- Mrs O Murtagh, BA MEd PGCE (Subject Leader)
- Mrs L Scott, BA PGCE
- Mrs D Thompson, BA PGCE
Key Stage 3
Year 9 Drama
In Year 9 you will have one period of Drama every 2 weeks. These will be fun and practical lessons in which you will learn about drama strategies and improvisation.
Unit 1 - Parent and Teenage Conflict
Unit 2 - Theatre in Education
Unit 3 - Exploring Bullying
Year 10 Drama
In Year 10 you will have one period of Drama every 2 weeks. These will be energetic, fun and practical lessons in which you will develop your use of drama strategies and improvisation in preparation for the GCSE course. You will also learn about the history of theatre.
Unit 1 - History of Theatre
Unit 2 - Telling Tales (Narrative Structure)
Unit 3 - Working With Your Voice - Radio Plays
In Year 11 you will:
- Improvise a performance based on 'An Inspector Calls' focusing on the roles of actor, story-teller, acting coach and director and complete a Drama Notebook, based on this work.
- Practically explore the play 'Blood Brothers' using improvisation and rehearsal techniques to learn about key characters and scenes.
- Design costumes for key characters from 'Blood Brothers', taking into consideration the social, cultural and historical background of the play.
In Year 12 you will:
- Devise or improvise a 20-30 minute group performance, perform it to an audience and complete a Drama Notebook based on this.
- Perform a 20-30 minute scripted performance, perform it to an audience which includes an external moderator and complete a Drama Notebook based on this.
- Complete a 1 hr 30 minute written paper; based on 'Blood Brothers' and your scripted performance.
2 Year 12 Practical Performances = 60% of GCSE
1 Written Exam = 40% of GCSE
Edexcel Drama and Theatre Studies
Year 13 AS Course - Worth 40% of A-Level
Unit 1: September - December.
Unit 1 is worth 40% of the total AS marks.
- You will practically explore 'The Birthday Party' by Harold Pinter and 'A Streetcar Named Desire' by Tennessee Williams.
- You will complete a 3000 words set of exploration notes based on these 2 plays.
- You will complete a 1000 word essay, evaluating a piece of live theatre.
- Unit 1 is all Controlled Assessment and teacher assessed.
Unit 2: January - May
Unit 2 is worth 60% of the total AS marks.
- You will choose a 2 minute monologue, study the play it is from and perform the monologue to an external examiner, who will assess your performance.
- You will complete a 500 word written performance concept, outlining the contexts of the play your monologue is from, your preparation process and your interpretation of the character. This will be marked by an external examiner.
- You will perform a scripted play of between 15 and 60 minutes as part of a group. This will be assessed by an external examiner.
Year 14 - A2 Course 60% of A-Level
Unit 3: September - November
This unit is worth 40% of the total A2 marks.
- You will devise an original piece of drama as a performer and director, and perform this to an audience.
- You will complete a 3000 word document called 'Supporting Written Evidence' in which you reflect and evaluate the process and evaluate the final performance.
Unit 4: December - June
This unit is worth 60% of the total A2 marks.
- It is an externally assessed written exam in 3 sections.
- To prepare for sections A and B you will study the Greek text 'Lysistrata' and develop ideas for a proposed production from the perspective of a director.
- To prepare for section C you will study the original performance conditions of a Shakespearian play and respond to a live performance of this play.
Junior Drama Club is held on a weekly basis.
Homework & Core Assessments
There are no homeworks or Core Assessments at Key Stage 3.
Students will be expected to document their practical explorations in class in written Drama Notebooks on a weekly basis. They will also need to devise plays, learn lines, organise props and costumes for their performances, complete practice questions and undertake research projects.
Students will record their findings in written notes after each session. They will complete extensive research projects on the plays being explored, learn lines, devise performances and complete practice questions.