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In drama, pupils can expect to learn skills for learning, life and work, and how they apply both within the classroom, and in the wider world. Pupils are expected to take responsibility for their own work and learning, identifying their strengths and areas for improvement, whilst also learning how to effectively participate in group work and respect the ideas and opinions of others.
Pupils will learn about specific drama skills, including voice, movement and characterisation, as well as being introduced to lighting, sound and other theatre arts. They will be expected to learn and use associated drama and theatre terminology when describing and evaluating their work. Pupils will explore a variety of themes, issues, topics, contexts and situations in a creative and imaginative manner and will be required to apply their knowledge and creativity to both practical and theoretical tasks.
Using new and existing skills in a variety of different contexts, pupils will create, develop and rehearse pieces of work where they have ownership, having selected appropriate ideas, concepts and dramatic techniques to enhance the performance, before using presentation skills and performing their work to an audience.
The skills that can be covered in the broad, general education phase are: voice, movement, form, structure, convention, audience awareness, characterisation, lighting, sound, set, costume, make up, props, mood and atmosphere, tension, staging, acting skills, evaluating, target setting, communication, literacy, numeracy, presentation, performance, planning, decision making, compromise, understanding, co-operation, sharing, creating, creativity, imagination, listening, talking, negotiation, teamwork, discussion, adaptability, respect, self-esteem, remembering, confidence, problem solving, time keeping, time management, delegation, leadership, organisation, meeting deadlines, respect, reaction, independence, initiative, responsibility, ownership, meeting criteria, commitment …
Senior Phase (S4-S6)
National 4 Drama covers two units: Drama Skills and Production Skills. The Added Value Unit concentrates on Performance Skills where pupils choose to either perform one acting piece, which can be devised or text-based, to a live audience, or they can plan, design and apply one production role in the context of the chosen performance piece. National 5 Drama covers three units: Drama Skills, Production Skills and Performance Skills. In the final Performance unit pupils are externally assessed by a visiting examiner. They choose to either perform one text-based acting piece to a live audience, or they can plan, design and apply one production role in the context of the chosen performance piece. Pupils also complete a written question paper, which consists of short response answers, in exam conditions. Higher Drama also covers Drama Skills, Production Skills and Performance Skills. In the final Performance unit pupils are externally assessed by a visiting examiner. They choose to either perform two contrasting text-based acting pieces to a live audience, or they can plan, design and apply two production skills in the context of the chosen performance piece. Pupils also complete a written question paper, which consists of two essays, in exam conditions. Advanced Higher Drama (not currently offered at Montrose Academy)