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Drama

We pride ourselves on providing a unique experience in drama where acting training and commitment to creativity are highly valued. In the artistic context, we aim to provide opportunity for students to express ideas and feelings in a range of genres and styles, using key practitioners in order to deepen and extend student experience. We take our drama seriously and we encourage our students to do the same. As a social activity we aim to provide students with a chance to appreciate a variety of culturally diverse dramatic work and extensive and wide ranging themes and issues and don't shy away from challenging the student's expectations of themselves and the world they live in. As well as developing the practical actor training in preparation and performance, we aim to contribute to the social, spiritual, emotional, moral and cultural education of each individual by building amongst others - communication skills, confidence, organizational skills and self-esteem.

We intend to do this through three distinct disciplines

  • Creating, devising and developing drama
  • Performing drama
  • Evaluation and appreciating drama

 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Number of Lessons Taught Per Week:

Years 7 and 8
In years 7 and 8, drama is taught within the performing arts carousel. Each student will receive one lesson per week for four terms.

Year 9
In Year 9 students may opt for the BTEC Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts (Acting). This is a two-year course taught for three lessons a week and starts the KS4 course so please see KS4 information for further details regarding the content.

Aims of the course:

The aim of the course is to provide students with a thorough grounding in drama so that students learn to respond creatively and imaginatively through movement, thereby developing physical skills and confidence in creating, performing and appreciating drama.

In Year 7 and 8 students study a variety of drama styles and genres, schemes of work focus on exciting stimuli as a starting point to practical activities that engage students creative performance and evaluative processes.

Term by term content:

Year 7

Term 1

Term 2

Unit 1: Acting skills & techniques

Title: "The school show"

Stimulus: Christmas script, changes annually

Style: Musical Theatre Acting

Content: Exploration and development of performance through rehersal:

  • Line reading
  • Creation of character
  • Page to Stage
  • Understanding of script elements
  • Use of stereotype

Unit 2: Devising Plays

Title: "You are the creator"

Stimulus: Various pictures and music

Style: Naturalism

Content: Exploration and development of devising skills in order to create effective and dynamic performance material

Exploration of climax, anti-climax, cliff hangers, exploration of information

  • Building the storyline
  • Gaining character information
  • Genre
  • Style
  • Conventions

Term 3

Term 4

Unit 3: Greek Theatre

Title: "It's all Greek to me"

Stimulus: Greek poems and scenarios

Style: Classical Performance and choral work

Content: Exploration of classical style and genre

  • History of dramatic terminology
  • Communication to an audience
  • Spatial awareness
  • Relationships on stage

Unit 4: Scripted work

Title: "The Audition"

Stimulus: Scripted work

Style: Contemporary performance

Content: Exploration and further development of page to stage

  • Use of structured material to develop use of physical and vocal communication
  • Extended characterisation
  • Relationships to audience and others on stage
  • Work as a director and assessor

Year 8

Term 1

Term 2

Unit 1: Acting skills & techniques

Title: "The school show"

Stimulus: Christmas show script, changes annually

Style: Musical Theatre Acting

Content: Exploration and development of performance through rehersal:

  • Line reading
  • Extended Creation of character
  • Extended Page to Stage
  • Extended Understanding of script elements
  • Extended Use of stereotype

Unit 2: Devising Plays

Title: "Plan, prepare and assess"

Stimulus: Various picture and poem stimuli

Style: Various, focus on genre, style and convention

Content: Developing creation and performance skills using:

  • Genre, style and convention to structure and develop effective creative work
  • Assessment of work in progress via the use of director, deviser, performer
  • Use of climax, anti-climax, exposition, and structures - re-inactment, chronological with or without flashback

Term 3

Term 4

Unit 3: Commedia Dell'Arte

Title: "Funny times"

Stimulus: Stock characters and routines

Style: Physical theatre and physical communication

Content: Develop understanding of the use of the body and structures to create storyline and role

  • Understanding routines and structures of scenes
  • Exploration and introduction of stock characters
  • Planning for development and assessment

Unit 4: Scripted work

Title: "Bugsy Malone"

Stimulus: Bugsy Malone script

Style: Development of vocal and physical communication

Content: Develop extended character work in the exploration of creating and performing styalistic work.

  • Vocal and physical training for acting
  • Preparation of fully assessed rehearsal and performance work
  • Link to the nature of the grading in KS4

Development Resources:

The department has a team of experienced drama teachers who have come from a variety of backgrounds. This brings a wide range of expertise in many different dance genres to the department. We have three rehearsal studios and a small and large theatre space that are well equipped with sound systems and lighting rigs.

Opportunities for further study:

Extra Curricular Activities

The Drama Department provides extensive opportunities for students to develop their passion for drama and KS3 have a standalone afterschool drama club, students can also select to join other clubs open to them. All clubs and academies are provided with the opportunity to perform in the drama night production as well as our whole school show every Christmas. In addition to this we provide our most talented students the opportunity to perform with older students in our drama company "Born to Perform".

 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Course: BTEC

Qualification: Level 2 First Award (equivalent to 1 GCSE)

Examination Board: Edexcel

Specification Code: QN-600/4785/9

Number of Lessons Taught Per Week: 2-3 lessons over 3 years

A 120 guided learning hour qualification

Aims of the course:

This course aims to provide students with an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of performing arts. The qualification builds on learning from Key Stage 3 for those who may wish to explore an acting training route throughout Key Stage 4. The course will develop knowledge and practical skills in drama performance, rehearsal techniques and assessment and target setting through supporting written work designed to build confidence in communicating with an audience effectively through a variety of styles and approaches as well as building interpersonal and communication skills through team and group work.

Students will be given the opportunity to study a range of dance styles and to understand the key features of being part of a professional dance company. Students will improve their overall production and preparation skills through the process of rehearsal and performing to an audience.

Entry Requirements:

Entry for this course requires students to have achieved a Level 4 or higher at Key Stage 3 Drama.

Course Structure, Assessment & Examinations

Performing Arts

There are three units which students will complete

Unit No

Core Units

GLH

Assessment Method

1

Individual Showcase

30

Externally Assessed Year 10

2

Preparation, Performance and Production

30

Internally Assessed Year 10

4

Acting Skills

60

Internally Assessed Year 9

Term by term content:

Year 9

Unit 4 Acting Skills

Unit Outline

Learners will start their on your journey to becoming a professional actor. They will be introduced to important acting skills and will learn about the specific demands that acting makes on the body and mind. In particular, they will undertake a programme of regular exercises to help them master the techniques that will enable them to control and use their voice and body to communicate a character or role. As well as physical skills, they will need to use imagination to create characters or roles. This unit will, therefore, also help them to hone your mental skills.

Type of assessment

Internal assessment.

GLH

60

Assessment availability

Commence September Year 9

Assignment 1

Commence September Year 9, completion May Year 9

  • 1 formative assessment feedback Term 2
  • 1 summative assessment feedback Term 3

Assignment 2

Commence March Year 9 completion July Year 9 Final Showcase

  • 1 summative assessment feedback Term 6

Learning Aims

A: explore and develop your acting skills and review your own practice

B: use your acting skills within rehearsal and performance

Year 10

Unit 1 Individual Showcase

Unit Outline

Learners will rehearse and perform an audition piece and learn techniques required for a successful audition

Learners will complete a letter of application in response to a selected progression opportunity.

Type of assessment

External assessment.

There will be a selection of four pre-released progression opportunities

The assessment must be taken by the learner under examination conditions

GLH

30

Assessment availability

Assessment date set by Edexcel June Year 10

Learning Aims

A: take part in the preparation for a live performance

B: present a self-promotional response to the selected progression opportunity

 

Unit 2 Preparation, Performance and production

Unit Outline

Learners will develop a dance performance piece as a member of a fictional company

Type of assessment

Internal assessment.

GLH

30

Assessment availability

Assignment 1:

Commence September Year 10

  • 1 formative assessment feedback end of Term 1
  • 1 summative assessment feedback end of Term 2

Completion February Year 10 Dance Showcase

  • 1 summative assessment feedback end of Term 3

Learning Aims

A: take part in the preparation for a live performance

B: demonstrate performance or production skills and techniques in a performance

Opportunities for further study:

Successfully completing this course at Merit or higher will allow students the opportunity to study Performing Arts at Level 3 either through the BTEC Level 3 pathway.