Drama

The two faces of Drama - comedy and tragedy.The Drama Department is an animated, enthusiastic and engaging curriculum area. Lessons are delivered in two fully equipped Drama Studios by Specialist Drama Teachers who are dedicated to creating lessons that will make pupils enjoy and achieve. Students are taught using a variety of different medium and also have access to theatre technologies to enhance and enable their learning and progress.

The provision for Drama is excellent, as pupils are taught the subject throughout Key Stage 3 and then given the opportunity to opt for GCSE Drama as part of their option choices.

The experience in Drama and transferable skills both learned and developed are then aids to learning across the school in other areas of the curriculum.

The department continues to develop and improve the Drama curriculum in order to remain relevant, challenge and enhance pupils learning and achievement.

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Key Stage 3

Year 7

Sep – Oct
Autumn 1
(8 Weeks)
Nov – Dec
Autumn 2
(7 Weeks)
Making/Group Work
“SEAL Citizenship Scheme (PSHE)”
Introduction to Drama – Key Skills
Performance
“Silent Movies”
Movement and Mime
Jan – Feb
Spring 1
(6 Weeks)
Mar – Apr
Spring 2
(6 Weeks)
Responding/Evaluation
“Crime”
Role Work/Monologue
Current affairs and exploring themes
Making/Group Work
“Exploring Texts”
Improvisation – Devising work from given stimulus
May – Jun
Summer 1
(7 Weeks)
Jun – Jul
Summer 2
(6 Weeks)
Performance
“Introduction to Theatre History”
Greek/Commedia/Japanese
Styles/Genres/Forms
Responding/Evaluation
“Introduction to Theatre History”
Shakespeare
Text analysis/language

Year 8

Sep – Oct
Autumn 1
(8 Weeks)
Nov – Dec
Autumn 2
(7 Weeks)
Making/Group Work
“Actions Have Consequences Citizenship Scheme (PSHE)”
Soliloquy and issue based drama
Performance
“Introduction to Scripts”
Text analysis
Exploration and Interpretation
Jan – Feb
Spring 1
(6 Weeks)
Mar – Apr
Spring 2
(6 Weeks)
Responding/Evaluation
“Children of World War 2”
Character development and role-play
Monologue
Making/Group Work
“Introduction to Improvisation”
Improvisation Skills
May – Jun
Summer 1
(7 Weeks)
Jun – Jul
Summer 2
(6 Weeks)
Performance
“Storytelling through MASK”
(Trestle Theatre Company Masks)
Character Development and Narration
Responding/Evaluation
“Physical Theatre”
Symbolism and Movement
Styles/Genres/Forms

Year 9

Scheme 1 – Making/Performing/Responding
“Craig & Bentley: Actions Have Consequences”
Role-Play and Script Analysis
Character development and script work
Scheme 2 – Making/Performing/Responding
Blood Brothers – Set Text
Scripts – exploration and interpretation
Character development and script work

Key Stage 4

Year 10

2016-17
Sep – Oct
Autumn 1
(8 Weeks)
Nov – Dec
Autumn 2
(7 Weeks)
Introduction to GCSE Drama
Exploring and building relationships –
Devised and scripted exploration (e.g. Monster/Kes/Hostages/Physical Theatre)
Test 1
Theatre terminology quiz (written paper)
Texts in Practice
Component 3

Practical exploration of varying play text for performance (e.g. Blood Brothers/Two/Romeo and Juliet)
Assessment
Performance of two key extracts from one scripted play (monologue, duologue, group performance or design)
Test 2
Theatre terminology quiz (written paper)
Jan – Feb
Spring 1
(6 Weeks)
Mar – Apr
Spring 2
(6 Weeks)
Understanding Drama
Component 1

Splendid Productions performance and practical workshop
26/01/17
Test 3
* Notes and Theatre Review (Written Paper)
Devising Drama
Component 2

Practical preparation using a variety of stimulus – scripts/texts
* Log Book
Assessment
Performance of devised work
Understanding Drama
Component 1
Practical exploration of set text (Crucible) for written exam – Understanding character/plot/content
Test 4
Mock exam paper- including theatre terminology and set text questions
May – Jun
Summer 1
(7 Weeks)
Jun – Jul
Summer 2
(6 Weeks)
Texts in Practice
Component 3
Practical exploration of varying play text for performance (e.g. Antigone/Midsummer Night’s Dream/DNA)
Assessment
Performance of two key extracts from one scripted play (monologue, duologue, group performance or design)
Test 5
Theatre terminology quiz (written paper)
Test 6
Mock exam paper – including theatre terminology, set text questions and theatre review (written exam)
Devising Drama
Component 2
Practical preparation using a variety of stimulus – scripts/texts
* Log book
Assessment
Performance of devised work
Dates TBC – Opportunities for students to attend theatre visits

* Schemes of work are constantly updated and subject to change – taking into account specification changes, pupil voice and current affairs.

Year 11

2016-17
Sep – Oct
Autumn 1
(8 Weeks)
Nov – Dec
Autumn 2
(7 Weeks)
The Crucible
Unit 2
– Practical workshop – 6 hours filmed and examined
– 1000 word controlled assessment
Holocaust
Unit 1
– Practical workshop – 6 hours filmed and examined
– 2000 word controlled assessment
Jan – Feb
Spring 1
(6 Weeks)
Mar – Apr
Spring 2
(6 Weeks)
Theatre Review
Unit 2
Splendid Productions performance and practical workshop
26/01/17
* Notes and theatre review outline/plan
Theatre Review
2000 word controlled assessment
Unit 3
Practical Preparation
Devised or scripted
May – Jun
Summer 1
(7 Weeks)
Jun – Jul
Summer 2
(6 Weeks)
Performance
Unit 3

Practical Preparation
Devised or scriptedTechnical rehearsals and performance evenings
Exam in May
Date TBC
Dates TBC – Opportunities for students to attend theatre visits

* Schemes of work are constantly updated and subject to change – taking into account specification changes, pupil voice and current affairs.

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