Drama is a subject within the Performing Arts Faculty that allows students to undertake a wide range of Drama performances both inside the classroom and through a number of extra-curricular opportunities.
Students at Key Stage 3 have one lesson per week of Drama which is primarily practical in nature. iGCSE is a popular option with two classes in each cohort. AS level students study five lessons of Drama each week, with this increasing to six lessons for their A2 studies and composes of practical and theoretical study.
Key Stage 3
Students at KS3 study Drama every week as part of their program of study. During this time, they undertake a range of units that allows them to experience a variety of stimuli and scripts in order develop key themes and ideas within discussion and performance. The Performing Art’s mission is to foster independent thinking in a creative and challenging environment, by providing a diversified curriculum, extra-curricular provision and preparation for higher education and professions within the arts.
|Term||Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
Culture and Ritual
The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty
Hard to Swallow
|3||Culture and Ritual||The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty||Hard to Swallow|
Each unit will equip students with a range of dramatic conventions which they will learn to manipulate in order to produce original devised work. Students will be credited for their collaborative skills as well as their ability to maintain a role. Students are assessed at the end of each unit in both performance and three formal written evaluations.
Key Stage 4
|Term||Year 10||Year 11|
|1||Scripted Exploration||Devised Exploration|
|2||Devised Exploration||Scripted Exploration|
|3||Monologue examination performance||Written Examination preparation|
|Title||Mode of Assessment||Weighting||Time|
Group devised piece
Group scripted piece
|60%||August - February class and homework (Year 11)|
|Externally Assessed||40%||2 Hours 30 minutes|
Key Stage 5
A Level Drama is taught as a linear two year course and follows the AQA specification. Students have six lessons a week for A Level study and there is also an expectation for students to undertake independent rehearsals outside of their timetabled lessons.
|3 hours: 3 sections
Section A - Set Text 1 (25 marks)
Section B - Set Text 2 (30 marks)
(Section A and B are open book, Section B is based on an extract)
Section C - Live Performance (25 marks)
Creating Original Drama Practical
Teacher Mark A
|Devised Performance (20 marks)
Working Notebook (40 marks)
Devised influenced by one practitioner
Marked by AQA
|Practical exploration of three key extracts from contrasting plays; one performed in the style of a second prescribed practitioner (40 marks)
Reflective Report (20 marks)