We ensure that all students are given the opportunity to express their creative abilities and understand the importance of creative subjects. As a department we firmly believe that drama should be seen as an academic, yet practical experience.
Drama allows students to interact in a practical environment that helps them develop verbal and nonverbal communication skills, boost their confidence and build their teamwork skills. These vital transferable skills will set all students in good stead for whatever path they choose in the future.
At Key Stage 3 students will develop a range of skills that will build on prior knowledge and will prepare them with the skills and understadning 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.
GCSE Drama consists of three components, including a final exam:
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.
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.