The Philip Morant School and College Drama and Dance Department provides students with outstanding teaching and facilities to enable to students to express themselves. Throughout Key Stage 3 our students enjoy the practical aspects of drama, whilst being able to critically analyse work, giving constructive feedback to each other and self-assessing their own work. Drama and Dance are both offered as Key Stage 4 options allowing students who particularly enjoy or excel in that area to widen their skills and knowledge of the performing arts sector.
The department has built up a great reputation for its extra-curricular activities and opportunities for all students, with lunchtime clubs running most days, after school rehearsals for full scale productions/performances and opportunities to perform in outside professional venues.
Devised Performance (40%): Students participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of devised theatre using either the techniques of an influential theatre practitioner or a genre, in response to a stimulus set by WJEC. Students must produce: a realisation of their piece of devised theatre, a portfolio of supporting evidence, an evaluation of the final performance or des
Performance from a Text (20%): Students are assessed on either acting or design. They study two extracts from the same performance text and participate in one performance using sections of text from both extracts.
Written Examination (40%): Section A: Set Text A series of questions from set text & Section B: Live Theatre Review One question, from a choice of two, requiring analysis and evaluation of a given aspect of a live theatre production seen during the course.
Year 11 & 10 Dance
The BTEC Technical First Award in Performing Arts provides learners with the opportunity to vocationally study dance. The course is highly practical, with lots of focus on the progression of skills for a practical dance or performer. Year 10 students are following the BTEC Technical Award in the Performing Arts.
The written work is mainly based around the history of dance and the different styles that are included in the genre, target setting and self-review. Students are expected to be committed to practical rehearsals and study to enhance skills and their performance for their final practical exams. Over the two years you will study three units; Exploring the Performing Arts, Developing Skills and Techniques and Performing to a Brief. In Year 10 students study component 1: Exploring the performing arts and component 2: Developing skills and techniques, these components help them understand the genre they are looking at before attempting practical choreography in that style.
Year 9 Drama
Students continue to work through schemes of learning associated with the historical genres, different styles of performance and using different types of stimuli to explore issue based drama. This is now done by using more challenging and thought provoking stimuli and students begin to critically analyse their own work and the work of others. Students are encouraged to independently apply characterisation and explorative strategies to their work which includes exploration into a story to develop a sense of empathy for an individual, Stanislavski, Impact of War and a study of a Mark Wheeler TIE play.
Year 8 Drama
Students recap and develop skills associated with the historical genres, different styles of performance and using different types of stimuli to explore issue based drama. Students break down and look closely at these to develop an understanding of characterisation and explorative strategies. Students become more confident in the different ways they can represent a character. Students look as areas such as bullying, storytelling, workshops in different theatre styles and Shakespeare.
Year 7 Drama
Students learn and explore skills associated with the historical genres, different styles of performance and using different types of stimuli to explore issue based drama. Students break down and look closely at these to develop an understanding of characterisation and explorative strategies. Students become more confident in the different ways they can represent a character. Students look as areas such as working together, physical theatre, devising, mask and mime and clowning.