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Sandbach School specialises in educating boys.  Every aspect of school life is geared to create the right environment for boys to thrive. Statistically evidence from the UK and around the world demonstrates that boys achieve higher results and make better progress in single sex schools.  We make no apology for focusing upon academic achievement and setting aspirational targets for our young men.  But we balance this with a co-curricular programme of out of class activities which teaches our boys the need for hard work and effort before tasting success.  Results academically are impressive: last year 84% achieved a C or above in Maths, 78% an English qualification and 72% gained 5A*-C grades including English and Maths.  All students left with qualifications which supported their chosen pathway – many returning to our Sixth Form but others gaining prestigious apprenticeships.

In other areas our boys have also excelled.  Our aim is always to support them whatever their talent and passion and so the range of opportunity is truly expansive.  We have had elite runners taking part by invitation in the London Mini Marathon. Students who have successfully made the national finals in table tennis and cross country. We are U16 county hockey champions and U14 runners-up. U13 Cheshire football champions  and Cheshire County finalists in two other age groups. One of our students made the final of the percussion BBC Young Musician of the Year with another winning the best instrumental soloist at the National Youth Brass Band Championships. These are just a few of the successes from last year!

I hope that the website gives you a flavour of our ethos and values. If you would like to know more we warmly welcome you to visit us.

Mrs Sarah Burns

 

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Performing Arts

Transition and Induction Phase (Year 7 & 8)

Program of study

In years 7 and 8, students study Drama, Movement or Physical Theatre in one lesson per week. Students will build confidence, work as part of a team and develop leadership skills through directing a group or specific parts of a play script. These are transferable skills which they can apply to their whole school life.

 

Assessment & Homework

Students will be assessed on a variety of skills at the end of each scheme of work depending on the topic. Homework is set in support of lessons and focuses on rehearsals, line learning or literacy tasks based on the requirements of the scheme.

 

Year 7

Half Term

Curriculum content

Autumn 1

This is an introduction to Drama where students learn key skills such as still image, thought tracking, marking the moment, narration and choral speaking taught through Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Literacy is a key part of this scheme through reading and responding to short passages and turning these into short performances using the key skills above.

Autumn 2

The students learn all about World War 2 through the story of Goodnight Mister Tom. They are encouraged to empathise with evacuees during the war, learn how to adapt to a new environment and how to break down social barriers.

Spring 1

The students explore Roald Dahl’s Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. Key skills in this unit include physical theatre, dialogue, movement and characterisation. Students will learn ensemble work by creating their own factory. They will develop choreography and learn to work to a beat and rhythm. Literacy is a key part of this unit with key passages from the book used as a starting point for the work.

Spring 2

During this half term, the students are introduced to Shakespeare and Macbeth. They learn how to use Shakespearean dialogue in a performance and the rhythm of iambic pentameter. They develop skills in stagecraft and basic stage fighting. They develop characterisation through playing characters such as the Witches, Macbeth and Banquo.

Summer 1

During this half term groups learn how to devise theatre by creating their own world on a new island. The have to work individually and as part of an ensemble and learn how to develop ideas from a stimulus. They learn the basics of script writing and how to block a script and add tension. Students have to hot seat as a character and use role play to create short dialogue scenes.

Summer 2

This half term is dedicated to developing physical theatre and choreography. Students will learn how to use their bodies in performance to tell a story. They will also start to learn some basic techniques such as weight support and lifts from practitioners such as Frantic Assembly.

 

Year 8

Half Term

Curriculum content

Autumn 1

In this unit the students study Victorian Melodrama and the history of theatre. They learn to act in a comical exaggerated style and how to create stock archetypal characters. They learn how to use a black box environment set and how to enhance a performance through use of lighting and special effects.

Autumn 2

The study of the history of theatre continues in this unit through Greek Theatre. Students learn how to use masks to enhance physicality and characterisation. Groups work with Trestle Masks to develop meaning through mime and gesture. Greek myths are used in this unit and students will be given an insight into classical texts such as Oedipus and The Odyssey.

Spring 1

Students develop their skills in movement and choreography through Stomp. Students work in groups on percussion and movement. Entrances, exits and movement motifs are a focus of the unit as well as rhythms, beats and percussion timing.

Spring 2

This half term is about designing a set, lighting rig and operating lights. Students learn about the different types of lights we have and how we use them. They learn about projection and how to incorporate this into performances in an innovative way.

Summer 1

Students learn the movement style of Bob Fosse and his dance techniques. They will learn how to create a floor pattern, how to use dynamics and how to develop a Fosse style motif. Students work in the Dance Studio on specific Dance techniques. Students work with pace, tempo and physicality to create a Bob Fosse inspired choreographed piece.

Summer 2

Students explore Lord of The Flies. Groups will explore the key characters of the story and the overall plot. They choose key moments to turn into movement motifs and develop further into short dance sequences. It is also another chance to use lighting within a performance and explore the effects that different lighting states can have on a performance.

GCSE Drama information can be found HERE.

A Level Drama & Theatre information can be found HERE.