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Drama - Curriculum Page

Drama and the Performing Arts are central to providing a wide and diverse range of excellent opportunities, inside and outside the classroom, that enable our young people to develop exceptionally well both academically and personally.  

Through our ambitious curriculum pupils will gain subject specific knowledge alongside skills in Drama and Performing Arts. With rich connections across subject areas, they will interleave knowledge, skills and understanding whilst developing their “soft” skills such as teamwork, confidence, communication, resilience, creativity and problem solving.

All pupils will have the opportunity to participate in Drama at KS3 with the aim that they will build knowledge and skills fundamental to success at KS4, 5 and beyond. They will be provided with the opportunity to engage in a range of extra-curricular clubs, workshops, trips and performance opportunities.

The comprehensive vision for Drama and the Performing Arts is to engage pupils in the arts, develop their wider understanding of the world and culture. 

Subject Leader

  • Mrs Raby

YEAR 7 and 8

Content

We cover a wide range of topics in years 7 and 8 introducing pupils to the world of theatre and helping them to develop their knowledge and understanding of performance and creation of theatre through analysis and evaluation.

Year 7:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Drama
  • Unit 2: Pantomime
  • Unit 3: Commedia dell'arte
  • Unit 4: Alice in Wonderland
  • Unit 5: William Shakespeare

Year 8

  • Unit 1: Stage Combat
  • Unit 2: Physical Theatre
  • Unit 3: Technical Theatre
  • Unit 4: Hamlet
  • Unit 5: Musicals
  • Unit 6: Bouncers and Shakers

Assessment

Each topic is assessed by pupils’ ability to recall key information, analyse and evaluate professional repertory, theatre history, devise and design from a given stimulus.

Home Learning

Home learning is set regularly in order to help pupils consolidate or extend their learning. From quizzes, research into plays, historical time periods and playwrights to arranging group rehearsals and developing advertising posters for their plays. All home learning is relevant and aimed at encouraging a passion in the theatre and an appreciation of its importance in the cultural world.

How Parents and Carers Can Support

  • Encourage your child to ask teachers for help if there any difficulties
  • Encourage your child to attend the theatre; plays, concerts, musical theatre and dance performances.
  • Help and encourage pupils to complete all homework tasks due in
  • Observe and give constructive feedback to any performance preparations
  • Encourage and support pupils in attending extra-curricular activities in and out of school to develop skill
  • Check Teams and planners for work that is due in and any performance dates

Additional Support Available/ Useful Links

Reading List

  • Bouncers by John Godber
  • Shakers by John Godber
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • The Curious Incident of the Doc in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

Assessment Framework - Key Stage 3

Assessment Schedule

Drama Knowledge Organiser

YEAR 9, 10 and 11

Exam Board and Syllabus Code

AQA GCSE Drama - 2361

Content

GCSE Drama develops and broadens pupils’ understanding and approach to theatre. They explore a range of genres and techniques and apply these to both scripted and devised work. There is also an emphasis on their understanding of theatre which is assessed in their written exam.

Year 9 Drama

  • Exploring Naturalism through Stanislavski
  • Exploring Brecht through devising
  • Completion of devising log book
  • Practical Introduction to Set Text – “Blood Brothers”
  • Theatre roles and terminology – group production project
  • Text in Practice – Blue Remembered Hills

Year 10 Drama

  • Devising from a stimulus
  • Practical exploration of live theatre
  • Text in Practice – DNA
  • Component 1 – Written Exploration of Set Text – “Blood Brothers”
  • Written paper – pre public exams

Year 11 Drama

  • Live theatre visits and analysis
  • Texts in Practice – Noughts and Crosses
  • Devising from a stimulus
  • Completion of Devising log
  • Pre public examinations

This specification will help pupils to develop their:

  • Knowledge and understanding of style, genre and social context
  • Performance techniques – interpretation, improvisation, voice, physicality, stage relationships with others
  • Roles and responsibilities within the theatre industry
  • Design skills – interpretation, visual and design impacts and the use of scenic devices
  • Technical abilities – lighting, sound, technology and appropriate equipment
  • Practical skills – from making masks and puppets to make-up
  • Collaboration and communication skills
  • Enquiring and reflective minds
  • Thinking analytically and evaluating effectively

Assessment

The subject content is divided into three components:

  • Understanding Drama 40% Assessed through a written exam lasting 1 hour and 45mins (80 marks)
  • Devising Drama 40% Assessed through the process of devising theatre and devising log (60 marks) and its performance (20 marks)
  • Texts in Practice 40% Assessed through the performance of up to two extracts from one play (40marks)

Home Learning

It is important to note that there is an expectation that pupils attend theatre trips (when available) and rehearse in their own time to pass the GCSE Drama course.

  • Completion of devising log, requiring research into different plays, styles and genres. ? Practice questions for all sections of the exam
  • Character profiles
  • Script writing
  • Extra rehearsals
  • Performances Access to TEAMS for homework is essential so the pupils must know their login details

How Parents and Carers can Support

  • Ensure pupils attend all theatre trips and visits (when available)
  • Help and encourage pupils to complete all log and written work due in, checking TEAMS and pupil planners for work
  • Observe and give constructive feedback to any performance preparations
  • Encourage and support pupils in attending extra-curricular activities and out of school lessons to develop skills

Additional Support Available/ Useful Links

Reading List

  • Blood Brothers by Willie Russell
  • Blue Remembered Hills by Dennis Potter
  • DNA by Dennis Kelly
  • Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  • The Complete Stanislavski Toolkit by Konstantin Stanislavski
  • Tackling Text (and subtext): A Step by Step Guide for Actors by Barbara Houseman

Assessment Schedule

Drama Knowledge Organiser