Drama

Introduction

The Drama department focus on a multitude of skills. Not only do we want students to develop as performers but as young individuals. They are given the opportunities to improve on social skills, communication, team-work, time management and focus/concentration. Drama will help students develop confidence that will be of great benefit in not only other subject areas but also within the outside community. We want our students to commit and give 100% each lesson.

Skills gained in Drama can help students later in life. The confidence they gain as performers and Drama students can help them when taking part in presentations and interviews.
Drama is a subject with a very practical approach but does include half termly written based lessons in KS3 to meet the demands of the new specification.
Students are reminded of their targets and how to give their best in each lesson to help them succeed. There are also after school support sessions and rehearsals for GCSE Drama to help them achieve the best grade they can.

The confidence to communicate and work creatively within a team of peers by:

  • Regularly working in small groups in lessons
  • Creating short pieces of performance work with the groups they are put in
  • Being encouraged to take on roles from a range of different performance pieces

A creative approach when developing interesting theatre performances by:

  • Taking part in a wide range of drama workshops in lessons
  • Exploring a variety of theatre skills, techniques, style and practitioners
  • Being encouraged to use imaginative theatre techniques when rehearsing performance work

The confidence to stand up and perform short pieces in front of an audience by:

  • Regularly performing work back to the class during lessons
  • For older students – performing work to larger audiences including friends and family

A critical nature that is able to evaluate strengths and weaknesses by:

  • Evaluating own and others performance work
  • By taking part in written activities that develop critical and analytical writing skills
  • Listening to regular feedback from teachers or peers that will help them improve their work

In the current climate students cannot have Drama lessons in the studio and are in bubble classrooms.

They are currently completing the following schemes of work

  • Year 7: Introduction to Drama & Pantomime
  • Year 8: Radio Plays & Mark Wheeler
  • Year 9: Technical Theatre & Radio Plays

In KS3 students in Years 8 and 9 have Drama once a week.

In Year 7 students are on a carousel with Music and have Drama for half of the year.

The schemes of work change each half term to ensure students are study a wide variety of techniques and gain the knowledge required.

  YEAR 7 YEAR 8 YEAR 9
AUTUMN 1 INTRO TO DRAMA PHYSICAL THEATRE CRAIG AND BENTLEY
AUTUMN 2 PANTOMIME MASKS GREEK THEATRE
SPRING 1 DARKWOOD MANOR HAMLET BLOOD BROTHERS
SPRING 2 INTRO TO DRAMA FORUM THEATRE BLOOD BROTHERS
SUMMER 1 PANTOMIME TECHNICAL AND DESIGN THEATRE COMMEDIA
SUMMER 2 DARKWOOD MANOR BRECHT DEVISING FROM A STIMULUS

 

Exam Board – OCR GCSE Drama

You can find the specification here: https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/drama-j316-from-2016

The course is split into 3 Components

Component 1/2 Component 3 Component 4
 

Devising Drama 

30% of GCSE Grade
Non-Exam Assessment

Students research and explore a stimulus, work collaboratively and create their own devised drama. They complete a portfolio of evidence during the devising process, give a final performance of their drama, and write an

evaluation of their own work. 

 

Presenting and Performing Texts

30% of GCSE Grade
Non-Exam Assessment
Visiting Examiner

Students develop and apply theatrical skills in acting or design by presenting a showcase of two extracts from a performance text. The chosen extracts must allow sufficient exploration of dialogue, plot and/or subplot, and characterisation for students to work in depth on their acting or design skills. 

 

Performance and Response 

40% of GCSE Grade
Written Exam

Students explore practically a whole performance text, and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of how drama is developed, performed and responded to. They also analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance.

There are two sections:

In section A, students study one performance text.

Students also study the development and performance of drama.

In section B, students analyse and evaluate the work of others through watching live drama and theatre. This must not be the same performance text as they have studied for section A.

 

Why GCSE Drama?

In recent exam board changes GCSE Drama has improved in many ways, including the introduction of a theory written exam paper which challenges students positively to understand context and dramatic theory.

In a world full of choices, there are many positives as to why the skills and theories learnt in Drama would be beneficial in both employment and further education. Drama develops an aptitude for compromise, team work, commitment, creativity and presentation skills which are necessary in almost every area of work. Many universities and employers look for the study of Drama GCSE on a potential student’s application or employee’s CV as they know that they are accepting or hiring a well-rounded person with the important thinking skills necessary to succeed in further education and business.

Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving 90% grades 9-4.

Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving 89% grades 9-4.

During the school year there are plenty of opportunities for students to showcase their work.

School Musical! Previous years have included High School Musical, Aladdin and Alice in Wonderland!
KS3 Drama Club

Showcase evenings for KS4 GCSE work

Students who study Drama at GCSE go onto a wide range of careers which don’t necessarily include in the Theatre

  • Actor
  • Arts administrator
  • Barrister
  • Broadcast journalist
  • Choreographer
  • Cinematographer
  • Copywriter
  • Costume designer
  • Dancer
  • Disc jockey (DJ)
  • Musician
  • Newspaper journalist
  • Primary school teacher
  • Proofreader
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Set designer
  • Stage manager
  • Television presenter
  • Television/film producer
  • Theatrical producer
  • Writer
  • Youth and community worker