Drama

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Drama GCSE

Drama provides pupils with the tools to develop self-confidence and self-esteem. By working together, pupils develop transferrable skills in co-operation, compromise and communication.

KS3 Overview

  • Throughout KS3 Drama all students will learn key Drama skills as well as transferable life skills such as;
    Exploring and researching ideas, issues, plays and other texts such as diary entries, poems, photographs, films and paintings, using a variety of drama skills and techniques
    Devising, improvising, shaping and structuring dramas of different kinds
        Using drama skills and knowledge to interpret a range of text, for example play-scripts, pictures or stories
        Preparing and performing both scripted and devised dramas for various audiences, using a selection of media
        Using and developing their knowledge of drama from different times and cultures, as well as classic and contemporary practice
        Reflecting on, evaluating and analysing the structure, meaning and impact of their own work and the work of others as both participant and audience.
        Working independently and as part of a group
        Developing understanding of physical theatre and its effective use in performance
        Understanding the world around us by exploring different topics
        Being able to speak aloud to an audience in a clear and loud voice

 

drama curriculum pathways

Year 7
All Year 7 study drama - One lesson per week
Year 8
All Year 7 study drama - One lesson per week
Year 9
Drama as a creative option
BTEC Tech Award:
Comp 1 & 2
Drama as a creative option
Year 10
BTEC Tech Award:
Comp 1 & 2
BTEC Tech Award: Comp 3
 
Year 11
BTEC Tech Award:
Comp 3
   

 

Year 7 Drama

In Year 7, pupils are taught in mixed ability groups and have one lesson of Drama per week where the aim is to provide pupils with a range of teamwork, communication and performance skills. The Drama topics in Year 7 introduce some key concepts in drama that are designed to set a foundation for development and progression during the rest of Key Stage 3 and feed directly into the course offered at Key Stage 4. We begin work in Year 7 through an introductory topic where pupils are given the opportunity to get to grips with drama as a subject, practise their performance skills and undertake a live theatre evaluation. This introductory topic is taught for the first half term and is designed to best prepare the pupils for the academic year ahead.

 

Year 8 Drama

In Year 8, pupils are again taught in mixed ability groups and have one lesson of Drama per week where the aim is to provide pupils with a range of teamwork, communication and performance skills. The Drama units in Year 8 develop the skills taught in Year 7 and continue to combine skills and knowledge for different purposes and for target audiences. Again, key concepts in drama are taught that are designed to set a foundation for development and progression during the rest of Key Stage 3 and feed directly into the course offered at Key Stage 4. We begin work in Year 8 through an introductory topic where pupils are given the opportunity to assess their practical work, perfect their performance skills and undertake a live theatre evaluation. This introductory topic is taught for the first half term and is designed to best prepare the pupils for the academic year ahead.

 

Year 9 Drama

In Year 9, pupils who have opted to continue with Drama are taught in mixed ability groups and have one lesson of Drama per week where the aim is to focus on demonstrating a greater depth and development of their practical work. The Year 9 topics provide the bridge between Key Stages 3 and 4 and are in a sense, a preparatory year for the BTEC Tech Award course offered in Years 10 and 11. We begin work in Year 9 through an introductory topic where pupils are given the opportunity to explore more in depth topics, challenge ideas and undertake a live theatre evaluation. This introductory topic is taught for the first half term and is designed to best prepare the pupils for the academic year ahead.

 

Drama at Key Stage 4 overview

BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts

The 2 year syllabus is a comprehensive scheme that allows students to gain relevant skills, knowledge and understanding that can be applied to the required work in the assessment units. The content of the Programme of Study is designed to cover all of the main requirements that contribute to the drama form and allows students to appreciate what is needed to communicate meaning through drama.

 

Component 1 – Exploring Performing Arts

Pupils will develop their understanding of the performing arts by examining three existing repertoires and the processes used to create performance. This component is designed to help pupils to develop knowledge and understanding of a range of performance styles. Pupils will develop transferable skills, such as research and

communication. Pupils will produce a written document to reflect their knowledge and analysis of these three repertoires.

 

Component 2 - Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts

Pupils will develop their performing arts skills and techniques through the reproduction of acting repertoire. Pupils will communicate intentions to an audience through a variety of methods and will develop performance skills and techniques. Pupils will take part in workshops and classes where they will develop technical, practical and interpretative skills through the rehearsal and performance process. Pupils will work from existing performing arts repertoire, applying relevant skills and techniques to reproduce the work.

 

Component 3 - Performing to a brief

Pupils will be given the opportunity to work as part of a group to create a workshop performance

in response to a given brief and stimulus. The brief will outline the performance requirements and pupils will be asked to consider their target audience and to start the creative process by using the given stimulus included in the brief. Working as part of a group, pupils will develop ideas for a workshop performance and apply skills and techniques to communicate their creative intentions to an audience.

 

 

Curriculum Overview

 

Drama Year 7 Autumn Term

Topic Overview

Evacuation (scripted work)

Practitioner Focus: Stanislavski

  • Freeze-frames, tableaux, thought-tracking, emotion memory

Drama Year 7 Spring Term

Topic Overview

Bullying (devised work)

Practitioner Focus: Brecht

  • Narration, Placards, Breaking the fourth wall (Direct Address), Exaggeration, simplistic set/costumes, choral speech

Drama Year 7 Summer Term

Topic Overview

Shakespeare (stimulus work)

Practitioner FocusDV8 / Physical Theatre

  • Use of mime, canon, unison, proxemics

Drama Year 8 Autumn Term

Topic

Overview

Social Media (stimulated work)

Practitioner Focus: Brecht and Theatre in Education

  • Narration, Placards, Breaking the fourth wall (Direct Address),
  • Exaggeration, simplistic set/costumes, choral speech, Split-scene, Flashbacks, Flash forwards, non-linear structure

Drama Year 8 Spring Term

Topic

Overview

Refugees (devised work)

Practitioner Focus: Stanislavski and Verbatim Theatre

  • Freeze-frames, tableaux, thought-tracking, emotion memory
  • magic IF, hot seating, introduce verbatim (research topic for quotes), given circumstances

Drama Year 8 Summer Term

Topic

Overview

Detectives (scripted work)

Practitioner Focus: DV8 / Physical Theatre

  • Use of mime, canon, unison, proxemics, use of chair, repetition

Year 9

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-tech-awards/performing-arts.html

Drama Year 9 Autumn Term

Topic Overview

Blood Brothers (scripted work)

Practitioner Focus: Stanislavski

  • Freeze-frames, tableaux, thought-tracking, emotion memory
  • magic IF, hot seating, given circumstances, naturalism, role on the wall

Drama Year 9 Spring term

Topic Overview

Comedy and Storytelling (devised work)

Practitioner Focus: Brecht and Physical Theatre

  • Narration, Placards, Breaking the fourth wall (Direct Address)
  • Exaggeration, simplistic set/costumes, choral speech, Split-scene, Flashbacks, Flash forwards, non-linear structure, choral movement, lifts

Drama Year 9 Summer term

Topic Overview

Verbatim (scripted work)

Practitioner Focus: Verbatim Theatre

  • Narration, Breaking the fourth wall (Direct Address)
  • Exaggeration, simplistic set/costumes, choral speech, Split-scene, Flashbacks, Flash forwards, non-linear structure
  • Research for topic, characterisation, explorative strategies, hot seating, script writing

Drama BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts: Years 10 & 11

Topic Overview
Component 1: Exploring Performing Arts
  • Explore performance styles, creative intentions and purpose
  • Investigate how practitioners create and influence what’s performed
  • Discover performance roles, skills, techniques and processes.
Topic Overview
Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts
  • Take part in workshops, classes and rehearsals
  • Gain physical, interpretative, vocal and rehearsal skills
  • Apply these skills in performance
  • Reflect on their progress, their performance and how they could improve
Topic Overview
Component 3: Performing to a Brief
  • Use the brief and previous learnings to come up with ideas
  • Build on their skills in classes, workshops and rehearsals
  • Review the process using an ideas and skills log
  • Perform a piece to their chosen audience
  • Reflect on their performance in an evaluation report

Drama Teaching Facilities

Our drama studio provides a quiet, well-equipped space for students to develop their skills and confidence in drama. We have excellent digital stage lighting which students can access easily. Our studio has a black out wall and carpeted stage area for performance.

Head of Drama