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Drama

Subject: Drama
Contact: Mrs C Bearcroft & Mr M Yeoman

Overview

All students study Drama in Key Stage 3 and may opt to study it at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. Key Stage 3 aims to develop students’ ability to work effectively as a team, understand the importance of team-work, develop confidence and, of course, performance and reflection skills. Students are guided to reflect on their own self-development and explore topics that cross curriculum boundaries e.g. Anne Frank. There is a great deal of flexibility in the Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 programmes with students able to focus on design or performance skills.

Key Stage 3 

Overview

Students are taught in ability classes in Years 7, 8 and 9. Each year students study at least one script as part of their drama skills development, and work on refining their performance skills through process drama and skills based improvisation.

Students complete 6 units a year and are assessed each ½ term on these. The units follow a linear progression allowing students to build on their skills throughout the years. Assessment Objectives from Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 sit at the core of our curriculum in KS3 and allow us to prepare studies in a holisitic yet focused manner for studies beyond Year 9.

Curriculum content

Year

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

7

Introduction to Drama

Darkwood Manor

The Holocaust

Our Day Out

Fairytales

8

Aberfan

Blood Brothers

Underwich

Devising

From A

Stimulus

Musicals

9

9/11

 

Pantomime

Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time

Macbeth

Performance Skills

Age related milestones

 

Key Stage 4 

Overview

Students may opt to study GCSE Drama at KS4. We follow the Pearson specification. The course is made up of 3 discreet units which enable to students to demonstrate both their practical performance/design skills and also their ability to critically analyse a live performance and play text. Year 10 is primarily about developing skill sets to a suitable GCSE level and includes Component 1 which explores students' abilities to create a piece of devised theatre for performance. Year 11 continues the course with the exploration of our set text, 'The Crucible', whilst preparing students for their Component 2 examination - a live performance for an examiner. At the end of the year students complete a written exam focusing on their ability to evaluate a live performance they have seen as part of the course and an analysis of how they would stage a performance from an extract of the set text. 

Exam board and course

Edexcel (Pearson) GCSE Drama (1DR0)

Curriculum Content

Year

Autumn term

Spring Term

Summer Term

10

Introduction

To

GCSE

The Crucible

Skills Based

Workshops

Component 1

(Devising)

Component 1

(Devising)

Component 1

(Coursework)

11

The Crucible

(Practical Exploration)

Component 2

Monologues / Group Piece

Component 2

Monologues / Group Piece

Assessment

Component 3 Written Paper

Preparation

Component 3 Written Paper

Preparation

Enrichment opportunities:

Contributions throughout the year to school productions including: Concerts, V Factor, School Production, National Theatre Connections Projects. Trips abroad enhance our students' understanding of the role of the arts on a global platform. Recent trips have included LA, Hollywood, San Fransisco and New York.

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