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.
Mixed ability classes receive 1 hour per week at KS3. Homework is issued twice per half term.
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
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|
Script based SOW.
Still Image & basic acting skills
Creative/ Inventive SOW.
Structuring devised drama.
Historical themed SOW exploring WW2
Structure & drama techniques
SOW exploration of a text
Staging & character skills.
Skills based SOW
Mime, movement, storytelling through movement.
Skills & Issue based SOW
Drama styles & techniques
|8||On The Streets
Issue based SOW looking at homelessness.
Multirole play comedy work
Issue based SOW looking at gang culture
SOW looking at the trappings of fame.
Impact on audience.
Issue based SOW. War and its effects
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
Issue based SOW exploring historical oppression through status & how to show this onstage.
Issue based exploring impact on and influence of the audience.
|Don’t Blame Facebook
scheme of work
|10||Intro to GCSE
Compressed intro to GCSE Components 1/2/3
One in three lessons written up & evaluated.
Live Theatre Trip
Our Day Out
Devising & Log
Live performance review.
Knowledge & understanding of theatre
MOCK EXAM PREP
Performance & recording
|Unit 1 Prep:
Holocaust – 30%
(NB Moderation groups to be decided)
|Holocaust Moderation Prep.
Prep for written examination
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
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.
|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)|