Drama

DRAMA DEPARTMENT

Years 7 & 8

Drama is not about putting on plays; although students will have the opportunity to do this, it is to help develop confidence in speaking to others and saying what you think. Drama will also help students to understand how others’ feel and why they do things.

It is a subject which is both fun and hard work, during which students will have to be responsible, learn to cooperate with others, and use their imagination and common sense when developing characters and dramas.

Brief Course Outline

The subject content for Year 7 and 8 is divided into three components:

  1. Group work and involvement (Devising drama)
  2. Performance (Presenting)
  3. Knowledge and Understanding of drama (Responding)

 

These components are assessed through the completion of three modules.

 

Year 7

Module 1

Introduction to Drama

Component 1 & 3

Module 2

Introduction to performance Skills

Component 3 & 2

Module 3

Developing performance skills: Characterisation

Component 1,2 & 3

 

Year 8

Module 1

Introduction to Style & Form

Component 1 & 3

Module 2

Introduction to performance Skills

Component 3 & 2

Module 3

Developing performance skills: Characterisation

Component 1,2 & 3

 

Structure of assessment:

Completion of module booklet, performance work and homework.

Year 9, 10 & 11

Currently students are entered for AQA Drama GCSE Specification 8261

 “Whatever the future holds, students of GCSE Drama emerge with a toolkit of transferable skills, applicable both in further studies and in the workplace”. AQA Drama

Drama GCSE encourages students to collaborate with others, think analytically and evaluate effectively. They gain the confidence to pursue their own ideas, reflect and refine their efforts.

This specification ensures clear progression to AS and A- Level Drama/Theatre Studies.

Brief Course Outline

The subject content for GCSE Drama is divided into three components:

  1. Understanding drama
  2. Devising drama
  3. Texts in practice

In the practical components students may specialise in performing, lighting, sound, set, costume and/or puppets.

Structure of assessment:

Written Paper: (1 hour 45 mins) 40% of the GCSE – Externally set and marked.

Practical Work:           40% Devising Drama – Internally marked (external moderation).

20% Texts in practice – Externally assessed by a visiting examiner.

Written paper

The written paper is split into three compulsory sections:

Where appropriate, you may support your answers with sketches and/or diagrams.

Section A: Four multiple choice questions on roles and terminology (4 marks)

Section B: One two part question on a set play (44 marks). There are 6 set texts available but you will only study one during the course.

Section C: one question on a live production seen. (32 marks) You may select to answer an acting or technical question

Practical Work – Devising Drama 40 %

For this component students will develop and demonstrate competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills. They are required to produce an individual devising log documenting the devising process and contribute to a final performance (minimum group size of 2).

During the three year course students will participate in several devised tasks but only one/ the best grade will be submitted.

Each student can chose to be assessed as a:

  • Performer or
  • Lighting designer or
  • Sound designer or
  • Set designer or (set designers may choose to include design of props)
  • Costume designer or (Costume designers may include make-up and/or hair and/or mask)
  • Puppet designer

Practical Work –Texts in practice 20%

Each student is required to perform or create realised designs for two extracts from one play.

For example:

Set designers must create one set design per extract

Performance extracts may be a monologue (1 performer), duologue (2 performers) or a group piece (3 or more performers).

Extract 1 may be a monologue, duologue or a group piece.

Extract 2 may be a monologue, duologue or a group piece.

  • Monologues must be betweentwo and five
  • Duologues must be betweenthree and ten
  • Group performances must be betweenfour and twenty