Drama

Department of Drama and Theatre Studies

S1 Pantomime Group

Inspired by the School Show? Come along and develop your own performance skills in this Drama and Music based club.
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Teaching Staff

  • Mrs C Kelly (Principal Teacher
  • Mrs J Bradshaw
  • Mr S Purvis

Underpinning the work of the Drama department is the development of skills and confidence in co-operative group work, which are transferable to other curricular areas and to life outside school.
Drama lessons at all levels include opportunities for developing skills in:

  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Creating
  • Presenting
  • Negotiation
  • Observation
  • Creative Thinking
  • Decision Making
  • Evaluating
  • Analysis

S1/S2/S3 CfE Course

All pupils have drama lessons in S1 and S2. Pupils can then choose to study Drama in S3/4. Classes are practical in size (20) and the course work covers the 3 main elements of Creating, Presenting and Evaluating.

Pupils complete 5 units of work in S1:

  • Core Skills
  • Family Drama
  • Wild West
  • Titanic
  • Melodrama

Pupils complete 4 units of work in S2:

  • Voice and Movement
  • Scriptwriting
  • Science Lab Disaster
  • Murder Mystery

Pupils complete 5 units of work in S3:

  • Theatre Production Skills
  • Characterisation
  • Creative Movement
  • Make Up
  • Themed Project

Team work and co-operation are central to all drama activities and pupils will work in a variety of group formations to complete their practical tasks in class. Each unit of work will culminate in a live presentation to an audience of peers in class which pupils will then self and peer evaluate.

Pupils will also complete a number of written homework tasks throughout each unit to consolidate their learning from the classroom, as well as self-evaluations at the end of each unit of work and verbal and written peer evaluations in class. In S3, pupils will sit a number of Internal Responses and Terminology Tests to ensure they have retained all the necessary Knowledge and Understanding covered through their course and prepare them for the assessment requirements of the new SQA National Courses.

Theatre Visits

All pupils studying with the department are encouraged to attend the theatre and the department organises visits to professional theatre productions as often as possible. This helps to support the Knowledge and Understanding covered in class.

School Show

The annual School Show takes place in October every year and is a popular event in the school calendar. It involves approximately 150 pupils from S1 to S3 in performing and back stage roles. Auditions take place in March where every pupil hoping to perform on stage must act, sing and dance in front of a selected staff panel. Rehearsals for the show begin in April. The School Show week involves 5 performances to a combined audience of over 1000 people and is an excellent way for those pupils in the lower school to become involved in school activities and develop their skills and confidence.


National 5

Course Content:

The National 5 Drama course consists of two units – Drama Skills and Production Skills, followed by the final performance and written exam.

Drama Skills Unit:

This unit will provide learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding to create and present drama through the use of a range of drama skills. Learners will respond to stimuli, including text, to generate ideas and use a range of drama skills to portray character. Learners will explore the social and cultural influences on drama. They will learn how to analyse and evaluate their use of drama skills and the drama skills of others Learners who complete this Unit will be able to:

  • Use a range of drama skills
  • Contribute to the drama process.

Production Skills Unit:

This Unit will provide learners with knowledge and understanding of a range of production skills. They will use these skills to enhance drama when presenting. Learners will work with others to develop a performance concept as an actor or in a production role. They will learn how to evaluate their own work and that of other learners. Learners who complete this Unit will be able to:

  • Analyse a range of production skills in drama
  • Apply a range of production skills in drama

Final Performance:

The pupils choose a specialism and work to present a piece from a published script supported with a folio. They must perform their extract to an invited audience.
The performance is worth 60 marks out of the total of 100 marks for National 5, or 60% of the Course assessment.
This performance has two Sections:

  • Section 1: The practical performance to an audience (50 marks)
  • Section 2: the preparation for performance essay (10 marks)

Written exam:

The written exam lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes.
This paper is worth 40 marks, or 40% of the Course assessment.

The written exam has two sections:
Section 1: This will be based on the acting or production role in your final performance exam. (10 marks)
Section 2: You will choose from the stimuli provided in the paper, it may be a picture, poem, line of text or statement and the questions will be about creating a drama from the stimulus you choose. (30 marks)

  The Course will be graded A–D.


Higher Course Info

Course Content:

The Higher Drama course consists of two units – Drama Skills and Production Skills, followed by the final performance and written exam.

Drama Skills Unit:

The general aim of this Unit is to provide learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding to create and present drama through the use of complex drama skills. Learners will respond to stimuli, including text, generate ideas and use complex drama skills to portray character. Learners will explore the social and cultural influences on drama. They will learn how to analyse and evaluate their use of drama skills and the drama skills of others.
Learners who complete this Unit will be able to:

  • Apply complex drama skills
  • Contribute creatively to the drama

Production Skills Unit:

The general aim of this Unit is to provide learners with a knowledge and understanding of complex production skills. They will use these skills to enhance drama when presenting. Learners will work with others in the following production areas: acting and/or design and/or directing. They will learn how to evaluate their progress and that of other learners.
Learners who complete this Unit will be able to:

  • Explore complex production skills in drama
  • Apply complex production skills in drama

Final Performance:

The final performance is worth 60% of the Course assessment and pupils will choose two contrasting text extracts to perform for an external examiner.

Written exam:

The written exam lasts 2 hours.
The written exam is worth 40% of the Course assessment and comprises of two essays, one performance analysis and one based on a text studied in class.

The Course will be graded A–D.