When students study Drama they will see that there is a cross over to many other subjects, they will see links with things that they learn in subjects such as English, Art and Music.
Studying Drama will help students understand and appreciate some of the theatrical performance techniques but it is about much more than simply performing. Students will develop creative thinking, communication, self confidence and social skills.
There are many opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities which are Drama related. Every year we run a talent show called ‘Amery Hill’s Got Talent’. There is a weekly Drama club for Key stage 3 students, supported by our GCSE Drama students and an annual musical, which has included ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Grease’. In 2015 we took part in the ‘Shakespeare Schools Festival’ performing an abridged version of ‘The Merchant of Venice’ at The Haymarket Theatre in Basingstoke.
At Amery Hill School we have purpose built studios for Drama.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum
Students are given an introduction to Drama and are taught basic skills such as ‘still image’, ‘mime’ and ‘Soundscape’. They carry out a baseline assessment at the beginning of their course to assess their areas of development and set SMART targets to improve. They have an introduction to working with scripts and improvisation.
Students build on the skills learnt, developing their collaborative and independent learning skills as well as skills in communication and teamwork. The students study topics such as Shakespeare, Commedia Dell Arte and Stage Combat.
Students follow the AQA GCSE Drama syllabus which consists of submitting two controlled assessments in various areas such as such acting, improvisation and physical theatre and a written exam at the end of the course.
Year 10 is concerned primarily with teamwork and collaboration as well as embedding the skills needed to succeed at GCSE. There are chances to devise drama, learn scripts and explore relevant issues and other cultures using theatrical techniques.
Year 11 culminates in a written exam in which the students have to demonstrate their understanding of creating and performing effective drama. This contributes to 40% of the students’ final GCSE grade.