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25/09/20

Please find a link to our weekly news bulletin https://t.co/nJZQ77nVCF. We wish you all a safe and happy weekend! https://t.co/RVj86EepUl

23/09/20

Our after school PE Clubs are up and running on a Tuesday (Year 7) and Thursday (Year 8). They cost you nothing and are a great way for your son/daughter to make new friends as well as develop their sporting skills! Click here for further details https://t.co/jBth9Npw65 https://t.co/Qsv6KPRCBA

23/09/20

Parents and carers-please click here https://t.co/KcKCiQf5BZ to view a letter from Public Health England regarding symptoms. https://t.co/iLc0MspqqA

23/09/20

Our new Head of Music, Mrs Gardner, has been teaching our Year 8 students how to play the 12 bar blues in the Music Room today 🎶 If your child is interested in having private instrumental lessons whilst please email catherine.gardner.org.uk for details. https://t.co/6NSSpIRrZt

22/09/20

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Y7 students working on their shooting today at our 1st netball club! There will be lots of fun games, netball activities & matches so grab a friend and come along! Y7 clubs run on a Tuesday/Y8 on a Thursday. Check out the boards in PE or ask your SAM! https://t.co/Crk2t4R8gM

22/09/20

Thank you to everyone who has already supported the campaign by donating much needed hygiene items for refugees in need. Staff will be at the school gates every morning this week and next, ready to accept your donations.#Moriacamp https://t.co/yarMnpbDSJ

22/09/20

Year 7 Parents/Carers- please find a link to the Year 7 Information Evening presentation https://t.co/dOn2lJ2mOi. We hope you find it helpful! Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions. https://t.co/JNztvEMa6v

22/09/20

An update for our Year 10 and 11 students - please note that the East Surrey College Open Event, due to take place tomorrow, has unfortunately had to be cancelled. https://t.co/Q0Yck990Zu

22/09/20

Click here https://t.co/nMcf3Bg0Em to register your interest in our Virtual Open Event. We look forward to giving you an insight into what makes such a unique and special place to work and learn. https://t.co/uBYBl2rGvl

18/09/20

Please join us for our Virtual Open Event on Thursday 8 October and see what makes such a special place to work and learn. Register your interest here: https://t.co/nMcf3Bg0Em and we’ll let you know as soon as our Virtual Open Event goes live. https://t.co/MqbVXTl9kr

18/09/20

If you would like to join us in supporting the campaign by supplying much needed hygiene items to refugees in need, staff will be at the school gates every morning next week to accept your donations https://t.co/gLfDwX109I

18/09/20

Parents/carers - our weekly news bulletin has just been sent via ParentMail and can also be viewed on our website https://t.co/RCb3EXoOgs. We wish the entire de Stafford community a fantastic weekend! https://t.co/MF1HBCODQx

17/09/20

Retweeted From GLF Schools’ Careers

It's National Teaching Assistant Day! A day to celebrate the wonderful, dedicated teaching assistants we have across the Trust - thank you for everything you do for our children. Want to join them? Click below for more details! https://t.co/lETfMzMUaH

14/09/20

Retweeted From de Stafford Jenkins Centre

How wonderful to be back with our students. Transition groups, Drawing and Talking and social skills all taking place as if we'd never been away.

14/09/20

📢Parents/Carers - please find a link to our weekly news bulletin https://t.co/Hr2yFaJoJy. We will be sending these out every Friday afternoon via and they can also be found on our website here: https://t.co/RCb3EXoOgs https://t.co/O600hYs6Fz

10/09/20

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

First theory lesson for Y9 Sports Studies! Students have been tasked with designing a brand new sport, focusing on rules and regulations ⚽️ 🎾 https://t.co/eWV7noiakj

09/09/20

Retweeted From East Surrey College

🎊 We're still OPEN for enrolments! Undecided on your options? We'd love to have you on a Full-time course! We're welcoming walk-in enrolments, so bring your quals and docs, and get your next steps sorted! ✅ Browse our Full-time courses for inspiration at https://t.co/Z62cY3JDzA https://t.co/q3KIFqu14T

08/09/20

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

We are aware of the delays with Hewitts in delivering PE kit! If you are affected, please don’t panic! Just bring in other appropriate kit (plain black top, black shorts / trackies) until it arrives 🤸🏽‍♂️⛹🏽‍♂️🏓🎾⚽️🏀🏐🏉🥏🥎🥍🏑🥊🤾🏾‍♀️🧘🏼‍♀️🤽🏾‍♂️

07/09/20

We are aware that there is an issue with the Scopay website and some parents/carers have been unable to add funds to their son/daughter's account. Please be assured that ALL students will still be able to purchase food and drink whilst we wait for the issue to be resolved.

04/09/20

We are very excited to welcome all year groups back to school on Monday (on their week 1 timetable). A reminder of the timings: Years 7 - 9: 8:30am to 3:15pm Years 10 and 11: 8:50am (straight to period 1) to 3:35pm (SAM time at end of day). https://t.co/aJo3XhCV2r

Head of Department: Hayley Streeter-Staniford
email: hayley.streeter-staniford@destafford.org.uk

At de Stafford we believe that Drama education is key to the development of our students. Not only will they understand theatre as an art form, but they will build confidence and valuable transferable skills such as leadership, empathy and public speaking. These life skills will prepare students not only for their time in school but in the wider world. Drama education is vital for students to explore social, moral, spiritual and cultural issues within a safe environment.

How to get involved

Each year we create a whole school production. This is a fantastic opportunity for actors and crew to take part in a large scale performance, working across the year groups and encouraging new friendships. Students work incredibly hard toward a common goal and their commitment and enthusiasm is something we at de Stafford are very proud off.

Our back catalogue includes:

Annie, Oliver, Grease, Bugsy Malone, Little Shop of Horrors, High School Musical, The Wiz, Seussical the Musical, Return to the Forbidden Planet and Annie. Our production for 2018 is Alice in Wonderland.

We also run a Year 7 and 8 drama club at lunchtime in the run up to the Christmas concert. Students work together to create a festive performance.

Theatre trips

We run a KS3 Theatre trip to a West End show in the autumn term to introduce students to professional theatre and to inspire their own performance work.

For GSCE Drama students we run a range of theatre trips to inspire and enhance their Drama education.

Curriculum Overview for Drama KS3

In Drama at KS3 students receive two 1 hour lessons over the two week timetable. In ks3 Drama is 75% practical focusing on Drama skills and techniques that allow students to create effective drama performances. Furthermore, Drama encourages other transferable skills such as public speaking, team work, communication, problem solving and confidence building. We cover a range of themes and topics to give a broad experience of both technical drama and issue based work. Students are assessed on three main skills in Drama Creating, Performing and Evaluating. In year 8 we increase the amount of written drama to incorporate the demands of the new GCSE courses.

Year 7

We start Year 7's Drama education by teaching a range of drama techniques. For example freeze frames, thought tracking and monologues. The idea behind this is to provide year 7 with their Drama toolbox in which they can build and improve their practical skills. This is extremely important as Drama isn't taught as a discreet subject in most primary schools. During year 7 we then introduce scripted drama, a play called 'Refuge' which explores the themes of refugees, and empathy. We learn about silent movies looking at skills such as mine, facial expression and body language. In addition we explore improvisation and characterisation based on many different starting points. Our final scheme of work is Darkwood Manor where we create drama performances about the mysterious 'Mrs Brown' whilst exploring the genre of horror.

Year 8

During Year 8 drama we then look to the crime and thriller genre with the story of 'Murder in the red barn'. Students must use problem solving skills to discover the clues of what happened. They then make judgments on the characters they encounter and decide their verdict. We also explore a popular play called 'Blood Brother' by Willy Russell. Here we look at themes such as class and opportunities as well as adoption. In turn we also explore vocal skills such as accent. We then move to stage combat and trestle masks. In these lessons students have an opportunity to learn stage and film style non-contact stage combat, as well as the theme of conflict. For the second part of this scheme we teach mask work learning key skills such a clocking the audience and exaggeration. Students then have a choice of assessment option to ensure they reach their full potential. In the later stages of year 8 we come to improvisation where students are actively encouraged to work on their spontaneity and ability to work as a team. A new scheme of work we have created is a live review of Shrek the Musical. The ability to watch and review theatre is a skill covered in the new GCSE. Students will be encouraged to look at not only acting style but lighting, set, sound, costume and staging.

KS4 Drama Curriculum GCSE Qualification

In years 9, 10 and 11 students will create and perform a range of performances over the three year course. This counts for 30% of their overall GCSE grade and two marks will be submitted to the exam board. Students will create devised Drama working from a chosen theme and a range of stimuli., this I worth 10%. This style of Drama is creative and very much student led and allows student freedom. Alongside the practical performance students create a portfolio of evidence to document their process worth 30%. This includes mood boards, scripts, research, mind maps and extended prose. The other performance style is scripted Drama where students will perform two extracts from one published play, this is worth 20%. In addition there is a 40% written exam that occurs at the end of year 11. In this 1 hour 30 minute exam students must consider how they would approach the realisation of the set text DNA. This could ask them to consider their perspective as an actor, director, costume or set designer or lighting or sound technician. Students will also experience live theatre which will inspire their own work and make up the final part of their theory exam through a live review. Drama GCSE can also develop many transferable skills that students can utilize in many areas of their school life and beyond including confidence building, public speaking, team work and effective communication.