Key Stage 3 Drama
In Years 7, 8 and 9 students have one single compulsory Drama lesson each week.
Within their lessons, students will explore a variety of drama techniques, including physical theatre skills whilst also exploring characters and themes from classic and contemporary texts.
ND DANCERS is Notre Dame's Dance Club which takes place every Thursday after school. The Dancer's perform liturgical dances in the services in the Cathedral. They also perform yearly at the Step into Dance Spring Sharing and have performed now twice at Saddler's Wells.
The GCSE Drama is focused on building upon many of the skills taught and learnt at Key Stage 3, but with the added focus of the Theatre as an influence and a stimulus.
In Year 10, students experience a variety of workshops and live theatre experiences at The Young Vic, The Old Vic, The Unicorn Theatre, Futures Theatre and Little Fish Theatre Companies. Students have an opportunity to go to the theatre on several occasions to view professional live work in order to be able to write their 2000 word response to a live performance with full confidence. GCSE Drama students work alongside theatre professionals in school with actors, choreographers, and directors visiting the school to deliver workshops who provide a different perspective on Drama.
This supports the students to be able to devise their own performance pieces in Year 11 with originality.
GCSE Drama is made up of three components
- Component 1: Devising Coursework 40% (internally assessed)
- Component 2: Text/Play Coursework 20% (externally assessed)
- Component 3: Theater Makers Written examination 40% (exam assessment)
Drama Long Term Plan:
'To Heaven on Foot' a performing arts collaboration between the staff and students of Notre Dame, Southwark.
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GCSE Drama students in a workshop lead by practitioners from The Young Vic.