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Drama

Drama lessons are taught in a Drama and Dance Studio which can also be split to create 2 smaller rehearsal areas. Year 7 students study Drama at Key Stage 3 and these lessons focus on a variety of performance skills and knowledge through group work and the sharing of work. Students study a variety of topics to assist this development including physical theatre, theme based work and scripts.

GCSE Drama students begin the course in Year 9; it involves many areas of study involving a variety of practical modules and theory topics. Drama at GCSE is an optional subject; students’ performances in Foundation lessons determine their suitability for the course. Throughout the 3 years studying GCSE Drama the students study a variety of practical options including practitioners and different styles of performance including physical theatre, naturalism and Epic Theatre.

Component 1 is a controlled assessment piece worth 40% of their final marks. It is assessed through 2 tasks. Task 1 is a Devised Performance worth 20% where candidates devise a practical performance based on a theme, linked with a practitioner or genre (Groups of 2-5). Task 2 is a Devised Performance Report where candidates must complete a written report of the practical work they have completed in Task One, under formal supervision (20%). In Component 2 students must perform two contrasting scenes from a published play. The final piece is Component 3 which is a written exam where they are assessed on their ability to analyse a set text as an actor, designer or director and a response to a live theatre performance.

The confidence, creativity levels and skills students develop throughout the Drama GCSE course will equip them for numerous careers. The study of Drama also gives students the opportunities to perform in front of a live audience. Even if students don’t continue Drama as a GCSE Option, there are plenty of opportunities for students to get involved in extra-curricular Drama.

Staff
  • Miss J Stott - Head of Department
  • Mrs S Glover
Key Stage 4
Year 9
  • Introduction to Drama and Theatre Skills - (Autumn term)
  • Homelessness – Physical Theatre - (Autumn term)
  • History of Theatre - (Spring term)
  • Storytelling - (Spring term)
  • Acting Workshops - (Summer term)
  • Devising - Performance Report - (Summer term)
Year 10
  • Acting workshops using Stanislavski and Brecht - (Autumn term)
  • Devising work - (Autumn term)
  • Set Text Study - (Spring term)
  • Practical coursework – Devising examination - (Summer term)
  • Performance report - (Summer term)
Year 11
  • Devising examination and review - (Autumn term)
  • Exam Skills – theory paper - (Autumn term)
  • Component 2 – scripted examination - (Spring term)
  • Exam Skills – theory paper - (Spring term)
  • Exam Preparation - (Summer term)
Reporting

At GCSE, our students are taught to develop a series of Drama theory skills which are displayed in the written work. To arrive at their grade, this will be combined with a piece of GCSE Drama practical coursework. As the course progresses, more practical and theory skills are learnt and the students’ grade can increase. As there is only one tier for the GCSE Drama paper, students can be graded A*-G.

Years 9, 10 & 11
  • Students are assessed based on advancement of practical skills using a skills audit and record of development in a working notebook
  • Students are assessed based on their knowledge and understanding of various practitioners. This is supported by their Performance Report based on a piece of practical work
  • Students are assessed in a written examination based on a set text and their response to characters from a director, actor and designer point of view.
Key Stage 5

Performing Arts Level 3 is taught in sixth form as a BTEC which is equivalent to 2 A levels. During this course students will develop both practical and theoretical knowledge of Performing Arts through practitioners research and exploration tasks. These include visiting community groups and junior partners, leading and organising performances and showcasing own and others work to audiences. It also includes a number of theatre workshops and visits to ensure creative knowledge is stretched and developed.

During this course they will study the following units:

Year 1:
  • Investigating Practitioners Work
  • Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance
  • Acting Styles
  • Group Performance Workshop
  • Musical Theatre Techniques
Year 2:
  • Performing Arts in the Community
  • Individual Performance Commission
  • Final Live Performance to an Audience
  • Jazz Dance Technique

Assessment is through both external and internal units and includes a variety of both performance and written tasks and a timed examination based on knowledge and research of a number of practitioners work based on a theme from the examination board.