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Drama

Drama

Drama draws on and develops young people’s aptitude for learning about themselves and the world around them; they do so by experiencing other people’s perspectives, in other situations, thereby exploring empathy whilst learning in a creative and exciting way.

As a curriculum subject, it gives students a practical knowledge of how drama works as an art form and allows them to work independently to create their own performances. Drama is linked closely to other arts subjects and to English through practical exploration of texts and stimuli. Drama is the perfect vehicle to develop the vital skills of independence, critical thinking and effective decision making.

As they begin their GCSE course, students will learn how to develop their performance or design skills through practical exploration of extracts from key texts. As well as focusing on performance or design skills, students will learn how to shape a meaningful published performance through skilled directing. Finally, students will begin to devise their own piece of theatre based on a stimulus.

Students will use knowledge built upon and developed through Year 10 in order to complete both practical and written exams. Students will use a key practitioner to influence their ideas for performance and design and keep a portfolio to demonstrate the rehearsal and development stages. As well as this, they will perform two extracts from a published play or create the designs to suit the performances. The final piece of work will be a practical exploration in preparation for the written exam, where students must demonstrate their ideas for performance from a design, acting and directorial perspective. Throughout the course students will be expected to evaluate their own work as well as the work of others.

Curriculum information

Year

Autumn

Spring

Summer

10

Interpreting theatre: students view a live performance for evaluation purposes

 

Devising theatre: group work to create a meaningful piece of theatre

Pathway 1: acting

Pathway 2: design (lighting/sound/set/costume)

 

Interpreting theatre: practical exploration of a modern play

 

 

Devising theatre: group work to create a meaningful piece of theatre

Pathway 1: acting

Pathway 2: design (lighting/sound/set/costume)

 

 Performing from a text

Pathway 1: acting

Pathway 2: design (lighting/sound/set/costume)

 

11

Devising theatre (students may be assessed as an actor or a designer (sound/set/lighting/costume design). 

Interpreting theatre

 Performing from a text 20% (students may be assessed as an actor or a designer (sound/set/lighting/costume design). 

Interpreting theatre 

Section A: modern play text

Section B: live theatre evaluation

View our post-16 curriculum here

 

 

Drama has helped me to develop my confidence and social skills. On stage, I can be whoever I want to be and that’s amazing!
Year 10 student