The schemes of work in Years 7 to 9 aim to equip the students with building blocks to communicate, collaborate and create. The lessons are skills based and aim to sharpen the imagination, engage the mind, raise the confidence and train the body and voice as effective tools to communicate in a variety of contexts.
The Middle School Play (for Years 7–9) takes place in the Summer Term and is an opportunity for pupils to consolidate the skills acquired in Drama lessons by taking part in a major production as a performer or member of the backstage crew.
In Year 7, the techniques covered will include: freeze framing, stage movement, approaching scripted text, mime and creative movement, chorus work and improvisation.
In Year 8, the techniques covered will include: creating a role, non-verbal communication, developing improvisational skills, chorus work and developing scripted work.
In Year 9, pupils will continue working on collaboration and devising. There will also be some opportunity to work with scripts and develop characterisation. Dialogue and monologue will be focused on in one module.
Performing Arts Scholarships are available at 11+ entry.