Introduction

Drama encourages pupils to work in groups demonstrating excellent communication skills, whilst developing their confidence and encouraging them to take responsibility for their own learning. Extra-curricular activities are a huge part of the department including a range of activities for all ages and abilities. We ensure all pupils have the right to participate, enjoy and ultimately succeed. The department presents two productions each year. One focuses on acting whilst the other is a celebration of Drama, Music, Dance and Art, allowing the Performing Arts Faculty to work together on a large scale musical theatre performance.

Curriculum

KS3

The study of Drama helps to promote self-confidence and self-discipline in practical situations.
Drama helps to develop essential life skills such as communication, co-operation, and problem-solving. 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 different social, historical and political contexts.

Year 7

The Pied Piper – This classic tale is used to explore the themes of greed, honesty and revenge.
Darkwood Manor – What secrets lie inside the haunted manor? Pupils learn a variety of new skills to investigate this dark tale of gothic horror.
Min-na-Way – An Aboriginal Folktale – A multi-cultural approach to society and the rights of the individual.                                                                                                                          The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty – A hard-hitting and emotive play which allows the pupils to explore the serious topic of bullying and focus on the repercussions.
Making a Stand – The story of Rosa Parkes and how she started a civil rights revolution.

  • Explorative Strategies (techniques) – Role-play, thought tracking, still images & narration.
  • Drama Mediums (acting skills) – Use of voice, body language, facial expressions, eye contact, gestures, etc.
  • Elements of Drama – developing plot, creating atmosphere, building tension, climax/anti-climax.

Year 8

Baz, Daz, & Gaz – This short play encourages pupils to look at comedy in drama and how a play is translated from page to stage.
Silent Movies – When words are not available the focus is on facial expressions and body language.
Rose Blanche – The chilling story of a young German girl’s experiences of World War II.
Detention – In preparation for GCSE work, pupils study this thought-provoking full-length play.           Fame – This end of key stage assessment focuses on the positives and negatives of being famous. Would you give up your privacy for fame and fortune?

  • Explorative Strategies (techniques) Role-play, thought track, still images, narration, choral speech/movement, cross-cutting, thought tunnel, angel & devil & monologue.
  • Drama Mediums (acting skills) Use of voice, body language, facial expressions, eye contact, gestures, gait, proxemics, etc.
  • Elements of Drama. Developing plot, creating atmosphere, building tension, climax/anti-climax, symbolism, style/form.

GCSE Drama

How will I be assessed?
We subscribe to the AQA Drama qualification which is comprised of THREE components.

Component 1: Understanding Drama – This component is a written exam in which students are assessed on their knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and performed in connection to a set play and on their ability to analyse and evaluate the live theatre work of others.

The paper constitutes 40% of the GCSE.

Component 2: Devising Drama – This is a practical component in which students are assessed on their ability to create and develop ideas to communicate meaning for theatrical performance, apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance and analyse and evaluate their own work.

Component 2 constitutes 40% of the GCSE.

Component 3: Texts in Practice – This component is a practical component in which students are assessed on their ability to apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance.

Component 3 constitutes 20% of the GCSE.

 

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 whilst responding to the ideas 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.
These include:

  • GCE Drama and Theatre Studies at AS and A2 Level
  • BTEC National Performing Arts (Acting).
  • English Literature at AS and A2 Level

Exam Boards

  • AQA

Exam/Coursework Dates

  • Unit 1 Summer Term of Year 10
  • Unit 2 Autumn Term of Year 11
  • Unit 3 Spring/Summer of Year 11