St Thomas More Catholic High School

Drama and performing arts

Drama and Performing at St Thomas More are valued as an important part of developing the whole person.  The focus of all lessons is to be creative and vibrant and allow pupils to enjoy and participate in a range of areas.  Pupils are challenged to improve their group work skills, as well as a focus on how skills are learnt.  These subjects challenge pupils to work creatively both individually and as a team. The focus of lessons is creative process, planning and evaluation.  Work is assessed based on the new 1-9 Grading.
 
BTEC Performing Arts is an extremely popular and successful course, summer 2017 results showed pupils had achieved 36% Distinction* - Distinction (A*- A equivalent at GCSE).  Performing Arts gives pupils the opportunity to express their talents in a number of ways, and develop new skills in a range of areas.  The main focus of the course is to prepare pupils to work within any area of the perform arts industry, from acting to stage design.

 

Staff
Year 7 & 8 - Mrs Sergent & Mr Hardacre
Year 9 - Mr Hardacre
Year 10 - Mrs Sergent & Mr Hardacre
Year 11 - Mrs Sergent

 

Timetable
Year 7 & 8 - two lessons per fortnight
Year 9, 10 & 11 - four lessons per fortnight
 

 

KS3 Drama 

A wide range of topics are covered, in order to prepare pupils for the skills required at GCSE.  Lessons are practical based and cover a wide range of drama techniques.  Alongside this pupils will also complete written tasks designed to prepare them for the expectations of GCSE work.  Lessons are designed to be engaging and challenging for pupils, and to encourage their appreciation of arts.

  

 

Key Stage 4 Drama

Year 9 - Bronze Arts Award

 

Year 10 GCSE Drama (AQA)

 

 Year 11 BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts (Acting) - (Edexcel) GHL - Guided Learning Hours

 

Revision Tips

Planning: Planning is the key to a successful performance, make sure you have a schedule that allows you to plan your time as well as planning what you will rehearse.

 Rehearsal: Keep a logbook and write down what you have developed and worked on.  Set yourself targets for the next rehearsal.  See when the Drama Studio is available and schedule extra rehearsals if needed.

 Learning Lines:  Voice record your lines and listen to them; also read lines before bed. 

 For more ideas speak to your teacher.

 

Useful Websites
http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/performing-arts-2012-nqf.html

 http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/gcse/drama-8261

 file:///x:/dowloads/Arts%20Award%20Bronze%20Qualification%20Specification.pdf

 https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/

 http://wwwnyt.org.uk/

 https://www.thestage.co.uk/

 

Contacts
You can contact Mrs Sergent the Lead teacher for Drama here.
You can contact Mrs Lawrence the Curriculum leader for Performance here.