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Drama

Drama

Drama education thoroughly embraces our whole school philosophy ‘A love of learning and a confidence for life’. Drama education ensures that students are provided with a safe environment to develop creative, expressive and evaluative skills essential for effective communication within the classroom and beyond. It is the aim of the department to instill in all students an enjoyment of the subject and an understanding of its relevance to the world around them.

  • KS3 Drama

    KS3 Drama 

    The Drama course is closely-linked to the National Curriculum and is dynamically styled towards our students’ needs. The three stages of dramatic inquiry: making, performing and responding allow students and opportunity to explore and experiment with skills, knowledge and understanding of Drama as a discrete body of knowledge with its own specific principles, techniques and vocabulary.  Students are assessed on each unit of work and are marked using criteria that focuses on all three components of: making, performing and responding. 

    Units of Work

    Year 7

    Way West
    Storytelling
    Hero and Villians

    Year 8       

    Silent Movie
    Odyssey
    Sparkleshark

    Year 9

    Soap Opera
    Commedia Del Arte
    Missing Dan Nolan
    Devising
  • YEAR 10 AND 11

    GCSE Drama

    This course enables students to: 

    • Develop and demonstrates competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills
    • Work imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas
    • Reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others
    • Actively engage in the process of dramatic study in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with an awareness of social, historical and cultural contexts
    • Develop a strong and appropriate foundation for further progression to Drama courses, including A-level Drama and Theatre Studies, and enhanced vocational and career pathways


    Year 10 & Year 11

    Component One: Devising (40% of qualification)

    Content

    Students explore stimuli in a group, developing ideas, rehearsing and refining these to create a devised piece of theatre for an assessed performance. The stimuli are a free choice for centres. Students then record the creation and development process of this group performance in a portfolio and evaluate their contribution to the process and the performance.

    Assessment

    Participation in group-devised performance as a performer or designer. Individual portfolio.

    Component Two: Performance from text (20% of qualification)

    Content

    Students explore two extracts from one play text, this text must be from
a contrasting time period to their Component 3 set text. It must also be by a different playwright and a different genre. They create a performance from the text, rehearsing and refining their performance/ design realisations for an assessed performance.

    Assessment

    Performance in/design realisation for two key extracts from a performance text. Each of the extract performances is assessed independently. Students participate as a designer/performer and may submit a monologue, duologue or group piece for each extract.

    Component Three: Theatre Makers in Practice (40% of qualification)

    Content

    Students practically explore a chosen set text. This can come from either List A (pre-1954) or List B (post-2000). Students are audience members for a live performance. They make and refine notes on the performance. They practice responding to questions for both sections in examination conditions.

    Assessment

    Written examination: Section A – Bringing texts to life. Section B – Live theatre evaluation (students can take in 500 words of notes)

     

     

     
     
  • YEAR 12 AND 13

    AS Drama and Theatre

    This course enables students to: 

    • Develop and demonstrates competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills
    • Work imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas
    • Reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others
    • Actively engage in the process of dramatic study in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with an awareness of social, historical and cultural contexts

    NB. Although GCSE Drama is not a requirement it is a strong recommendation. Studying Drama at GCSE provides significant performance, group and evaluative opportunities which are all crucial components of the A – level course. 

    • Qualification: AS A Level (GCE)
    • Examination Board: Edexcel
    • Syllabus/ Specification: Drama & Theatre
    • Subject Code: 9DR0
    • Hours per week: 6 hours
    • Details: See below

    Component One: Exploration and Performance (60% of qualification)

    Content

    Students explore an extract from a performance text in light of the work of a practitioner. They rehearse and refine their performance/design realisations for an assessed performance of this extract. They are required to record the exploration, rehearsal and creation process of this group performance in a portfolio and evaluate their contribution to it.

    Students will also take part in a monologue or duologue performance of an extract from a different text. Students rehearse and refine their performance/design realisations for an assessed performance of this extract.

    Assessment

    Participation in a group piece and a monologue or duologue piece as a designer or a performer. Individual portfolio. 

    Component Two: Theatre Makers in Practice (40% of qualification)

    Content

    Students are audience members for a live performance. They make and refine notes on the performance. Students practically explore a chosen set text from List A, considering aspects of the performance and design of the text focusing on performance and design aspects. They practice responding to questions for both sections in examination conditions

    Assessment

    Written examination: Section A: Live theatre evaluation (students can take in 500 words of notes). Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text. 

    Component Three: Theatre Makers in Practice (40% of qualification)

    Content

    Students are audience members for a live performance. They make and refine notes on the performance. Students practically explore a chosen set text from List A, considering aspects of the performance and design of the text focusing on performance and design aspects. They practice responding to questions for both sections in examination conditions

    Assessment

    Written examination: Section A: Live theatre evaluation (students can take in 500 words of notes). Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text. Section C: Interpreting a performance text.