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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-operationself discipline and self motivation among many others.  

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 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.

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

 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:

S1 Mime Self Evaluation - November

S2 RB Self Evaluation- November

 

National 5 Drama

This is both an academic and practical course. It has three Units:

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.

Production - performing a 20 minute play for an external SQA examiner. 60% of the overall course.

Written Exam - 40% of the overall course. 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.

 Useful documents

Generic Production Skills booklet