
‘Theatre is the art of looking at ourselves’- Augusto Boal
‘I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.’- Oscar Wilde
Drama is a thriving department at King’s Lynn Academy. All students in Years 7 and 8 study Drama, to encourage and experience this aspect of Performing Arts and GCSE Drama is also popular, with many students going on to study it a higher level. Our students explore and reflect on society, issues, history, traditions and their own identity and role in the world.
Key Stage 3
There is one Drama lesson timetabled per week in Years 7 and 8. Students study a diverse, exciting and challenging syllabus. Schemes of work cover theatre history; from Greek theatre to modern sitcoms, a variety of genres, from realism to melodrama, social issues such as peer pressure and stereotypes and of course practical skills and dramatic techniques. Students are offered the opportunity to go on school theatre trips, enjoy in school visits, Theatre in Education workshops and Gifted and Talented workshops with professional actors.
Key Stage 4
We have three lessons a week and follow the Edexcel GCSE Drama specification (5DR03), based on the following structure:
Unit 1 (30% of final mark)
Drama Exploration: where students are assessed through a six-hour practical exploration and a documentary response (2000 words) looking at:-
Explorative Strategies – ways of using drama to explore topics, themes, issues, play texts and performance.
The Elements of Drama – the different parts of a dramatic performance.
The Drama Medium – the ways dramatic meaning is communicated to an audience.
Forms of Stimuli – the sources and routes that stimulate the imagination.
Unit 2 (30% of final mark)
Exploring Play Texts : where students are assessed through a six-hour practical exploration and a documentary response to a set play (1000 words) and a written response to a live theatre performance (2000 words).
Unit 3 (40% of final mark)
Students will be assessed by presenting their work based on a set theme from the exam board to an external examiner.
Performers will be marked on:
- vocal and movement skills
- roles sand characterisation
- communication with other performers and the audience
- understanding of the production’s content, style and form
Designers will be marked on:
- response to the needs of the planned ideas
- reasons for design decisions in the context of the production
- the design skills during the performance
- how the design enhances the performance
Students taking Drama at GCSE can expect a course which is varied and stimulating as well as challenging. The specification tests a number of skills; besides acting ability students must demonstrate that they can research a role or topic, work well in a group, manage their time effectively, reflect upon and evaluate their own work and that of others, and analyse performances. Drama is not an easy GCSE, but it is extremely rewarding and students can expect to gain much in terms of self-confidence and teamwork skills, as well as developing their dramatic ability and understanding of theatre and performance. Universities and employers look favourably upon students who can demonstrate a wide range of skills, and Drama can contribute much towards creating a ‘well-rounded individual’ for those who are prepared to work hard at it.
Extra Curricular Activities
There are many opportunities for students to be involved in Drama outside of the classroom and we encourage participation in whatever capacity a student might enjoy. Asides from whole school productions students can take part in National Connections Project, The Shakespeare for Schools Festival or join The KLA Players, a Drama group run for all students 7-11. We run a number of theatre trips each year, making good use of theatres locally in King’s Lynn and a bit further afield in Norwich, Cambridge and London. In addition, every year we invite professional actors to work with students in workshops. Those whose strengths lie in technical elements of Drama can join the Sound and Lighting Team, who are responsible for the technical aspects of performances and the school productions. The Drama Department has a studio with a full lighting rig, supplemented by lighting booms, and sound system. We are well stocked with props, costumes, masks and staging which is used in lessons and for a wide range of performances.
Curriculum Overview 2017