The Greneway Middle School

The Greneway Middle School

Garden Walk, Royston, Herts. SG8 7JF
Telephone: 01763 243650  (School Receptionists, Mrs N Bedford/Mrs N Johnson)   Email: admin.greneway@rsat.org.uk

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Drama

Aims:

Throughout their time at Greneway we aim to give pupils:

  • the opportunity to develop practical drama skills;
  • the encouragement to express themselves in a variety of ways, thus developing self-confidence and creativity;
  • a safe, stimulating and supportive environment in which to explore the subject.

Years 5 and 6

Pupils in Years 5 and 6 have daily literacy lessons, the content of which will often include some drama work, plus an additional flexible hour of English in Year 5 which can be used for drama.  The drama work in Year 5 and 6 is mainly taught by the pupils’ form tutor and will usually be concerned with developing basic skills and techniques, such as role play, short improvisations and character work.

Years 7 and 8

In Years 7 and 8 pupils have the opportunity to opt for a drama curriculum course which takes place outside of the normal school day. However, pupils that do not opt for the drama course will still experience elements of drama in Years 7 and 8 as many drama activities are incorporated into schemes of work across the whole curriculum.

The drama curriculum course is led by experienced drama teachers and is not considered an extra-curricular club, in that pupils will be assessed and receive a subject report. We believe that this area of study has an important role to play in the personal development of pupils, stimulating the imagination and allowing pupils to explore issues and experiences in a safe and supportive environment. In addition, skills and qualities developed by pupils in drama include: teamwork, communication, creativity, leadership and risk-taking which are assets in all subjects and all areas of life. Efforts are made to form links with the English department and work covered often relates to English units of work, thus allowing pupils to explore themes and issues in greater depth.

The resources for drama include a drama studio with a small stage lighting system, an Information Centre equipped with iMacs and iMovie film editing software and digital video and stills cameras, all of which combine to provide a huge range of opportunities available to pupils.

Examples of Projects Undertaken in Year 7 and 8

Year 7

Jekyll & Hyde – showing character transformation on screen.
Theatre Craft – the whole process involved in staging a performance (pantomime focus).
Issues Based Drama - exploring social issues through drama.
Beowulf – pupils explore this epic poem in drama form.

Year 8

Modern Morality plays – exploring issues through drama (links to Chaucer).
Monologues – pupils devise and perform monologues, considering characterisation.
Macbeth – exploring key scenes from Macbeth through drama and ICT.
History of the Theatre – looking specifically at Ancient Greek theatre.

Extra-Curricular Drama

All pupils have the opportunity to participate in a Drama Club (either KS2 or KS3). Performance opportunities include form, year and whole-school assemblies, the Christmas Concert, Greneway’s Got Talent and the bi-annual school production.

Click here to see the Arts Policy