Drama is a medium by which we explore the world around us whether they be physical, emotional, theoretical, political or philosophical ideas and concepts. Within the Drama Curriculum we aim to provide students with the opportunity to explore these ideas whilst developing their skills in the Art form itself.
In Years 7, 8 and 9 students are taught Drama for one lesson per week. The curriculum at KS3 is broad and balanced; it places an emphasis on students’ development of the art form and the drama skills such as working with plays, Physical theatre, Greek theatre, Shakespeare & Naturalism whilst also using drama as a medium through which to make sense of the world around them. Through exploration, students with learn about a range of issues that are both challenging and relevant.
At GCSE, students study the Edexcel specification for Drama.
Aims of the course:
During the course students will:
- Actively engage in the process of dramatic study to become effective independent critical thinkers with enquiring minds.
- Work imaginatively, creatively and collaboratively to generate, develop nd communicate ideas.
- Consider and explore the impact of social, cultural, historical and political influences of drama texts and activities.
- Reflect on, analyse and evaluate the work of themselves and others.
- Develop and demonstrate competence in a range of practical and creative performance skills.
Unit 1: Exploration of a stimulus (30% – teacher assessed, externally moderated)
In this coursework unit you will develop an understanding of ideas and issues by using drama to explore a range of topics. You will devise your own pieces of structured drama in response to a starting point and be marked on how you develop and evaluate your work.
Unit 2: Exploration of a play text (30% – teacher assessed, externally moderated)
In this coursework unit you will develop an understanding of scripted plays. You will explore a complete play, focusing on the interpretation of characters, themes, set design, costume and other theatrical devices. Metamorphosis and The Crucible are two of the plays currently studied.
Unit 3: Drama performance exam (40% – externally moderated)
This will take place between February & May of year 11.
You will have the option of being assessed on your performance skills or specialising in theatre craft (lighting, sound, costume, make-up). You will work as a member of a team to devise your own piece of theatre or produce an extract from a play that will be assessed by an external examiner.
AS & A2 Drama and Theatre Studies
At AS and A2 students study the Edexcel specification for Drama and Theatre Studies.
Demonstrate the application of performance and /or production skills through the realisation
of drama and theatre.
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of practical and theoretical aspects of drama and theatre using appropriate terminology.
Interpret plays from different periods and genres.
Make critical and evaluative judgements of live theatre.
AS Unit 1 – Exploration of Drama and Theatre (20% – teacher assesses, externally moderated)
Within this unit you will develop your subject knowledge of plays from an exploration point of view and as a critical audience member. You will explore two plays. Practical work is supported by Exploration Notes which are a record of their practical work and the studies texts. You will also write a review of a live play performance you have seen.
AS Unit 2 – Theatre Text in Performance (30% – externally by visiting examiner)
This unit is an excellent opportunity to develop your skills as an actor. You will work in a group to perform a play directed by your teacher. To extend your acting skills further, you will also perform a monologue or duologue.
A2 Unit 3 – Exploration of Dramatic Performance (20% – teacher assessed, externally moderated)
Unit 3 provides you with the opportunity to work as a member of a theatre company, will develop your knowledge of different performance styles whilst advancing your skills as a performer. You will produce an original performance piece and provide supporting written evidence of the process and the performance.
A2 Unit 4 – Theatre Text in Context (30% – written exam)
You will study a set text from the point of view of a director and the performance history of another play. Research notes are put together and used in your exam.