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27/06/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'sanguine'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/tQHOS2zjsG

24/06/22

This week in our Weekly Vlog, Mr Anderson speaks about the huge success of our School Production earlier this week. You will also see a few sneak peek performances from their rehearsal! Check it out here: https://t.co/ElctOw7Etj https://t.co/U4ag8bWtTL

22/06/22

Did you know that today is ? Our Year 7 students have been set two challenges by Mrs Vincent to help promote this important occasion! https://t.co/bNci5wQrvM

22/06/22

Earlier this week we welcomed who performed a fantastic production of 'What you Will' to our students. It was a great engaging introduction to and it transported our students to the world of Elizabethan Theatre! https://t.co/HQWLa4MQpj

22/06/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'laudable'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/GLQFLblBBy

21/06/22

We are excited to confirm that there are a few limited tickets still available to purchase for our school production this afternoon! Booking details can be found here: https://t.co/ro78Wv7I9i https://t.co/1hXHHripY1

21/06/22

After months of rehearsing, we are so excited to see our students perform in our first ever school production, 'Will Power', this afternoon! Good luck to our students taking part and special thanks goes to Mr Anderson and Mr Lee for all of their hard work! https://t.co/xub2gMsHS2

20/06/22

We are so happy to hear that SST's first ever school trip was a big success on Friday. Our Choir students went to Thorpe Park and had a great time! https://t.co/L3QIUiH1y3

17/06/22

Our students enjoyed the weather yesterday afternoon as Miss Orme moved 'Make it Club' to the Courtyard to make the most of this glorious sunshine ☀️#ExtraCurricular https://t.co/iDjdRmLuR2

15/06/22

This week in Drama, our Year 8 students are learning sequencing, and are seen here performing still images! https://t.co/xi7uEibghq

14/06/22

This morning we are off to Primary School for a Transition Meeting. Tilly, Oliver and Will are looking forward to speaking to the students joining us next year! https://t.co/B9o3LbPgJw

14/06/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'Iniquitous'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/omofup2Udb

13/06/22

As part of our transition, there will be a series of weekly challenges for our newest recruits to take part in which are uploaded every week! This week we are challenging students to a Drama challenge. Head over to our website for further info! https://t.co/Z6eqOKai3b https://t.co/LCcdJORzPg

09/06/22

We are delighted to announce Briony, Year 8, has been commended in the Spanish category for the South East region. Well done Briony! https://t.co/C3XeIF5oYK

09/06/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'perpetrator'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/pFbBEcLEcF

08/06/22

With June being GRT History Month, our students learnt about what makes a home for the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Community in assembly this morning! https://t.co/DsrMUdJkRm

07/06/22

This morning Mr Payne, Yasmina and Emilis are off to Leeds & Broomfield CE Primary to meet with the Year 6 students starting with us in September! We are excited to start our Primary visits this term https://t.co/YuZw1R0d9a

07/06/22

We are so happy to welcome our students back for Term 6 after a restful break! We are looking forward to another packed full term! https://t.co/OWSZS7oOhl

26/05/22

Our students continued their project in collaboration with today. They have been discussing how our different cultures are affected by issues raised by the United Nations in their Sustainable Development Goals and how we can work towards a more sustainable future! https://t.co/t2tIkJGMfh

25/05/22

This week we are celebrating Citizenship Week by challenging our students to plan a local project taking action on one of the sustainable goals! https://t.co/xw3mgbMl6r

24/05/22

Recently we challenged our newest recruits to an Art Challenge, as part of . They were asked to photograph objects or settings which have human characteristics. We were so impressed with the entries! Check out these brilliant submissions from Oscar, Eliana & Ava! https://t.co/rc5Xa3vuTC

23/05/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'bystander'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/DasJ6cuLKE

20/05/22

We are so proud of our Girls Football Team who made it through to the final yesterday! After a brilliant performance we sadly lost in a penalty shootout however their achievement goes down in our SST history as the first team to make it to a final! Well done girls! https://t.co/UVZRGvSO9k

19/05/22

Good luck to our Year 7 and 8 Girls Football Team playing in the championship final this afternoon at the Gallagher Stadium! https://t.co/mdQdUACkGX

18/05/22

Session 5 is all about reflection and evaluation. Our students have been busy updating their competencies on their iPads using ! https://t.co/f9bNDFHMJP

18/05/22

During session 4 of our we welcome Matt from “We are with you” agency. He is speaking to our students about peer related issues including risks of drugs, energy drinks and the consequences of taking drugs! https://t.co/0NjCeWaVoH

18/05/22

Session 3 is all about prejudice related incidents. Here they are working hard to create a poster to explain what they have learned! https://t.co/D3ixBkokWK

18/05/22

Session 2 is focused on students working together. They have learnt that everybody is different in lots of different ways and we need to treat everybody the same. https://t.co/u5kFWKuKRo

18/05/22

Session 1 of our is focused on exploring stereotypes! Our students are understanding the importance of not judging a book by its cover! https://t.co/qaoZVVaICR

18/05/22

The sun is shining for our Empower Day! Today will be a series of sessions focused on reacting to situations in life and considering how our reactions and actions can affect others! https://t.co/cfbsF83zf6

18/05/22

Today is the day of our Students v Staff Football match! If wish to make a voluntary donation, this can be made here: https://t.co/xRLAUCbluM https://t.co/hnP6aX0crR

17/05/22

Today we virtually hosted a school in Belgium, where three teachers taught a STEM lesson to our Year 7 students. This is part of a long standing relationship between and https://t.co/Vu7z4eubVd

17/05/22

We are pleased to open our school for current Year 5 students and parents to take part in a student led tour on the following dates! Head over to our website to secure a ticket: https://t.co/VYfMaksVIa https://t.co/tXDVUHK6hW

16/05/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'collaborator'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/3wYtcuUodw

12/05/22

Today we had the 1st session of our 'Learning Alliance Beyond Borders' project that 15 SST students will be working on with students from . They will be learning about each other’s cultures, and working together to look at innovative ways to tackle climate change! https://t.co/h2Uyujn8ZU

11/05/22

Check out this car that the students in GreenPower Car Club have made! They enjoyed doing some practice runs yesterday without the body work of the car in place so that they can check everything is working properly before it is raced! https://t.co/oPXmXTVCm2

10/05/22

Congratulations to our Girls Football team who only went and got through to the Championship FINAL! They will be playing at Gallagher Stadium on Thursday, 19 May. Further information on how you can watch will be available soon! https://t.co/kzW0O6yIgL

09/05/22

We are thrilled to announce our long-awaited Staff vs Students football match, which will be taking place after school on Wednesday, 18 May, to raise money for our Library. If wish to make a voluntary donation, this can be made here: https://t.co/xRLAUBTcgE https://t.co/NRwMOlKEtr

09/05/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'resistance'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/sSHHaJbNXQ

06/05/22

Check out how much fun we had raising money for Ukraine by cycling from Kent to Kyiv last week in our weekly vlog! Who else is super impressed with Mr Lee's slow motion cycling?! https://t.co/uNwz14fz7z https://t.co/qMAGGMgJ7g

Drama

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The Drama department includes:

- Mr J Anderson – Lead Teacher of Drama
- Mr J Lee – Teacher of Drama

As a key foundation of the curriculum at SST Maidstone, the Drama department provides a space for students interested in performance or technical roles to learn their craft, supported by dedicated, energetic and experienced teachers and actors.  The curriculum in Drama not only embeds the key skills of performance, but also provides cultural and historic links such as Ancient Greece and World War II.

The Drama department runs a Drama club each week with a number of Year 7 and Year 8 students attending and leads a School Production each year to which roles are heavily contested.

The department has strong collaborative links with other departments, such as:

  • Linked project with Humanities to help students understand the refugee crisis.
  • Linked Shakespeare play with English to support students understanding of the text in both subjects.
  • Collaborative School Production which links every subject in the school.

Curriculum Intent

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At the School of Science and Technology, the aim of the Drama department is to help students explore the four Cs: Confidence, Communication, Collaboration and Creation. It is understood, that as well as being taught as a stand-alone subject in years 7 and 8, Drama should also be integrated with other subjects at SST, to help students explore their learning through praxis, and enable them to create their own individual and group projects which take their educational journey to the next level. 

The school’s ethos, where learning has no limits, is integral to the message that we aim to give every student in the drama department. We believe that to be able to give students a total education, Drama is essential to their development, outlined by the four Cs below. 

Confidence - Throughout key stage three the aim of the drama department is to instil a sense of confidence in the young people at SST, which (at the same time) never turns in to arrogance. It is well known that when students join us in year 7, they come to us from a variety of different backgrounds. Some children will know others within their form groups, whilst others will know no one else within the school. Drama is essential to their development and enables them to become confident in presenting work in front of an audience and delivering constructive feedback to their peers. It is also hoped that through close links with other subjects, students can communicate confidently about their learning across the school, whether that be through their learning in humanities or their learning in languages.  

Communication - Every school is committed to growth of knowledge, what sets SST apart is the ability that our students must communicate their learning through oracy skills. From the start of year 7, students will be asked to deliver constructive feedback of both their own work, and the work of others. Students will be given sentence starters to help them speak eloquently about work they are producing in lessons.  

It is also important that students gain the ability to communicate with each other. Through ensemble building activities, students will learn how to work effectively as part of a team. This will hopefully extend into group work in other subjects, as well as with students in other year groups. It is also important that as a department we communicate effectively with our students, and that we build an environment where student finds the Drama department a space where they can have honest conversations.  

Collaboration – Students will learn to collaborate with each other in their drama lessons. By randomly selecting working groups, we make sure that each student gets to work with every other member of their class. This ethos extends into work during co-curricular drama, where students will work with other students in different year groups. In the future, the drama department would also like to be involved in empower days which helps students to work across year groups on a larger scale.  

As well as student collaboration, the drama department has a strong desire to work collaboratively with other departments across the school. If students see departments working together and can see the links within their own learning then they two will see an education which has no limits. 

Creation – Bringing together Confidence, Communication and Collaboration is Creation. Throughout their time in the drama department, students will explore drama practically. All students will create and produce a piece of drama each term for assessment.  The aim is for this piece of drama to solidify their knowledge of key theatrical terms, as well improve their skills in producing a product intended for an audience. This is a transferable skill for any young person, one which will help them develop into mature young adults in the future. 

Curriculum Topics

Year 7

 

  • Teambuilding: Learning to work as an ensemble to create a short performance for an audience. 
  • Once on this Island: Learning how Given Circumstances change the way we perform a piece of text. 
  • Greek Theatre: Learning how the theatre of ancient Greece was created for early civilisation.
  • Commedia dell’arte: Learning how physicality is used to create stock characters in theatre.   

Year 8

  • Displaced people: Learning to use a stimulus to create a piece of Drama. 
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Learning how we can present a 16th century text to a 21st century audience. 
  • Theatre in Education: Using theatre to educate an audience. 

Year 9

  • Analysing text: Learning to analyse a performance text for an exam. 
  • Presenting and performing texts: Students will present a piece of text to an audience.
  • Devising theatre: Students will create a piece of drama from a stimulus. 

Split into 3 units: 

Unit: Practitioners and Devising theatre 

Students study the work of two major practitioners and then create a devised performance based on a stimulus and a practitioner of their choosing. Students will complete a portfolio of evidence to complement their own written work.

Unit: Presenting and performing texts

Students study texts in small groups and present their performance to an audience.

Unit: Analysing texts and performance

Students will study one text over the course of a year and be able to answer questions on it for their end of year exam. Students will watch a piece of theatre as a class and be able to complete a theatre review. 

Year 10 and 11

Students will study the GCSE course which is split into the following sections:

  • Devising theatre (30% coursework)
  • Presenting and performing texts (30% coursework) 
  • Performance and response (40% written exam)

Year 12 and 13

Drama and theatre studies will be available for students at either A-level or BTEC level

Transition Information

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Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3

Many students will not have been taught drama in a educational setting before. The first lesson of Key Stage 3 will always be about establishing rules and expectations for the drama classroom. 

Students will create class contracts which they will be expected to abide by in every drama lesson.      

Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4

Throughout the Key Stage 3 course of study, students will come across key words and phrases which will be of benefit to them should they choose to take drama through to the year 9 foundation year. Students will learn basic skills in the 4 main assessment areas for GCSE which will give them experience in creating their own work and evaluating the work of others. 

Key Stage 4 to Key Stage 5

During the GCSE course, students are given an awareness of how the GCSE course is similar and different to the course at A-level. Students will have the opportunity to learn about different roles in the theatre which they will need to know for study at A-level and B-tech level. 

Beyond Key Stage 5

Students are given opportunities to look at different routes which can be taken in the performing arts. Students will be supported if they wish to apply to leading drama schools with support given through the application process as well as preparation for drama school audition pieces.  

Unit Plans

Click here to view the Unit Plans for Drama.

Extended Curriculum Opportunities

Click here to view the Extended Curriculum Opportunities