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House Drama Competition
March 20, 2015
By Miss C Garnish, Teacher of Drama
This term, Year 7 and 8 students have been working very hard on their House Drama competition.
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Drama: Year 7 Against Bullying
March 18, 2015
By Miss L Saunders, Acting Head of Drama
Year 7 have been exploring the issue of bullying in Drama, they have used Drama to understand the perspectives of the bully, the victim and bystanders. Their final assessment task was to create anti-bullying videos which they worked really hard on. Read More

Year 7

Taught in form groups

Main topics covered: Silent Movies, “Macbeth”, bullying, key skills in Drama, physical theatre

Assessment Information: Assessment is ongoing; pupils are assessed each topic assessed on their group skills, speaking and listening, performance and evaluation.

Year 8

Taught in form groups

Main topics covered: Global issues, Commedia del’Arte, Murder mystery, Using your voice, characterisation, “Sweeney Todd”

Assessment Information: Assessment is ongoing; pupils are assessed each topic assessed on their group skills, speaking and listening, performance and evaluation.

Year 9

Taught in form groups

Main topics covered: Homelessness, Soap Opera, Slavery, “Arson About”, (a play about Arson,) “Oedipus” and Greek Theatre.

Assessment Information: Assessment is ongoing; pupils are assessed each topic assessed on their group skills, speaking and listening, performance and evaluation.

Year 10 & 11

Taught in mixed ability groups

We run GCSE Drama and BTEC Performing Arts(Acting)

Exam Board and Syllabus number: GCSE OCR J315.

Assessment Information: In the GCSE course, there are 3 units:

  • A581, From Page to Stage. (Worth 30% 0f the final grade.) Script work includes practical exploration of various plays. We pick plays to suit the group, in the past this has been, “The 39 Steps”, “Too Much Punch for Judy”, “The Insect Play” and “The Crucible”
  • Unit A582, Drama in the Making. (Worth 30% 0f the final grade.) This is an improvised unit. Improvisations have been based in the 7 deadly sins, historical events, poetry and art work.
  • Unit A583, From Concept to Creation. (60%) This is the examined unit and pupils either work on a script or improvisation. Pupils are advised to work to their strengths.

Exam Board and Syllabus number: Edexcel Level 2 BTEC in Performing Arts (Acting)

Assessment Information: In the BTEC extended Certificate, there are 3 units, each of equal weighting:

  • Acting Skills and Techniques
  • Devising Plays
  • Performing Scripted plays

If you are studying for a BTEC in 2012-2014 the course is different. The title Level 2 First in Performing Arts and is the same as one GCSE. The content has changed in line with the changes across all the BTEC courses. There are still 3 areas of study:

  • Acting skills
  • Preparation ,performance and production
  • Individual showcase (an externally assessed unit

Assessment is on going, with no final exam. Performances take place outside of school hours to invited audiences.

Main topics covered

GCSE: Character, context and plot, Improvisation, Structure, Audience and Defining Performance space, Genre, style and conventions and Semiotics.
BTEC: Theatre in Education, Greek theatre, Commedia, Pantomime, Twentieth Century plays, Monologues and Duologues, ghost stories.

Textbook

GCSE: “OCR Drama for GCSE” David Cross and Christopher Reynolds ISBN number: 978-0-340-98340-9

Year 12 & 13

Exam Board and Syllabus number

All students are now following the Edexcel course. For year 12 this will be Edexcel GCE in Drama and Theatre Studies (8DRO1) and year 13 will follow the A2 course, 9DRO1.

Assessment Information

A/S

Unit 1 - (6DRO1) Workshops on two contrasting plays are recorded and assessed. Pupils submit exploration notes and an evaluation of a live performance. The work is internally assessed and externally moderated. (Mark awarded out of 60)
Unit 2 - (6DRO2) Performance of a monologue or a duologue, alongside a written performance concept. Also pupils perform in a play text chosen by the teacher. This is externally examined. (Mark awarded out of 80)

A2
Unit 3 (6DRO3): A practical devised performance influenced by the work of various practitioners. Students also provide supporting written evidence. The work is internally assessed and externally moderated. (Mark awarded out of 60)
Unit 4 (6DRO4): 2 ½ hour written paper on two set texts. Three questions cover rehearsal, performance, social and historical context.

Main topics covered:

Theatre styles, Theatre practitioners, genre, live theatre analysis, improvisation and scripted performances.

Textbook

A2: ‘AQA Drama and Theatre Studies A2.’ By Sue Fielder and Pat Friday. Published by Nelson Thornes ISBNumber:978-0-7487-8290-1

Staff

  • Miss. L. Saunders (Subject Leader)
  • Miss. S. Pemberton
  • Miss. E. Boulton

Facilities

There are 2 Drama studios, both of which have stage lighting, computers and sound equipment. Video cameras and voice recorders are often used to record pupils’ work.

Extra Curricular

  • Autumn Term: Whole School production.
  • Year 9 Performing Arts club Thursdays until 4:30pm.
  • Year 7 and 8 Drama Clubs launch at lunchtimes. Please see the notice board for details.
  • Performance club for all year groups on Tuesdays until 4:30pm
  • Spring and Summer Term: Work begins on the summer showcase for all year groups.

Any pupil can get involved in any event, please speak to your drama teacher for further information.