Drama encourages pupils to work in groups demonstrating excellent communication skills, leadership and responsibility for their own learning. The department has an open door policy inviting pupils to rehearse their performances to further develop work produced in class. Extra-curricular activities are a huge part of the drama department including a range of ages and abilities to ensure all pupils have the right to participate, enjoy and ultimately succeed. Throughout the year there are always two productions that take place, one that usually is Drama lead and another that is a combination of ALL the Performing Arts Faculty including Art, Dance & Music.
The study of Drama helps to promote self-confidence, control and discipline in practical situations.
Drama helps to instil essential life skills such as communication, co-operation, and problem-solving, learning to work with others and being a team player. The diversity and depth of the curriculum ensures that pupils are taught how to create, perform and respond to Drama by working with a variety of stimuli from social, historical and political resources and traditions.
Unit 1 – Baseline Assessment ‘The Pied Piper’
Unit 2 – Darkwood Manor
Unit 3 – Anti-bullying awareness
Unit 4 – Min-na-Way An Aboriginal Folktales
- Explorative Strategies (techniques) ie role-play, thought track, still images & narration
- Drama Mediums (acting skills) ie Use of voice, body language, facial expressions, eye contact, gestures etc
- Elements of Drama ie developing plot, creating atmosphere, building tension, climax/anti-climax
Unit 1 – Baz, Daz, & Gaz by Nigel Morris
Unit 2 – Silent Movies
Unit 3 – Rose Blanche: Holocaust Memories
Unit 4 – ‘Detention’ by David Calcutt
- Explorative Strategies (techniques) ie role-play, thought track, still images, narration, choral speech/movement, cross-cutting, thought tunnel, angel & deveil & monologue
- Drama Mediums (acting skills) ie Use of voice, body language, facial expressions, eye contact, gestures, sound/lights etc
- Elements of Drama ie developing plot, creating atmosphere, building tension, climax/anti-climax, symbolism, style/form & symbolism
How will I be assessed?
Almost all assessment is practical. There are no written examinations although there are 2 written controlled assessments.
- Unit 1: Drama Exploration 30%
- Unit 2: Exploration of a Play/Theatre Review 30%
- Unit 3: Live Drama Performance 40%
Unit 1 & 2 are internally assessed by the teacher and recorded for external moderation.
Written Evaluations are connected to both units under controlled conditions.
Unit 3 is externally assessed by edexcel examiner.
Is this the right subject for me?
If you enjoy:
- expressing yourself in an active and exciting way
- working in a group
- contributing your ideas and taking onboard those of others
- exploring ideas by putting yourself in other people’s shoes, playing many parts in different imaginary situations
- creating your own drama work
- looking at plays written by other people
then our GCSE Drama is the ideal subject for you.
What do I need to know, or be able to do, before taking this course?
You will have had experience of drama during Key Stage 3 in drama lessons or, perhaps, in English lessons. You may also be a member of a drama club. Any of these experiences can help if you choose drama as a GCSE subject. You will develop your improvisation and acting skills to a higher level. You will also look at plays in more detail and at different ways of bringing a script to life on stage. If you are more interested in the technical aspects of drama (for example set design or lighting) you could focus on these for part of the course.
What will I learn?
You will learn:
- How drama is created, including all the acting and staging skills that are needed to put a piece of drama on to the stage
- How to create a character and play this character in a performance
- Many skills that are highly valued in any walk of life including teamwork and confidently presenting yourself in public.
What can I do after I’ve completed the course?
After you have completed GCSE Drama you can go on to higher levels of study.
- GCE Drama and Theatre Studies at AS and A2 Level
- BTEC National Performing Arts (Acting).
- English Literature at AS and A2 Level
- Unit 1 Summer Term of Year 10
- Unit 2 Autumn Term of Year 11
- Unit 3 Spring/Summer of Year 11