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Drama Department

Latest News - Learning Resources - Courses in S1, S2 and S3 - Qualifications in S4, S5 and S6 - Meet the Staff - Examples of Pupils' Work - Links - Photo Galleries

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The Performance Studio

Drama actively engages pupils in learning a wide range of skills in both a dramatic context and in everyday life.

Pupils develop their confidence and social skills as well exploring and investigating issues on a local and global scale.

Creating and presenting dramatic ideas, learning about lighting and sound, understanding the affect of mood and atmosphere is part of the course but ultimately they learn how to work as a team and solve problems together.

Drama encourages pupils to look at the bigger picture and be inquisitive about the world, giving them an opportunity to look the other side of life, business, religion, war, communities and much much more....

The Drama Course in S1, S2 and S3

From S1 until the end of S3, all pupils will experience a broad general education where they will work across the experiences and outcomes of Curriculum for Excellence.

Pupils performing in the school show - Trapped! - in 2010

Pupils performing in the school show - Trapped! - in 2010

Pupils performing in the school show - Trapped! - in 2010

In S1 and S2, all pupils currently have one period of Drama each week for 13 weeks per year as part of a rota.

In S1, pupils are introduced to the language & conventions of Drama in units covering Mime Movement & Role play and Script work. They work together to develop scenarios from their own ideas. We introduce Shakespeare through animation and compare his work to contemporary drama.

In S2 pupils work on a unit on Role play, Topical Issues and Debate & Discussion. The drama focuses on social issues such as prejudice, stereotyping, teenage perspectives, community issues etc. These are explored through role play.

Through Shakespeare pupils learn to compare and review storylines. Pupils are encouraged to participate in discussion and debate. This broadens their horizons and encourages them to be confident and expressive as well as learning to listen and respect other people’s opinions.
Basic theatre arts, such as mood & atmosphere, staging & lighting are explored – script work is used to encourage them to read and engage with each other.

S2 pupils can also choose to take one extra period per week of Drama as part of Peak Performance.

In S3, pupils are given the opportunity to choose which two of the Expressive Arts they wish to specialise in. For full details of the choices available, see the S3 Coursing Handbook.  Courses in S3 will deliver experiences and outcomes, which will prepare pupils for appropriate National Qualifications in S4. 

The S3 drama course is an ideal subject for pupils who want to build their confidence and who enjoy working with others. In Drama they get the opportunity to create their own plays, analyse others and work on various aspects of theatre design. They will have the opportunity to perform in front of other pupils and parents/carers.

Pupils will be working on Experiences and Outcomes at Third and Fourth Level. The course prepares pupils for qualifications in Drama at National 4 or National 5 in S4.

Drama courses in S4, S5 and S6

In the Senior phase, pupils work on courses that lead towards National Qualifications at the end of S4, S5 and S6.

In S4, pupils can choose to take courses in the Drama department. Each course takes four periods per week. For full details of the courses available, see the S4 Coursing Handbook. Courses currently offered in the Drama department in S4 lead to awards in:

  • Drama at National 3, National 4 and National 5 levels.

S3 Drama pupils discussing work with Ms StoneyIn S5 and S6, pupils can choose to take courses in the Drama department. Each course takes five periods per week. For full details of the courses available, see the S5/6 Coursing Handbook. Courses currently offered in the Drama department in S5 and S6 lead to awards in:

  • Drama at National 4, National 5 and Higher level.

The drama course offers pupils opportunities to experiment with Creating & Presenting, exploring all aspects of the dramatic curriculum required for qualifications in S4. They will continue to use the skills and knowledge acquired in S1, S2 and S3 and build on that to develop drama and theatre. Working from stimuli, pupils must work together to present pieces that are layered throughout with theatre arts as well as dramatic conventions, vocal skills and movement.

Self expression is key to confident individuals and pupils get to explore this through writing Monologues. Pupils will work in groups as this encourages them to help each other and share ideas. They will also work independently or in pairs. It is very important to have all pupils present in class as it can be disruptive to the group element when someone is continually absent.

All pupils are regularly assessed and reported on. Pupils are encouraged to use assessment by offering peer feedback and they receive feedback/notes from the teacher. They are expected to comment on their own and other pupils work in a positive and informative way. Question & answer sessions are key to each lesson

Meet the Staff

Ms C Stoney
Ms C Stoney,
Teacher of Drama
Mrs K McLeod
Mrs K McLeod,
Principal Teacher (Curriculum)
(Music and Drama)

Latest News and Examples of Pupils' Work

In May 2009, S3 pupils filmed themselves acting out sketches that they wrote themselves. You can view the videos by clicking on the links below:

  • Shona and Doris (Kirsty McGuire and Abbie Bell, S3)
  • BANKSY (Connor Moore, Kirsty McGuire, Robbie Smith, Abbie Bell, Annie-Marie Hall, Kelsea Quinn, Nicole Ormiston)

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Photographs: all newbattlehigh's public flickr photographs tagged with Drama

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