Head of department: Ms S Whyte
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Drama at KS3
We focus on making, performing and evaluating drama.
Students research, discuss and use drama techniques to explore character and situations. They devise and present scripted and improvised dramas in response to a range of stimuli, demonstrating their ability to investigate ideas, situations and events and an understanding of how theatre can communicate in innovative, challenging ways. They experiment with sound, voice, silence, movement, stillness, light and darkness to enhance dramatic action and use theatre technology creatively. They take part in scenes from plays by a range of dramatists and recognise the particular contributions that directors, designers and actors make to a production.
Year 7 Drama
Students work on storytelling, status, characterisation and improvisation exploring a range of familiar stories through drama.
Students learn key words linked to drama and how to use constructive feedback to shape and improve their own and others’ work
Year 8 Drama
Students work in mixed groups to build on their year 7 skills examining issues such as fair trade, leaving home and silent movie through a range of stimuli and drama skills.
Students build on their drama vocabulary in class and through homeworks
Year 9 Drama
Students focus on script and devised work, and begin to focus on speaking and listening skills designed to integrate with their preparation for GCSE English. They also look at scenes from Shakespeare and the history of the theatre.
Our students have taken Arts Award qualifications at Bronze and Silver level and have the opportunity to be involved with our large scale full school productions.
Drama at KS4
- GCSE Y10-11
Exam Board: AQA
Exam board specification weblink: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/gcse/drama-8261
Year 10 Topics
Year 11 Topics
Set text from a range- currently Blood Brothers
Live theatre visit and written evaluation skills
Characteristics of performance texts
Social, cultural and historical contexts
Drama and theatre terminology
Creating devised drama and keeping a production log
Performing devised drama- assessed within the centre
Preparation for two assessment tasks:
- A level Y12-13
Exam Board: AQA
Exam Board specification weblink: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/a-level/drama-and-theatre-7262
Year 12 Topics
Year 13 Topics
Study of 2 set texts as a director, designer and performer (Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, Metamorphosis by Steven Berkoff)
BTEC LEVEL 2 extended certificate in performing arts (acting)
This course is the equivalent of two GCSE passes. It is a practical work related course in which students learn relevant skills through working on assignments. The core unit of Acting skills will be covered by all students, with additional units selected from the following :- Improvised plays, Scripted plays, Musical theatre and Working in the performing Arts industry. Students work towards completion of assignments where clear feedback is given.
Students must complete 3 Units with each unit accounting for 10 credits i.e. total of 30 credits.
A Mandatory unit of Acting Skills must be followed.
Plus 2 more chosen from
- Devising Plays (Improvisation )
- Performing Scripted Plays
- Musical Theatre Performance
- Working in the Performing Arts industry and Professional Development in the Performing Arts Industry.
The course is structured around specifically designed assignments with clear assessment criteria for each unit and specific deadlines to be met.
The assignments are assessed with a combination of practical performances together with evidence of rehearsal and research. These are all assessed internally, at appointed intervals throughout the course, with external verification. There is no terminal exam.
Students may achieve
|Pass||=||2X GCSE grade C|
|Merit||=||2X GCSE grade B|
|Distinction||=||2X GCSE grade A|
|*Distinction||=||2X grade A*|