Drama

Overview of the Drama Curriculum

Head of Faculty: Mrs D Cunningham

Head of Department: Mr A Walker

Vision of Subject

To create a safe and happy learning environment for students to develop confidence and skills – while providing top class extra-curricular opportunities.

KS3

Mixed ability classes receive 1 hour per week at KS3. Homework is issued twice per half term.

KS4

AQA 8261 GCSE drama

Mixed ability classes receive 3 hours of lessons per week. Homework is set 4 times per half term and may include extra-curricular rehearsal.

Key Skills and Knowledge

  • Making
  • Performing
  • Evaluating

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are outlined in the table below:

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 Baseline &

Mini-Scripts

Script based SOW.

Still Image & basic acting skills

Darkwood Manor

Creative/ Inventive SOW.

Structuring devised drama.

Evacuees

Historical themed SOW exploring WW2

Structure & drama techniques

Bugsy Malone

Script based

SOW exploration of a text

Staging & character skills.

Silent Movies

Skills based SOW

Mime, movement, storytelling through movement.

Heroism

Skills & Issue based SOW

Drama styles & techniques

8 On The Streets

Issue based SOW looking at homelessness.

Structure/Strategy

/Symbolism

School

Multirole play comedy work

Characterisation

Gang Culture

Issue based SOW looking at gang culture

Symbolism/ Strategies

Fame

SOW looking at the trappings of fame.

Impact on audience.

War

Issue based SOW. War and its effects

Structure/Impact

Transformations

Script page to stage & performance technique.

9 One Drink Too Many

Issue based SOW looking at drink and young people.

Script/Structure & Impact.

7 Deadly Sins

Structuring drama from a stimulus.

Exploration of symbolism – mood and atmosphere.

Let Him Have It

Exploration of the Derek Bentley story.

Voice skills/Theatre as a whole

Status

Issue based SOW exploring historical oppression through status & how to show this onstage.

Protest

Issue based exploring impact on and influence of the audience.

Don’t Blame Facebook

Issue based

scheme of work

about

responsible

internet use.

(TIE)

10 Intro to GCSE

Compressed intro to GCSE Components 1/2/3

One in three lessons written up & evaluated.

Live Theatre Trip

MOCK

Component 3

Scripted pieces

Component 1

Set text

Our Day Out

MOCK

Component 2

Devising

Body Image

Devising & Log

Component 1

Live performance review.

MOCK

Component 2

Modern Slavery

Domestic Violence.

Log Book

Component 1

Knowledge & understanding of theatre

Component 2

Holocaust

Log book

Component 1

MOCK EXAM PREP

Component 2

Holocaust

Performance & recording

Component 1

MOCK EXAM

(1hr 45mins)

11 Unit 2

Acting

30%

Blood Brothers

Unit 1 Prep:

MOCK EXAM

Section A

Body Image

Section B

Blood Brothers

Unit 2

Holocaust – 30%

Devised Thematic

(NB Moderation groups to be decided)

MODERATION

Holocaust Moderation Prep.

Prep for written examination

Unit 1

Exam preparation and intervention.

Links to GCSE Exam Board Specifications

The specification code for GCSE Drama Year 10 is 8261

Link to Spec  – http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/gcse/drama-8261

Additional Information

Include details of any extra-curricular activities including:

  • Interventions – Daily rehearsals lunch and after school.
  • Revision sessions – Targeted at key point in the year.
  • Trips – Theatre trips and visits.
  • Clubs – Annual School Production – Ks3 Drama Club – Musical Theatre Tuesdays.

 

Teaching Staff

Mr A Walker Head of Subject
Miss S Gill Head of Year 7 and Drama Teacher
Miss N Cowley Teacher of Creative Arts (Drama & Music)