Department vision

At Bower Park Academy, we pride ourselves on providing a comprehensive classical and contemporary curriculum to instil the demands of the GSCE. With a strong focus on oracy, every student has one drama lesson per week during Years 7 to 9. In this time, the department aims to build transferable life skills, such as confidence, creative thinking and independent learning. We aim to cultivate a love of the arts, through a variety of thought-provoking and imaginative work, encouraging both students’ creativity and reflection.

During Key Stage 4, students will study Eduqas GCSE Drama. Over the two-year course, students will participate in both practical and written workshops, designed to develop their knowledge and understanding of acting, and the technical elements involved in live theatre, equipping them with the skills and knowledge for further study of the performing arts.

What will my son/daughter learn at Key Stage 3?

Improvisation and devising

Theatre practitioners: Stanislavski, Frantic Assembly, Brecht, Artaud, Berkoff

Verbatim theatre

Script work: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, DNA, Matilda, The Hunger Games, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Macbeth.

Exploring physicality and character development

Rehearsal techniques

All classes are delivered by a dynamic and dedicated teaching team.

Which GCSE specification do we prepare students for?

Eduqas GCSE Drama

What will my son/daughter learn at Key Stage 4?

Component 1- Create and develop a devised piece from a stimulus. Performance of this devised piece or design realisation for this performance. Analyse and evaluate the devising process and performance. Performer or designer routes available.

Component 2- Performance of two extracts from one play pre-2000 (students may contribute as performer or designer)

Component 3- Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre. Study the set text ‘DNA’. Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

Are there any websites that will support my son’s/daughter’s learning?

BBC Bitesize

The National Theatre

Buy a Drama Revision Guide

Head of Department: Mrs K. Lechmere