Drama

IMG_8523Drama is taught once a fortnight and allows students to explore and develop their speaking, listening and communication skills. Drama is a practical subject that goes hand in hand with the KS3 English curriculum.

Our exciting and practical programme ensures students are introduced to Drama techniques that they will use and refine in a number of subjects, not just in Drama lessons. Drama is about developing the whole child and allowing students to achieve their absolute best and have the confidence to express themselves in as many different ways as possible.

 

KEY STAGE 3

 

YEAR 7

TOPICS

  • Half Term 1 – Play: ‘School Journey to the Centre of the Earth’
  • Half Term 2 – Sport and Leisure
  • Half Term 3 – Shakespeare
  • Half Term 4 – Poetry
  • Half term 5 – Gothic and Horror
  • Half term 6 – Murder Mystery

 

YEAR 8

TOPICS

  • Half Term 1 – Fairytales
  • Half Term 2 – Charities
  • Half Term 3 – Shakespeare
  • Half Term 4 – Poetry
  • Half term 5 – Victorian Literature
  • Half term 6 – War

 

YEAR 9

TOPICS

  • Half Term 1 – Iconic Literary Characters
  • Half Term 2 – A Christmas Carol
  • Half Term 3 – Shakespeare
  • Half Term 4 – Poetry
  • Half term 5 – Non Fiction
  • Half term 6 – Play

 

_MG_7829ASSESSMENT

To assess our students’ progress, we make use of a cycle of teacher, self and peer assessment to ensure progress with ongoing work. We will celebrate our students’ successes whilst also encouraging areas of necessary improvement.

 

HOMEWORK

Drama is integrated with your son’s or daughter’s English lessons with homework issued as part of the English programme of study.

 

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

  • Drama Club – Every week, Tuesday lunch.
  • Choir – Every week, Wednesday lunch.
  • Dance Club – Every week, Thursday lunch.

*Please note that extra rehearsals take place during lunchtime and after-school when
preparing a show or performance.

 

KEY STAGE 4

IMG_8599GCSE Drama

GCSE Drama introduces students to, and helps develop, the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to succeed in this area of the Arts. All practical assessment and the written exam take place in Year 11.
Students will study and perform a range of texts including ‘Blood Brothers’ as part of their controlled assessment. In addition, students have a number of opportunities to develop a work of their own based on a stimulus or in the style of a particular practitioner. Students will also produce a ‘devising log’ to support their work which will be assessed by the teacher and moderated by an examiner.

TOPICS

The subject content for GCSE Drama is divided into three components:

  • Understanding Drama
  • Devising Drama
  • Texts in Practice

 

ASSESSMENT

Component 1: Understanding drama

  • Written exam: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Open book
  • 80 marks, 40% of GCSE

Component 2: Devising drama (practical)

  • Revising log (60 marks)
  • Devised performance (20 marks)
  • 80 marks in total, 40% of GCSE

Component 3: Texts in practice (practical)

  • Performance of Extract 1 (20 marks) and
    Extract 2 (20 marks)
  • 40 marks in total, 20% of GCSE

 

HOMEWORK

Regular homework will be set. However, the type of homework may vary from a practical
type of rehearsal and learning lines, to an academic type of exam preparation and coursework writing.

 

SUPPORT

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/gcse/drama-8261/specification-at-a-glance

 

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

  • Dance Club – Tuesday Lunch
  • Dance Club – Thursday Lunch

Extra rehearsals for exams and practical controlled assessments will be determined and
organised by the teacher.

 

Staff

Miss A Myers – Teacher of Drama, Dance & English
Mrs E Phillips – Teacher of Drama & English
Miss S Redman – Teacher of Drama & English