Drama is taught by:

Ms K Chadwick CTL Drama 
Ms S Probett CTL Drama & Dance Teacher

KS3

We model our curriculum on the requirements of the GCSE.

These objectives are:

A01 - Create and develop ideas to communicate meaning for performance.
A02 - Applying theatrical skills to realize artistic intentions.
A03 - Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how drama is developed.
A04 - Analyse and evaluate their own work.

Details of studies per year

Year 7 - Antigone, Macbeth
Year 8 - Medea, Hamlet

How are they assessed

Pupils are assessed in lesson time through focussed assessment lessons and continual feedback.

Home learning

The majority of home learning in KS3 is learning and memorising lines for the lesson which are accessed after the lesson on Show My Homework.

How parents/carers can support their child

Taking an interest in what your child is doing, asking them to tell you what their work was like. Give them access to high quality acting (not Eastenders) and taking them to the theatre whenever possible.

KS4

GCSE Drama – WJEC

Students in KS4 cover a range of different themes, topics and issues all designed to prepare them for their GCSE assessments which take place throughout year 11. We cover many play texts as well as in-depth explorations of social/political/historical issues and themes using a variety of stimuli from music and art to the written word.

Year 9

Autumn term: Blood Brothers (exploration of play text in preparation for Unit 2 - performance from a text)

Spring term: Light (devising unit in preparation for Unit 1 - devised practical performance)

Summer term: A View From The Bridge - (in preparation for Unit 2 and 3)

Year 10

Autumn term: Equality/Stonewall (devising unit in preparation for Unit 1 - devised practical performance)

Spring term: Monologues and Duologues (In preparation for Unit 2 - performance from a text)

Summer term: A Streetcar Named Desire (in preparation for Unit 3 - written examination)

Year 11

All terms are actual GCSE Units and will contribute to the students final GCSE exam grade.

Autumn term: Unit 1: Devised practical performance and log (stimuli set by WJEC exam board)

Spring term: Unit 2: Performance from a text (externally assessed performance exam)

Summer term: Unit 3: Written examination (externally assessed 1½ hour exam)

Students are required to show interpretation skills and directorial skills as well as practical performance skills. We encourage them to work collaboratively throughout and positively challenge themselves as well as others in the class in order to create work that is original and creative.

Home learning

Students will be expected to complete ‘Rehearsal Logs’ once every two weeks on a lesson that we have done with them in school. (Unit 1 Written Log)

As well as this they will be required to do independent research into the themes and issues we explore in lessons. This is particularly the case in year 10 and 11. (Unit 1 Devising Ideas)

They will be expected to learn lines for practical assessments. (Unit 2 Performance from Text)

All the resources they will need to access will be available on SMHW or Google Classroom.

How parents/carers can support their child

Taking an interest in what your child is doing, asking them to tell you what their work was like. Give them access to high quality acting (not Eastenders) and taking them to the theatre whenever possible.

Possible Careers

Jobs directly related to a degree in Drama and Theatre

Actor/actress Stage mnager
Arts administrator Drama teacher
Drama therapist Television production assistant
Radio presenter Theatre director

Jobs where drama and theatre would be useful

Youth & community worker Personnel manager
Social worker Journalist
Marketing manager Charities administrator

Useful websites

http://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/drama/

https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/

http://www.youngvic.org/

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/series/shakespeare-solo

https://www.franticassembly.co.uk/

http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english_literature/dramabloodbrothers/

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