The Drama Department
Key Stage 3
Drama lessons are taught once a fortnight and each scheme of work focuses on teaching pupils transferable skills needed in order to thrive and develop into a well-rounded scholar. Pupils study a wide range of topics such as; Physical Theatre, Greek Theatre, Theatre in Education and Naturalistic Theatre. These provide pupils with the opportunity to build and develop their own creative and collaborative skills through the rehearsal and performance process. Pupils learn how to work professionally by giving and receiving constructive feedback then applying it to improve their own work. They are formally assessed at the end of each unit through both a practical performance and a written evaluation about the drama work created. Homework is set every lesson, and varies from learning lines to analysing performance work.
Key Stage 4
During Key stage 4, pupils take GCSE Drama via the AQA Examination board. Pupils learn about drama through practical experience, seeing theatre and making theatre for themselves. Pupils are introduced to a wide range of theatrical styles and contexts as they explore plays practically and create performances. Pupils will gain many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, that will enhance their overall creative and collaborative capabilities. The written examination allows pupils to demonstrate their imagination in interpreting the set text and apply independent thinking skills as they evaluate a live theatre production.
GCSE Drama Course Overview
Component 1: Understanding Drama- Written examination (40%)
- Study and explore ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell
- Analysis and evaluation of a live theatre production
Written examination questions (1 hour 45 mins)
- Section A: multiple choice (4 marks)
- Section B: four questions on a given extract from ‘Blood Brothers’ (46 marks)
- Section C: one question analysing and evaluating a live theatre production (32 marks)
Component 2: Devising Drama- Practical (40%)
Process of creating devised drama, documenting development and performance.
- Performance of devised drama (20 marks)
- Devising log including analysis and evaluation of their own work (60 marks)
Component 3: Texts in Practice- Practical (20%)
- Performance of two extracts from one play.
- Free choice of play but it must contrast with the set play chosen for component 1.
- Performance of extract 1 (25 marks.)
- Performance of extract 2 (25 marks.)
Key Stage 5
During Key stage 5, students take A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies via the AQA Examination board. This course provides students with the opportunity to further explore live theatre, develop their practical creativity and build an advanced theoretical and practical understanding of drama. This specification refines students' collaborative skills, their analytical thinking and their approach to research. The students will learn to evaluate objectively and develop a sound appreciation of the influences that cultural and social contexts can have on creative decision making.
A Level Drama and Theatre Course Overview
Component 1: Drama and theatre (written examination) (40%)
- Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre.
- Study of two set plays: Mucho Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare and Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker
- Analysis and evaluation of the work of a live theatre production.
- Written exam: 3 hours
- Open book
- 80 marks
Component 2: Creating original drama (practical) (30%)
- Process of creating devised drama.
- Performance of devised drama. Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner.
- Working notebook (40 marks)
- Devised performance (20 marks)
- 60 marks in total
Component 3: Making theatre (practical) 30%
- Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts (Extract 1, 2 and 3) each taken from a different play.
- Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to Extract 3.
- Performance of Extract 3 (40 marks)
- Reflective report (20 marks)
- 60 marks in total