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Reading Girls' School

Reading Girls' School

Performing Arts and Drama

“All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages” - William Shakespeare

Introduction to Course 

Drama and Performing Arts teaches students to foster creativity, personal growth, self confidence, communication and analytical skills through the acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding and the exercise of the imagination. It promotes pupils’ involvement in and enjoyment of drama as performers, devisers, directors and designers. It provides opportunities for students to attend professional and community dramatic performances and to develop their skills as informed and thoughtful audience members. Through studying drama, pupils will learn more about the subject and its contribution to social and cultural commentary and will come to appreciate that drama, whether intended for audiences or not, provides significant opportunities for expressing cultural and personal identity.

Subject content KS3: In KS3, students will build on knowledge gained at KS2 and begin to understand drama in its wider contexts.  They will learn to understand:

  • Different genres and performance styles
  • Drama within its social, cultural and historical context
  • The ways in which meaning is communicated through dramatic performance, the voice and body language
  • A range of staging and performance conventions
  • Dramatic terminology and how to use it accurately
  • How plays are constructed and their use in educating and entertaining audiences
  • How to create, interpret and communicate a role or character
  • How to select, synthesise and use ideas to create drama
  • How to work collaboratively and effectively to achieve goals
  • How to reflect on and evaluate their own work as well as the work of others

Subject content KS4: In KS4, should students opt to study Performing Arts, they will build on the skills learnt at KS3 and apply them within the contexts of the performing Arts industries.

Students will:

  • Observe and reproduce existing repertoire
  • Explore different performance styles, creative intentions and purposes
  • Explore various performance roles, responsibilities and skills
  • Explore performance techniques, approaches and processes
  • Understand how practitioners create and influence what’s performed
  • Gain physical, interpretative, vocal and rehearsal skills during workshops and classes
  • Apply their technical, stylistic and interpretative skills in performances
  • Reflect on their progress and use of skills in performance, as well as how they could improve

Exam board KS4: We follow the Level 1/2 Pearson/Edexcel BTEC Technical Award in Performing Arts in KS4

Typical lesson activities:

Lesson activities include theoretical study of techniques, genres and practitioners, research activities, individual and group presentations, structured rehearsals, developmental practical workshops, creating small and larger scale productions and performances, creating and realising design ideas in various contexts and using explorative strategies to devise and develop drama of various genres and styles

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