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Drama

Introduction

Drama lessons are taught in a Drama and Dance Studio which can also be split to create 2 smaller rehearsal areas. Most Key Stage 3 students study Drama each half term. 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, Silent Movies and history of Drama.

GCSE Drama students begin the course in Year 10; 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 2 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.

Unit 1 is a controlled assessment piece worth 60 % of their final marks. It is assessed through 2 tasks. Task 1 is a Devised Performance (AO1, AO2) worth 40% 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 (AO3) where candidates must complete a written report of the practical work they have completed in Task One, under formal supervision. In Unit 2 students must perform from a scene from a published play. (AO2) The final piece is Unit 3 which is a written exam (AO1) where they are be assessed on their ability to analyse one set text as an actor, designer and director.

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
  • Miss L Hartley

Curriculum Overview for GCSE Drama:

Year 10
Autumn Term
  • Practical coursework based on styles of theatre and Stanislavski and Brecht
Spring Term
  • Practical coursework – Devised.
  • Devised Performance Report
Summer Term
  • Practical coursework – Theatre in Education
  • Devised Performance Report
Year 11
Autumn Term
  • Practical coursework – Unit 2 – Published play piece – Blood Brothers
  • Exam Skills – theory paper.
Spring Term
  • Practical coursework – study of a set text
  • Exam Skills – theory paper
Summer Term
  • Exam Preparation.
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.

Year 10
Autumn
  • Students are assessed based on advancement of practical skills using a skills audit and record of development in a working notebook
Spring
  • Students are assessed based on development of own devised piece based on a theme or stimulus supported by their record of development in a working notebook
Summer
  • Students are assessed based on their knowledge and understanding of Theatre in Education including a live performance to partner primaries. This is supported by their Performance Report based on this piece of practical work
Year 11
Autumn
  • Students are assessed through their performance of a scene from a published play. They are assessed on their knowledge and understanding of themes, style and context and also on their practical development of character in performance
Spring
  • Students are assessed based on their knowledge and understanding of a set text using both practical and technical methods
Summer
  • Students are assessed using a past exam paper, testing their theoretical knowledge and understanding of the set text