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Drama

KS3 Curriculum

Year 7

In Year 7 pupils study three units. Unit 1 allows students to explore dramatic techniques through the study of myths and legends. During Unit 2 pupils work on devising their own performances through improvisation and whole-class-in-role. In Unit 3 pupils study the play Frankenstein and practically explore the script. Units culminate in formally assessed performances and a written evaluation, with ongoing peer and teacher assessment throughout lessons.

 

Year 8
Pupils' study of Drama is divided into three units over the academic year. In Unit 1 pupils explore the text Blood Brothers through practical and theoretical study. Unit 2 allows students to develop dramatic techniques and skills in more detail through whole-class-in-role and the performance of a monologue. These skills enable pupils to successfully communicate their characters to an audience and are designed to be transferable to both thematic and scripted work. Skills developed throughout the year culminate in Unit 3 where students practically explore the play Noughts and Crosses. This is the play that students study at GCSE level at Westcliff High School for Girls and thus provides a smooth transition for those planning to continue with their Drama education. Final performances and written work are assessed across the year.

 

Home Learning/ Homework Policy

KS3
Students will be given occasional written tasks to complete at home to aid their study during lesson time. They will need to learn lines ready for practical assessments and develop their written work for theoretical assessment. All homework will be given to pupils in lessons and students can approach the teacher with any questions. 

 

 

KS4 Curriculum

GCSE Syllabus

AQA Drama 8261 

 

Component 1: Understanding drama 
What's assessed
• Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
• Study of the set text Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman and adapted by Dominic Cooke
• Analysis and evaluation of the work of theatre makers in a live performance seen 

 

How it's assessed
• Written exam: 1 hour and 45 minutes
• Open book
• 80 marks
• 40% of GCSE 

 

Questions 

•Section A: multiple choice (4 marks)
•Section B: four questions on a given extract from the set play Noughts and Crosses (44 marks)
•Section C: one question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production seen (32 marks)

 

Component 2: Devising drama (practical)

What's assessed
• Process of creating devised drama
• Performance of devised drama
• Analysis and evaluation of own work 

 

How it's assessed
• Written devising log (60 marks)
• Devised performance (20 marks)
• 80 marks in total
• 40% of GCSE

 

Component 3: Texts in practice (practical) 

What's assessed
• Performance of two extracts from one play 

 

How it's assessed
• Performance of Extract 1 (20 marks) and Extract 2 (20 marks)
• 40 marks in total
• 20% of GCSE

 

Home Learning/ Homework Policy

KS4 and KS5

Students will be given written tasks and exam paper questions throughout the course to develop their understanding of the set texts and exam techniques. Students will also be expected to complete independent research in order to develop their understanding of the texts studied and to give them material on which to base their devised performances. Time in lesson will be dedicated to completing written coursework however, a conscientious student will wish to spend time outside of lessons ensuring that this is to a standard they are proud of and homework time will be dedicated to this.
There will be periods of the year when lesson time is dedicated to preparing for students' practical Drama exams. I have found in the past that students request extra time after school to feel fully confident before their exams and also find the extra 1:1 support they can have after school useful to achieve the quality of work needed for top band work. Thus, homework in this period will involve creating, blocking, developing and rehearsing practical work. This homework cannot be done independently as Drama rehearsals need every member of the group. Thus, the department have organised after school rehearsals slots as a way to facilitate a time for all students to meet up in a space together.


2018-2019 Rehearsal Times:
KS4: Wednesday after school 15:30-17:30 and Thursday lunch time 12.30 - 13.10. 
 

KS5 Curriculum

A Level Syllabus

Edexcel, Drama and Theatre, 9DR0 

 

Component 1: Devising 
40% of the qualification
80 marks 

 

Content overview
● Devise an original performance piece.
● Use the key extract from the performance text and the given theatre practitioner as stimuli.  

 

Assessment overview  
● A 3000 word written portfolio (60 marks)
● A devised performance (20 marks)

 

Component 2: Text in Performance 

20% of the qualification 

60 marks 

 

Content overview
● A group performance of one key extract from a set performance text.
● A monologue performance from one key extract from a different performance text.  

 

Assessment overview

● Externally assessed by a visiting examiner. 

● Group performance: worth 36 marks. 

● Monologue performance: worth 24 marks.

 

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice
Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes
40% of the qualification
80 marks

Content overview
● Live theatre evaluation
● Practical exploration and study of Equus by Peter Shaffer - focusing on how this can be realised for performance.
● Practical exploration and interpretation of Woyzeck by Georg Büchner , in light of the theatre practitioner Brecht - focusing on how this text could be reimagined for a contemporary audience.

Assessment overview
Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation
● 20 marks
● Students answer one extended response question from a choice of two requiring them to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen in light of a given statement.
● Students are allowed to bring in theatre evaluation notes of up to a maximum of 500 words.

Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text
● 36 marks

● Students answer two extended response questions based on an unseen extract from Equus.
● Students will demonstrate how they, as theatre makers, intend to realise the extract in performance.
● Students answer from the perspective of a performer and a designer.
● Performance texts for this section are not allowed in the examination as the extracts will be provided. 

 

Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text 

● 24 marks.
● Students will answer one extended response question from a choice of two based on an unseen named section from Woyzeck.
● Students will demonstrate how their re-imagined production concept will communicate ideas to a contemporary audience.
● Students will also need to outline how the work of their Brecht has influenced their overall production concept and demonstrate an awareness of the performance text in its original performance conditions.
● Students must take in clean copies of their performance texts for this section, but no other printed materials.

 

Information on Assessment

Assessment in Drama is based firmly on the assessment requirements of the GCSE and A Level exam boards. Thus, Drama is assessed through practical and written assessment in all year groups. For written assessment students learn terminology and are given the opportunity to analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others. For practical assessments, students perform extracts from plays and perform work that they have devised themselves. For more detail on assessment, please see GCSE Drama and A Level Drama on the school website.  

 

KS4 and KS5

Students will be given written tasks and exam paper questions throughout the course to develop their understanding of the set texts and exam techniques. Students will also be expected to complete independent research in order to develop their understanding of the texts studied and to give them material on which to base their devised performances. Time in lesson will be dedicated to completing written coursework however, a conscientious student will wish to spend time outside of lessons ensuring that this is to a standard they are proud of and homework time will be dedicated to this.
There will be periods of the year when lesson time is dedicated to preparing for students' practical Drama exams. I have found in the past that students request extra time after school to feel fully confident before their exams and also find the extra 1:1 support they can have after school useful to achieve the quality of work needed for top band work. Thus, homework in this period will involve creating, blocking, developing and rehearsing practical work. This homework cannot be done independently as Drama rehearsals need every member of the group. Thus, the department have organised after school rehearsals slots as a way to facilitate a time for all students to meet up in a space together.


2018-2019 Rehearsal Times:

KS5:  Tuesday after school 15:30-17:30 and Monday lunch time 12.30 - 13.10

Beyond the Classroom

Extra- Curricular Rehearsals and Clubs 

Lunch Time- 12.30 to 13.10
Mon- KS5 Practical Exam Rehearsals
Thur- KS4 Practical Exam Rehearsals
Fri- KS3 Drama Club

After School- 15.30 to 17.30
Mon- Shakespeare School Festival
 Tue- KS5 Practical Exam Rehearsals
 Wed- KS4 Practical Exam Rehearsals
 Thur- Shakespeare School Festival

 

Performances 

Shakespeare School's Festival

  • Workshop- Wednesday 26th September, 13.00 to 16.00
  • Dress Rehearsal- Wednesday 14th November, 8.00 to 13.00
  • Performance- Wednesday 14th November, 19.00 
  • Palace Theatre
     430 London Rd, Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 9LA
  • Buy Tickets:
     Palace Theatre Box Office Telephone Number: 01702 351135
     Palace Theatre Box Office Website:
    http://southendtheatres.org.uk
  • Talk to Miss Collins for more details.


    KS3 Drama Club Performance 
  • Summer Term, DateTBC
  • Talk to Mrs Selvarajah for more details

    KS4 Noughts and Crosses Performance
  • Summer Term, DateTBC
  • Talk to Miss Collins for more details

    Workshops

    Frantic Assembly Workshop 
  • Friday 21st September
  • 8.25am to 4.00pm
  • Drama Studio
  • Open to all year 12 Drama students
  • Open to year 10, 11 and 13 Drama students on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Payment is required no later than Friday 14th September 2017. 
  • Payment made on Parent Pay
  • Talk to Miss Collins for more details.

    Splendid Theatre Workshop
  • Date and time TBC
  • Open to selected year 7 and 8 pupils.  
  • Talk to Mrs Selvarajah for more details.

    House Drama
  • Auditions: Week beginning 17th December
  • Competition: Wednesday 16th January and Friday 18th January
  • Lunch Time
  • Drama Studio
  • Talk to House Captains for more details.

    Theatre Trips

    The Wizard of Oz
  • Open to year 7, 8 and 9 pupils.
  • Details TBC
  • Ask Mrs Selvarajah for more information.

    The Unreturning by Frantic Assembly
  • Friday 18th January
  • After School
  • Primarily open to year 12 students but there may be some space for year 10, 11 and 13 students on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Ask Miss Collins for details.
  • Payment made on ParentPay.

    Oresteia by Splendid Theatre 
  • Monday 21st January
  • After School
  • Primarily open to GCSE students but there may be space for some year 7 and year 8 students on a first come, first serve basis.

    Additional Trips

    Equus Screening 
    at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • Friday 12th October
  • Meet at the main entrance of the museum at 10.20am
  • Open to all year 12 and 13 Drama students
  • Talk to Miss Collins for further details.

Links to Useful Sites

Examination Results

GCSE

60%- Level 9
33%- Level 8
5%- Level 7 
2%- Level 6 
 

A Level

25%- A* 
50%- A 
25%- B

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