Drama

The Drama curriculum includes a range of different topics. Students begin the year with Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ where they are taught how an actor uses their voice and body to create a believable performance.

Year 7

In Year 7, the Drama curriculum includes a range of different topics. Students begin the year with Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ where they are taught how an actor uses their voice and body to create a believable performance. Students then move onto use Theatre in Education to inform an audience about the consequences of bullying. Later in the term, topics include a scripted performance of Diane Samuel’s ‘Kindertransport’ and finally students devise their own performances by using a range of performance conventions.

Year 8

In Year 8, students develop their drama skills further by learning about other styles and genres of theatre. Topics include Trestle Mask, Pantomime and Silent Movies. Students go on to refine their devising skills and characterisation by preparing for a whole class performance in the style of ‘Soap Opera’.

Year 9

In Year 9, drama students prepare for GCSE Drama by studying key practitioners and theatre makers, in particular Stanislavski and Brecht. Students will apply these key practioners methods and conventions in range of different plays. Topics in Year 9 include Willy Russell’s ‘Blood Brothers’, John Godber’s ‘Teechers’ and Theatre in Education.

Year 10

The course is run by AQA. The course is designed to engage and encourage students to become confident performers with the skills they need for a bright and successful future.

During their time in GCSE Drama, students to do what they like best – participate in performance.

  • All students devise drama.
  • All students explore texts practically and work on two text-based performances.
  • All students watch live theatre.
  • Students can be sure to gather many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, to expand their horizons. Drama in Key Stage 4 ensures continuity for students progressing from GCSE Drama to AS and A-level.

Year 11

Component 1: Understanding drama what’s assessed.

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre.
  • Study of one set play.
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers how it’s assessed.
  • Written exam: 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • Open book.
  • 80 marks.
  • 40% of GCSE.

Component 3: Texts in practice (practical) what’s assessed.

  • Performance of two extracts from one play (Contrast of set play chosen for Component 1) how it’s assessed.
  • Performance of Extract 1 (20 marks) and Extract 2 (20 marks).
  • Analysis and evaluation of own work how it’s assessed.
  • Devising log (60 marks).
  • Devised performance (20 marks).
  • 40 marks in total.
  • 20 % of GCSE.