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Drama

Why we teach Drama

We want all pupils to be able to understand and enjoy theatrical performances in all their multi-faceted richness and so we seek to develop their appreciation of our cultural heritage through the learning of drama.

We also teach pupils the conventions and techniques of performance itself, enabling pupils to explore their inner selves and feelings in a safe environment.  Pupils learn the skills of performance that enable them to develop their own confidence, not only about performing to others but also the self-confidence all of us need to make a good life.

The development of dramatic pieces also involves team-work and skills learned in drama are then used by pupils in all other areas of the school and of life.  We also learn about the co-ordination of several different elements, including the lights and sound of a production, and pupils learn how to bring together these separate strands to make a whole production – these project management skills can also be applied elsewhere.

KS3 Drama

Overview of content

The Year 7 curriculum will introduce the study of Drama as creative artform. Year 7 pupils will begin developing their skills in creating, working as a team, and performing to an audience.

Yr 7 Programme of Study

Half term

Topics studied; skills and knowledge

How this will be assessed

Autumn - 1

Working together- creating together

Baseline assessment on Scripted work

Assessment of Scripted extract

Autumn - 2

Introduction to Devising Theatre

Devising performance

Spring - 1

National Theatre Production

Live theatre analysis and evaluation

Spring - 2

History of Theatre

Performance

Summer - 1

Scripted play – Post 20th Century

Performance

Summer - 2

Scripted Extracts – Pre 20th Century

Performance

Yr 8 Programme of Study

Half term

Topics studied; skills and knowledge

How this will be assessed

Autumn - 1

Scary play – technical skills

Ongoing classwork

Autumn - 2

Scary play- applying technical skills to performance

Assessment of Scripted extract

Spring - 1

National Theatre Production

Live theatre analysis and evaluation

Spring - 2

Practitioners

Performance

Summer - 1

Devising - from a given Stimuli

Ongoing classwork

Summer - 2

Devising

Performance

Yr 9 Programme of Study

Half term

Topics studied; skills and knowledge

How this will be assessed

Autumn - 1

Sparkleshark – Physicality and Vocal work

Ongoing classwork

Autumn - 2

Sparkleshark – Specific Acting intentions

Assessment of Scripted extract

Spring - 1

National Theatre Production

Live theatre analysis and evaluation

Spring - 2

Devising – Practitioners study

Practitioners study

Summer - 1

Devising - from a given Stimuli

Performance

Summer - 2

Presentation and Speech skills

Performance

Homework

Homework will be set when required. Homework examples include to research a given stimuli, complete a written task, preparing for assessment, learning lines etc.

Learning outside the classroom

There will be a KS3 Drama Club when allowed.

Parental support and extension

Pupils would benefit from looking at various playscripts, novels and opening their mind to different literature. Any opportunity to observe live theatre or streamed professional performances would benefit greatly.

More information

Drama is a group-based subject, although pupils will be assessed on their individual contribution, collaboration and team work is a key to success.

KS4 Drama

AQA GCSE Drama (8261)

Overview of content

In GCSE Drama pupils are engaged and encouraged to become confident performers and designers. They are taught transferable skills, such as the ability to collaborate with others, think analytically and evaluate effectively. They gain the confidence to pursue their own ideas, reflect and refine their efforts which can be applied in all areas of their future life, in which ever path they chose to follow. The course includes the study of a set dramatic text, evaluating live theatre, performance of a chosen play text and an in depth look at the devising process leading to performance.

Programme of Study

Year

Half term

Topics studied; skills and knowledge

How this will be assessed

10

Autumn - 1

Introduction to GCSE Drama and Component 1 Section A

Section A Assessment

Autumn - 2

Component 1 Section B: Blood Brothers

Exam style questions

Spring - 1

Component 1 Section C: Live Theatre Review

Exam style questions

Spring - 2

Component 3: Texts in Practice

Mock Performance

Summer - 1

Component 2: Devising – introduction to the process

Ongoing assessment

Summer - 2

Component 2: Devising – Section 1 Response & Section 2 Development logbook

Response & Development Logbook

11

Autumn - 1

Component 2- Devising Performance

Component 2: Section 3 Analysis & Evaluation

Devising Performance

Devising Logbook – Section 3

Autumn - 2

Component 3: Texts in Practice

Preparation and rehearsals

Component 1: Section C – Live theatre review

Section C- Exam questions

Spring - 1

Component 3: Texts in Practice

External examiner AQA

Spring - 2

Component 1: Sections A,B,C revision

Exam Questions

Summer - 1

Component 1: Sections, A, B, C

Exam Questions

Summer - 2

Period of Formal Examinations

 

Homework

The type of homework set will range depending on which unit of study is being taught. It may include completing research tasks, learning lines for their selected text, or completing tasks associated with the set text. These will be set on Go 4 Schools, and will include the use of teams to access appropriate resources.

How it is assessed

There are three assessed components to GCSE Drama. They are:

  • Component 1 is the formal written examination. This has three sections, which include the study of a set text and a question on the work of theatre makers in a single live production.
  • Component 2 is the devising unit. Pupils are assessed on a pupil led devised performance, and on a devising log they create to reflect and record their process.
  • Component 3 is the texts in practice unit. Pupils are assessed on two extracts they chose to perform from a text they chose. Although they have a free choice, there are certain constrictions that must be adhered to.

Learning outside the classroom

Pupils will have the opportunity to rehearse afterschool within the allocated KS4 enrichment time. Pupils will also get the opportunity to access live theatre should circumstances be allowed.

Parental support and extension

Pupils would benefit from wider reading of the practitioners and the playwrights studied. Furthermore, any additional contextual knowledge of time periods, and the impact of the historical, cultural and social decisions made and therefore influenced upon their set text would be helpful.

More information

Pupils would find having their own copies of AQA GCSE Drama Textbook by Annie Fox (ISBN 9781911208211), Blood Brothers play guide BY Annie Fox (ISBN 978-1-911208-70-9), and Blood Brothers (ISBN 978-0-413-76770-7) beneficial. Any additional reading on or by Willy Russell would also be helpful.

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