Drama

Course Description 

Subject aims

All students receive Drama education at KS3 and it is considered a vital part of the curriculum. Through Drama, students gain confidence and communication skills needed for both creative performance and interaction in all other areas of school life. The aim is to introduce the pupils the basic skills of drama, from simple role-play techniques through to the more extended application of specific techniques and forms in the subject.

We aim for students to:

  • Understand and demonstrate the basic and social skills necessary for meaningful Drama to take place, such as listening, observation, concentration and co-operation.
  • Work in mixed groups of varying sizes, developing the ability to negotiate and make decisions as part of a group.
  • Understand how to use the performance space through movement and voice when communicating meaning of narratives.
  • Show a developing ability to devise, improvise and create believable characterisations.
  • Learn how to adapt body language and voicings to suit characters unlike themselves.
  • Understand that the process of Drama has its own worth and that performance is not always part of the activity it can contribute to students learning across the curriculum.
  • Reflect upon and respond constructively to their own work and that of others in class, with an awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses.
  • Develop a variety of physical conceptual skills in relationship to the practice of Drama.

Our expectations

Students are required to work independently and collaboratively with peers to complete practical tasks in lessons. They regularly evaluate the work of others in class to help improve understanding, and are formally assessed once a term.  Students are expected to be reflective and supportive learners, in order to improve their own performing and that of others that they work with.  Students at GCSE are expected to spend time outside of lessons practising their performances.

2019-20 Curriculum Overview

In Key Stage 3 students study a number of topics to develop their drama knowledge and understanding of drama skills. Drama at Key Stage 3 is taught in units of work that cover a variety of skill, ideas, and practitioners which will build a solid foundation for success at KS4.

Term Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Autumn 1 Introduction to Drama Page to stage: Face School
Autumn 2 Shakespeare- Midsummer Night’s Dream Panto Shakespeare- Hamlet Shakespeare- Macbeth
Spring 1 Darkwood Manor Physical Theatre- Abstract Movement Page to Stage: Blood Brothers
Spring 2 Improvisation/Characterisation Mask Work Devising
Summer 1 Animals- Mask and Movement Devising Performances First Give
Summer 2 Page to Stage: Lord of the Flies Voice and Text First Give

Course Overview

Students at GCSE follow the WJEC Eduqas drama exam board:

https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/drama-and-theatre/gcse/

Assessment components:

Component 1 – Devising Practical performance

Written Portfolio

Written evaluation – controlled assessment

40%
Component 2 – Performing from a Text Practical exam

150 words – Artistic intentions

20%
Component 3 - Written exam

 

Section A – Set text

Section B – Live Theatre Review

40%

Main activities

At the start of Year 10 students complete an ‘Introduction to GCSE Drama’, which helps to bridge the gap between KS3 and KS4 and recap the key performance skills needed at GCSE level. The GCSE course explores drama both in theory and practice. Pupils will begin by exploring a range of theatre practitioners; this will then inform pupils to devise their own performances using a range of performance styles. The students will explore a chosen set text for component 3, which will be explored practically for the written exam questions. As part of this unit pupils are also required to evaluate a live theatre review and complete an exam question based on the performance.

Students will start and complete Component 1 in Year 10, which explores students devising a short performance based on their chosen stimulus and theatre practitioner. Finally, students will then prepare for an acting performance; this will be assessed by the teacher in Year 10 and a visiting examiner in Year 11.

 

Why you should consider this subject for GCSE

The WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Drama is an exciting, inspiring and practical course. The specification promotes involvement in and enjoyment of drama, as performers and/or designers. Additionally it provides opportunities to attend live theatre performances and to develop skills as informed and thoughtful audience members. Through following this specification, learners will be given opportunities to participate in and interpret their own and others' drama. Learners have the option to work practically as performers and/or designers in Components 1 and 2. Learners will investigate a practitioner or genre of drama, work collaboratively to develop ideas to communicate meaning and experiment with dramatic conventions, forms and techniques to produce and realise a piece of original theatre. They will also have the opportunity to participate in the performance of an extract from a play text. Learners will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of drama, including their ability to interpret texts for performance, in a written examination. However, in preparation for this assessment, learners are encouraged to study their chosen text practically as a performer, designer and director.

 

Future Careers

Performing is just one of many careers that can come from studying a drama degree.  Jobs relating directly to drama include a/an: Actor/Actress, Broadcast presenter, Dramatherapist, Runner, Broadcasting/film/video, Theatre director, Theatre stage manager.  Jobs where drama is useful include a/an: Arts administrator, Community arts worker, Media researcher, Teacher, Television floor manager, Theatre manager.

Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving 88.9% rades 9-4.

Weekly clubs:

KS3 - Thursday lunchtime drama club

KS4 - Tuesday lunchtime interventions