Drama / Theatre Studies
Head of Department: Mrs S Rose
The Drama Department aims to encourage students to express their ideas through discussion, creative exploration, team work and evaluation. Students are encouraged to “put themselves in someone else’s shoes” as well as exploring different ways of conveying meaning. Just as in Art there are different mediums used to create a piece of work, in drama there are different ways of presenting a performance piece. We aim to encourage students to use these skills in the storytelling to communicate with an audience, linking these to skills they may require in the future world of work.
- We visit the theatre at least once during the academic year as well as inviting in to school performance practitioners to work with the students e.g. Frantic assembly, Theatre Centre.
- Drama Club and School Performances
I like the ephemeral thing about theatre, every performance is like a ghost - it's there and then it's gone. (Maggie Smith)
Years 7, 8 and 9
Year 7: Drama is taught once a fortnight; students are firstly introduced to different drama skills and techniques and how to apply them to a piece of performance work. In terms three and four they then develop a piece of theatre based on The Pardoner’s Tale by Chaucer, applying the skills they have acquired. Terms five and six are spent exploring a story through Drama and creating scenes which retell the plot using specific medium and elements of drama.
Year 8: Drama is taught once a fortnight; Students begin the year competing in teams in the Drama Challenge which aims to reinforce and build on the skills that they learnt in year 7. We then go on to explore Shakespeare’s The Tempest and the poem The Identification which requires students to look at relationships between parents, teachers and child and how certain behaviour and choices can lead to tragic events.
Year 9: Students are taught three times per fortnight on a rotation twice during the academic year. During the first rotation we explore the play version of Lord of the Flies which many students will go on to study in GCSE English. In rotation two students focus on devising skills, considering how important different techniques are in communicating with an audience. This reinforces skills that could be required in the works place: Presentation, team work, problem solving, communication skills, use of voice and body language.
Link to national curriculum page: Drama is taught as a discreet subject, however our scheme of work links to the requirements of the English National Curriculum for KS3 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/381754/SECONDARY_national_curriculum.pdf
GCSE: Years 10 and 11
GCSE Course Content
Year 10 New Specification
Assessment / Examination
Devised drama with portfolio
Performance to visiting examiner of one monologue, one group piece
Assessment / Examination
Unit 1: Exploring Drama - 6 hour practical assessment with written portfolio (2000 words max)
Unit 2: Exploring Drama Text – 6 hour practical assessment with written portfolio (1000 words max)
Review of Live performance (2000 words max)
Exam Board Exdecel
Link to Specification: See above
A Level: Years 12 and 13
Qualifications needed: GSCE Drama preferable but not essential, Minimum Grade 6 in English
The A Level Drama and Theatre Studies course includes three components which consists of Devising, Exploring Text in Performance, both as a performer or designer, and a written paper showing understanding of a set text from the view of the director as well as an evaluation of a live play from
Component 1: Devising (40% of A Level)
As a performer or designer you will create and develop an original piece of drama using a key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as a stimulus.
Performance 20 Marks
Written Portfolio 60 Marks
Component 2: Text in Performance (20% of the A Level)
As a performer or designer you will work in a group to create a performance of one key extract from a performance text. You will also create a monologue or duologue of one key extract from a different text.
Group performance 36 Marks
Monologue or duologue 24 marks
Component 3: Written Exam Paper (40% of the A Level)
The written exam is divided in to three sections and is 2 hours and 30 minutes
Section A Live Theatre Evaluation 20 Marks
Section B Page to Stage: Realising a performance Text 36 Marks
Section C Interpreting a Performance Text 24 Marks
Exam board: Edexcel
- This course includes the development of performance skills and stagecraft. Students should aim to take advantage of school plays and outside drama opportunities to extend their experience. They should also see as much theatre as possible, including any chargeable trips which are organised by the school.
- Furthermore students can go on to Drama School or University to develop a variety of skills, including performance, lighting, design, directing and creative writing. However, the presentation, communication, and teamwork skills developed are relevant in any career and Universities recognise that studying Drama and Theatre Studies at A Level are beneficial in many vocations including Law, Medicine and Business to name a few.