Message from Head of Department - Ms Sullivan
Welcome to Drama! Drama is a thriving subject at Forest Hill School, with many opportunities for students to express their creativity both in lessons and after school. Drama is a fantastic opportunity for students to develop their inter-personal skills through collaboration with others, to explore their own imaginative responses, to tackle issues in today’s society and to develop confidence through discussion and performance. Every student can succeed in Drama with confidence, creativity and cooperation.
At Key Stage Three, our motto is Serious Fun. We hope every student enjoys Drama but more importantly we want every student to achieve.
In Year 7, students learn the drama techniques that form the basis of all future performances, including Still Image, Narration, Role-Play, Thought-Tracking and Physical Theatre.
In Year 8, we learn more sophisticated techniques and learn how to implement them on our own. We also expand our cultural awareness by exploring drama from around the world.
In Year 9, when we are aiming to achieve our end of Key Stage target level, we begin to prepare for GCSE Drama by tackling social issues and by introducing more challenging theatre forms.
Drama is a popular subject at GCSE and we achieve very good results. We study the Edexcel GCSE Drama specification and although there is no written exam, we produce 6,000 words of coursework which analyses the work done in class. We also create our own piece of devised theatre which is performed to an external examiner and an invited audience. We examine a range of plays, including The Odyssey, The Pillowman, Chatroom and Citizenship and explore important issues in society, including school shootings and depression.
We offer the Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting) at Key Stage 5. We complete modular units which closely replicate what life is like for a professional actor, giving us the skills we need to make it in the theatre industry. Units include Acting Auditions, Theatre-in-Education, Performing for an Audience and Contemporary Theatre. To complement our studies we regularly attend professional theatre and participate in many public performances.
Collaborative Adventures Physical Theatre Company rehearsals All year groups welcome; please see Ms Montague-Gibson for further details.