Year 7

Aims
Drama in Year 7 is almost exclusively practical work. The aim of Drama throughout Key Stage 3 is to develop in all students, skills which are useful in all areas of their lives. Particular emphasis is placed on developing personal confidence, encouraging group co-operation and extending the ability to concentrate on a given task.

Course Description
The work in Year 7 covers the following areas:

  • Basic Skills
    Through a series of games, exercises and technique lessons, students develop key drama skills and conventions.
  • Dramatic Storytelling
    Students are introduced to the role of narrative in drama allowing them to interpret stories and to create their own using narration, sound effects and action.
  • Role Play
    All students participate in a whole class role play to allow them to transcend their own experiences through drama and develop the ability to empathise.
  • Issue Drama
    Students learn how to use the convention of drama to explore serious themes or issues pertinent to their own lives.
  • Different Genre
    Students are introduced to a style of theatre from another culture or another time to broaden their view of drama and theatre.
  • Playtext
    Using written play scripts, students are taught to interpret, explore and perform work written for the stage.

Assessment
Students’ practical work is assessed twice during Year 7, once during the second half term and once during the final half term. This assessment concentrates on creating, performing and responding to drama. All written homework receives an effort grade and a mark out of ten. In addition, all students receive effort indicators three times during the year and a Record of Achievement statement in June.

Year 8

Aims
Drama in Year 8 is almost exclusively practical work. The aim of Drama throughout Key Stage 3 is to develop in all students, skills which are useful in all areas of their lives. Particular emphasis is placed on developing personal confidence, encouraging group co-operation and extending the ability to concentrate on a given task.

Course Description
The work in Year 8 covers the following areas:

  • Basic Skills
    Through a series of games and technique lessons, students refresh those skills developed in Year 7 and extend their repertoire of drama conventions.
  • Stereotypes and Realism
    Through practical exploration, students learn the differences between stereotype and realistic characters. Students also learn the impact of presenting drama in realistic and non-realistic styles.
  • Playtext
    Students build on their ability to interpret written play scripts by learning to explore plot, character and setting.
  • Historical Role Play
    By re-enacting a real event from history, students learn to empathise with people from a different time and/or place.
  • Issue Drama
    Students explore contemporary issues and themes through a variety of drama techniques and conventions.

Different Genre
Students broaden their knowledge of different theatre styles and cultures.

Assessment
Students’ practical work is assessed once during Year 8 in the half term prior to Easter. This assessment concentrates on creating, performing and responding to drama. All written homework receives an effort grade and a mark out of ten. In addition, all students receive effort indicators three times during the year and a Record of Achievement statement in April.

Year 9

Aims
Drama in Year 9 is almost exclusively practical work. The aim of Drama throughout Key Stage 3 is to develop in all students, skills which are useful in all areas of their lives. Particular emphasis is placed on developing personal confidence, encouraging group co-operation and extending the ability to concentrate on a given task

Course Description
The work in Year 9 covers the following areas:

  • Basic Skills
    Previously learned skills are reinforced while new skills, techniques and conventions are added to the students’ range.
  • Issue Drama
    Students investigate and analyse serious contemporary issues through role-plays and are encouraged to develop their own informed viewpoint.
  • Tempest
    In conjunction with the English Department, students explore the dramatic potential of the key scenes from Tempest on which they will be questioned in their English SAT examination.
  • Different Genre
    Students learn the context, culture and techniques of a style of theatre from another culture or another time.

Assessment
Students’ practical work is assessed once during Year 9 in the Spring term. This assessment concentrates on creating, performing and responding to drama. All written homework receives an effort grade and a mark out of ten. In addition, all students receive effort indicators three times during the year and a Record of Achievement statement in February.

GCSE

The GCSE Drama course is set by the Edexcel Examination Board and contains both practical and written work. The course encourages candidates to develop creative and imaginative powers and practical skills for communicating and expressing ideas, feelings and meanings in Drama. It also develops students’ investigative, analytical, experimental and interpretative capabilities, understanding and critical skills, and understanding and knowledge of Drama within a social, cultural and historical context.

Component 1 - Devising (40%)
Exploration of creative and structural aspects of Drama; forms of stimuli, explorative strategies, Drama mediums, Drama elements.

Assessment

  • Performance of creative exploration in small groups
  • Written log book/ essay on exploration (1500-2000 words)
  • Teacher assessed moderated by board

Component 2 - Performance from text (20%)
Exploration of a play text chosen by the centre involving:

  • Character exploration
  • Themes of the play
  • Social and Historical context
  • Performance of key extract from the text

Assessment

  • Performance of two key extracts from script
  • Marked by visiting examiner

Component 3 - Theatre makers in practice (40%)
This is a 1hour and 30 minute written exam and a set script and a theatre review. All students will study a set script given by the exam board. All students will go to the theatre and in an exam write their review.

Assessment

  • Written exam 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Marked by exam board
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