Drama

Drama KS3

General Information:

Drama is the science of the human race. It is used to explain everything in the world around us from history, to communication to the invention of ideas and the expression of emotions.
 
As a department we recognise that students have preferred learning styles and that different learning activities and teaching styles should be employed to meet the needs of all students. We also recognise that students learn most effectively in a non-threatening environment where tasks are matched to individual needs and abilities; where good work and effort are praised and students feel valued.
 
The Drama department uses a booklet created and shaped by staff to match the needs to the learners at Weald. It builds the skills and methodology needed to progress onto the Eduqas GCSE.

Term

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

TERM 1
Focus - perform

MIME

PHYSICAL THEATRE

COMMEDIA DELL’ ARTE

TERM 2
Focus - create

MELODRAMA

GREEK THEATRE

ABSTRACT THEATRE

TERM 3
Focus - evaluate

ROSA PARKS

COMEDY

DEVISED THEMATIC

TERM 4
Perform/create/evaluate


SCRIPT WORK


SCRIPT WORK


SCRIPT WORK

TERM 5
Perform/create/evaluate


SCRIPT WORK


SCRIPT WORK


SCRIPT WORK

TERM 6
Perform/create/evaluate

DEVISING Fairy tales


DEVISING Wild Things


DEVISING Local Stories


GCSE Drama
Examination board: Eduqas

Course Components

Component 1: Devising Theatre (internally assessed, non-examination assessment, 40% of qualification)

TASK ONE Devised Performance - Learners participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of devised theatre using either the techniques of an influential theatre practitioner or a genre, in response to a stimulus set by EDUQAS/WJEC.
• Internally assessed and externally moderated with task two.

TASK TWO Supporting written evidence - Candidates will complete a written report on the practical work they completed in Task One, under formal supervision.
• The report should include details on decision making; the inclusion of technical elements and the content of the piece and an evaluation of their own work and that of the group;
• Internally assessed and externally moderated with task one.

Component 2: Performing from a Text (externally assessed by a visiting examiner, 20% of qualification)

Candidates will be assessed on their acting skills focusing on 2 scenes from a published play.
Learners participate in one performance using sections of text from both extracts
• Externally assessed by a visiting examiner in April/May.

Component 3: Interpreting Theatre (written examination, 40% of qualification)

SECTION A Set Text - Candidates will be assessed on their ability to analyse one set text as an actor, designer and director.

Live Theatre Review - Candidates will be assessed on their ability to answer one question requiring analysis and evaluation of a given aspect of a live theatre production seen during the course.

General information:

Following a course in GCSE Drama will enable students to:
• Actively engage in the process of dramatic study in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds;
• Work imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas;
• Reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others;
• Develop and demonstrate competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills;
• Develop a basis for their future role as active citizens in employment and society in general as well as for the possible further study of drama;

• Consider and explore the impact of social, historical and cultural influences on drama texts and activities.
Term
Year 10
Year 11
1

Introductory workshops – status, conventions, objectives etc.
Introduction to devising – mini-project using stimuli as inspiration for practical exploration.

Further devised work using chosen stimuli.

Devised Project – Based on theme set by WJEC

Formal assessment next term
2

Study of practitioners –Brecht and physical theatre as chosen styles

Workshops leading into practical performance including a focus on coursework elements. 

As above with written report started

Mock paper set
3
As above

Coursework completed

Practical exam Preparation
4

Study of set text
Practical workshops in response

Introduction to exam questions

Practical exam preparation

Preparation for written exam
5

Study of set text
Practical workshops in response

Introduction to exam questions – mock paper set during ‘Test Week’.

Practical exam preparation

Preparation for written exam
6

Mini scripted performance approximately 5 mins per 2 candidates.
Internal assessment.
Open choice of text

+ Preparation for written paper – Section B. 
 

A-Level Drama and Theatre
Examination board: AQA

Course Components

Component 1 (40%) Drama and theatre (3 hour written examination)
Section A – One question on a set text, answered from a practical perspective
Section B – One question on an extract from a second set text
Section C – One question on a single live production


Component 2 (30%) Creating Original Drama (An original devised performance influenced by the work of a prescribed practitioner, with a supporting working notebook)    
Students work in groups, using recognised techniques to create original work.


Component 3 (30%) Making theatre (Practical performance of an extract from a play, plus a reflective report)
Presentation of an extract from a play. Assessment also includes preparatory and development work and supporting notes

General information:

Requirements:
If you enjoy reading and watching plays and discussing ways they could be performed, you will love Drama and Theatre at A Level. You should be willing to explore and experiment as an actor, trying out different styles and techniques. You will perform both scripted work and improvisation and work in a range of different groups. You will need to be committed, reliable and a good team player, who will work with a group to stage successful performances. We organise workshops in which you will be required to participate. We visit West End or local theatres regularly and expect you to accompany us. We expect at least a Grade B in Drama or English Language at GCSE. Equally important is a genuine enthusiasm for our subject and an eagerness to participate in our very active lessons.

Aims & Outcomes:
You will gain an appreciation of the skills of acting and performance. You will grow to appreciate and understand how a script can be interpreted in a variety of ways. Students benefit by becoming confident in public speaking, time management and essay writing. An A Level in Drama and Theatre will open doors at all British universities and a degree provides excellent training for careers in the theatre, arts, law, media, publishing, marketing, education and all industries with a focus on interpersonal skill.

Term Year 12 Year 13
1 and 2

Component 1
Begin teaching set text for section A  (JERUSALEM by BUTTERWORTH) using

  • Practical exploration
  • Discussion
  • Design
  • Written tasks

Preparation/review of Theatre visits for section C

Component 2 (and prep for component 3)
Introduction to theatre skills

  • Direction
  • Performance
  • (Design)

Preparation for component 3
Introduce students to a Practitioner (BERKOFF) via practical workshops on an extract

  • Work
  • Significance
  • Context
  • Purpose
  • Methods
  • Influences

Build this up to a workshop performance of 1 extract

Component 1
Begin teaching section B text (tbc)
More Live Theatre Visits
Brief revision of section A text with A level questions

Component 2
Devising for real component 2

Component 3
Revision of 2 practitioners

3 and 4

Component 1
Continue set text for section A and Live theatre reviews for section C

Preparation for component 3
Exploration of a different practitioner and practical workshops on 3 extracts

  • Work
  • Significance
  • Context
  • Purpose
  • Methods
  • Influences

Build this up to a workshop performance of 1 extract
Complete a practice portfolio draft of section 1

Component 1
Continue teaching section B text

Component 2
Devising for real component 2
Performance of piece/submission of working notebook  (marked by teachers, moderated by AQA)

Component 3
Preparation of one EXTRACT 3
Start reflective report

5 and 6

Component 2
Introduction to devising

Component 2
Exploration of a series of different practitioners suitable for devising unit PAGE 64

  • Work
  • Significance
  • Context
  • Purpose
  • Methods
  • Influences

Build this up to a workshop devised piece (mock component 2)

Component 1
Revision of set texts and Live theatre

Component 3
Examination of one EXTRACT 3 (visiting AQA Examiner)
Submission of report

Written exam

 

 

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