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Drama

All Drama courses consist mostly of practical work backed up by meaningful and relevant written work that helps pupils makes sense of what they have learned. Drama has a unit-based approach covering areas from voice and movement skills to issue basedwork and technical theatre. 

Who? 

The Drama Department is run by Mrs Sarah MacDonald. All S1-S4 are offered Drama in the Secondary School.

Where?

Drama is taught in a purpose built studio style room in the middle of the secondary building. The rooms have stage lighting, a sound system, costume and props storage with black tabs and blackout blinds to create a “black box” studio like atmosphere. The rooms are also easily adapted for written work.

Who?

  • All S1 and S2  have one period of Drama a week when they learn about the basics of performance and theatre technology as well as developing key interpersonal skills.

  • In S3/4 pupils can choose to study National 3-5 Drama

     

All these courses offer opportunities to see live theatre performances and attend theatrical workshops throughout the year.
Academic work is core to all these courses including essay writing in S3 and S4. Subject specific terminology and evaluation skills are embedded throughout all courses.

Why?

Drama offers young people the chance to be creative and practical while also learning key skills such as confidenceco-operation, self discipline, self motivation, leadership, empathy, self-awareness, negotiation, analysis and teamwork among many others.

These so called "soft skills" are increasingly being seen as skills and qualities that colleges, universities and employers are looking for as well as being key life skills.

All the exam courses are recognised by colleges, universities and employers as being highly valuable in terms of the rigorous academic and interpersonal skills learned. In terms of A Curriculum for Excellence all 4 capacities are core to Drama through the very nature of group work as well as the topics we explore. Opportunities to work with other subjects and professionals from the creative industries are always being explored and will continue to be developed.

Homework Support


Monday lunchtimes are set aside for pupils from S1-S4 to come along and get some support with their homework.

Pupils will find the following document very useful when studying and revising their Drama terms and definitions.

/docs/Body_of_Knowledge_Drama_terms.doc

 

 

 

 Homework

Homework is set as and when is appropriate for the course and stage. Examples are:

S1 and S2: learning lines, doing a character card, designing a costume, doing an end of unit self and/or peer evaluation.

S3 and S4: self/peer evaluations, logs of class work, learning lines, script writing, production designs, character cards, evaluations of live theatre performances.

Current Homework worksheets:

S2 - Production Skills worksheet S2 Production Skills worksheet

S3 - Radio Play Character card - /docs/S3_Radio_Play_Character_Card.docx

 

 

 

 

 National Drama Courses

Pupils can do Drama in S4 from National 3 to National 5. The course content is the same for all levels with differentiated outcomes. Please be aware that good attendance, a willingness to be cooperative and meet deadlines is crucial for success in Drama for the individuals as well as the whole class.

National 5 Drama

This is both an academic and practical course.  It covers:

Drama Skills - devising, writing and directing individual scenes for performance.

Theatre Production Skills - exploring all areas of theatre arts and then specialising in two. Using script extracts to apply these.

Performance - 60% of the overall course.
Pupils choose to act or do a technical skill as part of a scripted performance for an external SQA examiner.

Written Exam - 60% of the overall course but is scaled to 40% when marked by SQA.
Section 1 - Writing in detail about the approach to performing and directing an extract studied in class.
Section 2  -  devising a drama from a selection of unseen stimuli, using Drama terminology to answer the questions.

Helpful Resources 

TCSOA STUDYGUIDE 18 19

 Describing voice