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Curriculum at KS3

Drama is studied in Years 7-9 for one hour a week. The following paragraphs outline the topics students’ study.

Year 7: Students are introduced to basic performance skills such as narrative, characterisation and structure. They learn techniques such as physical theatre and mime. They study drama from different periods in history and different cultures for example ancient Greek theatre and Commedia Dell Arte. They are introduced to script and some basic rehearsal techniques.

Year 8: Students build on the work explored in year 7. They explore issues through the medium of drama and are introduced to a range of new explorative strategies. They study movement, masks and melodrama. They are introduced to Elizabethan theatre and Shakespeare through the play Romeo and Juliet. They also study and dramatise the poem Beowulf.

Year 9: Students look at a range of contemporary plays such as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time and Our Day Out. They begin to study a wide range of theatrical styles and mediums such as Theatre of the Absurd, Realism and Epic theatre. They study a range of practitioners from different cultures and periods in history such as Harold Pinter, Samuel Beckett, Constantin Stanislavski and Bertolt Brecht.

Curriculum at KS4

GCSE Drama consists of two coursework components and one externally examined paper.

Component 1: Devising - Coursework 40% of the qualification.

Students create and develop a devised piece from stimulus. They perform the devised piece and analyse and evaluate the devising process and performance.

There are two parts to the assessment:

1) A portfolio covering the creating and developing process and analysis and evaluation of this process. The portfolio is handwritten/typed evidence between 1500–2000

2) A devised performance

Component 2: Performance from Text Coursework 20% of the qualification

Students will perform two key extracts from a performance text.  A visiting examiner assesses this.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 40% of the qualification

This is a practical exploration and study of one complete performance text. The exam consists of one question broken into five parts (short and extended responses) based on an unseen extract from the chosen performance text.

Live theatre evaluation –This section consists of two questions requiring students to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen. Students are allowed to bring in theatre evaluation notes of up to a maximum of 500 words.