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

Students will be following similar units to the ones examined in year 10 and 11 and an introduction into GCSE Drama.

Term One

  • Text in Practice – Component 3 GCSE Spec.
  • Writing a Theatre Review – Component 1c GCSE spec.

Term Two

  • Devising and Performance – Component 2 GCSE spec.
  • Devising Continues & Written CW mock.

Term Three

  • General Theatre Knowledge – Component 1a GCSE spec.
  • The Holocaust – devising Component 2 GCSE spec.

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. By the end of the year a full mock will have been completed for all GCSE components.

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 9-1

GCSE Graded 9-1

Board and Exam Details

Students will be following the AQA 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 focus on Component 1 – the written exam, ensuring all knowledge needed for this component is being embedded from the outset of the year. They will also undertake component 2 – the devising performance which is worth 40% of their overall GCSE grade.

In the second year students undertake the second of the performance units worth a further 20%. By February

  • 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 AQA GCSE in Drama syllabus. The syllabus is made up of three sections, two of which are completed during the course (Devising 40%/Text in Practice 20%). The third section is an end of course WRITTEN EXAM (40%).  The two EXPLORATION units are as follows:

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

An outline of the assessment process can be found below;

Component 1: Understanding drama

What's assessed

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
  • Study of one set play from a choice of six
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Open book
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of GCSE

Questions

  • Section A: multiple choice (4 marks)
  • Section B: four questions on a given extract from the set play chosen (44 marks)
  • Section C: one question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (32 marks)
Component 2: Devising drama (practical)

What's assessed

  • Process of creating devised drama
  • Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer or designer)
  • Analysis and evaluation of own work

How it's assessed

  • Devising log (60 marks)
  • Devised performance (20 marks)
  • 80 marks in total
  • 40% of GCSE
This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.
Component 3: Texts in practice (practical)

What's assessed

  • Performance of two extracts from one play (students may contribute as performer or designer)

Free choice of play but it must contrast with the set play chosen for Component 1

How it's assessed

  • Performance of Extract 1 (20 marks) and Extract 2 (20 marks)
  • 40 marks in total
  • 20% of GCSE
This component is marked by AQA

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
 

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