At Key Stage 3 students will develop a range of skills that will build on prior knowledge and will prepare them with the skills they need to move on to Key Stage 4 Drama. All schemes of work are flexible and can be tailored to meet specific needs for each class.
Topics covered include:
Year 7 – Introduction to drama, Storytelling and exploring drama skills, Building tension
Year 8 – Introduction to movement, Greek Theatre, Scripted performance
Year 9 – Exploring a play, Storytelling, Exploring Genre and Performance Style, Exploring a range of practitioners, Preparation for GCSE Drama (explore key components from the GCSE Drama specification)
GCSE Drama consists of three components, including a final exam:
Component 1: Devising Theatre
Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated
40% of qualification
60 marks (120marks)This component assesses:
Devising: Create and develop ideas to communicate meaning for performance (AO1, 30 marks). This is assessed through the portfolio of supporting evidence.
Realising: Apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions (AO2, 15 marks). This is assessed through the performance or design (realised in performance).
Evaluating: Analyse and evaluate their own work (AO4, 15 marks). This is assessed through a written evaluation completed under supervised conditions.
Component 2: Performing from a Text
externally assessed by a visiting examiner
20% of qualification
This component assesses the final realisation only (AO2, 60 marks). Students will study a range of plays and perform extracts where they will realise their artistic vision and creativity.
Component 3: Interpreting Theatre
Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
40% of qualification
Section A: 45 marks
A series of questions assessing knowledge and understanding of an extract from the set text (30 marks) one question assessing knowledge and understanding of the wider text (15 marks).
Section B: 15 marks
Learners will be expected to provide basic details of the production, including the name of the play, company and venue. One question, from a choice of two, assessing analysis and evaluation of a given aspect of a live theatre production (15 marks)
KS3 – 1 lessons per week.
KS4 – 3 lessons per week, plus additional revision sessions.
GCSE Drama (Eduqas)
Music is an important part of the curriculum that has been built into all drama lessons. Students will gain a range of musical experiences here at Burnage Academy. As part of their Drama lessons, students will layer music on top of their performances to give it a professional finish. They will explore a range of genres that will fit with the style of performance they are creating.
As part of the music curriculum, students are given the opportunity to learn and experience a wide range of instruments taught to them by highly experienced and professional musicians.
The Drama Department
- Mr R. Lawther – Head of House (Rowan) / Drama Teacher
- Ms A. Boyd – Head of Careers / Drama Teacher
- Ms K. Horne – Drama Teacher / SENCO