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Drama

Teacher of Drama: Sharon Wisdom- swisdom@stpetersindependent.org.uk

 

KS3 Drama

In drama all students are assessed in the following areas: Creating work, Performance and evaluation of their work.

In Form 1 students are introduced to the basics of performing to an audience. Working towards their vocal and facial expression, exploring how manipulation of voice and expression can show a difference in character and character’s mood. They are introduced to the basics of working with a script and learn how to develop their improvisations skills. They also study Genre, Greek theatre and Shakespeare.

In Form 2 students develop their characterisations skills through the study of Stanislavski. They then explore different ways of staging a performance as well as reminiscence theatre, using WW2 as their theme. They then develop their Shakespearian knowledge through cross curricular work with English, studying ‘A Midsummer night’s dream’

In Form 3 students begin to prepare for GCSE drama by exploring a range of drama devices, exploring how they can be used to create different effects. They also begin to develop an appreciation of technical drama, learning to use the lighting, sound, costume and make-up equipment. They also study Bertolt Brecht, Augusto Boal and Physical Theatre, as well as Shakespeare.

 

GCSE DRAMA

The specification followed is AQA GCSE Drama (8261)

See HERE for more details

This is a linear qualification.

The subject content for GCSE Drama is divided into three components:

  1. Understanding Drama
  2. Devising drama
  3. Texts in practice

Pupils are guided through theatrical skills that the need to work on.  For the practical components, students may specialise in performing, lighting, sound, set, costume and/ or puppets.

Assessment

Component 1: Understanding Drama

What is Assessed

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre.
  • Study of one set play from a choice of six.
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers.
    (Trips are arranged so that pupils can experience live theatre).

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Open book
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of GCSE

Questions

Section A

Multiple choice

Section B

Four questions on a given extract from the set play chosen 

This academic year the choice is “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller.

Section C

One question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live production. (32 marks).

Component 2: Devising Drama (Practical)

What is assessed?

  • Process of creating devised drama
  • Performances of devised drama (students usually contribute as a performer, but they can also contribute as a designer.)
  • The pupils’ analysis and evaluation their own work.

How it's assessed

  • Devising log (60 marks)
  • Devised performance (20 marks)
  • 80 marks in total
  • 40% of GCSE

Component 3: Texts in Practice

What is assessed

  • Performances of two extracts from one play. (Students may contribute as performer or designer.)

This academic year’s chosen play is, “Noughts and Crosses” by Malorie Blackman.

How it's assessed

  • Performance of Extract 1 (20 marks) and Extract 2 (20 marks)
  • 40 marks in total
  • 20% of GCSE

This Component is recorded and marked by AQA.

 

Each year the drama department puts on the following performances, to which all pupils across the school are invited to take part.

Christmas school show – this year is ‘Christmas – Why do we do that?’
Talent Show – Held in July, a chance for each student to show off their talents.
Drama club  is also held throughout the year. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In drama all students are assessed in the following areas: Creating work, Performance and evaluation of their work.

In the prep school students learn to work together in small groups and as a class, they develop their imagination as well as exploring a rage of themes they are studying in humanities and English through practical drama.

At form 1 students are introduced to the basics of performing to an audience. Working towards their vocal and facial expression, exploring how manipulation of voice and expression can show a difference in character and character’s mood. They are introduced to the basics of working with a script and learn how to develop their improvisations skills. They also study Genre, Greek theatre and Shakespeare.

In form two students develop their characterisations skills through the study of Stanislavski. They then explore different ways of staging a performance as well as reminiscence theatre, using WW2 as their theme. They then develop their Shakespearian knowledge through cross curricular work with English, studying ‘A Midsummer night’s dream’

Form 3 students begin to prepare for GCSE drama by exploring a range of drama devices, exploring how they can be used to create different effects. They also begin to develop an appreciation of technical drama, learning to use the lighting, sound, costume and make-up equipment. They also study Bertolt Brecht, Augusto Boal and Physical Theatre, as well as Shakespeare.

GCSE DRAMA follow the AQA drama course.

60% = Practical – made up of two final pieces (chosen from the best work across the year by the teacher and moderator) one scripted based and one improvised based. Within these pieces students have the option to work as a performer or technician (set design, props, make-up, costume, lighting or sound). They are marked for their creative process and their performance.

40% = Written paper lasting 1 ½ Hrs. Both sections of the paper give the students the opportunity to evaluate their work and demonstrate a knowledge of theatre, how to put on and effective performance and evaluate their own work.

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Each year the drama department puts on the following performances, to which all pupils across the school are invited to take part.

Christmas school show – this year is ‘A Christmas Carol’ performed at Moulton Theatre

Shakespeare Festival – Held in April as a celebration on the Bard’s birthday, each class performs extracts of his famous works.

Talent Show – Held in July, a chance for each student to show off their talents.

This year there will also be a Mayday celebration, in which each class will be performing traditional maypole, country and Morris dancing as well as mummer’s plays.

Drama club and dance club are also held throughout the year.