Drama

Drama is the most universal tool of storytelling and communicating. 

In every culture and society dramatic expression has been prevalent.  Drama at Blenheim enables you to gain a clear understanding of a range of drama and theatre experiences. You will focus on what it is like to look at different issues, points of view and perspectives. Students will focus on a range of drama skills, styles and techniques to create their own imaginative and creative theatre. 

Exploring drama through characters, issues and situation, focusing on scripted and improvised work and discovering a variety of dramatic genres, Drama at Blenheim ensures that students have a well-rounded and exciting curriculum.  Performance and evaluation are at the root of Drama at Blenheim. Studying drama gives you an increased confidence in communication skills. 

KS3 Drama

Year 7

Term One

  • Story Telling
  • Animal Rights

Term Two

  • Exploring Text
  • Characterisation

Term Three

  • Macbeth
  • The Box

By the end of year 7 you will have covered basic drama skills and techniques and will be aware of how the drama process works. You should be able to identify and talk about some of the techniques and skills, identify and understand the issues that go with the drama and be aware of the contribution that personal and social skills make to the drama process.

Year 8

Term One

  • Status
  • Battle Cries

Term Two

  • Slapstick
  • Responsibility

Term Three

  • A Midsummer Nights’ Dream
  • Watch Over Me (keeping safe)

Year 8 will reinforce the basic drama skills and techniques. You should be able to develop them as well as adding new ones. Your skills of organisation, listening, maturity and sensitivity towards the drama should have improved.

Year 9

Term One

  • The Customs Officer
  • Mystery Pictures  

Term Two

  • Devising and Performance
  • Commedia Dell’arte and Physical Theatre

Term Three

  • The Secret Annexe
  • Romeo and Juliet

Year 9 will reinforce further drama skills and techniques, and be introduced to more advanced skills and techniques. You should be able to select appropriate drama form including abstract and naturalism, as well as give constructive feedback to the work of others. You should be able to contribute effectively, working well with all types and sizes of groups.

Those students working towards the top end will be taking on the role of the director in groups as well as a lead role in performance.

What Skills Students Develop

  • Devising
  • Performing
  • Evaluating
  • Directing
  • Improvising
  • Listening
  • Watching
  • Challenging
  • Expressing ideas and feelings
  • Discussing ideas
  • Making decisions
  • Acting
  • Role play
  • Exploring with voice
  • Exploring with body language.
  • Characterisation.
  • Mime
  • Symbolism
  • Manipulation of pace

How Students Are Assessed

Our assessment policy is based upon the 2003 Arts Council descriptors for Drama in Schools.

Follow link for more information: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk

The link at the end of the page will show the KS3 Levels.

Assessment is by

  • Teacher assessment and feedback
  • Peer evaluation
  • Self-assessment

Assessments in drama are carried out once every half term and students are given structured and focused feedback on each assessment they complete.

Homework

Homework tasks will be set every fortnight. This can take the form of:

  • Research tasks
  • To bring in pictures/props/costumes
  • Rehearsal in the students own time

How Parents Can Help

The best way to help Drama students is to take them to visit the theatre regularly. Students should also be encouraged to join a youth theatre group. Talk to your children about their drama lessons and the work they have been exploring.

Useful Links

www.shakespeare.com
www.shakespeares-globe.org
www.nationaltheatre.org.uk
www.rcs.org.uk
www.dramalinks.com
www.bbc/bytesize/drama
http://www.artscouncil.org.uk
http://www.bac.org.uk
http://www.rosetheatrekingston.org
http://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk
http://www.suttontheatres.co.uk
http://www.the-theatre.org
http://www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
http://www.dramagroups.com/groups/england/surreyx.htm

KS4 Drama (Students who commenced their course before September 2016)

GCSE Graded A*-G

Years 10 & 11

Board and Exam Details

Students will be following the Edexcel GCSE in Drama.

In Drama students will:

  • Develop a personal interest in why drama matters and be inspired, moved and changed by studying a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study.
  • Work imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas.
  • Consider and explore the impact of social, historical and cultural influences on drama texts and activities.
  • Reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others
  • Develop and demonstrate competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills.
  • Develop a basis for their future role as active citizens in employment and society in general, as well as for the possible further study of drama.
  • Actively engage in the process of dramatic study in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.

In the first year of the course, students explore and develop the skills with which to devise their own original pieces of drama. The students use a range of current issues as a stimulus to gain ideas for performance. During Year 10 the students undertake the first of the exploration units which is worth 30% of their final GCSE.

In the second year students undertake the second of the exploration units worth a further 30%. By January of Year 11, students would have completed 60% of their drama GCSE course. In the March/April of Year 11, students complete Unit 3 – Drama Performance examination which is performed to an Edexcel examiner and is worth 40% of their GCSE course.

What skills student develop

  • Devising
  • Performing
  • Evaluating
  • Directing
  • Improvising
  • Listening
  • Watching
  • Challenging
  • Expressing ideas and feelings
  • Discussing ideas
  • Making decisions
  • Acting
  • Role play
  • Exploring with voice
  • Exploring with body language.
  • Characterisation.
  • Mime
  • Symbolism
  • Manipulation of pace

How students are assessed

Drama students will be following the Edexcel GCSE in Drama syllabus. The syllabus is made up of three sections, two of which are completed during the course (EXPLORATION OF THEME/PLAYTEXT 60%). The third section is an end of course PERFORMANCE (40%).

The two EXPLORATION units are as follows:

  • DRAMA EXPLORATION This unit is concerned with the use of Drama to explore ideas and issues, responding to stimulus material selected from different times and cultures
  • EXPLORING PLAY TEXTS  This will involve the in-depth study of a play from a performance point of view

Both of these units will involve written as well as practical work.

Unit 1 (Drama Exploration): 30% - Controlled assessment

  • Six hour practical exploration-40 marks
  • Documentary evidence max. 2000 words-20marks

Unit 2 (Exploring Play Texts): 30% - Controlled assessment

  • Six hour practical assessment-30 marks
  • Documentary evidence maximum 1000 words-10 marks
  • Written response to live theatre maximum 2000 words -20 marks

Unit 3 (Drama Performance): 40%-60 marks

  • Practical examination
  • Performance to an examiner
  • Voice and Movement-20 marks
  • Roles and characterisation-20 marks
  • Communication-20 marks
  • Content, Style and Form-20 marks

40% of the final mark comes from the student’s PERFORMANCE examination in front of an Edexcel examiner. This will be a play that groups have devised themselves. This will definitely involve out of lesson involvement and focused rehearsal.

Please see the link below for a more in depth explanation:
http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse09/drama/Pages/default.aspx

Homework

Homework tasks will be set every fortnight. This can take the form of:

  • Written tasks
  • Research tasks
  • To bring in pictures/props/costumes
  • Rehearsal after school and at weekends.
  • Going on regular theatre visits

How Parents Can Help

Parents can help by taking students to the theatre as much as possible. You can ask your children about their drama and the work they are exploring. Students will often have lines to learn, they will learn these best by speaking them out loud to someone at home. If your child has a real passion and talent for drama then encourage them to join a youth theatre group.

Useful Links

www.shakespeare.com
www.shakespeares-globe.org
www.nationaltheatre.org.uk
www.rcs.org.uk
www.dramalinks.com
www.bbc/bytesize/drama
http://www.artscouncil.org.uk
http://www.bac.org.uk
http://www.rosetheatrekingston.org
http://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk
http://www.suttontheatres.co.uk
http://www.the-theatre.org
http://www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
http://www.dramagroups.com/groups/england/surreyx.htm

KS4 Drama (Students who commenced their course after September 2016)

GCSE Graded 9-1

Board and Exam Details

Students will be following the Edexcel GCSE in Drama.

In Drama students will:

  • Develop a personal interest in why drama matters and be inspired, moved and changed by studying a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study.
  • Work imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas.
  • Consider and explore the impact of social, historical and cultural influences on drama texts and activities.
  • Reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others
  • Develop and demonstrate competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills.
  • Develop a basis for their future role as active citizens in employment and society in general, as well as for the possible further study of drama.
  • Actively engage in the process of dramatic study in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.

In the first year of the course, students explore and develop the skills with which to devise their own original pieces of drama. The students use a range of current issues as a stimulus to gain ideas for performance. During Year 10 the students undertake the first of the exploration units which is worth 30% of their final GCSE.

In the second year students undertake the second of the exploration units worth a further 30%. By January of Year 11, students would have completed 60% of their drama GCSE course. In the March/April of Year 11, students complete Unit 3 – Drama Performance examination which is performed to an Edexcel examiner and is worth 40% of their GCSE course.

Skills students will develop

  • Devising 
  • Performing   
  • Evaluating   
  • Directing   
  • Improvising   
  • Listening   
  • Watching   
  • Challenging
  • Expressing ideas and feelings   
  • Discussing ideas   
  • Making decisions    
  • Acting   
  • Role play  
  • Exploring with voice   
  • Exploring with body language   
  • Characterisation   
  • Mime   
  • Symbolism  
  • Manipulation of pace

How students are assessed

Drama students will be following the Edexcel GCSE in Drama syllabus. The syllabus is made up of three sections, two of which are completed during the course (EXPLORATION OF THEME/PLAYTEXT 60%). The third section is an end of course PERFORMANCE (40%).  The two EXPLORATION units are as follows:

  • DRAMA EXPLORATION This unit is concerned with the use of Drama to explore ideas and issues, responding to stimulus material selected from different times and cultures
  • EXPLORING PLAY TEXTS  This will involve the in-depth study of a play from a performance point of view

Both of these units will involve written as well as practical work.

Unit 1 (Drama Exploration): 30% - Controlled assessment

  • Six hour practical exploration-40 marks
  • Documentary evidence max. 2000 words-20marks

Unit 2 (Exploring Play Texts): 30% - Controlled assessment

  • Six hour practical assessment-30 marks
  • Documentary evidence maximum 1000 words-10 marks
  • Written response to live theatre maximum 2000 words -20 marks

Unit 3 (Drama Performance): 40% - 60% marks

  • Practical examination
  • Performance to an examiner
  • Voice and Movement-20 marks
  • Roles and characterisation-20 marks
  • Communication-20 marks
  • Content, Style and Form-20 marks

40% of the final mark comes from the student’s PERFORMANCE examination in front of an Edexcel examiner. This will be a play that groups have devised themselves. This will definitely involve out of lesson involvement and focused rehearsal.

Homework

Homework tasks will be set every fortnight. This can take the form of:

  • Written tasks                                                                                    
  • To bring in pictures/props/costumes
  • Rehearsal after school and at weekends
  • Going on regular theatre visits

How Parents Can Help

Parents can help by taking students to the theatre as much as possible. You can ask your children about their drama and the work they are exploring. Students will often have lines to learn, they will learn these best by speaking them out loud to someone at home. If your child has a real passion and talent for drama then encourage them to join a youth theatre group.

Useful websites:

www.shakespeare.com
www.shakespeares-globe.org
www.nationaltheatre.org.uk
www.rcs.org.uk
www.dramalinks.com
www.bbc/bytesize/drama
http://www.artscouncil.org.uk
http://www.bac.org.uk
http://www.rosetheatrekingston.org
http://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk
http://www.suttontheatres.co.uk
http://www.the-theatre.org
http://www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
http://www.dramagroups.com/groups/england/surreyx.htm

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