Drama

Year 7

Taught on a carousel of one lesson per week for two terms.

DramaTerm 1: Girl in the Profile Scholars will learn how to be safe and vigilant online. They will explore a fictional story of a girl who is affected by cyber-bullying and learn how to report and be aware of the dangers of the internet. Scholars will complete a weekly Homework Booklet that will demonstrate their understanding through written work that will contribute towards their assessment.

Term 2: A Midsummer Night's Dream Scholars will explore Shakespeare’s “A Midsummers Night’s Dream”. They will learn about the characters and plot and explore them through a range of challenging drama techniques preparing them for GCSE Drama. Scholars will complete a weekly Homework Booklet that will demonstrate their understanding through written work that will contribute towards their assessment.

Year 8

Taught on a carousel of two lessons per week for two terms.

Term 1: Price of Fame – Scholars will explore the fictional story of Maria Vickers, a winner of a reality talent television show. They will learn about the challenges that fame can bring and how to keep safe within the wider world. Scholars will then devise a performance based on the topic and perform this to an audience of their peers. Scholars will complete a weekly Homework Booklet that will demonstrate their understanding through written work that will contribute towards their assessment.

Term 2: The Tempest – Scholars will explore Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”. They will learn about the characters and plot and explore them through a range of challenging drama techniques preparing them for GCSE Drama. Scholars will complete a weekly Homework Booklet that will demonstrate their understanding through written work that will contribute towards their assessment.

Year 9

Taught three lessons per week.

Term 1: Performance Skills – Scholars will understand the various performance skills outlined in the Edexcel Drama GCSE. They will practice these skills in a workshop lesson and then use these skills in either a devised or scripted performance. Scholars will produce weekly homework tasks that will contribute towards their understanding of how to succeed at GCSE Drama.

Term 2: Slowtime – Scholars will study and explore the play, “Slowtime”. They will develop an understanding of the themes in the play including peer pressure, crime and the troubles faced within a young offender’s institute. The scholars will perform a section of the play to an audience of their peers and will be assessed against the Edexcel GCSE Drama specification.

Term 3: Theatre Practitioners – Scholars will learn about different forms of physical and abstract theatre through learning about various practitioners such as Bertolt Brecht, Antonin Artaud and Jacques Lecoq. They will explore these practitioners through workshop lessons and then put their dramatic style and form into a performance the following lesson. Scholars will produce weekly homework tasks that will further demonstrate their understanding of these practitioners.

Term 4: Devising – Scholars will devise, develop and perform their own play from a set stimulus material. They will create their own performance with a distinct point of view incorporating the various performance skills and styles of practitioners they have explored. The scholars will perform a section of the play to an audience of their peers and will be assessed against the Edexcel GCSE Drama specification.

Term 5: We Lost Elijah – Scholars will study and explore the play “We Lost Elijah” based around the events of the London riots. They will explore the characters in the play and the reasons for their involvement in the riots and the terrible effect it had on their lives. They will perform a short section of the play to an audience of their peers.

Term 6: Bringing the Text to Life – Scholars will continue their exploration of “We Lost Elijah” but will focus creating a performance from the role of a performer, director and designer. The scholars will be assessed in a timed exam marked against the Edexcel GCSE Drama specification.

Year 10

Taught three lessons per week.

Terms 1 - 4: Component 1: Devising – Scholars will work in small groups to create and devise a performance from a range of stimuli. Scholars will develop skills in group work, research and negotiation, while also developing creativity, performance and design skills. Students will consider the impact that they can make on an audience, as they develop the ideas that they want to communicate. Their performances will be filmed, internally assessed and externally moderated. Scholars will also produce a devising portfolio demonstrating their exploration of the devising process and evaluations of their performances.

Terms 5 - 6: Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice – 

Scholars will explore practically how a complete performance text might be interpreted and realised from ‘page to stage’. This exploration will give students an insight into how texts may be brought to life for an audience and the creative roles within this process. Scholars will study the play “An Inspector Calls”.

Scholars will also analyse and evaluate their experience of a live theatre performance as informed members of the audience. They will develop skills to recognise the meaning created in the theatre space in order to communicate ideas to an audience. This will give them a more critical and varied approach to their own work as theatre makers.

 

You can see the Drama extra-curricular options here: Drama extra-curricular