Drama at Moreton is highly valued by staff and students and comprises part of the curriculum for all Year 7 and 8 students. Drama is offered in Year 9 up to Post 16 as an optional subject and is available as an option to be studied as an RSL qualification and A-Level.
Lessons take place in a fully equipped Drama studio which really enhances performance due to the professional environment. For larger scale performances the theatre is also an excellent resource that is available to the Drama department.
Our curriculum intention
We believe that all students should be taught the knowledge and skills to gain a love and passion for Drama and Theatre, appreciating its wider value in society. We want our students to be inquisitive about different theatre styles; able to analyse and evaluate live theatre and its impact upon 21st century audiences. We want our students to recognise the important contribution of a range of theatre makers and know how theatre throughout history has shaped the theatre of today.
Therefore, our curriculum is designed in the following way:
Year 7 – Students will learn about the origins of theatre and understand the impact that Ancient Greek theatre has had on modern theatre. Student will have the opportunity to develop and range of performance skills including mime, physical theatre and devising.
Year 8 – Students will learn about Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre in year 8, understanding the vast changes in performance at this time. The will develop skills in using text and spoken word, as well as continuing to build on skills learned in year 7.
Year 9 – Student will really begin to master the craft of creating, developing and analysing/evaluating theatre in year 9. The will explore a wide range of theatre practitioners and performance styles to create and perform intelligent and inspiring drama.
Year 10 and 11 – Over the course of the two years, students will be working towards achieving an RSL in drama (please see the link below to the course specification). By this point in their journey with us, students will take on the roles of actors, directors and theatre makers, using all of the knowledge and skills gained before this time to really understand what working in theatre is like in real life. Students will explore different staging and have opportunities to work in both solo performance and as an ensemble, learning what it is like to create thought-provoking theatre for 21st century audiences.
A Level Drama and Theatre – At Post 16, student will work towards achieving an A Level qualification in Drama and Theatre. Please see link to the A Level curriculum map for further details.
Many of our ex-drama students have gone on to embark on higher education and/or careers in the creative industries, teaching and drama school training. If you would like to find out more about this, please see Miss Bryan or Mrs Reynolds for more information
Drama Teaching Staff
Mr J. Mills – Head of Subject
Miss T. Bryan – Teacher of Drama
Drama Support Staff
Mr. I. Cartwright – Drama Technician