Drama

At Key Stage 3 students will study:


Year 7:

  • Skills building
  • Pantomime
  • Greek Theatre
  • Horror
  • Response to live theatre

Year 8:

  • Musical Theatre
  • Shakespeare
  • Slapstick Comedy
  • Response to live theatre

Year 9:

  • Murder Mystery
  • Devising
  • Sketches
  • Response to live theatre

 

 


How can I support my child through KS3 Drama?


  • Ensuring homework is complete
  • Watching theatre live, at the cinema or DVD’s.
  • Talking to them about what they are studying in Drama and their Drama targets

How will my child be assessed in Drama?

There will be practical assessments with every topic, with the exception of ‘Response to live theatre’. These assessments will consist of: teacher observations of the creation and rehearsal process, final performances and an evaluation (verbal and/or written).  

Homework will consist of development tasks on work completed in lessons, such as a set design for a script or mask design for a character, specific research, rehearsing for assessment at breaks or lunchtimes or at home.

 

At Key Stage 4 students will study:

 

Year 10:

Specification: AQA GCSE Drama (8261)

How is the course assessed?
Component 1: Understanding Drama (written exam paper) 40%
Component 2: Devising drama (practical performance & devising log) 40%
Component 3: Texts in practice (practical performance) 20%

What will they cover throughout the course?
Creating/devising drama; performing in a duologue or with a group; techniques of key drama practitioners with practical application; study of set play; reviewing live theatre productions seen.

Recommended websites
The AQA website has lots of useful information detailing the changes in the specifications new for this year.

Course Leader for Year 10 Drama: Miss Lowthion

Email: ALowthian@sandownbayacademy.org


Year 11:

Specification: AQA GCSE Drama (4240).

How is the course assessed?

40% written exam, 60% practical coursework.

Students have to submit performance grades from two different units: acting and improvised. They have completed 1 of each unit in year 10 and will have one more opportunity to revisit each unit in year 11. Their final scripted performance is in front of the examiner.

The written paper consists of two sections: A and C. Section A involves students reflecting on one previous performance project and section C is response to live theatre. Therefore your child will go and see live theatre this year.

What will they cover throughout the year?

The students will be watching ‘Much ado about nothing’ and completing their response to live theatre based on this.

Their improvised project will be based on ‘Dreams of life’ and their acting unit will be an extract from a script of your child’s choice.

Recommended websites

The AQA website has lots of useful information on, including past papers and mark schemes.

Course leader for Yar 11 Drama: Mrs Creggwood
Email: LCreggwood@sandownbayacademy.org



At Key Stage 5 students will study:


Specification: AQA AS and A Level Drama & Theatre Studies (7261 & 7262)

How is the course assessed?
40% written exam, 60% practical coursework

What will they cover throughout the course?
Practical exploration & theatrical interpretation/performance of two extracts; practical application of features of theatre practitioner’s style; study of live theatre productions seen; practical study of set play (‘Antigone’ by Sophocles).

Recommended websites
The AQA website has lots of useful information detailing the changes in the specifications new for this year.

Course Leader: Miss Lowthion




How Performing Arts promotes British values  

 

Democracy

Enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence

Encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes.

The rule of law

Enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the attitudes between groups and understand this has reactions.

Individual Liberty

Enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence

Encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and to understand how they can contribute positively to group work and the work of other students.

Mutual Respect

Encourage students to acquire a broad knowledge of and respect for each other.

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

Further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions through studying performance works of different cultures around the world.

 


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