Introduction to the Subject and Team
Miss Katie Firth
CTL Performing Arts
The Drama department comprises of two passionate specialists devoted to providing an engaging and vibrant learning environment where students are able to flourish.
Our goal in Drama is to cultivate enjoyment through imaginative and exciting lessons. Students will be introduced to a vast range of stimuli including play texts, songs and images: materials from which to springboard their creative and collaborative ideas. Students will work together to make and evaluate theatre. Students will reflect on their own work and that of others in order to strive to achieve more.
As well as timetabled lessons, we offer opportunities to perform at events such as the Carol Service and Showcases for example. KS4 students are offered support and guidance for their exam performances too. We are committed to producing whole school productions so that students can build working relationships with others in all year groups and peer mentoring is nurtured. We also arrange educational visits including theatre trips to productions all over the country. Recently we have seen The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Matilda and Tomorrow I’ll Be Twenty.
Course Content at Key Stage 3
Students receive one hour of Drama per week in Y7 & Y8. Students are taught in mixed ability forms.
On arrival at Ossett Academy, students will be introduced to Drama through stimulating texts, different cultural approaches and of course various styles of Theatre, for example, Physical Theatre.
The students will delve into the ‘whodunnit’ genre along with traditional texts such as Romeo & Juliet with a hint of the gothic genre.
Course Content at Key Stage 4
The Y9 GCSE option have two hours of Drama a week and are working towards their Bronze Arts Award.
Students who have opted for GCSE Drama will become familiar with the rigour of the GCSE examination expectations thorough tasters of each of the 3 units.
Year 10 & Year 11
Exam board: OCR
Unit 1: Devising Drama – 30% Internally assessed
Unit 2: Presenting and Performing Texts – 30% Externally examined
Unit 3: Performance & Response – 40% Written Exam
Career Opportunities and Progression within the Subject
We dream of seeing our students’ names in lights one day! An acting career is certainly one option available. However, there are a number of others in the field of Drama. A passion for Drama could be utilised in Directing or Drama Therapy. But not all roles revolving around Drama skills would be in front of an audience. For example:
- arts organisations
- local government
- the National Health Service (NHS)
- leisure companies
- voluntary organisations
Ability to collaborate, compromise, be original, demonstrate confidence and evaluate in-depth would all be welcomed by a plethora of employers.
How Parents Can Support Learning
- arrange theatre visits
- urge participation in extracurricular Drama (in school and beyond)
- encourage further reading (fiction and non-fiction)
- promote 100% attendance
- check that homework is being kept up‐to‐date
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