Drama

Subject Introduction

Head of Department: Sarah Harries    Dramastudio1ec

Drama is all about understanding drama as an ‘art form’ and all the skills and techniques that will help you to learn your art.  You will play many parts in different imaginary situations. You will have the opportunity to create your own work as well as look at plays written by other people.

The Drama department at Christ’s is committed to delivering the highest quality of teaching and learning both in and outside of the classroom.  It is our aim to deliver a curriculum that challenges all students and stretches the most practically able. This is supported by the variety of extra-curricular activities available.

The department is led by Miss Harries and comprises two additional part time subject teachers.

Drama is taught in two dedicated specialist spaces; the Drama Hall in the main building and in the Drama Studio in the Sixth Form Centre.

We have very high expectations of all our students and challenge each of them to achieve their personal best. 90% of our students achieved A*- C grades in GCSE Drama last year.

 

The Curriculum

Key stage 3

All students study drama in Key Stage 3.

Students study a range of scripted text and stimulus based devising in Key Stage 3. They practically study a Shakespeare play every year, in support of the English Department. Novels, poems and short stories from our Literary Heritage and that of our wider world heritage are used as stimulus and to generate performance work. Students have one 1 hour session of Drama every week in Key Stage 3. Students develop their ability to be a reflective practitioner by offering verbal analysis of their work or that of others in every lesson. There is a diverse range of performance undertaken appropriate to different audiences and purposes.

Drama topics are taught in half-termly modules and students have a practical assessment at the end of each module. Students' progress is assessed regularly and tracked against target grades.

Topics Covered

Year 7:

  • Introduction to Drama - new skills

  • The Party (text work) - exploring a short story through voice and movement

  • Physical Theatre - using our bodies to create shapes/ objects/ locations

  • “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” - A selection of scene practically explore to support English Dept

  • Where Theatre Began (Greek) exploring the root of all theatre

  • Ruislip Manor Wood - creating atmosphere through sound and movement
     

Year 8:

  • Extra Skills - new skills

  • Panto! - specific theatrical techniques unique to Pantomime

  • The Legend of Jan Reynolds - exploring morals and their relevance in society

  • “Much Ado About Nothing” - A selection of scene practically explore to support English Dept.

  • Ernie's Incredible Illucinations (Script work) -performing scripts

  • Wonder - how we are treated and how we expect to be treated in society
     

Year 9:

  • Soap Opera - looking at plot lines and their relevance to our experiences

  • Missing (script work) - exploring the real life story of a missing 14 year old boy

  • Music as Stimulus - using different genres of music to create drama and to inspiration the reasons behind the songs

  • “Macbeth”- A selection of scenes practically explored to support English Dept

  • “Blood Brothers” - script work looking specifically at the use of flash back

  • Time travel - theatre through the ages and its influences today

 

Key stage 4

Drama is offered as an option subject at GCSE. Students study drama mediums and processes and are assessed on their written analysis as well as on their practical performance.

The GCSE Drama course is in three parts:

Component 1: Understanding Drama

-Theatre roles and terminology

-Study of a set text

-Live theatre production review

-written exam worth 40%

 

Component 2: Devising Drama

-Devise, rehearse and perform a devised piece of Drama

-Produce a Devising Log

-Coursework and practical work worth 40%

 

Component 3: Texts in Practice

-Study and present a key extract (monologue, duologue, group performance)

-Study and present a second key extract (monologue, duologue, group performance) from the same play

-Performance work worth 20%

topics covered

Year 10 

  • Skills to Create - development of performance skills required by AQA

  • Blood Brothers - set text for AQA written exam

  • Events as Stimulus - exploration of theme for AQA specification

  • Script Work - introduction to script work for AQA exam

  • Component 2: Devising Drama

This unit will be completed in the summer term, comprising of a performance exam and supported written evidence.

 

Year 11

  • Component 2: Texts in Practice.

Students will rehearse two sections of s set play for performance to an external examiner

  • Component 1: Understanding Drama

Students will re-cap and solidify knowledge of theatre skills, set text and Live Theatre in preparation for their written exam.

Key stage 5

Building on the philosophy of the GCSE Syllabus, the emphasis is on Drama and Theatre Studies as a practical, intellectual and artistic subject. Students examine the use of theatrical forms and genre in relation to the exploration and performance of plays. Students develop an interest and enjoyment of Drama and theatre as participant and informed members of an audience fostering a critical appreciation of the subject. The students experience a range of opportunities to develop a variety of dramatic and theatrical skills.
 

Year 12

Unit 1 – Devising

Devise an original performance piece.

Use one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli.

Centre choice of text and practitioner.

Performer or designer routes available

Internally assessed via devised performance and written portfolio

 

Unit 2 – Theatre Makers Practise

A theatre evaluation

Exploration of theatre text

Interpretation of theatre text

Written exam

 

Year 13 

Unit 2 – Text in Performance

A group performance of one key extract from a performance text.

A monologue or duologue from one key extract from a different performance text.

Externally assessed by visiting examiner

ENRICHMENT & EXTRA-CURRICULAR

Clubs:

Stage Make-up

Technical Lighting

Acting

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Performance opportunities

School Production

2X Drama showcases.  One in the winter term and 1 in the summer term

 

Theatre trips

Bi-annual GCSE visit to New York

 

Careers

Drama degrees combine creative talent with practical aspects of self-promotion, reflective analysis and management. This mix of disciplines is good preparation for entering the world of performance or wider business or management opportunities. Transferable skills that will be learnt by Drama graduate include:

Creative thinking

Critical evaluation

Literacy

Negotiating

Organising

Planning

Presentation

Research

Teamwork

Below are just some opportunities available to drama graduates:
Actor

Community arts worker

Dancer

Dramatherapist

Music therapist

Theatre director

Youth & community worker

Personnel manager

Social worker

Journalist

Marketing manager

Charities administrator

 

Exam board

KS4

Exam Board: AQA

Course Code: 8261

Specification:  http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/gcse/drama-8261

Sample papers:

O/standing

KS5

Exam Board: AQA

Course Code: 7262

Specification:  http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/a-level/drama-and-theatre-7262

Sample papers:

O/standing

Textbook and revision resources

KS3

Scripts will be provided in lesson.

KS4

AQA GCSE Drama edited by Annie Fox http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/gcse-drama-textbooks

Theatre in Practice by Nick O’Brien and Annie Sutton

Blood Brother by Willy Russell

Scripts to be provided in class

KS5

AQA Drama and Theatre Studies by Su Fielder and Pat Friday

Antigone by Sophocles

Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker

Certain scripts to be provided in class

 

 

 

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