Drama builds confidence, creativity and empathy. It places students in situations where they have to problem solve and think about information from different points of view.
Students learn about theatre history, theatre development and theatre in context. Drama is more than being famous it is about an expressive art form that empowers individuals to be creative
Students receive two Drama lessons per fortnight.
The Drama curriculum encourages creativity, communication, self-confidence and self-discipline. Students explore a range of issue and story based stimuli through practical sessions that enable all to respond, develop, perform and evaluate. Students will complete work in a variety of groupings and will therefore, not only develop their practical skills but also their confidence as performers and their cooperative group skills.
Drama naturally encourages students to develop their interpersonal skills as well as both their non-verbal and verbal communication skills in order to demonstrate meaningful characters and situations on stage.
As well as preparing students for the GCSE syllabus, Key Stage 3 Drama provides students with a range of transferable skills that can be applied across the curriculum; focusing on team work, creative thinking and communication.
Students should expect to receive a variety of homework related to each unit of work. These are available on Show My Homework and may include regular keyword and spelling/definition tests, revision or practice activities for unit assessments/performances and/or research-based project tasks.
Students follow the Edexcel GCSE Drama syllabus.
This qualification focuses on the practical exploration of performance texts that will be studied for the examination. Students will learn how to articulate how they would perform in certain roles and direct and design for key extracts, putting practical work at the heart of this course
Skills and Progression Routes
On completion of the course, students will have developed a number of skills including:
- Performing and directing
- Giving and receiving constructive critics
- Characterisation – experimenting with using their voice, body, gestures, movement and space
- Devising work according to a particular theatre genre
- Evaluating and analyzing drama through written work
- Recognising the dramatic potential of a text
The GCSE develops the student’s historical, theoretical and practical knowledge and experiences and these provide the required prior knowledge for Level 2 and 3 Performing Arts courses.
- Script writing
- Stage Management
- Make-up artistry
- Costume design
Attendance on at least one theatre trip throughout the year is compulsory. Attendance at additional organised workshops either in school or out of school is compulsory also.
KS5 Drama / Theatre Studies
AS/A Drama/Theatre Studies
AS LEVEL (1 Year)
A LEVEL (2 Years)
8 Hours per fortnight
STUDENTS WILL NEED
Students interested in the AS level should have GCSE grade C or above in Drama and/or English.
A good attendance record is essential, as students will be assessed over a set period of lessons.
STUDENTS WILL STUDY
AS Unit 1: Exploration of Drama and Theatre
AS Unit 2: Theatre Text in Performance
A Level Unit 3: Exploration of Dramatic Performance
A Level Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context
AS Unit 1 (20%): Internal Practical Assessment & coursework – Practitioner, genre and text
AS Unit 2 (30%): Practical Assessment – Scripted performance
A level Unit 3 (20%): Practical Assessment – Devised performance
A Level Unit 4 (30%): Written Examination – Set text, role as a director, interpretation, review of a live performance
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