Ms A. Wilkie - Head of English and Drama
Drama demands creativity, high levels of teamwork skills and the confidence to perform and experiment with dramatic forms and convention. A high level of professionalism and commitment is essential.
In Year 7 students have one lesson per fortnight. The focus is on developing their performance skills, and on basic drama techniques including still images, narration and cross-cutting. We explore a variety of devised and scripted work with themes including Roald Dahl, ghost stories, and historic events that changed the world. Students are encouraged to be imaginative and creative, while also being disciplined in their focus on the tasks.
Year 8 builds on the techniques explored in Year 7, adding in some different theatre styles including chorus and physical theatre. We begin by working in the first term in small groups on the script ‘The Government Inspector’ focusing on skills necessary for learning lines and achieving comic timing and characterisation. In the second term we look at different scripts working towards an inter-house competition.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW POET LAUREATE for 2021: Martha Hodgson, our new Olavian Poet Laureate for 2021.
The Poet Laureate is commissioned to write a minimum of three poems during the year responding to School events chosen by the Poet.
The Role of the Poet Laureate is to create a record of our times and to promote unity.
Our English Newsletter is available below, containing many of the shortlisted entries from previous competitions.
Wider reading suggestions for Students of English & Drama
KS3 Reading Suggestions for keen readersKS3 Reading Suggestions for reluctant readersKS4 - Year 10 - English Reading SuggestionsKS4 - Year 11 - English Reading SuggestionsKS5 - English Reading Suggestions