At Torpoint Community College Drama and the Performing Arts have high expectations from our students and in return our students work at high standards. We recognise that the arts provide students, teachers, parents and the wider community with rich, rewarding and worthwhile experiences and celebrate our achievements through a wide variety of enrichment activities.
Rationale and aims:
- To encourage in our students the conscious application of form to meaning in order to engage both the intellect and the emotions in a representation of meaning.
- the process of structuring dramatic activity so that the use of drama To provide a variation of learning experiences, which gives recognition to the needs of individuals and enables students to experience equality of opportunity.
- To sharpen creative, analytical, critical and reflective thought.
- To promote a process of learning through negotiation and involves students in active learning strategies and the process of structuring dramatic activity so that the use of drama conventions can be learned as part of a dynamic process.
- To provide opportunities to make, explore, interpret and communicate meaning through theatre and dramatic form.
At all key stages our Drama curriculum allows our students to gain a deeper understanding of how drama works and provides opportunities to be a performer, director, designer and an active audience member. In these areas all our students gain skills and understanding that will prove valuable and rewarding experiences for the future and within the real world.
Focus for year 7 students:
In year 7 the focus is on:
- understanding the social and group skills necessary for meaningful drama to take place – listening, observation, concentration and cooperation.
- following a curriculum map that is designed to develop the ability to devise, improvise and create drama.
- Understanding that the process of drama has its own worth and that performance is not always part of the activity but that exploration and experimentation is just as important in the learning.
Focus for year 8 students:
In year 8 the focus is on:
- consolidating and deepening understanding of how space, movement and voice communicate meaning and evaluate that use.
- working constructively and creating independently and with others. Being able to make decisions, select and apply a range of techniques and structures.
- understanding and applying the discrete skills required in both the process and performance of drama.
- developing the ability to reflect upon and respond constructively and sensitively to their own work and that of others showing an awareness of the difference between form and content.
Focus for year 9 students:
In year 9 the focus is on:
- the use of space, movement, voice and dramatic conventions to communicate meaning.
- the ability to recognise and apply the need to work in detail and depth, refining, editing and selecting when devising.
- use of a range of dramatic skills, techniques, forms and conventions to express ideas and feelings effectively with a clear understanding of the differences between naturalistic and non-naturalistic forms and techniques.
- developing the ability to connect their own experience with the world beyond.
Focus for GCSE Drama:
At GCSE level students follow a programme of study that is designed to allow students to explore drama by acquiring the skills and techniques needed to appreciate drama at a higher level. Students will learn the vocabulary and skills they will require to approach all aspects of drama covered in the units 1,2 and 3 examinations.
Focus for A level:
At this advanced level of Drama and Theatre Studies students will gain knowledge and understanding of practical and theoretical aspects of drama and theatre. The course:
- offers students’ a range of opportunities to develop drama and theatre skills creatively and imaginatively.
- Integrates theory and practice.
- Develops students’ knowledge and understanding of major influences in theatre and drama practitioners.