Drama

 
What will the subject enable me to do?

Drama will enable students to think carefully about how theatre productions are created and performed in different styles and genres. Students will gain the ability to use acting skills and techniques to create a range of characters. As students move through the years of school, they will grow in confidence gaining both performance and presentation skills. Students will have the ability to perform in shows, know how to audition and have an understanding of the roles that make up a theatre company.

The skills you gain while studying Drama are valued by all types of employers, for example:

  • confidence;
  • self-presentation;
  • teamwork and collaboration;
  • time management and organisational skills;
  • self-awareness;
  • self-discipline;
  • an open mind and the ability to move beyond boundaries and experiment with different ideas;
  • communication skills;
  • analytical, critical and research skills;
  • the ability to cope with criticism and learn from it;
 
Staff

Miss Brown

 
KeyStage3 -Curriculum Plan

Year 7

Topic
Content
Assessment

Introduction to Drama

Students will learn about basic drama skills and techniques and learn how to apply them. They will use teamwork and leadership skills.

Practical and written booklet

Devised-Haunted School

Students will apply the skills learnt from the first unit into a part scripted/part devised topic. This will encourage communication and creative thinking.

Practical and written booklet

Pantomime and Fairy-tales

Using Pantomime conventions and acting skills and techniques learnt throughout the year, students will create their very own pantomime and perform them on the main school stage.

Practical and written booklet

 

 

 

Skills and techniques used throughout year 7:

Control of voice/ Use of space/Use of memory for lines/Body Language/Facial Expression/Use of props/ Use of costume/Rehearsal techniques/Control/Focus/Discipline/

Freeze Frame/ Thought Track/Split Stage/ Warm ups/ Role play/Mime

Speaking & Listening/ Discussion/Peer assessment/ Analysing/Evaluating/ Creative thinking

 

Year 8

Topic
Content
Assessment

The White Lady

Students will apply the skills learnt from year 7 and enhance them into a part scripted/part devised topic. This will encourage communication and creative thinking.

Practical and written booklet

Performing from a script

Students will learn to interpret a script and create a performance by learning lines, creating character profiles, making decisions on set/props and costume design.

Practical and written booklet

Writing for Performance

Leading on from the last topic, students will learn how to write their own script and perform it. Students will use creative writing/script writing and performance skills. Students will also consider and use technical elements of Drama.

Script and performance

Devising from a stimulus

Linking to the GCSE specification, students will learn to use a variety of stimuli to enhance their creativity. The students will gain the ability to ‘think outside the box’ learning how to create performance from their own ideas and applying drama techniques and skills.

1: Performance 

2: Written log-

A: Creating a devised performance

B: Analysis and evaluation.

 

Skills used throughout year 8:

Control of voice/ Use of space/Use of memory for lines/Body Language/Facial Expression/Use of props/ Use of costume/Rehearsal techniques/Control/Focus/Discipline/

Freeze Frame/ Thought Track/Split Stage/ Warm ups/ Role play/Mime

Speaking & Listening/ Discussion/Peer assessment/ Analysing/Evaluating

 

In addition to the above skills:

Explore technical aspects through compare and contrast

Character study

Understand technical aspects of staging  a play

Understand the purpose of staging

Learn lines

Voice- Projection/Articulation/ Diction

Pace and pause

 

 

Homework and support

Homework will be set via Show My Homework and will comprise of a written booklet that students will be requested to fill in after each lesson. Spelling tests of frequently used drama words. Research task depending on the topic. In addition extra lunch time rehearsals made be required before end of topic assessed performances.

Glee club

This drama club is open to year groups 7, 8 and 9 and is available on a Thursday 3-4 in the drama studio. Students can choose to either perform/sing/Play an instrument/dance or participate in all disciplines. It is a relaxed club where students create their own shows from their combined ideas. The end devised piece will be performed to Year 7 and year 8 on the main school stage under stage lighting. Glee is a fantastic club for those students who lack confidence/communication skills and want to make new friends but also for those who love to perform.

 
Keystage 4

Students will study AQA GCSE Drama.

In year 9 students will have a foundation year in which they will develop their performance techniques and skills, learn about a variety of practitioners and their theories and analysis and interpret texts.

Year 10/11

Components
Content
Assessment

 

Component 1: Understanding Drama.

· Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre

· Study of one set play

· Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers including theatre visit

 

This component is to deliver content practically/written to inform a written examination which will take place in the summer term of Year 11.

· Written exam:

1 hour and 45 minutes

· Open book

· 80 marks

· 40% of GCSE

 

Component 2: Devising Drama.

· Process of creating devised drama in a devising log

· Performance of devised drama

· Analysis and evaluation of own work

 

This component is a combination of practical and written work. The devised performance will be assessed in front of an audience.

· Devising log (60 marks)

· Devised performance (20 marks)

· 80 marks in total · 40% of GCSE

 

 

Component 3:

Texts in practice.

 

· Performance of two extracts from one play

· Free choice of play but it must contrast with the set play chosen for Component 1

· Reflective report

 

This component is a combination of practical and written work. The extracts will be assessed in front of an audience and visiting examiner.

· Performance of Extract 1 (20 marks) and Extract 2 (20 marks)

· 40 marks in total · 20% of GCSE

 

 

Homework and support

Homework will be set via ShowMyHomework and will comprise of research tasks, theory revision and exam question practice.

Revision Class- Day to be confirmed

 
Keystage 5

Students will study AQA GCSE Drama.

On the course

Students will undertake all non-exam assessment in the certification year and sit the written exam at the end of the course.

Practical focus

Learning is through experience, seeing theatre and making theatre. Exploring plays practically, devising using a wide range of theatrical styles and contexts.

Engaging exams

The exam side of the course is designed for students to demonstrate their creativity and imagination in interpreting set texts and to apply independent thinking and evaluate a live theatre production.

 

Year 12/13

Components
Content
Assessment

 

Component 1:

Drama and Theatre

· Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre

· Study of two set play

· Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers including theatre visit

· Written exam:

3 hours

· Open book

· 80 marks

 · 40% of A-Level

 

 

Component 2: Creating Original Drama

  • · Process of creating devised drama
  • · Performance of devised
  • · Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner

· Working Notebook

 (40 marks)

· Devised performance (20 marks)

· 60 marks in total

· 30% of A-Level

 

 

Component 3:

Making theatre

  • · Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts (Extract 1, 2 and 3) each taken from a different play

· Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to Extract 3

· Extract 3 is to be performed as a final assessed piece

· Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts

  • · Performance of Extract 3 (40 marks)
  • · Reflective report (20 marks)
  • · 60 marks in total

· 30% of A-level

 

Homework and support

Homework will be set via ShowMyHomework and will comprise of research tasks, theory revision and exam question practice.

Revision Class- Day to be confirmed